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Machinarium Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Amanita Design has announced the release of Machinarium. The point and click adventure game follows the adventures of a robot who must find a way to save his girlfriend and his city from a group of villains known as the Black Cap Brotherhood.


The game's protagonist is a little robot who has been unjustly expelled to the scrap yard behind the city. Players must guide the little robot back into town to rescue his robot-girlfriend and stop the bad guys from the 'Black Cap Brotherhood' before they can bomb the central tower that houses the city's ruler.
The full version of Machinarium is available for $20. A demo version is also available. Head over to the links below to learn more.

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iConquer 3.0 Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

KavaSoft has announced the release of iConquer 3, the latest version of the original game of world conquest for Mac OS X. Version 3 takes advantage of 64-bit technology in Snow Leopard, and includes an updated interface with new preferences, plug-ins, and new Game windows. iConquer is a RISK style game of world conquest playable against human or computer opponents.

iConquer lets up to six people play against each other over the internet. iConquer 3 features an improved network engine. Bonjour allows you to easily connect to other iConquer players on your local network.

iConquer can also be played against computer opponents, each with a distinct personality managed by the game's artificial intelligence engine. Six different kinds of opponents keep game play interesting. iConquer can be played on over twenty different maps, including several high-resolution satellite world maps, the states of the United States, the countries of Europe, the cantons of Switzerland, and even the Solar System.

If your boss surprises you, just hit a convenient hot key to disguise the game as an Excel spreadsheet. You can even keep playing in spreadsheet mode! KavaSoft also announces the iConquer Plug-in Kit 3.0, which allows developers to create their own map and player plug-ins. The Plug-in kit adds new iConquer project templates to Xcode that make creating working plug-ins a snap.
iConquer costs $25 (USD), and comes with a free 10-game trial. It is available in English, German, French, Japanese, Italian and Dutch. Follow the links below for more information.


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StarCraft II: Rescue Mission Preview
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

GamesRadar has posted a new preview of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, Blizzard Entertainment's upcoming continuation of the popular sci-fi RTS franchise. The article focuses on one of the many new missions available to the game's Terran race. StarCraft II will include a more detailed single player campaign and a variety of new units and tactics for multiplayer fans to enjoy.

The mission we were given to try out was to evacuate the planet of Agria. Hovering in space somewhere and hunched over a holographic interface, Jim Raynor receives a distress call from a Doctor Swann, a plea to rescue colonists from an incoming Zerg invasion force. Another equally urgent task pulses on our galaxy map, but the planet of Agria, when compared to the dull beige ping-pong ball of this other planet, looks to be the more interesting venture.

Raynor’s team are delivered to the map in a dropship – a handful of Firebats (flamethrower wielding, short range heavies) and the more generic marines make up your initial force. The map itself is little more than a colony and a port connected by a winding, S-shaped road, and the objective is equally basic: escort a van as it carries 50 colonists to the port in five trips. The Zerg have wonderful timing here, with each wave of attacks becoming consistently more vicious until they’re dropping in from the sky right next to your tin of defenceless civilians.

There are frustrations to be found – the van cannot be ordered to stop and cannot be told when to leave, and if you begin to flag in one wave, you’ll be hard-pressed to prepare for the next. The challenge mounts regardless of whether or not you’re rising to it, while few concessions are made to strategy-blind morons like ourselves - there are no quicksaves or checkpoints.

Check out the rest of the preview at the page listed below.

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iGame Radio Episode 83 Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A new iGame Radio podcast, Episode 83, was recently released. The podcast features an interview with Hazardous Software's Chris Hazard about the company's time travelling game, Achron, as well as a review of Word Ace for Apple's iPhone.

What's new in episode 83:

  • An interview with Chris Hazard of Hazardous Software about the meta time-traveling game, Achron. We dive in-depth into this unique game and why your head might explode while playing it.
  • Also, a review of Word Ace for the iPhone by Self Aware Games. Take Texas Hold-em, mix liberally with Scrabble, and throw in some freedom.

Click over to the link below to learn more.

iGame Radio: Podcast 83
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Mac Games News for Friday, October 16, 2009

IMG Reviews Kung Fu Panda: The Game7:12 AM
Depths Of Peril Version 1.015 Released6:00 AM
StarCraft II: Q&A Round 546:00 AM
The Broken Hourglass: Jason Compton Q&A6:00 AM
Torchlight Second Video Developer Diary Available6:00 AM
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