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IMG Reviews Dream Pinball 3D
6:23 AM | Marcus Albers | 1 comment

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Runesoft's modern pinball simulation, Dream Pinball 3D. Featuring 6 different tables and a host of graphical features, the game brings a lot to the table. Here's an excerpt from the review:

Dream Pinball offers 6 different tables for your pinball pleasure, with themes ranging from classic horror monsters to emergency rescue helicopters. The tables aren't just flat graphics and lights serving as a background for your ball to run around on. First of all, they're set in a room resembling a fairly well-appointed family basement or an unusually clean and well-lit arcade, and depending on your camera angle, you can see the upright backboard of the table as well, with your score displayed in the usual place. Depending on the theme, various objects are scattered around the perimeter of the table, such as swords, skeletal hands, miniature castles, turtles, helicopters, and so on. Most of them don't serve any game play role, but they remind one of the plastic props found in some of the fancier pinball tables of the past, and add to the overall veracity. The playing surfaces themselves are adorned with the usual targets, lights, bumpers, and ramps, all very well rendered.
Follow the link below to read the full review.

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Amju Pet Zoo Released For Mac
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Amju Games recently announced the release of Amju Pet Zoo for Mac. In the game players can create a zoo and fill it with a variety of animals. Once the zoo is full players then decided whether or not to protect their creatures or feed them to carnivorous dinosaurs.

Pet Zoo Features:

• Make your own zoo full of little animals! Watch out for the dinosaurs!
• Find eggs and hatch them!
• Feed your pets and watch them grow! When they grow up they lay more eggs!
• Will you protect your pets, or feed them to the dinosaurs ?!
• Visit the Pet Zoo shop to buy and sell stuff!
• Collect hearts to unlock new areas and pick up more things!
Amju Pet Zoo is a Universal Binary application and is available for free. Follow the links below for more information.

Amju Pet Zoo
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Petz Sports Now Available For Intel Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Transgaming has released Petz Sports for Intel Mac owners. The Ubisoft title allows players to adopt a puppy chosen from a variety of well known breeds, and engage in games and activities with the new pet. Petz Sports includes 18 breeds, 22 possible tricks dogs can learn, and the chance to complete with up to two friends on 36 agility courses.

Relish the joy, companionship and fun that only a pet dog can provide as you explore the exciting activities that await in Petz Sports. Adopt an adorable puppy from a selection of well-known breeds, then bond with your new canine companion over a succession of fun games and activities. Frolic with your furry friend as you experience all the delights of pet ownership.

Whether you're a fan of dogs big or small, Petz Sports offers a canine friend for your needs. Choose a puppy from among any of 18 well-known breeds ranging from tiny Chihuahuas to big, friendly Golden Retrievers, and dress up your dog in adorable outfits and accessories. Interact with your puppy just like you would a real dog, playing with it, training it, taking it for walks and teaching it more than 22 tricks. Then set your puppy loose in dozens of exciting agility courses where you can compete with your friends to see who's top dog.
• Compete with up to two friends on 36 different agility courses
• Adopt any of 18 breeds of dogs, or choose to adopt them all
• Create a strong bond with your pet by walking it, feeding it and playing with it
• Teach your new dog some old tricks, including roll over and tornado
• Unlock fun outfits and accessories, including costumes, hats and sunglasses, to dress up your dog
System Requirements:
• Mac OS X v10.5.5 Leopard / Mac OS X v10.4.11 Tiger*
• CPU: Intel Core Duo Processor
• 1024MB RAM
• 2.1GB hard-disk space
• Video card: ATI X1600/NVIDIA 7300 GT or Intel integrated graphics chip *Intel GMA950 supported ONLY on Leopard
• Keyboard and mouse
Petz Sports costs $19.99 and is available for download and purchase from the GameTree Online website.

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New Diablo III Screenshots & Artwork Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has posted several new screenshots and pieces of artwork for Diablo III, The company's eagerly anticipated return to the action RPG franchise. The game will allow players to revisit the world of Sanctuary where they must once again take up arms against the demonic forces threatening humanity.

From Blizzplanet:

The first concept art tells us a few things. It is Caldeum and it is described as a bandit city. It is unknown if the place will be hostile to players or if it is just a market place where adventurers may spend some coins on merchadise and to be able to hire mercenaries (followers). The art is signed by Trent (2007). The second artwork shows the beautiful interiors of a palace with a large central pool. It is signed by Peter Lee (2006). The third artwork shows the entrance to a dungeon, presumably. It is signed by Victor Lee (March 2007). So we are seeing three different concept artists and artwork dating back to 2006 and 2007.

The five screenshots show off the female Wizard, the Witch Doctor and the Barbarian in action. The Wizard’s spell graphics is with no doubt awesome. She hurls a lightning bolt across half the screen to hit a target on the other side of the room. The Witch Doctor throws an explosive concoction and up to four fiery pets engage ghostly spellcasters that seem to have been triggered by a trap mechanism that introduces them into the room from the below the ground. The third screenshot shows the Wizard casting a very powerful laser-like beam of fire. It looks more like a continuous redish photon stream that desintegrates anything caught in its path. It covers a large area of the screen. The stream doesn’t stop on the target, it goes through it and continues all the way off the screen.
Head over to the links below to check out all the new media.

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Myst Online Goes Open Source
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Cyan Worlds has decided to release Myst Online: Uru Live as open source, including the source code for the servers, client, and tools used to make and maintain the online game. The announcement is the latest development in the troubled history of Myst Online, which was recently dropped from GameTap's lineup.

So, Cyan has decided to give make MystOnline available to the fans by releasing the source code for the servers, client and tools for MystOnline as an open source project. We will also host a data server with the data for MystOnline. MORE is still possible but only with the help from fans.

This is a bit scary for Cyan because this is an area that we have never gone before, to let a product freely roam in the wild. But we've poured so much into UruLive, and it has touched so many, that we could not just let it whither and die. We still have hopes that someday we will be able to provide new content for UruLive and/or work on the next UruLive.

This is also a bit scary for the fans. We realize that this could turn UruLive into the "wild west" and lead to many fractured and diverse MystOnline servers. But it is our hope that with the help of dedicated core fans (if you are reading this, it probably means you) that a safe and secure MystOnline server set (many servers from around the world working together as one) can be created that will let people explore and live in UruLive.
Check out the site below for more information.

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MotionX- Poker Quest Comes To iPhone
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

MotionX has announced the release of MotionX- Poker Quest for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch. The Egyptian themed poker dice game challenges players to defeat the gods in strategic battles spanning 12 Egyptian temple locations along the Nile.

Here's more information about the game:

MotionX-Poker Quest is the new Egyptian-themed adventure poker dice game.  Players challenge the Gods in a strategic battle of poker dice as they navigate through spectacular Egyptian temples along the Nile.  MotionX puts real dice in the player’s hand.

•Start the game at the first of twelve Egyptian temples, at the Temple of Anuket.  Continue the adventure through the wonders of Ancient Egypt to the sources of the Nile.
• At each temple you play Poker Dice against one of the Egyptian gods.
• Roll the dice by shaking your iPhone or iPod Touch, or by touching the Autoroll button. Take turns with the dealer and after three rolls each, the best hand wins!
• Unlock new temples by building your bank roll of gold coins.
• Collect 20 treasures along the way by achieving specific dice rolling sequences.
• Unlock up to 50 sets of hand-crafted dice -- a new set for each time you roll Five of a Kind.
The full version of MotionX- Poker Quest is available for $2.99 from the iPhone App Store. A "Lite" version is available free of charge. Visit the links below to learn more.

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iPhone App Store: Motion X Poker Quest
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Mac Games News for Friday, December 12, 2008

Kivi's Underworld: Mac Development, Trailer, Review6:00 AM
Wolfire Offering Lugaru For Free This Christmas6:00 AM
World Of Goo Reviewed6:00 AM
World Of Warcraft Character Re-Customization Service Debuts6:00 AM
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