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Uplink Update Restores Compatibility, Provides Enhancements
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Ambrosia Software has announced the release of Uplink 1.6.1. This release restores compatibility issues and also provides enhancements to the cyber-hacking strategy game.

Uplink 1.6.1 features the following improvements and changes:

-- Restored compatibility with mods
-- Fixed an issue where with large world map.
-- Various bug fixes and enhancements

More about Uplink:
Welcome to the world of the cyber-hacking game Uplink, developed by Introversion Software and published for Mac OS X by Ambrosia Software. A world that is not all that different from the world that exists today: a world of high tech computer crime and industrial espionage on the Internet.

An enigma in itself, Uplink is akin to a more cerebral incarnation of Ambrosia's popular Escape Velocity series of games, with missions that interweave a threaded plot which is unveiled with each conquest. Only this time, you have only your intellect, hacking skills, and the computer systems you've compromised to aid you.

You play an Uplink Agent who makes a living by performing jobs for major corporations. Your tasks involve hacking into rival computer systems, stealing research data, sabotaging other companies, laundering money, erasing evidence, or framing innocent people.

You have the power, but do you have what it takes to master Uplink?
Uplink costs $25, requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, and is a Universal Binary application.

The update, free to registered users of Uplink, may be downloaded at the link below.

Contraband Entertainment
Ambrosia Software

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StarCraft II: Decorative Water, Visible Unit Upgrades
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story has posted the results of an exclusive StarCraft II Q&A session won by french SC II fansite JudgeHype for contributions to the I <3 SC contest. The questions include comments on how water is used in the game and possible visual changes to units based on researched upgrades.

1. Will the editor allow us to have the water surface react to explosions and units passing by?
No, there won't be any physics effects involving water.

2. Will we have the possibility of having units evolve under water in the editor?
Water is only decorative, it won't have any gameplay effects. Units won't be able to go 'under' water. Although, you may be able to simulate this to some extent through triggers and data modification.

3. Will the Ultralisk upgrades change his visual appearance?
Depending on time, we would like to have various upgrades be able to be seen visually on the units themselves, similar to the Marine's shields. However, it has not been determined which upgrades will be seen yet though, as the art is still WIP.

Check out the full interview at the page link below. SC II Q&A
Blizzard Entertainment
StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty
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Freeverse Tops App Store, Releases New Titles
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Freeverse has announced that two of its titles, Moto Chaser and Flick Bowling, are currently the #1 and #2 top paid apps in the iTunes App Store. Five of the company's titles are listed in the Top 100 Paid Games.

"We're thrilled that so many people are enjoying our games," said Ian Lynch Smith, President of Freeverse.  "We're even more excited about our pipeline of new games coming to the iPhone and the iPod Touch in the weeks ahead. Our development teams are really still learning the capabilities of the platform, we're just starting to hit our stride."
Freeverse also recently announced the release of Burning Monkey Puzzle Lab and Tranquility for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Puzzle Lab features five classic puzzle genres in one package while Tranquility offers relaxing, professionally-recorded environmental sounds designed to ease stress and help the user sleep.

More about Burning Monkey Puzzle Lab:
Five Best Of Class Puzzle Games in One App:
Color Reaction – Match colored balls, go for Combos!
Hex Bonding – Assemble rows of falling pieces to win!
Test Tube – Rotate balls in-line to create matches!
Mission Mode – Mixing all modes, a new quest each level!
Zen Mode – Zen graphics, haikus, no pressure- just play.

Fans of Tetris, Bejeweled, and other classic puzzle games will be right at home with Burning Monkey Puzzle Lab. All game modes feature over 15 Special Power pieces as well as an exciting “Versus” mode against a computer opponent.

"Burning Monkey Puzzle Lab is one of Freeverse's most beloved games for the Mac, and we are thrilled to share the fun with iPhone and iPod touch users!", said Ian Lynch Smith, President of Freeverse.
Burning Monkey Puzzle Lab is for $0.99 from the iTunes App Store. Follow the links below to learn about all of Freeverse's titles.

Burning Monkey Puzzle Lab
Moto Chaser
Flick Bowling

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Cloud Girls Now Available For iPhone & iPod Touch
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Cocoa Touch Games recently announced the release of its newest arcade family game on the iPhone App Store, Cloud Girls

The player's goal in the game is to protect the world for as long as possible by rotating a vibrant, spinning, finger-controlled, multi-coloured shield to gather falling stars. As the game progresses the stars increase in speed and frequency, making it increasingly hard to spin the shield around fast enough to protect the world. Bonus stars provide extra score or replenish your lives fall among the other stars—make sure to let them through the shield to gain the bonuses they provide.

Players begin the game by selecting one of the five distinctly different Cloud Girls to play—Jenna, Anya, Mirabel, Keiko or Bjork—before leaping into space with their multi-coloured shield.

Your score in Cloud Girls is determined by how long you survive the onslaught of tumbling stars with extra points provided by one of the two types of bonus marbles. At the end of game your score is saved locally, but can also be submitted to the Cloud Girls online server (WiFi or cellular connection required) where your score will be added to the ranks of other players around the world. You can review your own scores and those of the top 100 players around the world with the click of a button.

The game features delightful art, perfect 80s pop music, power-ups, online high scores and superb transition and graphic effects. Join the ranks of the Cloud Girls and save the world today!

The producer and creative director for Cloud Girls was Cocoa Touch Games founder David Janik-Jones. The game was programmed by Ricardo Quesada, author of the highly recommended cocos2d-iphone framework for building 2D iPhone games, demos, and other graphical/interactive applications. The beautiful Cloud Girls were created, and generously made available to game designers, by Daniel Cook of
Cloud Girls is available now through the iPhone App Store and iTunes for $2.99. Check out the links below to learn more.

Cloud Girls
iTunes App Store: Cloud Girls
Cocoa Touch Games

Spore: City Anthem Creator Tutorial Video
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The official website for Spore, Will Wright's evolution sim, has added a new tutorial video to the list of available movies. This latest video provides a guide to using the City Anthem Creator with instruction from Spore audio engineer Cyril Saint Girons.

Cyril walks through how to create an anthem by selecting beats, adjusting melody, and adding ambiance.

He'll show you what the changing note color indicates, how to adjust the duration of the note, and more! He also walks through the process of sharing anthems with friends.

We've posted three PNGs of great example anthems for you to download and load in your game! Follow the tutorial to find out how or click on the PNGs to see the profile pages of their creators!
Visit the website listed below to view the new video.

Spore Videos
Electronic Arts
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