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Colonization Available For Download, Other Civs Coming Soon
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Aspyr Media has unveiled a digital download version of the recently released Mac version of Civilization IV: Colonization. The download is available exclusively from Aspyr's GameAgent store. The company has also opened up preorders for upcoming downloadable versions of Civilization IV and its two expansions: Warlords and Beyond the Sword, as well as Civilization III: Complete.

Sid Meier's Civilization® IV: Colonization™ is now available for download EXCLUSIVELY on Guide your people from the oppressive motherland; discover the New World; and negotiate, trade and fight as you acquire power and battle for your freedom and independence.

The Sid Meier's Civilization games are coming to the Mac digitally for the first time. All of human history is at your fingertips in one of the most critically-acclaimed game series ever made. Preorder now at and stay tuned to your Aspyr Newsletter for updates on new releases!
Civilization IV: Colonization is available for $39.99. Civ IV and its expansions cost $29.99 to preorder and Civ III: Complete is priced at $39.99.

To learn more follow the links below.

GameAgent: Civ IV Colonization
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Shaman Odyssey Tropic Adventure Released
6:05 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story today announced the release of Shaman Odyssey - Tropic Adventure on its web site. Created by Cateia Games, Shaman Odyssey - Tropic Adventure is a strategy/simulation game. As your village's shaman, it will be your job to make your villagers happy and productive while exploring various tropical islands. Collect ingredients and prepare various magical potions. Protect villagers from ghosts, pirates, sharks and more.

The people of your tribe are disunited for many years now. And although a tropical Laguna seems like a heavenly place to live, not everything is simple. Pirates are getting closer, sharks and surrounding islands, and storms and tornados are threatening peaceful villagers and their families. It's up to you to give your best and help your people to reunite and build a new safe place to live.

* Enjoy the beautiful tropical atmosphere and spectacular 3D graphics
* Choose your Shaman / She-Shaman and explore many tropical islands
* Build-up your villages and make your villagers happy
* Collect ingredients and prepare various magical potions
* Protect your villagers from ghosts, pirates, sharks and more

System Requirements:
* Shaman Odyssey - Tropic Adventure requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later

Shaman Odyssey - Tropic Adventure is available immediately as a digital download purchase through and Mac Games Arcade. A free demo is available for download. The full version costs $9.95 (USD).

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Soldak Conjures A New Din's Curse Character Class
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Soldak Entertainment, known for its Depths of Peril and Kivi's Underworld fantasy games, has released more new information about the upcoming action RPG, Din's Curse. The latest update reveals the game's Conjurer class and its associated specialties: Warlock, Necromancer, and Sorcerer. This is the fourth revealed class of the six planned for the game.

Dark magic courses through steely veins. Mighty power rest in the palms of the conjurers including mastery of lightning, vile curses and diseases, calling forth demons from beyond and raising the dead as mindless slaves.

Specialties: Warlock, Necromancer, and Sorcerer.

This mercenary has mastered monster magic, curses, and the summoning of demons to pit against anyone foolishly in the way.

Bonuses: higher defense per dexterity, higher mana per intelligence, and higher mana regen per intelligence
Mana gen: Dark Sacrifice skill
Armor: Cloth and Capes
Weapons: Staves

  • Shadow Bolt - A magic damage attack spell.
  • Summon Chaos Lord - Summons a Chaos Lord. Can only control one demon type at a time. Each skill level increases the Chaos Lord level by 1.
  • Summon Scree - Summons a Scree. Can only control one demon type at a time. Each skill level increases the Scree level by 1. Max count increases every 2 skill levels.
  • Summon Fury - Summons a Fury. Can only control one demon type at a time. Each skill level increases the Fury level by 1. Max count increases every 4 skill levels.
  • Demon Mastery - Enhances the following demon skills: Summon Chaos Lord, Summon Scree, and Summon Fury. Each skill level raises summoned demons damage by 4%.
  • Curse of Enfeeblement - Target causes less damage for a short period.
  • Curse of Pain - Slows down the target's attack for a short period.
  • Curse of Vulnerability - Makes target more susceptible to fire, cold, poison and lightning for a short period.
  • Curse of Stammer - Increases the target's spell cast time for a short period.
  • Dark Sacrifice - Converts health into mana. Beware: this can kill you!
Click over to the site below to read more about the game's classes.

Din's Curse Classes
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Peggle Art Contest Level Pack Available For Peggle Nights
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

PopCap Games has announced the release of the Art Contest level pack for the company's popular casual title Peggle Nights. The pack features five new levels and challenges based on top entries from the Peggle Art Contest. The new levels can also be played in Quick Play or Duel Modes.

“We really enjoyed incorporating the contest winners' designs into finished levels and have been playing them non-stop,” said Sukhbir Sidhu, Studio Director at PopCap and co-creator of Peggle and Peggle Nights. “These user-generated concepts turned out quite well in terms of playability and challenge, and it's really interesting and inspiring to see level design ideas from fans of the game!”

The new levels in the Art Contest level pack feature whimsical "mash-ups" of PopCap characters and imagery as well as re-imaginings of past levels. Grand prize winners Matt Ward of Heanor, Derbyshire England (in the adult category) and Michael and Stephanie Liu, youth category co-winners from Naperville, Illinois, visited PopCap's headquarters in August to play-test and provide feedback on the levels based on their designs.

The user-created levels, and their respective creators, are:
  • “Bucket Revisited” – Michael and Stephanie Liu (Grand Prize, Youth category) – a redrawing of the classic Das Bucket level with Peggle characters.
  • “Dynamic Two-Oh” – Matt Ward (Grand Prize, Adult category) – the Undercover Unicorn patrols the streets and rooftops of Pegopolis with his crime-busting partner, Kid Radical!
  • “Fun Dead” – Anthony Maddaloni – (Runner-up) – a combination of Peggle and Plants vs. Zombies results in a graveyard scare!
  • “Caykee” – Jessica Kozulbal – (Runner-up) – Caykee the Cupcake presents her argument for inanimate objects as Peggle Masters!
  • “Peggle 3D” – Brice Johnson (Runner-up) – What if Peggle fully embraced the third dimension? This level presents one possible vision.
The Art Contest level pack is available for free to registered owners of Peggle Nights. Head over to the site below for more information.

Peggle Nights Bonus Levels
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Eschalon Book II January Status Update
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Basilisk Games has added a new Eschalon: Book II update to its website, revealing that the game is on track for February semi- public beta testing. the second game in the company's "old school" RPG series, Book II will continue the storyline from the previous game and feature a variety of gameplay enhancements.

We are now testing with our “internal beta testing crew”. Their focus is game balance and checking on the main quest; meanwhile side-quests and secondary map map details are getting filled in. It is our greatest hope that this will lead into a semi-public beta test in February. Stay tuned!
Check out the page below for more.

Basilisk Games Eschalon Book II January Update
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Mac Games News for Thursday, January 14, 2010

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