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Friday, July 25, 2008

Aspyr Reveals Details About futureu SAT Game
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Aspyr Media, in collaboration with Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, has announced the name and all-new details for its SAT prep game. Called futureU, the company has revealed that the game will be divided into three main categories – Math, Critical Reading and Writing.

These details come on the heels of Aspyr and Kaplan’s announcement in March that the companies have entered into a multi-year agreement in which Aspyr will bring Kaplan-branded interactive entertainment products to market. Scheduled to hit retail outlets this fall, futureU is the first title to be released under the agreement. The game is currently in development at Aspyr Studios and will be published by Aspyr Media for Nintendo DS, PC and Mac.

Designed to be an engaging and visually dynamic complement to traditional SAT programs, futureU teaches core concepts, measures player progress, and provides an accessible, interactive experience unlike any other learning program of its kind. The game is rooted in Kaplan’s proven curriculum and includes original methods and specialized strategies.

Aspyr has released the following details on each of the categories:
Critical Reading: Focuses on honing players’ reading skills with vocabulary building, main idea identification, attitude and tone, themes and arguments, technique, and recognizing word meaning based on context.
Writing: Seeks to improve players’ writing skills by covering topics such as passive voice, run-on sentences, misplaced modifiers, parallelism, wordiness, conjunctions, fragments, coordination and subordination, pronouns, subject-verb agreement, tenses, adverbs and adjectives, gerunds, idioms, wrong words, and double negatives.
Math: Enables players to delve into critical areas such as algebra, geometry, data, statistics, probability, polynomials, and sequences.

Additionally, players can engage in a section called “Test Skill Activities” that teaches test-taking skills such as how to spot wrong answers in a multiple choice sequence, know when to skip questions, and time management.
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SCRABBLE Journey Released
12:23 PM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story today announced it has begun offering SCRABBLE Journey through its web site. The game is being published by Real Arcade. SCRABBLE Journey features two game modes, adventurous game play, bonuses and rewards.

Use your word-building skills to travel the globe in this combination of high-adventure and SCRABBLE fun! The Society of Puzzle Adventurers has a challenge for you: place letter tiles on richly illustrated maps to create a path around the world and return to their headquarters in London in 80 Days. Your valet, Hodges, is on hand to help and provide hints, but it will take a savvy lexicographer to pass this test. A completely new take on a classic family favorite, SCRABBLE Journey features two game modes, original gameplay, a thrilling storyline, and all the fun you'd expect from a game called SCRABBLE. Book your passage today for the adventure of a lifetime.

* Two Game Modes: Quest and Quick Play
* Adventurous Gameplay based on Classic Fun
* Bonuses and Rewards
* Helpful Features and Hints
SCRABBLE Journey for the Mac is available for $19.95 USD through as a digital download purchase. It requires Mac OS X 10.4.1 or later. A free 60 minute trial demo version of the game is available for download.

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IMG Reviews Jeopardy! Deluxe
10:31 AM | Marcus Albers | 1 comment

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of the latest home version of the hit gameshow Jeopardy! in the title Jeopardy! Deluxe from Encore, Inc.. Here's a clip from the review:

The one major departure from the television show is that in the game you get to select from three multiple-choice answers. On the show, you have to just state the answer without the opportunity to guess between three of them. So you don't have to sweat quite as much as those contestants on TV.
Follow the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: Jeopardy! Deluxe
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Galder 1.2 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Fastforward Software has released Galder 1.2, a free update to the puzzle board game for Mac OS X. Galder brings a unique twist to gem stone gaming with a circular, interactive board. The update adds an online lobby for enhanced multiplayer gaming, custom mouse cursors, and several enhancements to improve overall game performance and playability.

New to Galder 1.2 is an online lobby system, which lists active games and allows anyone to join. This system does not require the entry of I.P addresses, and works on both local area networks (LAN) and over the Internet. Two types of gameplay are available online, haste and turns.

The update also adds custom mouse cursors, a battery alert warns laptop users if the battery is running low when in fullscreen gaming mode and several minor fixes improve overall performance, including a fix for a book on MacBook Pros, broken network portraits in Mac OS X 10.5.3 and several user interface improvements.

Galder is an exciting puzzle game which brings gem stone gaming to a new level with a circular, interactive board to enhance gameplay. The unique and innovative interface allows players to remove gems from the board, with beautiful, crisp graphics and a unique soundtrack.
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GarageGames Brings Torque Engine To iPhone
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Garage Games, a technology provider for independent game developers worldwide, has announced that their Torque engine now supports the iPhone. Game developers working with Torque can now use the technology's 2D- and 3D-specific functionality to create games and other interactive applications for the iPhone.

"We've already seen enormous interest in the iPhone within the Torque community. Game developers want to make games for the iPhone and this is a natural step since we're already a very good choice for developing OSX games," said Brett Seyler, GarageGames VP of Business Development. "Apple has been great to work with in the past and the very polished iTunes Store as a marketplace for games should encourage developers to continue pushing boundaries on the iPhone without worrying about the usual publishing and distribution difficulties involved in making a successful mobile game."
In addition to support for the iPhone, GarageGames' Torque game development technology is compatible with Mac, PC, Wii, Xbox 360, and GarageGames' own web-based More information is available at the website below.

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Diablo III Preview Interview
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Computer and Video Games has posted a new preview of Diablo III, the much anticipated next installment of the popular action RPG series from Blizzard Entertainment. The preview takes the form of an interview with DIII art director Brian Morrisroe who discussed the team's design philosophy with the new game.

Though details of the story are light on the ground, we do know that it's been 20 years since the Archangel Tyrael destroyed the corrupted Worldstone at the end of Lord of Destruction.

This event was supposed to ensure that the forces of Hell were released upon mankind, but this apocalypse didn't pan out.

As nobody has heard from the Archangel since, no-one believes the ramblings of the now-aged Deckard Cain and everything has turned into a somewhat baffling legend.

But it's fair to guess that mankind hasn't seen the last of those hellish brutes this time round. Blizzard's challenge now is to successfully refresh the series without removing what makes it Diablo.

"Everything we do is about staying true to the franchise. Across the board, we want to keep it old, but bring a new life to it," nods Morrisroe.
Read the rest of the article at the site linked below.

CVG: Diablo III Preview
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Mac Games News for Thursday, July 24, 2008

Battlestations Midway Demo Released6:25 AM
Apple Games Features Petz: Catz 2 & Petz: Dogz 26:00 AM
Dangerous High School Girls In Trouble! Wins Gold6:00 AM
Diablo III: Head Biting, Outdoor Environments6:00 AM
Multiplayer Championship Poker Comes To iPhone6:00 AM
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