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Friday, July 11, 2008

Neverwinter Nights 1.69 Patch Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Bioware has announced the release of version 1.69 for the Forgotten Realms based RPG, Neverwinter Nights. The massive 478 MB patch adds a dragon's trove worth of new content and bug fixes to the game. Some of the additions include a new prestige class (The Purple Dragon Knight), 8 new tilesets, 15 new music tracks, rideable horses, new creatures, and new items.

Here's an abbreviated list of the bug fixes in 1.69:

- The Epic Dodge feat now requires 30 ranks of Tumble skill as a prerequisite, as per the description.
- The "Dragon Shape" feat now requires Wild Shape 6x/day as per the description.
- Fixed prerequisite for "Epic Weapon Focus Club" to be "Weapon Focus Club" rather than "Improved Critical Club".
- Weapon Specialization Club now requires four fighter levels to obtain (rather than one).
- Colorized the cloaks in the official campaigns (they are no longer alltan colored).
- Added missing Trident weapon feats.
- Tridents are now classified as a "Martial" weapon, rather than a simple weapon.
- Fixed how Damage Resistance works against weapons that do more than one type of damage (i.e. Morning Stars and Halberds). The target now uses the worst of the multiple damage resistances against weapons that inflict more than one base weapon damage type.
Follow the link below to download the patch and read about all the new changes.

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Custer's Diabolical Desktop
5:29 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Brad Custer has once again delivered a new game-related desktop. This week's image features the upcoming Diablo III, Blizzard's latest venture into the immensely popular Diablo series.

Here's more from Brad on the subject:

If you've been living under a rock or in a coma for the last 2 weeks then you might not know about the upcoming Diablo III from Blizzard Entertainment. My inbox has been flooded already in anticipation of the pending release from the popular series. Its one of my favorites too so I am happy to create a desktop, which I'm sure will be the first of many, for it. There's still not a lot of high-quality art out there yet so this week's selection focuses mostly on the logo and I was able to do it with the help of Blizzard Entertainment.
Visit Custer's Desktops to grab this desktop in a large selection of sizes.

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IMG Reviews Word Cross
7:02 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of the crossword variant Word Cross. Here's a clip from the review:

To be honest, gameplay is really, really simple. Word Cross presents you with a board of tiles, much like a crossword, requiring you to place the words from the sidebar into the correct places on the board. Of course, it is possible to make a mistake, but for the most part it is incredibly easy. The real challenge is completing the board in time, rather than deciphering complex word games, but again, the time limit is often fairly high and easy to beat.
Follow the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: Word Cross
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Trailer, Screenshots Released For iPhone Moto Racer & Sudoku
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Freeverse has announced that its Moto Racer and Big Bang Sudoku games for iPhone and iPod Touch are now available from the new Apple App Store.  Video trailers and screenshots for both games are available on the Freeverse website.

"Over the years we've always tried to be among the first to adopt new Apple technologies and platforms, but we've never been more excited than we are at this moment with the launch of the Apple App Store," said Ian Lynch Smith, President of Freevese. "The iPhone is an amazing gaming device and Freeverse is committed to building great titles for it. Moto Racer exists on no other platform but the iPhone and, as designed, there is just no other mobile platform for which it even could exist."

Moto Racer is a gorgeous 3D motorcycle racing game designed specifically for the iPhone and iPod Touch utilizing exciting accelerometer tilt-steering controls. Through forest, beach and city environments, the player will fend-off evil bikers, gather time-trial bonuses and special nitro boosts to garner high scores. An original development, Moto Racer is a true showpiece of the iPhone and iPod touch as a powerful worldwide gaming platform.  Wingnuts Moto Racer is localized into French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese as well as English.

Big Bang Sudoku is the iPhone version of the popular Big Bang series of puzzle and board games. With over 10,000 unique puzzles across three levels of difficulty, Big Bang Sudoku for iPhone offers nearly unlimited mental challenges Gorgeous fireworks reward the player for completed puzzles. Big Bang Sudoku is localized into French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese as well as English. Other classic games in the Big Bang series will be available on the Apple App Store in the coming weeks.
Wingnuts Moto Racer is priced at $9.99 and Big Bang Sudoku is available for $4.99 from Apple’s App Store. View the screenshots and trailers at the links below.

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Click to enlarge Launches New Web Portal
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments, an independent web based publisher and developer of war and strategy games, has launched a completely revamped web portal. Designed with modern web 2.0 technologies the site now offers a more streamlined shopping experience for customers, many new game related and community centered features, and a completely new community forum. To celebrate is offering a 30% discount coupon code for those who make a purchase from the new site.

As one of the oldest web-based publishers around (established 1997!), we're proud to now also be one of the most up to date, with improved infrastructure services allowing us to offer many new exciting features in the near future.

We would like to invite everyone to check out the new portal. And as an extra incentive, we're also launching a Special Summer Sale for the month of July!

Here is how the Summer Sale works:
- when you visit you will find a discount coupon code on the front page!
- when you make a purchase, you can enter the coupon code during the Checkout, and 30% (yes, thirty percent!) will be deducted off your final order value!
- you can only use one coupon per order, but if you place more than one order, you can use the coupon again.
- the summer sale will run until July 31st, 2008!
Check out the new website at the link below.

Ambrosia Software Announces Three Games For iPhone App Store
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Ambrosia Software has announced that three games are now available on the recently unveiled Apple App Store. Aki Mahjong, mondo Solitaire and Mr. Sudoku were all designed specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch.

"Apple ignited the computer revolution," said Andrew Welch, Ambrosia's el Presidente. "We're happy to be on-board this time around as they change the world again with the iPhone OS platform and the Apple App Store."

Aki Mahjong combines the ancient Chinese game of Mahjong with an enchanting journey across Japan. The principle is simple:  a number of ivory tiles are arranged on a beautiful Japanese backdrop. The goal is to make all of the tiles disappear by matching them to similar tiles. Players can easily browse Aki's levels by simply flicking a finger, thanks to the Core Animation-powered interface. Tap the level to select and the game is ready to play.

mondo Solitaire's beautiful, crisp graphics enables players to easily identify cards and assess their current move. With more than 100 included games, players are sure to find all their favorites and discover new games to enjoy. Using a familiar library search interface, games can be sorted and selected by name, style, favorites, and even popularity. The categorized interface makes it really easy to find the exact game to play.

Mr. Sudoku's unique and innovative interface allows players to use a familiar input device to select digits - their own personal digits!  Simply use a finger to draw the appropriate number and it is instantly converted into the actual number. Ensuring the strategy and brain-flexing doesn't stop, there are four difficulty levels with thousands of different Sudoku puzzles for to choose from.
All three games are available for $9.99 each from Apple's App Store. For further details on all three games, including screenshots and a movie of the games in action, visit the web pages listed below.

Aki Mahjong For iPhone
mondo Solitaire For iPhone
Mr. Sudoku For iPhone
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Jirbo Game Titles Come To iPhone
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Jirbo Inc. has announced the worldwide release of 15 applications in 22 countries on the Apple App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch.  Fourteen of these applications are games: Jirbo Match, Jirbo Jam, Jirbo Tiles, Paper Football, Jirbo Says, Jirbo Jive, Jirbo Jong, Jirbo Break, Marble Mash, iMahjong, Jirbo Bounce, Jirbo Match Japan, Jirbo Bounce Japan and Jirbo Arcade. The fifteenth application - Jirbo Avatar - will let users compare high scores over Jirbo's new, iPhone-specific social network.

"Never before has a platform like iPhone OS existed to allow casual games to literally come to life on a mobile device.  Jirbo has put extra care into every pixel to maximize the experience and meet the casual gaming needs of millions," said Jirbo CEO Jonathan Zweig.  "The leap in technology that the iPhone provides has literally sprung up an entire company based on its capabilities, and we are just scratching the surface of our potential with this device."
The Jirbo Arcade system with Jirbo Match, Jirbo Says and Jirbo Avatar are a free download from Apple's App Store. Jirbo's more involved games are available for $2.99 each.

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Griptonite Games Announces Chimps Ahoy! For iPhone
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Griptonite Games recently announced its Chimps Ahoy! game for iPhone and iPod touch will be available on the Apple App Store today. Chimps Ahoy! is an "all new, original, pick-up-and-play, arcade style game" that puts players in the role of chimps who must join a band of pirates to track down the thieving ninjas who stole their bananas.

"We're excited to take advantage of the Apple App Store and offer Chimps Ahoy! to all iPhone and iPod touch users," said Griptonite Studio Head, J.C. Connors. "Chimps Ahoy! is a super fun, humorous game that's perfect for gaming on the go."

Thieving Ninjas have stolen all of the Chimps' bananas, so they must join up with the Pirates, working their way up through the ranks to finally confront the Ninjas and reclaim what is rightfully theirs. Taking full advantage of the platforms' touch screen capabilities, Chimps Ahoy! features fast, arcade-style action and a cute, quirky art style. Players take control of two chimps on either side of the screen and are tasked with bouncing coconuts between the two to break gems, pick-up power-ups and knock out enemies.

The game features 100 levels full of a variety of enemies and items at which to aim your coconuts. Power-ups like double coconuts and giant beach ball shots add to the action, while unlockable rewards like achievement medals and articles of clothing for the Chimps add replayability.
Chimps Ahoy! is priced at $9.99 and available today from Apple's App Store.

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Games Invade Apple's iPhone App Store
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple's iPhone App Store is now open for business and features over 500 applications at launch, with around a third of that number being games. Mac friendly developers such as Freeverse, Ambrosia, and Pangea have been joined by a host of new companies looking to cash in on iPhone owners seeking some casual gaming fun.

From Touch Arcade:

“The reaction we have gotten so far has been really strong,” Mr. Jobs said in a telephone interview this week. “The quality and the sophistication of the applications you can write for the iPhone is in a different class.”

Jobs reveals that there will be more than 500 applications at launch and one third of them will be games (~160). Also revealed is that about 25% of all the applications (~125) will be free, while 90% of the remaining apps are priced at $9.99 or less.
Click over to the links below for more information.

Touch Arcade: Apple's iPhone App Store & Gaming
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The Village People's Randy Jones To Appear In Postal III
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Running With Scissors has announced Randy Jones, of the original '70's musical group sensation The Village People, as the first in a series of celebrities who will be appearing in the third major installment of its long-running POSTAL series, POSTAL III. Later, RWS will be announcing other celebrity signings for key character roles in POSTAL III.

American Music Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist Randy Jones has been a pop cultural icon since the 70s, when his band The Village People racked up such musical mega-hits as “Macho Man”, “YMCA” and “In the Navy”. Randy is currently celebrating his 30th year in show business with a new CD and international concert tour "TICKET TO THE WORLD".

Appearing for the first time in a video game, the macho man Randy Jones will be cast as the leader of a gay biker gang. As Running With Scissors ringleader Vince Desi put it: “What more can I say than Y M C A. Who needs John Travolta when we’ve got the original Macho Man, Randy Jones!”
Postal III is scheduled for release in 2009 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC/Mac. Follow the links below to learn more.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, July 10, 2008

Apple Games Features OOTP Baseball 96:00 AM
Diablo III: Talent Trees, Health Globes & Multiplayer Action6:00 AM
Pangea's Brian Greenstone Discusses iPhone Gaming6:00 AM
Winter Wolves Considers Online-Only Option To Combat Piracy6:00 AM
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