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Monday, April 6, 2009

Coladia Adventure Pack Offered For Lower Price Until April 8
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Coladia is now offering its Adventure Pack for the special price of $59.90 (USD) until April 8th. The Adventure Pack contains the company's two point & click adventure games: Secret of the Lost Cavern and Destination: Treasure Island. SotLC sends players back to the Paleolithic period for a puzzle based adventure to discover a lost wonder. Destination: Treasure Island picks up where the classic novel left off with a new adventure for Jim Hawkins, who now searches for Long John's hidden treasure.

Secret of the Lost Cavern:
Secret of the Lost Cavern plunges the player into an inspiring adventure that takes place during the Paleolithic period in prehistoric time, 15,000 years B.C. Delve into a world of exploration and intrigue as you embark on a Stone Age quest filled with puzzles and mystery. Use your wits and powers of observation to survive the vast wilderness as your journey leads you to one of mankind's forgotten wonders.

Experience your adventure through the eyes of Arok and meet many fascinating characters. Contend with the wild world where fishing, hunting, gathering, and mysterious shaman ceremonies are all part of the struggle for survival as you follow the path of your mentor and work with him to recreate the paintings of the renowned Lascaux Cave.

Destination: Treasure Island:
Four years have passed since the end of the adventure recounted in Robert Louis Stevenson's novel. Jim Hawkins has become an upstanding adventurous young man, attentive to those around him. Imagine his surprise when, one morning, he sees a parrot enter his bedroom window: none other than Captain Flint, Long John's own companion. The bird brings him a message from his master. In the message the old pirate announces that he has buried a marvelous treasure on the secret isle where he retired: Emerald Island. Jim is going to have to hurry though. Pirates, old enemies of Long John, are on his trail.
Both games are Universal applications and run on Intel or PowerPC G5 processors. Free demo versions are available for download at the site below.

Destination: Treasure Island
Secrets Of The Lost Cavern
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IMG Reviews 4 Elements
7:00 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of the latest casual title from developer Playrix, the match-3 variant 4 Elements. Combining elements from games such as Jewel Quest, Cradle of Rome, and various hidden-object games, 4 Elements creates a unique take on the genres. Here's an excerpt from the review:

As I alluded to earlier, this is no ordinary Bejewelled or Jewel Quest-style game. The aim instead is to open a path for a fluid to travel along so that it reaches a goal some distance away. The game area is divided into jewel-covered squares of 'ground', and that ground must be cleared by matching the jewels lying on top of it. As you match jewels, new ones appear to fill their spaces, so you can never run out of potential matches. If you match just three or four jewels (three being the minimum), the earth under just those jewels clears, but if you can make longer chains of five or more, the jewels are cleared with more power and produce a small explosion at the end of the chain. The longer the chain you can make, the bigger the explosion it finishes with, and the more ground you can clear at once.
Follow the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: 4 Elements
4 Elements
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In-Poculis Mahjong 2.3 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In-Poculis has announced the release of In-Poculis Mahjong 2.3. This 3D variation of the classic tile matching memory game includes 120 levels, six visual themes, stat tracking, and a variety of point scoring combos to discover.

The ultimate Mahjong game with 120 levels and 6 fun themes: Christmas, Halloween, Asian, Easter, Wonderland and Future. This game is definitely designed for the mahjong lovers, and for those who enjoy challenging memorization and a sharp eye. The visuals are fun and it is very user friendly. Start your solitaire mahjong fun by finding matching mahjong pieces amongst the plethora, and clicking them to get them off the screen. All of the mahjong pieces can be cleared, but it takes some discipline, strategy, and a little bit of luck.
In-Poculis Mahjong requires Mac OS X 10.4 or greater and is donationware. Click over to the links below for more information.

In-Poculis Mahjong

Leeloo's Talent Agency Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Puzzle Lab has announced the release of Leeloo's Talent Agency, a new time management game with elements of hidden object tasks. Players help the protagonist, Leeloo, fulfill her dreams of becoming an actress by completing time based and object finding puzzles.

Leeloo dreams of becoming an actress, but her parents make her study Economics. So she decides to run her own talent agency in order to apply her business skills in the fascinating world of cinema.

Leeloo's parents were both actors, but not very successful. They played minor roles only and did not want their daughter become an actress. By her parents' wish she got a degree in Economics, still dreaming of the world of cinema. Leeloo could not play in movies, but her practical skills would be of great help in running a talent agency near Los Angeles. This is the prehistory - and now you are in charge of Leeloo's talent agency!

Acting as Leeloo, you have to perform two types of tasks to get through each level. Time management part is devoted to casting, and hidden object part - to shooting.

The time management part is quite exciting and full of various duties: you meet young promising actors and famous superstars, providing them with everything they need. You give them scripts, help with make-up, make sandwiches for those who are hungry, shoot screen tests, take promotional pictures for magazines and record sounds for film fragments. Some of the tasks are simple and require just taking an actor to a proper place in the studio and clicking on him. Others are more complicated and multistage, for example, working with hand camera and creating a proper image.

Like in any time management game, the customers' patience (and also the level of acting technique!) is limited and reflected by the smiling masks above their heads. The more satisfied they are when signing a contract, the better they play - and the more producers pay for Leeloo's services! Achieving specified goals for each day, you earn money, which can be spent on buying new equipment and upgrading facilities. When a superstar comes in the studio, pay him or her special attention! If you manage to hire ten superstars, you get a special trophy, as well as for other achievements.

On finishing the casting, Leeloo is to prepare the film set for shooting. The hidden object part of the game is as captivating as the first one. Some of the hidden objects can be found easily enough, others are rotated, shaded and scarcely noticeable; some of them need specific manipulations to be revealed. If the task proves to be too difficult, the game provides you with hints, so you will never be at a loss for long. And after completing every four levels you will be able to watch the result of your work - it can be a western movie, an adventure film, a family comedy, a sci-fi, a romantic medieval tale or a sports movie.

For each new film Leeloo's Talent Agency moves to a different location, so the music and the film set change every four levels. The tasks also change and get more complicated, as you go through the game. Playing Leeloo's Talent Agency you can be sure that you will not get bored by monotonous tasks and the same everlasting tune. The accelerating pace of the events contributes to fun and excitement, too!

• Original setting
• Frequent changes of themes and tunes
• Time management and hidden object tasks
• Upgradable facilities and the help of an assistant
• New movie theme every four levels

Leeloo's Talent Agency is available for Mac and Windows PCs. A single-user license costs $19.95. Further information on the product, as well as its trial version is available at the page below.

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Leeloo's Talent Agency

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Multiwinia: Survival Of The Flattest Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld has published a new review of Multiwinia: Survival of the Flattest, the recently release real time strategy title from Introversion Software and Ambrosia Software. Returning to the unique world of Darwinia, the game allows players to choose from six game modes on over 40 maps as they battle for stick figure supremacy. Macworld gave the game a score of 4 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

Unlike many RTS games, Multiwinia doesn’t have resource gathering, tech trees, or base construction. Instead, there are six different mission types: domination, king of the hill, capture the statue, assault, rocket riot, and blitzkrieg. Each map has multiplayer support up to four players, unlike Darwinia.

In each mission, you gain reinforcements every few minutes or by capturing spawn points, flags, or enemy territory. The winner is often determined by who has the most points at the end of the time limit (calculated by how much of the mission objective you’ve accomplished) or if you’ve successfully eliminated all of the opposing forces. Each mission takes between 10 and 15 minutes to complete.

I recommend the domination scenario maps and competing against three other computer players. The artificial intelligence can be challenging and there are a number of creative solutions to cross over land and conquer your opponents. It’s a real thrill to throw a couple transports on your enemy’s unprotected flank or drop a monster on their spawn point. The chaotic pace ensures you’ll always be watching for enemy movements, air strikes, or sneak attacks.
Read the full review at the page linked below.

Macworld: Multiwinia Review
Ambrosia Software
Introversion Software

Mac Games News for Friday, April 3, 2009

County Fair And Flower Shop: Big City Break Released11:54 AM
Diablo III Screenshots Available11:48 AM
Legends Of Zork Now Available6:00 AM
Mac Pro Extreme 3D Gaming Benchmarks6:00 AM
StarCraft II: Battle Report Coming Soon, Beta Rumors6:00 AM
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