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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Mac Games Arcade Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 18 comments

Mac Games Arcade, the new digital download application for Mac games, has been released. Featuring nearly 400 digital download games, Mac Games Arcade allows users to browse, download, buy, and manage their Mac games through a Mac friendly interface.

In celebration of the release of Mac Games Arcade 1.0, the company is offering five free games over the next five days. The first game is being offered December 19th. Another game will be offered on December 20th and so on until December 23rd. The free games will be announced each day on the Mac Games Arcade web site.

"We're entering a new era in Macintosh games with digital downloads.", said Tuncer Deniz, founder of Mac Games Arcade, "We're out to prove that, yes, you can play games on your Macintosh! With Mac Games Arcade, we're making it fun and easy to purchase and enjoy games on the Mac."
Mac Games Arcade is available as a free download from the Mac Games Arcade web site. The application is a 2 MB download. Mac Games Arcade requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later.

For more information, please visit the Mac Games Arcade web site.

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IMG Reviews Alpha Pinball
7:24 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of the indie pinball simulation Alpha Pinball from Orwell Digital, a developer more well-known for it's audio products. Here's an excerpt from the review:

Game play is pretty basic. There are two sets of targets on either side, four bumpers and five fall-thrus at top, two paddles at the bottom along with the standard bumper, and a pretty wide open side space where the ball can fall through to end the play.

There are only two tasks that I could find in this game, one is to pass the ball through all five of the top fall-thrus to spell the word BONUS. The other is to hit all six of the side targets on either side. Then of course its to try to keep the ball in action for a long time. Obviously you get points for various actions and hits.

Click the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: Alpha Pinball
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Ambrosia Holiday Bundle Sale: 6 Games for $19
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Ambrosia Software is celebrating its 15th year in business by putting a collection of its most popular games on sale for a special holiday price. Ambrosia's 15th Anniversary Holiday Bundle Sale features a collection of six games for $19. If purchased separately the games would cost $123. The package, which can be purchased from now till midnight on Dec. 24, includes Apeiron, Redline, Bubble Trouble, Darwinia, Aki Mahjong, and SketchFighter.

"This is an amazing price for such a collection of killer games," said Andrew Welch, Ambrosia's el presidente. "Everyone in the office thinks I'm crazy, but I wanted to offer a really great deal to our users as a way of saying thanks for their support over the years."

Is it the madness of King George? Did someone spike the el Presidente's eggnog? Or did his heart just grow three times that day? Who cares! Run, do not walk, to collect your dram of holiday cheer!

The Games:
Apeiron is an old-style arcade game that's sure to put blisters on your fingers and a twitch in your mouse hand. Pick it up for a 5 minute quickie, and hours may roll past.
Redline is a 3D racing game that tosses polygons around like so many shredded tires. Race against the computer, better your score in time challenges, or run real people off of the road over the Internet.
Bubble Trouble's world is filled with lusciously-drawn cartoony critters who give that cranky crab from "The Little Mermaid" a run for his money. But money isn't what you'll be running from: an otherwise peaceful fish bowl has been filled with bubbles that are being tossed around in an enthralling game of "Squish the Fish!"
In Darwinia, you will be enlisted to save a virtual world from a deadly computer virus. Real-time strategy, lightning-fast navigation, and mesmerizing fractal landscapes combine with a rich soundtrack to make you remember why gaming is fun.
Remember those super-cool space ships you doodled on graph paper in Middle School? With SketchFighter, you're the pilot through hand-drawn mazes filled with battles and puzzles.
Aki Mahjong Solitaire for Mac OS X is an elegant blend of the ancient Chinese game of Mahjong with an enchanting journey across Japan.

Learn more about the Holiday Bundle at the page linked below.

Ambrosia Software
Ambrosia's 15th Anniversary Holiday Bundle Sale

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Vendetta Online Updated, Previous Subscribers Play Free
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Guild Software has announced a special deal for some previous subscribers of the sci-fi MMO, Vendetta Online. Those who ceased to subscribe more than 45 days ago may now play for free until the end of December. The company has also released version 1.8.52 of the game.

Vendetta Online 1.8.52 includes:

- Demand for mined minerals and ores in stations now increases at a drastically higher rate (over twice as fast for low-value ores, a little less for high-value ores).
- Fixed storm fog bug with grey asteroids.
- Fixed storm fog bug when changing resolution/window mode/antialiasing mode.
- Fixed crash on startup for video cards with greater than 256 megs of RAM.
- Fixed crash when logging out with Behemoth Heavy Miner ship and logging back in without restarting the client.
- All previous subscribers from more than 45 days ago may play for free until the end of December. Happy Holidays!
- 1-month extended trial keys are still available.
Head over to the site below for more information.

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Strategy First
Vendetta Online

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Ghost Recon Heroes Unleashed Mod Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

ApexMods has announced the launch of Ghost Recon: Heroes Unleashed, a new add-on mod for the squad-based military tactical shooter game, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon.

Ghost Recon: Heroes Unleashed combines a variety of content introduced to the game by various other mods in the past. The mod makes more than 100 maps and missions available in single and multiplayer mode and offers over 200 different weapons to choose from.

The mod is released as a tribute to the Ghost Recon community.  It aspires to honor the makers and fans of this great game, and to be a token of appreciation for all the people who contributed to the world of Ghost Recon over the years.

Ghost Recon: Heroes Unleashed is the redux of popular content that has been introduced to the game by various other mods in the past, and it strives to incorporate those elements of Ghost Recon's history into a timeless collection, meticulously complemented by novel features. All additions have been carefully integrated and balanced to provide a homogeneous level of professional audio-visual and technical finish.

Heroes Unleashed is aiming to improve and expand many aspects of the original game to increase its already highly addictive replayability, while remaining true to Ghost Recon's unique character and concept.

It also tries to intensify the realistic feel and immersive qualities of the game, making it more challenging and emphasizing the atypical Ghost Recon game style: Tactical team play rather than the "solo, run and shoot, wanna-live-forever" style found in many other FPS games.

If you are looking for killing sprees and fragfests, move right along, there is nothing to see here.  Just as the original, Heroes Unleashed is predominantly about tactics and teamwork, and a good strategy will serve you much better than quick reflexes and an itchy trigger finger.

With the combination of all of its features, Heroes Unleashed seeks to create the optimum Ghost Recon experience for both single player games as well as multiplayer battles, whether Co-Op, Solo or Team based ones. The mod wants to accommodate a full spectrum of players from the casual gamer, over regular clan and guild players, up to league professionals.
The Ghost Recon: Heroes Unleashed mod is available as a free download. For more information check out the links below.


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Black & White 2 Coming January 6th
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Feral Interactive has announced Tuesday, January 6th as the worldwide release date for the Mac version of Black & White 2, the real-time, strategy sequel to the critically acclaimed Black & White. The game allows players to once again take the role of a god in the world of Eden and also includes the Battle of the Gods expansion pack. The release coincides with the opening of exhibits at Macworld Expo 2009 in San Francisco, California where attendees can experience the game for themselves at the Feral booth.

"Black & White has achieved a phenomenal and long-lasting popularity on the Mac. We are confident that Black & White 2 will continue that success.” said Feral Interactive’s David Stephen.

Created by Lionhead Studios and designers Peter Molyneux and Ron Millar, in Black & White 2  players reprise the role of a young god in search of followers and return to the once innocent world of Eden. However, times have moved on - weapons have been invented and humans have harnessed the forces of nature to terrible effect. Eden is in turmoil and the young God has been called back to save his people.

In addition, The Battle of the Gods expansion pack is included offering players a host of new challenges including the threat of a rival God.

In addition to buying through retailers and Feral’s online store January 6th, attendees at Macworld Expo in San Francisco, Calif. will be able to purchase and experience Black & White 2 for themselves at booth 2530 in the South Hall.

Minimum System Requirements:
• 1.8GHz Intel Mac only
• 512MB RAM
• 128MB graphics card
• DVD drive
• 5.1 GB of hard disk space
• Mac OS X v10.4.8 or later.
• The game does not support Intel GMA processors, but does run on Apple’s latest Macbook laptops equipped with GeForce 9400 M graphics cards.
Black & White 2 will retail in North America for US $49.95, £29.95 (inc VAT) in the UK, and €39.95 (inc VAT) throughout Europe. It is currently available to pre-order from Feral's online store.

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Black & White 2
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Win A Key For Parallels Desktop 4.0
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story, in cooperation with Parallels, has announced a new screenshot contest. Those interested in participating must submit their best video game screenshot to MacGamer. The winner will receive a key for Parallels Desktop 4.0, software which allows Mac gamers to play Windows based games without booting into Windows XP or Vista.

Contest Rules:

(1) Submit your best video game screenshot running Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac to MacGamer (
(2) Screenshot size should not exceed 800 x 600 and 1Mb.  Format must be JPG or GIF. 
(3) The contest will close, at 11:59 PM EST (-5 GMT), on December 31, 2008.
(4) In the event of a tie, include your answer to the following question:  How many persons are employed by Parallels?

Again, the winner will receive a registration key for Parallels Desktop 4.0.  The winner will be announced on Monday, January 12, 2009.  A representative from MacGamer and from Parallels will judge the contest.
Head over to the site link below for more information.

Macgamer Screenshot Contest
Parallels Desktop For Mac

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ZoneOut Released For iPhone
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Neon Surge recently announced the release of ZoneOut, a new arcade action title for the iPhone and iPod Touch. In the game players pilot the Yellow Lightning in a battle to save the galaxy from the grip of the Axis of Evil. ZoneOut features 30 levels, 4 powerups, and 6 unlockable achievement awards.

More information about ZoneOut:

There was once a time of peace in the galaxy, a time now that feels so long ago.  Many centuries ago the Axis of Evil developed 6 deadly ships, Saucer, Starfish, Tadpole, Blue, Fusion and their leader Stealth.  World after world, the Axis spread their rule over the universe.  Until now, no one has been able to challenge the evil forces.  After years of research scientists and engineers from across the universe developed a new and mighty ship that could possibly defeat the deadly six.  They called this ship Yellow Lightning, piloted by you, to fight for truth, justice, and the universal way.  Yellow Lightning is the galaxy's last chance to bring light from the darkness.  Good may once again triumph over evil, can you save the universe?

Zone out enemy territory to save the universe!  The more you zone out, the higher your score will climb.  Internet high scores give you bragging rights throughout the universe.  Soar your way through 30 vibrant and challenging levels and have 4 pickups to help you along the way.  There are 6 awards unlocked based on achievements throughout the game.

You can configure the game to be able to use your accelerometer or finger swipes.  In addition you can invert the accelerometer y/x axis' and the sensitivity of the accelerometer or swipes.
ZoneOut is available from the iTunes App Store. Visit the website below for more information about the game.

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iPhone App Store: ZoneOut

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Squish Squash Comes To iPhone
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The Dreamhive Animation Studio has announced the release of Squish Squash for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch. The game challenges players to defend their crumbs from waves of determined bugs by squashing the attacking insects. Squish Squash makes used of the multi-touch technology of the handheld devices and features 100 levels, two game modes, and four difficulty levels.

Squashing big bad bugs has never been so much fun, in "Squish Squash," which offers clever, colorful gameplay, and superbly spotlights the capabilities of the iPhone and iPod Touch mobile gaming platforms, with its multi-touch technology, real-time 3D graphics, and sound.  In Squish Squash, players must defend their crumbs from wave after wave of smart, greedy and determined bugs, by squashing the bugs before the crumb disappears. With 100 challenging levels and four different modes of entertaining gameplay for kids and adults alike, "Squish Squash" is a fun game that's as addictive as it is unique.
• 100 Levels and 20 bonus rounds
• 2 Game modes (Marathon and Single Level)
• 4 Levels of Difficulty to challenge kids to adults
• Awards to unlock and Highscore boards
• 5 different types of bugs to battle
• Squashing combo system
• 5 Power-ups to earn
• Stunning 3D graphics and lighting effects
• Intuitive controls and user interface
• Great music and sound fx!
• 3 customizable user profiles to track progress
• Optimized mode to support older generation iPhones
Squish Squash is available from the iPhone App Store for $3.99. Head over to the links below for more information.

Squish Squash
The Dreamhive
iPhone App Store: Squish Squash

Mac Games News for Monday, December 22, 2008

Egyptian Encounters Launched For Ancient Quest Of Saqqarah6:00 AM
Lux DLX Now Available For iPhone & iPod Touch6:00 AM
Monster Trucks Nitro Comes To Macs6:00 AM
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