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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Guitar Hero World Tour Set To Rock Macs This Summer
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 8 comments

Aspyr Media and Activision Publishing have announced that they have teamed up once again, this time to create Guitar Hero World Tour for Mac and Windows PCs. The game expands Guitar Hero’s signature guitar gameplay into a cooperative band experience, offering state-of-the-art wireless controllers, new online and offline gameplay modes, and a Music Studio feature for composing and editing original rock and roll anthems.

Guitar Hero World Tour includes 86 on-disc tracks from music legends such as The Eagles, Van Halen, Metallica, Michael Jackson and The Doors. It also features in-game appearances by world famous artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Corgan and Travis Barker.

“Guitar Hero World Tour is the standard for music games on consoles and we can’t wait to unleash this incredible experience on computer gamers,” said Ted Staloch, Executive Vice President, Aspyr Media. “With full band play, support for the new wireless controllers, the ability to create their own music and an amazing array of customization options, Guitar Hero World Tour will be the definitive music game on PC and Mac. We are proud to once again be working with Activision to extend this powerful brand to an eager audience of gamers.”

Guitar Hero World Tour delivers more ways to play than ever before.  Virtual musicians can live out their rock and roll fantasies by playing either a single instrument in-game, or any combination of instruments within the game, in addition to the full band experience.  Building on all of the online gameplay modes from Guitar Hero® III: Legends of Rock, Guitar Hero World Tour introduces Battle of the Bands mode, which allows eight players to join online and challenge each other band-to-band to determine who is the best of the best.  In the Band modes, up to four players can jam together, online or offline, as they progress through the game.  In single-player Career Mode, players can jam on any of the instruments in-game utilizing the controllers in branching venue progression enabling them to rock out in the order of their choice.

The game’s innovative new Music Studio lets players express their musical creativity by giving them access to a full complement of tools to create digital music from scratch, utilizing all of the drum kit controller and guitar controllers, and then play their compositions in the game.
Guitar Hero World Tour for Mac and PC will be available summer 2009. The game is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB.

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IMG Reviews FishCo
8:40 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of the fish-simulator FishCo. In the game, you play an aquarium shop owner. You will have to successfully complete various tasks in order to make it through the game. Here's an excerpt from the review:

As with most sim games, there are several objectives to meet when playing FishCo, eg sell 7 tetras and earn $60 within 4 minutes. FishCo manages to execute the gameplay fairly well, with a wide selection of fish species and various other water features to add variation to the game. Breeding fish is fairly easy and doesn’t require much help, bar a very simple tutorial.

The tutorial teaches you as you play through the game’s large feature set. This is handy, as a full-on thorough teaching would take way too long and it encourages you to master the basics before moving on.

Follow the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: FishCo

Prince of Persia Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

TransGaming and Ubisoft have announced the Mac release of Prince of Persia. Brought to Intel Macs through TransGaming's Cider emulation software, the game begins a new chapter in the PoP universe. Prince of Persia features a new storyline, new open world environments, a new combat style, a new signature illustrative graphical style, a new Prince, and a deadly new ally.

Built by the same award-winning Ubisoft Montreal studio that created Assassin's Creed™, Prince of Persia® has been in development for over three years to deliver a whole new action-adventure gaming experience to consumers.
With a whole new Prince, storyline, open world environments, combat style, signature illustrative graphical style and the addition of Elika, a deadly new ally, Prince of Persia brings the franchise to new heights of deadly acrobatic, artistry.

Prince of Persia Download Features:
• A new hero emerges: Master the acrobatics, strategy and fighting tactics of the most agile warrior of all time. Grip fall down the face of a building, perform perfectly timed acrobatic combinations, and swing over canyons, buildings and anything that is reachable. This new rogue warrior must utilize all of his new skills, along with a whole new combat system, to battle Ahriman's corrupted lieutenants to heal the land from the dark Corruption and restore the light.
• A new epic journey begins: Escape to experience the new fantasy world of ancient Persia. Masterful storytelling and sprawling environments will deliver to action-adventure fans an experience that rivals even the best Hollywood movies.
• A new open world structure: A first for the Prince of Persia franchise - now you have the freedom to determine how the game evolves in this non-linear adventure. Players will decide how they unfold the storyline by choosing their path in the open-ended world.
• Emergence of a deadly new ally: History's greatest ally is revealed in the form of Elika, a dynamic AI companion who joins the Prince in his fight to save the world. Gifted with magical powers, she interacts with the player in combat, acrobatics and puzzle-solving, enabling the Prince to reach new heights of deadly high-flying artistry through special duo acrobatic moves or devastating fighting combo attack.

• Mac OS X v10.5.6 Leopard
• CPU: Intel Core Duo Processor
• 1024MB RAM
• Video card: ATI X1600 or better, NVIDIA 8600 or better
• Hard Drive: 8.01 GB
• Keyboard and mouse
• Optional controller (Supported: Logitech Rumblepad 2, Logitech Dual Action USB Controller)
Prince of Persia is available for $49.99. Check out the links below for more information.

Prince Of Persia

LEGO Batman: The Video Gaming Coming April 9
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Feral Interactive has announced it will ship the Mac version of the fast-paced action adventure title LEGO Batman: The Videogame on Thursday, April 9, 2009. Developed by TT Games, the title brings the world of DC Comics’ Caped Crusader to life in the form of LEGO blocks. Players can explore an interactive LEGO Gotham City as Batman and Robin, capturing infamous villains, and even taking control of the villains themselves.

LEGO® BATMAN™: The Videogame features a completely original storyline, encompassing the lighthearted charm of LEGO minifigures and the multifaceted lore of Gotham City. The story unfolds with Batman’s greatest foes escaping from Arkham Asylum and creating mayhem throughout Gotham City. Tracking criminals, including The Joker and The Penguin, players will utilize Batman’s gadgets as well as build and operate fantastic vehicles.

"LEGO BATMAN is a brilliantly realized game, an instant classic that we are sure will have a very warm reception on the Mac” said Feral Interactive’s David Stephen. 
“We are thrilled with the playability and quality of the LEGO BATMAN game when it was released on other platforms, and we are delighted to be working with Feral again to bring it to life on the Mac,” said Garry Edwards, Business Development Director of TT Games.

Minimum System Requirements:
• 1.8GHz Intel Mac only
• 512MB RAM
• 128MB graphics card
• DVD drive
• Mac OS X v10.4.10 or later.
• This game runs on all Macs with Intel processors including all Intel-based Mac minis and MacBook models.
The game will retail in North America for US $39.95, £29.95 (inc VAT) in the UK and €39.95 (inc VAT) throughout Europe. It is currently available to pre-order.

More details and selected trailers of the game can be found at the Feral page linked below.

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iGame Radio Logo Contest Extended, Prizes Detailed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

iGame Radio has extended the deadline for its Logo Contest to May 22, 2009, and included information about some of the prizes available. Launched in February, the logo contest seeks those with an "itch to draw, paint, or move those pixels to create the right design for a new logo for the iGame Radio podcast." The prize package includes offerings from MusicSkins and PopCap Games. As more prizes are added to the package, they will be included on the website.

When iGame Radio first started in summer of 2005, I needed a logo but didn’t have the money to get one done professionally. I wanted something that connected to the gaming side of things while at the same time hit upon the whole “i” part as well. I utilized a font that gave off gaming “vibes” and used an “eye” that I had photoshopped from one off the web.

But iGame Radio is going through some changes, (soon a new website and perhaps a new focus), and I’d like a new logo to go with it. But I’m cheap…thus, a logo contest with cool prizes!

To create a logo for iGame Radio that reminds those viewing it of gaming, while at the same time connects in some way to the name of the podcast. To have fun, get prizes, and earn some ‘net cred for your work.

Must include the name “iGame Radio” within the logo. Must be readily viewable in a smaller format, such as iPhone, thumbnails, or favicons (or at least, for that last one, easily edited to the size, and still maintain the ideas of the logo). Must work in low resolution as well. All fonts and artwork used must either be available under a free license or the creator’s own that s/he is licensing to me for the purposes of the logo. And do remember that the logo is necessary for both the web and print…not all fonts look good in both.

$500 prize package. Prizes so far are worth $250:
• 10 free skins from MusicSkins
• PopCap Games Deluxe gaming package:
• 1 copy of Peggle Dual Shot (DS)
• 1 copy of Peggle (Mac)
• 1 copy of BookWorm (Mac)
• 1 copy of Bejeweled 2 (Mac)
• 1 copy of Zuma (Mac)
• 1 PopCap gaming mug

More information about the contest, including rules for format and submission, are located at the iGame Radio Logo Contest page at the link below.

iGame Radio Logo Contest Rules
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Vampyre Story Reviewed6:00 AM
Commander: Napoleon At War Now Available6:00 AM
OnLive Broadband Gaming Service Announced6:00 AM
Spore: Galactic Adventures Coming June 23rd6:00 AM
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