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Rome: Total War Coming To Intel Macs In March
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 22 comments

Feral Interactive has announced it will release the Intel Mac version of Rome: Total War Gold Edition in March. SEGA’s top-rated strategy game will be released by Feral as the second in the series of Feral Legends titles. The Gold Edition features Total War and its expansion Barbarian Invasion.

“The Total War series is one of the most-requested additions to Mac gaming” said Feral Interactive’s David Stephen. “It’s a game that is superbly suited to the platform and one that will be available to all Intel Mac owners including those with Macbooks”

Encompassing three centuries of warfare from the late Roman Republic and early Roman Empire, Rome: Total War is regarded as one of the best strategy games ever with a seamless integration of strategic and tactical modes and featuring a 3d graphics engine that is capable of rendering over 10,000 soldiers on a single battlefield. 

Players take charge of one of three Roman families with the goal of increasing their family's power in Rome through diplomacy, economic skill, and of course, war! Players can fight epic historical or fictitious battles while negotiating a century-spanning campaign across Europe and Africa. 

Making the appearance of Rome: Total War on the Mac even more compelling is the inclusion of the official expansion pack, Barbarian Invasion . Set some 300 years later, players must decide whether they will save Rome from its enemies or, at the head of a Barbarian faction, fight to destroy it.
Minimum system requirements:
• 1.8GHz Intel Mac only
• 512MB RAM
• 128MB graphics card
• DVD drive
• 3.5 GB of hard disk space
• Mac OS X v10.4 or later
• The game DOES support Intel GMA processors
The game will retail in North America for US $29.95, £19.95 (inc VAT) in the UK and €24.95 (inc VAT) throughout Europe. It is currently available to pre-order from Feral's online store.

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Mac Games Arcade Surpasses 250,000 Downloads
5:20 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Mac Games Arcade today announced that its new digital download application for Macintosh games has achieved over 250,000 downloads since the application's launch just three weeks ago. With Mac Games Arcade, users are able 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.

"Mac Games Arcade has been a huge success.", said Tuncer Deniz, founder of Mac Games Arcade. "Over the last two months alone we've registered nearly a million downloads of Macintosh game demos and purchased games. We've also recently added two great new partners including Ubisoft and Transgaming's titles. We couldn't be more pleased with the response so far."

The company is already at work on new features for Mac Games Arcade including the ability add your own games, support for expansion packs, the ability to chat with other Mac gamers, and other cool enhancements. A new version is expected to be released in the coming weeks.
Mac Games Arcade is available as a free download from the web site. Users can try the application and hundreds of Macintosh games for free. Mac Games Arcade requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later.

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IMG Reviews Akkadia
7:15 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of the newest puzzler from Fire Maple Games, Akkadia. With gameplay similar to the classic Bookworm, Akkadia can keep you playing for hours. Here's an excerpt from the review:

Game play continues forever until either the Black Magic tile reaches the bottom or you just want to quit. You can quit and then return to the same game board, or you can quit and start a new game. If the Black magic tile appears on the board, you can remove it by making a word that includes it. Each time you make a word that doesn’t include the Black Magic tile, the tile falls down destroying the tile below it. You get ten chances to build a word with this tile, as it falls down the column. In my experience, finding a word that includes this tile isn’t all that hard.
Follow the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: Akkadia
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Brain Surge! Comes To iPhone
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

HotGen, a European developer of interactive toys, has announced its first foray into developing and publishing games on Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch with the release of Brain Surge!. The game is a collection of mini-games designed to sharpen visual, memory, computing, and logic skills. Brain Surge! allows users to play alone or with up to three friends.

Terry Haynes, Producer at HotGen said, “iPhone and iTouch have the potential to be bigger than any other single handheld gaming platform – past or present. The impulse purchase price points, superior screen and ease of use of the devices make this a really interesting proposition for publishing and development. We’ll be creating our own, original games as well as leverage our experience in working with major brands to interpret other properties into compelling and valuable customer experiences. Development times are very short allowing brands to react very quickly to market forces – that’s not possible on any other platform except the PC, which just doesn’t have that same show off factor.”  

He continued, “Our track record in developing mass market interactive toys like the plug and play TV games has proven that there’s a huge demand out there for games that don’t revolve around a traditional console.”

Brain Surge! features:
• 13 individual brain training games
• 1-4 players
• 4 game modes
• Suitable for all ages from 4+

Priced at £1.79, Brain Surge! is available for purchase and download from Apple's App Store.


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Apple Games Features Black & White 2
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Apple Games has posted a new game feature, this time focusing on Peter Molyneux's Black & White 2, on its way to Mac courtesy of Feral Interactive. Apple's article includes comments from Molyneux, an overview of the game's features, a run down of the features in the included Battle of the Gods expansion pack, and a list of tips and tricks for success in the game.

“Having made the decision to make the world more sophisticated and give it weaponry, adding an RTS portion seemed the obvious way forward for the game,” Molyneux notes as one of my rocks bowls over two Nordic fighters and three of my soldiers hack and slash another pair.”However, it’s always aggravated me in RTS games that the physics engines never worked properly. Since we have the hand that allows you to pick up and propel objects, it seemed natural to incorporate a physics engine in Black & White 2, so that’s what we did.”

The battle quickly ends in a victory for the Greeks, and I turn my attention to a circular structure where a large lion sleeps. (A monkey, a cow, and a wolf are also available.) He’s my Creature, another carryover from the original Black & White. As before, I can train him to be good or evil by giving him positive or negative reinforcement when he does certain things, but now I can also place him in a specific role — entertainer, gatherer, builder, or soldier — by putting a certain-color leash on him.
Read the full article at the page listed below.

Apple Games: Black & White 2
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Diablo III Release Date Speculation Denied
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Diablo community manager Bashiok recently responded to questions about pre-order release dates for Blizzard Entertainment's upcoming Diablo III, noting that without official word from Blizzard any release dates are merely speculation. Diablo III will return players to the embattled world of Sanctuary for an adventure with new characters and a host of monsters to defeat.

As always, unless it is officially announced by us, usually through a press release, any release dates are purely guesses made up by the retailer. I don't pretend to know every retailer's pre-order requirements or rules, but I believe a release date usually has to be present for them to begin taking pre-orders. So they sort of make one up.

That isn't meant to discourage you pre-ordering the game, feel free if you want, but be aware that the retailer likely has a disclaimer stating that the date they list isn't a guaranteed release date, and it certainly isn't.
Check out the link below to read more.

GameBanshee: Diablo III Forum Quotes
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Quake Live Previewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Big Download has posted a new preview of Quake Live, id Software's upcoming browser based shooter. Quake Live is adapted from the Quake III engine and will be supported by in game advertising. The preview describes the process of installing and playing the beta version of Quake Live.

Quake Live's pace is still fast and furious, and the gameplay mechanics are exactly what the majority of FPS fans have enjoyed for nine years, now. The one deterrent that might actually prevent many Quake III players from vacating their favorite game is the lack of mod support in Quake Live. This is quite disappointing, especially since id essentially created the PC gaming mod scene. Additionally, if you have become bored with Quake III's gameplay at any point since '99, there's nothing here that will change your mind. It's great to be able to track down friends and play with or against them using a web browser, but that novelty might wear off quickly if you've grown accustomed to this generation of FPS titles.

Still, free is free, and that factor alone will cause gamers to flock to Quake Live. At this year's QuakeCon, John Carmack and the rest of id were forthcoming in their reason for creating Quake Live: as a "thank you" to the community who has supported Quake and id Software as a whole for so many years. The magnanimous gesture is a tremendous one from id, whose stature in PC gaming really could allow them to release any title for any price with the knowledge that gamers would pay for it.
View the rest of the preview article by clicking on the link provided below.

Big Download: Quake Live Preview
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Custer Storms Back
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

IMG resident desktop guru, Brad Custer, is back with another cool new creation, this time featuring World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King from Blizzard Entertainment.

Here's what he had to say about his latest creation:

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King from Blizzard Entertainment was another successful expansion. I know this by the endless requests that have piled up in my inbox for more eye candy from it. So, I decided this week to honor all your emails by featuring my favorite zone. I was able to make this wallpaper with the help of Blizzard Entertainment. I simply entitled this selection, "Storm Peaks", and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. :)
To check out this desktop, head over to Custer's Desktops.

Custer's Desktops

Mac Games News for Thursday, January 8, 2009

Apple Games Features Lode Runner For iPod6:00 AM
Commander: Napoleon At War Unveiled6:00 AM
Depths Of Peril Version 1.013 Released6:00 AM
SlotZ Racer Announced For iPhone6:00 AM
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