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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

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Liquid Defense Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Nuclear Nova Software has announced the release of Liquid Defense, the company's fourth game for the Mac. In the puzzle game players must manage resources while finding the solution to each level. Liquid Defense features 28 levels levels and a realistic physics engine.

Liquid Defense is a unique puzzle game where you must eliminate all of the incoming water, gas and oil. Each of the 28 levels is carefully designed to require innovative solutions while managing limited resources.
• 3D graphics with simple 2D gameplay
• Realistic Chipmunk physics engine
• Cross platform, play on Mac now, with PCs and Linux versions coming soon.
• Actively developed, constant free updates
Minimum Requirements:
• Mac OS X Version 10.3.9 Tiger or later
• Universal Binary for PowerPC and Intel
• 27MB Hard Drive space
• 32MB of VRAM
• 1.8GHZ or greater CPU recommended
The full version of Liquid Defense costs $19.95. A free eight level demo is available from the site listed below.

Liquid Defense
Nuclear Nova Software

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IMG Reviews FlatOut 2
8:57 AM | Marcus Albers | 4 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of the over-the-top racing title FlatOut 2 from Virtual Programming. Race and smash through a number of different race types, or try and launch your driver to new heights in a number of mini-game challenges. Here's an excerpt from the review:

FlatOut 2 is a straight-up arcade racer. The controls (especially using a USB controller) are mostly responsive and tight as you speed through courses designed for maximum chaos. There are lots of things you can crash into, be they billboards or gas pumps. Being an arcade racer, the game is mostly pickup-and-play and simple at first. It doesn’t take too long, though, for the game to become pretty brutal. Courses get more challenging, ultimately requiring memorization of key shortcuts to help you win, and earning Nitrous for essential speed boosts. This is coupled with surprising AI (yay) and some odd collision detection (nay). There were times that some objects if hit knocked you completely out of control. It seems kind of inconsistent with what you can hit and what you can’t.
Follow the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: FlatOut 2
FlatOut 2
Virtual Programming

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Overgrowth: Terrain Lighting, Early Animation Examples
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Wolfire Software has updated its developer's blog with new information about Overgrowth, the upcoming sequel to the rabbit martial arts title Lugaru. The updates cover efforts to create detailed lighting effects for the game's terrain and early examples of the animation system.

Because Overgrowth’s gameplay will occur almost entirely in outdoor settings, the Wolfire team has made terrain their recent priority.  After achieving realistic terrain coloring in the Phoenix Engine, Wolfire decided to put the same care into terrain lighting effects.  In addition to adding high-detail terrain shadows from direct sunlight, the engine now also accounts for ambient lighting and occlusion. Combined these effects have resulted in surprisingly realistic environments.

Aware that Overgrowth fans can not be satisfied by terrain alone, Wolfire lead programmer, David Rosen, also made time to demonstrate his initial work on Overgrowth’s procedural animation system. Though the animation system is still in early development, fans were glad to finally see a character model hopping around on the terrain.
Click over to the links below to read more about Overgrowth's progress.

Wolfire Blog: Overgrowth Terrain Shadows
Wolfire Blog: Ambient Occlusion
Wolfire Blog: Procedural Animation
Wolfire Blog
Wolfire Software

Appletell Indigo iMac & Classic Game Giveaway
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Appletell has announced a December giveaway offering participants the chance to win a 400MHz G3 Indigo iMac and a collection of Classic OS games. Depending on the number of contestants the winner will receive from 10 to 43 games.

For the next three weeks, we’ll be holding a giveaway of a heavily used but solid 400MHz G3 Indigo iMac. And what would you want with such a thing? Beats us…unless, of course, you’d like to play over 40 Mac OS Classic games on it.

All these games are just taking up valuable space here at Appletell Towers, and we need to make room for the new rod hockey table. So, we’re going to give away this iMac along with 10 Mac OS Classic games (the iMac comes with Mac OS v9.2.1 installed) of the winner’s choice from the list below. For each 100 entries we receive, we’ll throw in another 10 games. If we hit 400 entries, all of the games will be awarded.

Potential Game Prizes:
• Asteroids
• Bingo Bingo Bingo
• Bugdom
• Bungie Mac Action Pack
• The Castle
• Centipede
• The Crystal Key
• Dracula: Resurrection
• Dracula: The Last Sanctuary
• Driver
• Escape from Monkey Island
• Falcon 4.0
• Fly!
• The Forgotten
• Intellivision Rocks
• Jeopardy
• Mah Jong Parlor
• The Messenger
• Oni
• Railroad Tycoon II
• Railraod Tycoon II: Gold Edition
• Rainbow Six
• Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear
• Redneck Rampage
• Riddle of the Sphinx
• Risk II
• Rune
• Safecracker
• Scrabble
• Star Trek: TNG - Klingon Honor Guard
• Star Wars: Dark Forces
• Star Wars Episode I: Racer
• TimeScape: Journey to Pompei
• Traitors Gate
• Unreal
• Unreal Tournament
• Unreal Tournament Game of the Year
• Vampire The Masquerade: Redemption
• Virtual Game Station
• Wheel of Fortune
• Wheel of Fortune 2nd Edition
• Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
• Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Head over to the page below to learn more about the contest.

Appletell: iMac Giveaway

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Universal Geneforge Beta Ready For Testing
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software is in the process of developing Universal versions of the first three Geneforge RPG titles. The company has released a beta version of Universal Geneforge and is asking for feedback and bug reports from those who download it.

We are working on Universal versions of Geneforge 1-3 for Intel Macintoshes. The Universal Geneforge is now in public beta. You can download the beta here. If you try it out (either to report a problem or let us know that it's working), please let us know.
Visit Spiderweb's site at the link below to download the beta and learn more abou the Geneforge series.

Universal Geneforge Beta
Spiderweb Software

Mac Games News for Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Adventure With The Undead In A Vampyre Story6:00 AM
Penny Arcade Adventures Episode Two Reviewed6:00 AM
The Rise Of Atlantis Comes To Mac OS X6:00 AM
Wiz Solitaire 1.36 Released6:00 AM
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