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Tales Of Monkey Island Collector's DVD Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Telltale Games has announced it is now taking orders for the Tales of Monkey Island full season Collector's DVD, along with new special items related to the game. In addition to the full five episode pirate adventure for Mac and PC, the DVD includes "making of" team commentaries, production art galleries, promotional videos and more.

A special Deluxe Tales of Monkey Island package is also now available for order, which includes the standard DVD as well as a collection of outstanding exclusive extras: a previously un-discovered Voodoo Lady card, a map from Reginald Van Winslow's collection, a piratey piece of eight coin, a drink coaster from Club 41 and a souvenir button from the Trial of the Century. Fans who missed out on the cover art by Monkey Island art legend Steve Purcell with the series pre-order, can now secure this with their Deluxe Edition order. This amazing collection is available for only $14.95 for customers who already own Tales of Monkey Island, and $49.95 for new customers.

The celebration continues with a bounty of new Monkey Island items at the Telltale Store, which fans can purchase along with their DVD orders: a full deck of the Voodoo Lady's cards, a Tales of Monkey Island Art Portfolio featuring prints suitable for framing, t-shirts, a new series of buttons and a drinking vessel for your piratey beverages!

With this nearly impossible to resist abundance of new Monkey Island product, Telltale is extending free shipping for all orders over $50 for the first weeks of the ordering window.

Tales of Monkey Island Collector's DVD (standard edition) Details:

  • The complete five episode season of Tales of Monkey Island
  • Highlight reel with commentary from Telltale design team
  • Production art gallery
  • Five fan-created "I Wonder What Happens" video collection
  • Two Tales of Monkey Island official trailers
  • Preview of Telltale's next game, Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse
  • Desktop wallpapers and fun forum avatars
Deluxe Edition includes:
  • DVD slip case designed by Monkey Island art legend Steve Purcell
  • A previously un-discovered new card from the Voodoo Lady's deck
  • Gulf of Melange Map
  • Commemorative button from Guybrush's Trial of the Century
  • Drink coaster from Club 41
  • Piratey piece of eight coin
For more information please visit the website below.

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StarCraft II Mac Beta Planned For April
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Blizzard Entertainment has posted the results of a recent Twitter Q&A with developers about the upcoming StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. The question and answer session included discussion of the Mac beta, map editor, and plans for future expansions.

The Starcraft II Beta Developer Twitter Chat # 1 revealed several details about beta testing.

• Blizzard plans to release a major content patch mid-April to enable some basic achievements and improved voice chat, 3v3 and 4v4 maps, among other unidentified features.
• A Mac beta client will be available in April, when it's ready.
• The Map Editor will be out before late-April.
• No new races are planned for the three episodes of Starcraft II.
• The roach, Infestor and reaper are currently in their Watch List.
• Critters were not priority for beta, and will eventually be added.
• Plans for Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) and community maps ladder and matchmaking.
• Dustin said more players will be invited to beta in upcoming weeks, and encourages gamers to enable the beta opt-in option in the Account webpage to qualify.
• Replay hosting and sharing won't be available at ship date.
Streamed replays for Tournament Finals is planned in future Starcraft II expansions.

Head over to Blizzplanet to read more.

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Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse Coming In April
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Telltale Games has announced the upcoming release of Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse a new series of adventure episodes in the popular series. The first episode of the series, titled The Penal Zone, is set for release on April 15.

"Telltale continues to excel at channeling Sam & Max's extremely peculiar sensibilities," said Sam & Max creator, Steve Purcell. "For each subsequent season they somehow manage to toss ever more mind-addling scenarios at the Freelance Police. The creative team inhabits these characters so well that if I were their parents I'd be worried about them."

As Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse opens, Max has been bestowed with a set of powerful psychic abilities from an unusual ancient source that he'll wield against the strongest and strangest foes the Freelance Police have ever faced. Join gaming's greatest dog and rabbit sleuths as they investigate the source of these powers, with manic Max exercising new and amazing abilities with each episode. Max's shape shifting, teleportation, mind reading and future sight powers prove particularly useful as intergalactic simians, eldritch gods, under-dwellers and an arcane scholar ruthlessly hunt down these powers for their own evil ends. The teaser trailer released today at gives a peek at the skewed humor of The Devil's Playhouse. The very first in-game screenshots and new concept art are also posted at the site.

The PC/Mac pre-order for the series includes a FREE game episode from the Telltale library along with exclusive membership in the Freelance Police "Elite Forces" -- all for just $34.95. Freelance Police Elite Forces members will gain access to a private forum for scheduled chats with Sam & Max creator Steve Purcell and Telltale designers along with first look posts about upcoming episodes before they release. Additionally, these customers will get special deals at the Telltale Store over the course of the season, as well as custom forum avatars and desktop wallpaper downloads. The pre-order for PlayStation users is expected to begin March 18th on the PlayStation Network.
Check out the website below for more information.

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The Abbey Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Mac|Life has posted a new review 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. Mac|Life gave the game a score of 2.5 out of 5.

From the review:

The gameplay is very basic: point and click with your left mouse button to move around the map, and right-click to select an object, clicking it again to add to your inventory, which can be permanently docked on the right side of the game window. Every cutscene is integral to figuring out the end result of the murder and brings you further clues about where to explore, but if we picked the wrong question for Leonardo to ask, we would often leave the conversation without a clue as to what to pursue next. Considering that The Abbey isn’t exactly an intricate role-playing game, your only real objective is to pick up every item that’s selectable and then experiment to see which ones interact with which characters. Some puzzles are easy to figure out, while the answer to others may be hidden in one of your long conversations with the various characters around the monastery, so be ready for some chatter.

The animation of the game is truly unique, throwing us back to the days when Don Bluth’s films were on loop in our VCRs, and the voice acting is remarkably on point. However, we found controlling the characters to be frustrating. Not only do Leonardo and Bruno walk at an unhurried pace, but playing the game in windowed mode made it difficult to maneuver our characters to the right or left. Such bland gameplay made this point-and-click adventure seem more like a “point-and-sit-and-watch.”
Visit the page below to read the full review.

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IMG Reviews Championship Manager 2010
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Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of Championship Manager 2010. The latest incarnation of the soccer management sim includes a 3D match engine, set-piece creator, scouting networks, and practice matches.

Here's an excerpt from the review:

The changes don't stop at the gameplay. Championship Manager 2010 has received a complete graphical overhaul for the in-game action. Instead of the air hockey paddles of before, each player is now a fully-animated 3D human model with dozens of animations for heading, kicking, blocking, and running around the field. They do occasionally do things that make no sense whatsoever, but that tendency is greatly reduced once you get your dream team and work your way up from one of the the lowest leagues to the premier league of England.

The menus have also been reworked graphically, and the result is definitely positive. All the different sections have new backgrounds that fit with their purpose significantly better. The pictures are vibrant and atmospheric, the menus almost make you forget you're staring at statistics ninety percent of the time, and the tactics screen has numerous colors and shapes to represent your current plan of attack. It is most definitely an upgrade, and has been long in coming.
Click over to the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: Championship Manager 2010
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Mac Games News for Friday, March 12, 2010

Namco Unveils UniteSDK Crossplatform Tech6:00 AM
Razer Committed To Mac Users6:00 AM
The Secret Of Monkey Island: SE Pre-Order Announced6:00 AM
WarBirds: Dogfights Digital Download Available6:00 AM
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