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IMG Reviews Aquaria
6:52 AM | Marcus Albers | 1 comment

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of the new action-adventure game from Ambrosia, Aquaria. Sporting beautiful 2D graphics, an enormous game world to explore, and an excellent story, Aquaria looks to be a hit with gamers of all ages. Here's an excerpt from the review:

Aquaria's gameplay is very simple, but it has surprising depth. For example, movement is purely 2D, but you can ride currents, grab walls and jump off them for a quick boost, turn into a special form to ignore currents, switch to a small form and swim faster, and create blocks to interrupt the current using a plant form. All of these are used at some point in the game, and most are needed to battle the numerous bosses of Aquaria.
Follow the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: Aquaria
Ambrosia Software

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Geneforge 5: Overthrow Updated
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software recently updated Geneforge 5: Overthrow, the final title in the long running Geneforge RPG series. The update brings the game to version 1.0.1 and "fixes a number of minor issues." In G5:O players are returned to the war-torn world of the Shapers where they can choose a side and tip the balance of power toward victory.

The Shapers have the ability to create life in any form they choose. They can make living tools that obey their commands, plants that can flourish in the harshest wasteland, and powerful monsters to can crush all who oppose them. The Shapers ruled the known lands, and any who tried to rebel or learn their magical secrets were destroyed.

But then their creations rebelled. Working with humans jealous of their masters, they stole the secrets of the Shapers and created their own armies. They created and unleashed new, even more powerful creations and matched the Shapers in savagery. And now, years into the rebellion, the war has settled into a gruesome stalemate. The lands are scorched, and city after city falls.

The two sides are so delicately balanced that one brave warrior can turn the tide. Will you help the rebels overthrow the Shapers? Will you help the Shapers regain their power, tempted by the incredible rewards they offer? You might be able to end this war. Which side will you choose?

• Enormous world, with over 80 areas to explore.
• Choose among five different factions, each with its own beliefs, cities, and quests. Help the rebels or fight them. Your choices will shape the world.
• Dozens of different endings. Choose for yourself how the saga will finally end.
• Many paths to victory. Slay your enemies or use stealth and diplomacy to outwit them. Become engrossed in the storyline or just go out and wreak havoc.
• Lots of replay value.
• Prior experience with the Geneforge series is completely unnecessary.
Read more about the game at the page below.

Spiderweb Software
Geneforge 5
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Battlestations: Midway Version 1.0.3 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Feral Interactive has released version 1.0.3 of Battlestations: Midway. The update improves networking reliability and fixes a couple of crashing bugs. In the game players experience World War II combat in a blend of action and strategy as they lead a host of US and Allied air, sea and underwater units through missions in hotspots from Pearl Harbor to the Battle of Midway itself.

Changes in version 1.0.3:

- Fixed random crash on start in 10.4
- Fixed crash when playing in 10.5.5 with ATi HD series cards
- Improvements to networking reliability
Click over to the links below to learn more about the game and download the latest version.

Feral Interactive
Battlestations: Midway
MGF: Battlestations Midway 1.0.3
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Apple Games Features Tiger Woods PGA Tour For iPod
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games' latest feature examines Tiger Woods PGA Tour for Apple's iPod multimedia devices. In the game players choose from a list of famous golfers, or one of their own creation, and work to build a successful golfing career. Apple's article includes an overview of the game's features and a list of tips and tricks for getting the most out of the game.

From the article:

The weather may take a turn for the worse, and you might find yourself far from the links, but you can indulge in some golf any time on your iPod. Step into the shoes of Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, John Daly, Retief Goosen, or Annika Sorenstam — or a custom golfer of your own creation — and play as many holes as you want on six real-life courses.

Brave the stiff winds and ocean-sized water hazards at Pebble Beach. Enjoy the placid mood at the Arnold Palmer-designed Bay Hill. Dare St. Andrews’ over 100 sand bunkers to stop your shots. Tackle the challenge of Sawgrass’ water-surrounded 17th green. Work on your long and short games at Pinehurst. Appreciate the beautiful majesty of Wentworth.

Decide on a course and choose from three levels of difficulty: amateur, pro, or legend. Play a full 18 holes, the front or back nine, a random selection of three or nine, or your specific favorites on that course.
Head over to the site linked below to read the full review.

Apple Games: Tiger Woods PGA Tour iPod
iTunes Store: Tiger Woods PGA Tour

LEGO Indiana Jones Demo Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Feral Interactive has unveiled a game demo for the recently released LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures. Developed by TT Games and LucasArts , the game combines the fun of the famous building blocks with the cinematic adventures of Hollywood’s iconic archaeologist. LEGO Indiana Jones follows Indy’s escapades through the jungles of South America to the mountaintops of India. Players can build and battle their way through their favorite cinematic moments, from Indy’s entanglements with snakes to his dashing boulder run.

As if discovering a whole game during our South American adventures wasn't enough, a rogue Feral programmer has now uncovered a demo of LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures!

The action-packed demo will let you play as Indy and Satipo as they recover the Golden Idol, complete with whips, puzzles, jokes, and a giant boulder. If you think you know Feral, you can try and spot the reference to one of our other games...

The game is supported on all Intel Macs with a GMA X3100 graphics card or better, but those of you with earlier Macbooks or Mac minis (with the GMA950 card) should try the demo - you might be pleasantly surprised....

Click the link below to visit the game's website where you'll find a link to download the demo, as well as some other goodies.
Visit the game's site at the link below for more information.

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FusionFall: New Trailer, Upcoming Sneak Peak Free Play
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The Cartoon Network has released a new trailer entitled "Recruit" showcasing its upcoming MMO, FusionFall. The trailer promotes the upcoming sneak peak that will allow users full access to the game between December 27th and January 11th. Produced in collaboration with Grigon Entertainment, FusionFall is set in a re-imagined Cartoon Network universe. As a kid in this world, players will team up with other players and Cartoon Network characters to defend it from an alien invasion.

From the FusionFall website:

An unstoppable force has travelled the galaxy for millennia, consuming countless planets and civilizations. Its next target is Earth -- and YOU ARE THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE!

Dive Into The Cartoon Network Universe
From futuristic skyscrapers to mystical ruins, enter an enormous, action-packed universe unlike anything you've seen. Mix it up with stars of Cartoon Network like Ben 10 and BIlly and Mandy -- but expect a surprise when you do.
Show Off Your Inner Hero
Planet Fusion is invading the Cartoon Network Universe, but we won't go down without a fight. Create your avatar. Grab your gear. Then get your friends and kick some Fusion butt! The universe is counting on you -- no pressure.
Experience Nonstop MMORG Action
Only here will you find tons of console game action smack-dab inside a massive online world. You and your friends can jump, slide, bounce, and fight your way through dynamic environments that'll keep you on your toes. Think you can keep up?

Check out the links below to view the new trailer and learn more about the game.

FusionFall: Recruit Trailer

Mac Games News for Thursday, December 18, 2008

Interview with Tuncer Deniz: Mac Games Arcade12:22 PM
Apple Games Features FATE6:00 AM
City Of Heroes For Intel Macs Now In Open Beta Testing6:00 AM
Torque Game Engine Update Adds OS X Support6:00 AM
Unity iPhone Version 1.0.1 Released6:00 AM
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