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MiniOne Racing Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Frogames, developer of Penguins Arena: Sedna's World, has announced the release of MiniOne Racing. In the game players race a variety of unique miniature vehicles through a variety of locations from virtual beaches to other planets. MiniOne Racing features two game modes, multiplayer action for up to 4 players, and an online high score list.

More about the game:

"MiniOne Racing was designed by kid and programmed by geeks," according to Christophe Canon, co-founder of Frogames. "It's a racing game with the Frogames touch," Mr. Canon added. And what that means is MiniOne Racing is funny and exciting with a colorful, cartoonish and way cute art design. Just like with their previous game release, Penguins Arena - Sedna's World, which took first place at the Intel Game Demo Contest 2007.

MiniOne Racing enables anyone to become the racing car driver they always dreamed of becoming, with a twist! Players race colorful and humorous miniature vehicles around virtual beaches, playgrounds, campsites and even other planets.

Up to 4 players can race together over the Internet or LAN. More than just a racing game, MiniOne Racing also provides leagues, equilibrium and a jump game mode. Players can post the scores of from these equilibrium and jump modes and they can compare their high scores on
Minimum Requirements:
• Mac OS X 10.3 or greater
• 1 GHz CPU
• 512 MB memory
• 32 MB of video memory
• A broadband connection to play online
MiniOne Racing is available for $19.95. The demo can be downloaded at the site listed below.

MiniOne Racing

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IMG Reviews Soulless
6:50 AM | Marcus Albers | 4 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of the indie platformer Soulless from Cobra Blade. Soulless has you fighting endless waves of zombies on a starship in the far reaches of the galazy. Here's an excerpt from the review:

The platforming elements are also a tad premature. The character jumps sloppily and can often miss a platform because he jumped just a little too early. Not that it matters, though, as there's no falling damage or death pits. You just climb all the way back up and keep trying until you finally cross the divide. You can also jump over zombies if you try hard enough, but that often gets you swatted so you might as well stand still and fire until they explode.
Follow the link below for the full review.

IMG Review: Soulless
Cobra Blade

Asphalt 4: Elite Racing Released For iPod
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple and Gameloft S.A. have released Asphalt 4: Elite Racing for iPod multimedia devices. In the game players enter the world of high speed racing in a variety of locations around the world. Asphalt 4 features 10 different cars, seven race locations, and five different racing modes.

Compete against the world's richest drivers in high-speed races through the streets of Monte Carlo, New York, Shanghai, Paris, Dubai, Tokyo, and Beverly Hills. Choose from among 10 dream cars and bikes from the world's most prestigious manufacturers, such as Nissan, Ferrari, and Bugatti.

Upgrade your rides in your own garage and spend millions to tune them. The police await you in each city with roadblocks and helicopters to try and confiscate your expensive toys, so you'll need to drive to the limit to avoid them. Can you become the ultimate VIP of urban racing?
• Choose from 10 dream cars and bikes from the world's most prestigious manufacturers: Ferrari, Bugatti, Aston Martin, Chevrolet Corvette, Kawasaki, and more
• Race in seven of the world's hottest cities: Monte Carlo, Beverly Hills, Shanghai, NYC, Dubai, Paris, and Tokyo
• Enjoy amazing 3D environments and breathtaking scenery
• Turn your rides in your own luxury garage
• Choose from five different racing modes: Race, Duel, Cop Chase, Cash Attack, and Beat'Em All
• Adapt your driving style to the weather conditions" can you control your car under heavy rain?
Asphalt 4: Elite Racing costs $4.99 from the iTunes Store and is compatible with 3rd and 4th generation iPod nanos, iPod classics, and 5th generation iPods.

iTunes Store: Asphalt 4 Elite Racing

uDevGames Competition Begins
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

The uDevGames Mac Game Development Contest has begun. Sponsored by iDevGames and iDevApps, the contest is entering its fifth year of challenging developers to create an original game in 3 months. Game designers have a chance of winning prizes in a variety of categories.

From the website:

iDevGames is proud to announce the start of the fifth uDevGames Mac Game Development Contest! The contest challenges participants to create a Mac OS X game in three months time, which will then be subjected to public vote and peer vote, with the best in a variety of categories receiving prizes provided by our generous sponsors.

The uDevGames contest is iDevGames' unique grass-roots initiative to highlight our community to gamers, as well as a development platform capable of producing the most innovative cross-platform titles in the industry. Here's why uDevGames has become the Mac gaming event of the year:

• Source code from all entries is released back into the community.
• Fantastic prizes are awarded to motivate developers to do their best.
• Anyone can enter using any development tool that produces double-clickable, native Mac OS X applications.
• The Best Overall Game is demonstrated at MacWorld's Mac OS X Arcade.
• The contest produces a wide range of free games for players to enjoy.
• Gamer participation is encouraged through feedback and play testing.
uDevGames Schedule:
Official Start: December 2, 2008, 12:01AM
Registration Deadline: January 18, 2009 11:59PM
Entry Fee Required: January 19, 2009 11:59PM
Game & Source Code Required: March 2, 2009 11:59PM
Voting Begins: March 3, 2009 12:01AM
Voting Ends: March 10, 2009 11:59PM
Announcement of Winners: March 12, 2009
Postmortems Required: March 25, 2009 11:59PM
Prize Reviews Required: May 31, 2009
Click over to the link below to learn more about the competition.


Winter Wolves Software Future Projects
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In its December newsletter Winter Wolves Software revealed work on two new titles. The first, Spirited Heart, combines elements of roleplaying games and adventure games. The second, an unnamed title, is a new poker themed dating sim set to be released under the Tycoon Games label.

Spirited Heart:

Spirited Heart is a mix between a RPG game and an adventure game. Similar in gameplay to Cute Knight and Princess Maker, it offers some interesting new features, like three different races (Human, Elf, Demon) each one with different starting skills and winning conditions.

Decide your weekly schedule and pick the best choice through hundred of unique special events that will shape the future of your character.
Tycoon Games Dating Sim:
"You just lost your job as IT consultant. You're wandering through central park, when you met a weird old guy dressed in rags who is playing poker..."

That's the introduction to the new exciting dating sim Tycoon Games is producing, set in the most exciting card game: the poker!
Spirited Heart is currently slated for release in the second quarter of 2009. For more information about Winter Wolves and Tycoon Games follow the links below.

Winter Wolves
Tycoon Games

Aspyr Releases FriendZoo, Offers Buggled Discount
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

Aspyr Media recently announced the release of FriendZoo, the company's second iPhone App. The application changes the entries in a user's address book into zoo animals. The more a user communicates with a particular contact the happier that contact's animal avatar becomes.

The company has also announced a temporary price reduction for its other iPhone app, Buggled. For a limited time the multi-touch finger dexterity game will sell for 99 cents.

About FriendZoo:

Download FriendZoo for your iPhone or iPod Touch and turn your address book into a wild kingdom! FriendZoo transforms each of your contacts into a colorful zoo exhibit, complete with a variety of animals to match up with your friends’ personalities. Instead of a boring black-and-white list, your friends, family and co-workers become bears, monkeys, lions or one of any number of popular zoo critters. Place calls or send texts and emails directly from within FriendZoo, just like through your regular contacts list. And do it often. The more you communicate with a contact, the happier their animal becomes!

FriendZoo Key Features:
• Each member of your contacts list becomes a different animal in his/her own zoo exhibit. Let the software randomly choose an animal assignment, or pick the animal you feel is most appropriate.
• 18 different animals to set as contact characters – Bear, Elephant, Alligator, Giraffe, Gorilla, Hippopotamus, Koala, Lion, Monkey, Parrot, Penguin, Polar Bear, Rhinoceros, Seal, Snake, Tiger, Walrus and Zebra
• 5 different exhibit types – Safari, Jungle, Treetop, Arctic and Aquatic
• FriendZoo operates with all of the features and functionality of the iPhone’s built-in contacts list software
• Each zoo exhibit begins empty of zoo-going spectators.
• The more and more a contact member is called or contacted from the FriendZoo, the more and more spectators show up at their exhibit.
About Buggled:
Put your finger dexterity to the test in this fun and active game of multi-touch finger twister. Ladybugs attempt to escape your nimble fingers in this game filled with charming visuals and curious sounds. So keep all of your fingers on the ladybugs or you will get Buggled!
Check out the links below to learn more about FriendZoo and Buggled.

iPhone App Store: FriendZoo
iPhone App Store: Buggled
Aspyr Media

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Freeverse To Distribute Jack Keane In North America
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Freeverse and Runesoft have announced that Freeverse will be distributing the Mac version of the adventure game title, Jack Keane, to retail stores in North America. The game follows the humorous adventures of Jack as he struggles to solve the mysteries of Tooth Island and his own past. It features a cast of more than 40 characters, 15 locations to explore, and more than 250 objects for use in puzzle solving.

"Freeverse is thrilled to be distributing Jack Keane to Macintosh owners in North America", said Ian Lynch Smith, President of Freeverse. "Jack Keane has been very popular among PC players, and now Mac gamers have the chance to experience this hilarious adventure for themselves!"

Jack Keane takes players on a wild, uproarious adventure to stop a mad scientist's army of trained apes out to rule the world. Jack Keane features hilarious interactive dialogue sequences and cinematic interludes, along with a cast of more than 40 fully developed and memorable characters. Players assume the role of our hapless, swashbuckling adventurer and accompany him in his travels across 15 locations throughout London, Capetown, and Tooth Island. Spectacular graphics, including dynamic lighting, realistic water, and particle effects, highlight your adventures. Interact with dozens of zany characters and use more than 250 found objects to solve puzzles, as Jack moves closer to solving the mystery of his past and how it ties in with the present.
Jack Keane is priced at $39.95. More information about the game can be found at the page listed below.

Freeverse: Jack Keane
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Mac Games News for Thursday, December 4, 2008

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Blizzard Teams With Massive For & Web Advertising6:00 AM
Vendetta Online Development Update6:00 AM
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