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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Lode Runner, Wonder Blocks, and Reversi Come To iPod
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Three new game titles for Apple's iPod multimedia devices have been added to the iTunes store. The offerings this time include Hudson Software's strategic action/puzzler: Lode Runner, Gameloft S.A.'s block stacker: Wonder Blocks, and Apple's classic board game conversion: Reversi.

Lode Runner:

Lode Runner is a strategic action/puzzle game. Your goal is to collect the gold and escape! Evade the horde of attacking robots, occasionally burying one or two along the way, and then head for the escape ladder. Draw the robots closer, time your digging well, and stick to your strategy to beat the stages.
Enjoy 130 stages, spread between Standard, Expert, Master, and Gold Rush modes. You'll find no robots in brain-wracking Puzzle mode, but you will find complete answers for those stages you just can't figure out by yourself.
• Start the game in a flash - simple controls consist of moving and digging
• Stop and restart games at your leisure, since they're divided into stages
• Experience 130 amazing stages
• An easy-to-understand tutorial video is included
• Also includes videos on how to beat those particularly perplexing stages
• In Gold Rush mode, collect gold as you descend deeper through the scrolling screen - try to top your friends' high scores
Wonder Blocks:
Challenge your block-stacking talents and your sense of precision in a fight against time and instability. Travel from wonder to wonder, overcoming challenges to rebuild marvelous structures , from the Egyptian pyramids to the Eiffel Tower. Rotate and place blocks, abut be careful they don't tip over! Build towering spires, balance both sides carefully, and don't let the water flood over your work! it's intense fun that's unlike any puzzle game you've played before on your iPod. Download it today.
• Experience a story taking you to seven wonders, including the Egyptian pyramids and Taj Mahal
• Realistic physics and friction effects create shaky, unstable buildings
• Find the best combination of block colors and shapes to overcome instability challenges
• Intuitive controls are accessible to anyone; rotate and place blocks with only one finger
• Cheerful little characters will help you through your challenges
• Numerous modes: Quick Play, Story Mode, Boss Rush, Time Attack, Tangram, and more
Play Reversi on the go! The classic board game is now available on your iPod. Quickly start a game and choose from a variety of board themes and backgrounds to fit your style. Play against the iPod with several difficulty settings for the whole family or challenge a friend in pass-and-play. Experience a modern version of the classic game with gorgeous graphics and easy-to-use Click Wheel controls.
• Adjustable play levels - easy, medium, hard - make Reversi accessible to the whole family
• Enjoy pass-and-play with another friend
• Request a hint to improve your play or undo a move you've made
• Choose from a variety of gorgeous Reversi boards and chip pieces
• See the game come to life with detailed animations and realistic sound effects
• Place your chips quickly and easily with intuitive Click Wheel controls
Lode Runner and Wonder Blocks cost $4.99 each while Reversi is available for $0.99. The games are compatible with 3rd and 4th generation iPod nanos, iPod classics, and 5th generation iPods.

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IMG Reviews Blood Ties
10:22 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Blood Ties, another in the popular genre of hidden object games from Big Fish Games. From the show of the same name, this game offers up mystery cases to solve while searching for objects. Here's an excerpt from the review:

There is also a dull presentation to the game. The story is given through dull menus showcasing the characters from the show, sending you on these cases to find fragments to complete a talisman of sorts to keep this demon Astaroth at bay. Each case file gives a blurb about the person, and that really is it. Having not watched the show, I cannot say whether these cases tie into the overall mythology of the series, or may feature easter eggs for fans. As an outsider, though, it did not do much to entice me.
Follow the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: Blood Ties
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For A Limited Time Aspyr Offers $10 Off Call Of Duty 4
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Aspyr Media has announced a sale on Call of Duty  4: Modern Warfare for Mac, exclusively through its GameAgent digital download store, for a limited time only. Regularly priced at $54.99, the game is now available as a digital download for $44.99.

More information about Call of Duty  4: Modern Warfare:

Featuring a tense storyline, filled with plot twists, the title thrusts players into battle like never before. With amazing special effects, including rim-lighting, depth of field, texture streaming and character self-shadowing, players are enlisted into one of the most photo-realistic gaming experiences imaginable.

The community-oriented Call of Duty 4 multiplayer gameplay features a robust leveling system, variety of unlockable perks, hot-join and matchmaking, as well as create a class and party capabilities to ensure that players of all skill levels can join in the fun. Additionally over 100 challenges and a host of new game environments and modes deliver unlimited possibilities. Infinity Ward has also included Kill-Cam, a fan favorite feature that they created in Call of Duty 2, which allows for spectator instant replays
For more information follow the links below.

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Echoes Of War: A Musical Blizzard
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzplanet recently published a review of Echoes of War, a 2 disc album and DVD package featuring a collection of orchestral themes spanning Blizzard Entertainment's game universes. The article offers an examination of the album's musical offerings as well as the extras provided in the Legendary Edition.

From the review:

The first piece of Disc One is the Journey to Kalimdor from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. It is just awesome and thrilling to hear it. It is so loud and crystal clear in the hands of so many professional musicians. It is true to its original musical arrangement. The second piece titled Eternity’s End is also from Warcraft III. It is somewhat based on the original but with some special touches that make it differ slightly. It is a medley inspired on Lordaeron’s Fall and Eternity’s End soundtracks originally composed by Glenn Stafford and Jason Hayes. Yet so powerful. I had to play it a second time to taste it. Great voices. The Chorus is great. Such a variety of instruments taking brief spotlights.

I couldn’t believe how crazy it sounds to hear the Starcraft Terran Gameplay main theme in all symphony orchestra splendor. How did they even manage to bring the techno-beat into reality with an orchestra is beyond my imagination. It has some elements that differ from the original theme, but overall it was great to listen to, it is fragmented into so many detailed pieces and beats assigned to so many different instruments. It simply fits well. Let me remind you each single instrument in this Echoes of War is a real person. A real musician reading music from a sheet and playing an instrument. A real symphony orchestra played by human beings. The various themes are inspired from First Contact, Terran 1, Terran 2, Terran 3, Terran Ready Room, Terran Defeat, Terran Victory, the Death of the Overmind, Funeral for a Hero and Dearest Helena soundtracks originally composed by Glenn Stafford and Jason Hayes.

Many Diablo fans will love Eternal Conflict. It’s a medley of the best themes in Diablo II and Lord of Destruction including a portion from the Tristram theme. It contains small portions from eight soundtracks originally composed by Matt Uelmen. My only regret is the Tristram tempo was slower than the original. I loved to hear the performance of the Diablo II loading screen theme. It’s a pity to hear it only as a portion of a medley. Hopefully Eminence is able to create single albums with complete themes of the Diablo Series. Same for each of the IPs, but individually. Only time will tell if we will see that happening. It all might depend on whether this edition is welcomed well by the fans.
Click over to the link below to read the entire review.

Blizzplanet: Echoes Of War Review
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Cute Knight Deluxe Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Big Download has posted a new review of Cute Knight Deluxe. The sequel to Cute Knight, the game blends RPG and "life sim" elements in a story that challenges players to help the game's protagonist find her path in life. The game features more than 50 different endings depending on the various choices made during the adventure.

From the review:

One of the less-obvious game elements you'll have to manage is the balance between "Dreams" and "Sin". If you let your character's dreams level fall too low, she'll give up on her quest and simply settle for some low-level job, and you'll be treated to the eventual concluding "cut scene", where you learn of her fate. Cute Knight Deluxe touts about 50 such endings, so if you're a completist, you'll probably want to spend the time to see them all. Sin has more to do with doing morally ambiguous things, like the aforementioned picking pockets.

Speaking of that, the game will suddenly drop a new character into your life at odd times. For instance, once I started working at the Inn, I discovered that my culinary skills needed improvement. So I went to the college to plunk down change to raise my stats. 'Round about my third or fourth week there, a fellow student decided she'd come up and denigrate my cooking skills, claiming that she was so good she'd put me out of a job. Unfortunately, there was no in-game option to slap her right across the face with a glove to initiate a cook-off challenge, so I just went back to work.
Visit the site below to read the rest of the review.

Big Download: Cute Knight Deluxe Review

Mac Games News for Tuesday, December 16, 2008

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