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Penny Arcade Adventures Episode Two Goes Gold
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Hothead Games has announced that the second episode of Penny Arcade Adventures: On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness has gone gold. The second installment of the episodic adventure game will continue in the "deranged 1920s universe of New Arcadia", once again giving players the chance to join Gabe and Tycho with a character of their own creation.

We’re excited about this release for several reasons. First, it means we join the rather exclusive ranks of video game studios that said they were going to ship a game episodically, and then actually shipped more than one episode. Second, we’re very happy with the quality of Episode Two. If you thought the story was quirky in Episode One, just wait until you try this one. If you thought the final boss was crazy in the first episode, the second one will blow you away. In short, if you liked Episode One, you’ll love Episode Two.

In Episode Two, armed with a new gardening implement and witty repartee, you rejoin Gabe and Tycho, the crime-solving team of the Startling Developments Detective Agency. Visit new areas, combat bigger, badder and stranger enemies, solve even more puzzles and move one step closer to unraveling the mystery hidden deep in the sinister heart of New Arcadia.

• The madcap Penny Arcade experience continues. Meet all-new characters from Mike Krahulik, see newly revealed strip favorites and read laugh-out-loud dialogue from Jerry Holkins.
• Go crazy with a whole new level of customization. Even more options for you to design and develop your own character, seeing it come to life in 3D and in the comic-style 2D cut scenes.
• Play it safe or go insane! New difficulty settings put you in charge of the action.
• A deeper RPG-Adventure experience. Get into the game with more puzzles, areas to explore and levels to gain.
Episode 2 will be released sometime this Fall for the new price of $14.95. VIsit the links below to learn more about the episodic adventure game.

Playgreenhouse: Penny Arcade Adventures Episode Two
Hothead Games
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Penny Arcade Adventures

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2009 Hoyle Games Launch
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Encore has announced the launch of the HOYLE Royal Suite as well as the latest editions of HOYLE Card Games 2009, HOYLE Casino Games 2009, and HOYLE Puzzle & Board Games 2009. The 2009 HOYLE games have been rebuilt from the ground up and offer a brand new gaming experience complete with a free multi-player online component available for Macintosh and Windows operating systems. With the addition of new card, casino and puzzle games, the player can customize each level with characters, music and VIP rewards for game bonuses. The Royal Suite, a new online destination for the 2009 Card and Casino games will offer players ongoing game updates, news, forums, leader boards, hosted tournaments and special offers.

"HOYLE games' popularity began over 200 years ago and although the rules have not changed, the way people enjoy games has. Among the many new features, the 2009 edition incorporates an online interactive community that allows gamers to compete in tournaments with other HOYLE(R) fans. By combining classic games with new technology, we have taken the HOYLE(R) brand to the next level," said Cal Morrell, President of Encore Software.
Rated "T" for Teen, the 2009 HOYLE games will each be available for $19.99 MSRP. Follow the link below for more information.

Hoyle Gaming

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StarcCraft II: Hellion vs Reaper
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment's Karune recently shared a view more details about units in the upcoming StarCraft II. In a post on the official forums Karune compared the Hellion and Reaper units, detailing their strengths and weaknesses. StarCraft II will return players to the story several years after the events in Brood War.

Karune : The Hellion is faster than the Reaper side by side, but the cliff traversing talent often gets the Reaper to the place you want to go faster.

In raiding, it really depends. Hellions will be able to hit several workers at the same time, but Reapers have much more direct damage. Choosing what to use may also depend on what you are up against. Hellions are armored, whereas Reapers are light armor. Both are very useful for raiding and used in conjunction effectively could easily mean GG quite early, bleeding the enemy economy and tech.
Head over to the links below to learn more about the eagerly sequel.

Blizzplanet: StarCraft Hellions Info
Blizzard Entertainment
StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty
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Spore Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

MacApper has posted a new review of Spore, Will Wright's latest god sim which allows players to guide a single celled organism from the primordial pools of a single planet to the galaxy swirls of interstellar space. MacApper gave the game a score of 3.5 out of 5.

From the review:

Setting aside all the minor quibbles, Spore is a game to be appreciated and admired as an adventurous step forward in procedural game design and large-scale mechanics. It is ultimately an ambitious and successful science project, and should be understood as such. Having said that, actually playing through Spore can be tedious and unfulfilling at times specifically because it feels more like a science experiment than a coherent gaming experience.

To wrap up, even with its truly brilliant art direction, impressive sound design, and compelling concept, the fundamental fact of the matter remains that Spore is marketed as a video game, not an experiment in gaming technology, and the experience of playing through the fragmented sections can be unsatisfying, disjointed, and tedious – words which should not have to be used to describe something that’s meant to be fun.
Click over to the link below to read the rest of the review.

MacApper: Spore Review
Electronic Arts
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Clue Classic Released For Mac
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Macgamestore has announced that Clue Classic is now available for the Macintosh. Clue Classic is a new casual game developed with Hasbro and GamesCafe, Inc. and published by RealGames.

Solve the mystery that's kept everyone guessing for more than 50 years. Col. Mustard, Prof. Plum, Miss Scarlet and the rest of the usual suspects have gathered together in stately Tudor Mansion to determine who killed Mr. Boddy, where the murder was committed, and how it was done. Was it Mr. Green in the Hall with the revolver? Or perhaps it was Mrs. Peacock in the ballroom with the lead pipe?

With six suspects, six possible murder weapons and nine rooms in the mansion, there are hundreds of possibilities, and plenty of clues to investigate. A family favorite for generations of gamers, CLUE Classic is a whodunit you'll want to solve again and again.
* Dynamic Detective's Notebook
* Detailed Move History
* Classic CLUE Characters
* Fun for All Ages
Clue Classic requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later. A free demo is available for download from Macgamestore. The full version costs $19.95 (USD) to register.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, October 2, 2008

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