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GiantCrayon WordSoup Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

GiantCrayon Games has released GiantCrayon WordSoup, a new word puzzle vocabulary game. WordSoup presents players with a jumble of letters from which they must find every possible anagram before the time runs off the clock. To move to the next round players must guess the longest possible word available with the given letters.

"We're incredibly excited," said Tim Goggin, VP, Sales & Marketing for GiantCrayon Games. "This is more than just a computer game. It's a way for adults to solve fun, challenging word puzzles and increase their vocabulary at the same time."

Goggin added, "GiantCrayon WordSoup is like an spinning class for Mac users' vocabulary. Whether you win or not, you find yourself stretching for words that aren't on the tip of your tongue. You also learn new words all the time. It's a rush to advance to the next level."

The game has options to limit or expand the number of letters jumbled as well as difficulty settings that limit how long players have to guess words. Goggin warns that it can be highly addictive.

GiantCrayon Games is a wholly owned subsidiary of Information Appliance Associates, makers of ground-breaking Macintosh sync tools. GiantCrayon Games produces unique casual games for fun and stimulation.
GiantCrayon WordSoup works on OS 10.5.x (Leopard) and retails for $9.95 (USD).

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IMG Reviews I SPY Fun House
12:16 PM | Marcus Albers | 1 comment

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of the hidden object game I SPY Fun House from Scholastic. Based on the popular series of children's books, the game serves as a excellent introduction to the world of seek-and-find casual titles such as the Mystery Case Files series. Here's an excerpt from the review:

Besides the great environment, I appreciate there are no grandiose attempts to make this game appear to be more than it is, no mysteries or murder plots that seem to promise intrigue but really require no other skill than being observant and able to spot objects in the clutter.

Although the game is designed for kids in the 6-11 age group, as with other I Spy games, does this preclude adults from playing? Absolutely not! My wife has been a dedicate player of these casual games of which there is a long list of titles by publisher Scholastic and Big Fish Games. (makers of the Mystery Case Files series).

Follow the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: I SPY Fun House
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Mac Games Arcade Enters Public Beta Phase
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story has announced that an open beta of its digital download application, Mac Games Arcade, is now available for the general public. Mac Games Arcade allows users to browse through hundreds of digital download Mac titles from over 100 Mac developers, check out demos, write reviews, purchase games, and maintain their digital downloads.

More Mac Games Arcade Features:

Easy Browsing - Quickly and efficiently browse through hundreds of Macintosh games in either icon or list view. Check out descriptions, features, screenshots, and system requirements.
Quick Downloading - Download demos and full games with a single click with no messy installing. Once you download it, Mac Games Arcade installs the game and you're ready to play.
Fast and Secure Purchasing - Purchase Mac games fast and securely. Add games to your cart, then checkout and start playing games within seconds.
Ease of Mind Maintenance - With Mac Games Arcade you no longer have to worry about losing your digital downloads. Mac Games Arcade keeps a complete history of all your purchases. You can re-download and reinstall your purchased games any time you want, forever.
Mac Games Arcade is currently in beta testing and requires a Mac with Mac OS X 10.4 or better.

Mac Games Arcade

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Savage 2: A Tortured Soul Now Available For Free
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

S2 Games has announced that Savage 2: A Tortured Soul is now freeware. There are no longer demo restrictions of any kind and all players can enjoy the game for free. In addition, S2 Games has officially announced the recent release of a Mac OS X Client for Apple gamers. The sequel to Savage: The Battle for Newerth expands on the original's combination of first-person shooter, real-time strategy, and role-playing game elements.

About Savage 2: A Tortured Soul:

Savage 2: A Tortured Soul is the sequel to the critically acclaimed online multiplayer game Savage: A Battle for Newerth, which introduced gamers to the completely new Real Time Strategy Shooter (RTSS) gaming genre. Savage enabled players to opt for either the fast-paced, run-and-gun action of a first-person shooter (FPS) game - playing as a Warrior - or the more cerebral and tactical planning of a real-time strategy (RTS) game - playing as a Commander - working together as a team to defeat the enemy. Savage 2: A Tortured Soul builds upon the addicting, fast-paced gameplay of the original with additional squad-based features and enhanced role-playing game (RPG) elements which enable players to build their character level and abilities throughout the game.
For more information about Savage 2: A Tortured Soul follow the links below.

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Real Soccer, Slyder, Tiger Woods Now Available For iPod
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Three new games are now available for download from the iTunes Store for Apple's iPod multimedia devices. The new titles include Gameloft S.A.'s Real Soccer 2009, Sandlot Games' Slyder Adventures, and EA's Tiger Woods PGA Tour.

More about Real Soccer 2009:

Live the soccer season to take to the max with Real Soccer 2009, the ultimate soccer simulation on the iPod. Choose from 290 clubs and nations and take part in the season's biggest competitions. Play alongside top players and perform astonishing technical moves in your choice of six great stadiums. Set the field on fire and experience realistic artificial intelligence and extremely detailed graphics in this amazing soccer simulation.

Play as on of more than 290 clubs and national teams in 10 different leagues
Experience the atmosphere of six great soccer stadiums, including Milan, Manchester, and Madrid locations
Enjoy a true-to-life soccer experience, thanks to flowing animation and realistic opponent behaviors
Make spectacular soccer moves that are easy to perform
Select from five game modes, including national leagues, and European Club Cup
More about Slyder Adventures:
Our favorite spherical hero, Slyder, makes his iPod debut in this topsy-turvy adventure. Guide Slyder and three of his friends through four worlds packed with fun, excitement, and danger. Play Exploration Mode at your own pace or, for an even bigger challenge, race against the clock in Timed Mode. Explore more than 150 fast-paced, increasingly challenging levels - each with unique characters - and collect more than 30 distinct items to help you in your quest.

Enjoy the full Slyder Adventures experience on your iPod - more than 150 levels spanning four worlds and two game modes
With an alternate accelerometer-based input, watch Slyder and his friends respond by turning your iPod nano (4th generation)
Rotate levels quickly and easily using the touch-sensitive Click Wheel
Customize the Slyder Adventures soundtrack by playing music from your iPod
More about Tiger Woods PGA Tour:
Tee it up with Tiger Woods PGA Tour. Play as Tiger, other PGA Tour pros, or create your own golfer. Climb the ranks as an Amateur, a Pro, or a Legend in Practice and Tournament modes. Show your skills across historic courses. Sink shots with the optional swing meter. Follow your shot through the air with the ball cam. Read the green with the putting grid. Vivid graphics and an authentic feel put you on the course. Track stats and earn Trophy Balls on your way to becoming a golf legend.

Test your skills in two challenging game modes
Drive for show and putt for dough on legendary courses, including Pebble Beach
Tee it up as golf legend Tiger Woods and other top PGA Tour pros
Create your own custom golfer and dare to take on Tiger
Make amazing golf shots to collect valuable Trophy Balls
Line up your shot with the simplified isometric camera view
Follow your shot straight to the cup with a top-down ball camera
The games cost $4.99 each from the iTunes Store and are compatible with 3rd and 4th generation iPod nanos, iPod classics, and 5th generation iPods.

iTunes Store: Real Soccer 2009
iTunes Store: Slyder Adventures
iTunes Store: Tiger Woods PGA Tour

Mac Games News for Tuesday, December 9, 2008

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