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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Apple Games Features The Abbey
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games latest feature article enters the mysterious environs of The Abbey. The point-and-click adventure game allows players to take the role of Leonardo who, with the help of his assistant Bruno, must unravel a series of mysterious crimes occurring at a remote monastery. Apple's article includes an overview of the game, an explanation of the game's influences, and a list of tips and tricks for success.

As Leonardo carries out his task with help from Bruno, he becomes acquainted with the abbey’s residents, including the prior, Segundo, who does not appreciate the presence of outsiders, and the busy head librarian, Umberto, who has little time for idle chit-chat. Umberto — named in homage to Eco — also demands that Leonardo obey the strict rules governing who can read the tomes he oversees. Toward the end of the story, Leonardo crosses paths with Nazario, the Grand Inquisitor who arrives to take over the investigation; the two have a past connection that was not friendly.

The Abbey’s storyline takes place over the course of four chapters, during which Leonardo tries to unravel the terrible truth behind Anselmo’s death while contending with new murders that complicate the situation. In the role of Leonardo, you must converse with other characters and collect objects required to complete goals. You’ll learn much about the complex relationship dynamics between the abbey’s residents and discover that even the simplest tasks consist of multiple steps.

For example, gaining access to the scriptorium, where you’ll find a key piece of parchment that belonged to Anselmo, requires Bruno becoming a copyist. Before that can happen, you’ll need to locate a quill for Bruno to use as well as look for a specific book for him to copy from during his test. Both of those steps involve intermediary tasks to perform for other characters, such as gathering bitterwort for Arcadio, the seemingly senile gardener who will trade it for the book in question.
Read the full article at the link below.

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BOH Available As Digital Download
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

EDITEL has unveiled a new digitally delivered version of BOH, making the ISO image of the CD-ROM available for download. The new release will be available for the reduced price of EUR 10.00. Those who purchase the downloadable version will also be entitled to buy, at any time, the physical product by paying the price difference (EUR 2.50) and postage.

BOH is an original, retro-flavoured game of exploration and action.
You move in claustrophobic, traps-packed, mind-boggling battlefields searching for the Evil Masters, who throw countless enemies at you until you discover and face them in the final battle. Although your quests are made slightly less hard by the bonuses and power-ups scattered all around, carrying out the missions demands lots of concentration and quick reflexes.
With BOH the fun never ends: new missions can be added anytime and you can even create your own! And, as if that was not enough, you can also customize entirely its audio-visual aspect!
BOH has been created with lots of passion and care to offer, with its oldschool style, a fascinatingly different videogaming experience.
To learn more about BOH click over to the link below.


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Youda Sushi Chef Comes To Macs
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story has announced the release of Youda Sushi Chef for the Mac through its web site and digital download service, Mac Games Arcade. The game was created and published by Youda Games. Youda Sushi Chef is a time management game with the main goal of keeping customers happy and serving them the right dishes in time to reach a daily target. The game challenges the memory skills of players as well as their speed as they work to keep up with extra features like reservations and take away orders coming in constantly.

You start your own sushi restaurant, build your sushi restaurant emporium and finally become the one and only Sushi Chef! Serving your customers all kinds of sushi, your goal is to reach a daily target. Every next level more sushi ingredients will be added and the more complex your sushi making will be. To reach your target in higher levels you can buy upgrades to serve customers faster, make combo's or serve some take-away meals to earn extra money. To keep your customers happy you can decorate your restaurants, perform great knife tricks or serve some sake while your customers are waiting.

The game consists of six beautifully designed restaurants, a great choice of different sushi recipes, lots of bonuses, combo's and upgrades. Youda Sushi Chef outshines by beautiful design and a challenging game play.

* Beautiful 3d art and challenging game play
* Plenty of sushi recipes to make
* 6 restaurants with your own made up ames
* Options to decorate your restaurants
* Lots of different customers to serve
* Take-away meals and group reservations
* Lots of combo's and upgrades

System Requirements:
* Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
Youda Marina is available immediately as a digital download purchase through and Mac Games Arcade. A free demo is available for download. The full version costs $19.95 (USD).

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WoW: Druid Q&A
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Blizzard Entertainment has posted the latest in its series of lengthy World of Warcraft class Q&As. This time Ghostcrawler and the World of Warcraft Development Team focused on the Druid. The discussion covered a range of topics including the Druid's role in the game, elements unique to the class, and future plans.

Where do druids fit into the larger scope of things currently and where do you see them going from this point forward?
Ghostcrawler: Much like the paladin and shaman, the original World of Warcraft druid was intended to be a healer for end-game content. Bears could tank Upper Blackrock okay. But honestly, nobody took cats, bears or moonkin very seriously at level 60. In Burning Crusade, this changed a little. Bears could tank a lot more content, and might have even been overpowered in the endgame if it weren’t for Sunwell Radiance. Cats were probably underpowered. You still saw them, but they were there mostly for buffs or because they could slip easily from tanking to dps in a world before dual-spec. They were great for Zul’Aman for example. There were some great Balance druids, but still a lot of Oomkin. Our philosophy at this point in the game was that hybrid classes needed to give up a lot of their power, especially on the dps-side of things, in order to justify their versatility and massive buffs. In Lich King, we set out to change this and make sure all four types of druid had a PvE role in heroic dungeons and raiding. And yes, this meant four roles, because if we were going to let cats do credible dps or bears be able to tank anything in the game then we wanted players to have to commit to one extreme or the other. You can remain a half-bear, half-cat if you want to as well, but you won’t be as good at either extreme and my experience is players rarely choose that route.

In PvP the story is quite different of course. Once Resto druids got enough tools in Burning Crusade, they were very difficult to counter in Arena matches. Cyclone, Feral Charge and running and hotting made druids frustratingly slippery. We wanted to chill this out a little in Lich King, largely by pushing Feral Charge farther away and making Tree of Life a real option in PvP. Unfortunately, high tree armor and dispel-at-your peril hots have still kept druids difficult to counter in PvP. Feral druids have always had a place in PvP, but were never as dominant as the Resto druids. There is a little bit of a chicken and egg problem here because while some druids only want to PvP as Feral, others were happy to respec to Resto for PvP. Balance druids seemed even less viable than Feral, which is not ideal and something we want to improve. We tend to take a longer view on some of these things than do the players. We’ve had other balance issues that we’ve wanted to address in PvP first, and getting every spec of every class viable has had to take a back seat on occasion.
Head over to the page below to read the full Q&A.

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Mac Games News for Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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