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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Secret Of Monkey Island: Special Edition Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Aspyr Media has announced the Mac release of Lucasarts' The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition as an exclusive GameAgent digital download. The game is a "reimagining" of the original 1990 title, updated with contemporary art, remastered music, full voiceover, and a new hint system.

The Secret of Monkey Island™: Special Edition faithfully re-imagines the internationally-acclaimed classic game (originally released in 1990) for original and new audiences alike. The game is brought into the modern era with an all new re-imagined contemporary art style, a re-mastered musical score, full voiceover, and an in-depth hint system to help players through the game’s side-splitting puzzles. Purists will also delight in the ability to seamlessly switch between the updated hand-drawn re-imagining and the original classic version.

The game's twisty plot leads our naive hero on a hilarious, swash-buckling search for the fabled secret of Monkey Island. Tales of pirate wealth lure him to the port of Mêlée with high hopes, no money, and insatiable curiosity. If clever enough, he will win the confidence of Mêlée's pirates and find himself blown by the winds of fate toward the terrifying and legendary Monkey Island -- an adventure that would chill the bones of even the most bloodthirsty buccaneer.

Relive the swashbuckling humorous misadventures of the wannabe pirate Guybrush Threepwood

  • Go on a daring adventure in your attempt to become the most infamous pirate in the Caribbean
  • Win the heart of the beautiful governor, Elaine Marley
  • Along the way, confront the evil ghost pirate, LeChuck
Play it again for the first time
  • All new re-imagined contemporary art style, hand-drawn to feature animation quality
  • Re-mastered music score presented in full orchestrated detail
  • Complete voice over using the original Monkey Island™ franchise cast brings the story and characters of the original adventures to life like never before
  • Scene-for-scene hot swap allows for seamless transition between special edition and classic modes anywhere and at any time
Includes all new features
  • All new intuitive game interface and controls provide a more interactive gameplay experience
  • In-game puzzle hint system keeps the puzzles fresh and fun
Minimum System Requirements:
    Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), 10.6 (Snow Leopard) | Processor: Intel chipset | CPU Speed: 1.8 GHz or faster | Memory: 512 MB or higher | Hard Disk Space: 2 GB free disk space | Video Card (ATI): Radeon X1600 | Video Card (NVidia): GeForce 7300 | Video Memory (VRam): 128 MB | Media Required: DVD Drive | Peripherals: Macintosh mouse and keyboard or Microsoft Xbox 360 Wired Controller.
    Supported Video cards: NVIDIA GeForce® 7300, 7600, 7800, 8600, 8800, 9400, 9600, GT 120, Quadro FX 4500, ATI Radeon X1600, X1900, HD 2400, HD 2600, HD 3870, HD 4670, HD 4850
    NOTICE: Intel® integrated video chipsets are not supported.
    NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)
    NOTICE: Apple Intel® Chipsets only. Power PC Processors (G4 and G5) are not supported
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition for Mac costs $9.99. Click over to the links below to learn more.

Aspyr Media
The Secret Of Monkey Island: Special Edition
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Aspyr Offers Downloadable Star Wars Titles, Retail Packs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 9 comments

Aspyr Media has announced the digital download release of four classic Star Wars titles. Knights of the Old Republic, Empire at War, Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, and Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast are now available from the GameAgent store.

In addition, the titles have received updated versions (including bug fixes and finalized multiplayer for the Jedi Knight games), are Intel native, and will run on OS 10.6. Aspyr has also released two Star Wars compilation retail packs: the Star Wars Mac Pack which includes Kotor and Empire at War, and Jedi Gold which includes the two Jedi Knight titles.

We have digitally released four great Lucas/Aspyr classics: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars: Empire at War, Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast on For a limited time we are offering 20% off any other Star Wars Mac game when folks buy Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition Mac digitally.

In addition to these great digital releases we are shipping to retail two new Star Wars compilation packs: Star Wars Mac Pack ($49.99) containing both SW: Kotor and SW: Empire at War, and Jedi Gold containing Jedi Knight and Jedi Outcast ($29.99).

This rich catalog of content has been updated to the latest version of the game, upgraded with general bug fixes, supports 10.6 and now runs natively on Intel machines. Multiplayer for the Jedi titles was originally released as a Beta and has been polished to a final state and now runs natively on Intel machines, as well.

The Star Wars titles have also been bundled into two new retail packs. Star Wars: Jedi Knight Gold Pack includes both Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy and the hit sequel Star Wars: Jedi Knight: II: Jedi Outcast available on one disc. Star Wars Mac Pack includes the award winning and bestselling role-playing game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and the hit strategy title Star Wars: Empire at War.
Jedi Academy and Jedi Outcast each cost $19.99. Knights of the Old Republic and Empire at War sell for $29.99. The Star Wars Mac Pack is available for $49.99, while Jedi Gold is priced at $29.99. As mentioned above Aspyr is offering a limited time 20% discount on Star Wars titles when customers purchase The Force Unleashed from GameAgent.

For more information about each game follow the links below.

GameAgent: Star Wars Jedi Knight II- Jedi Outcast
GameAgent: Star Wars Jedi Knight- Jedi Academy
GameAgent: Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic
GameAgent: Star Wars Empire At War
Aspyr Media

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Vera Blanc Episodic Mystery In Development
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Tycoon Games recently announced work on Vera Blanc: Full Moon, an episodic mystery adventure title with comic book graphics. Episodes in the series will follow Vera, a young woman with mind-reading powers, and Brandon, her detective partner. The two will investigate cases involving supernatural creatures like werewolves, vampires, zombies, and ghosts.

Vera Blanc is a series of detective mystery games. In each episode, you investigate supernatural events, paranormal activity and occultism. You'll encounter werewolves, vampires, zombies, ghosts, the undead and anything else you can imagine. The game reads like a comic book, but players will be able to change the story by controlling Vera's decisions at crucial plot points. As the story progresses, players will be given several choices to direct the plot. These decisions can lead to new clues, dead ends, or worse! In a profession this dangerous, one false step can lead to a premature end! Vera keeps track of all the clues in her notepad, so you can review everything you've discovered any time you want. You'll be allowed to explore several locations as you search for clues, but some places can only be unlocked through investigation. A series of challenging minigames will provide clues and helpful hints if you manage to solve them. Use Vera's mind-reading skills to know the thoughts of anyone close enough to you, and hunt for clues with more minigames like spot the difference, repeat the sequence, memory, and much more!
Visit the site below to learn more.

Tycoon Games
Vera Blanc

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Gratuitous Space Battles Coming Soon To Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

In recent forum postings Positech Games revealed that a Mac version of its space battle simulation, Gratuitious Space Battles, is in development. The game focuses on spectacular space battles, allowing players to design ships, arrange them into fleets, and jump right into the action. GSB features single and multiplayer combat as well as a survival mode.

GSB is the new game from UK indie developer 'Positech Games'. It's a strategy / management / simulation game that does away with all the base building and delays and gets straight to the meat and potatoes of science-fiction games : The big space battles fought by huge spaceships with tons of laser beams and things going 'zap!', 'ka-boom!' and 'ka-pow!'. In GSB you put your ships together from modular components, arrange them into fleets, give your ships orders of engagement and then hope they emerge victorious from battle (or at least blow to bits in aesthetically pleasing ways).

Gratuitous Space Battles aims to bring the over-the-top explodiness back into space games. The game is for everyone who has watched big space armadas battle it out on TV and thought to themselves 'I could have done a much better job as admiral'. This is not a game of real-time arcade twitch reflexes. GSB is about what ships you design, and what you tell them to do. Your individual ship commanders have total autonomy during the chaotic battle that unfolds. This is not a tactical game, it is a strategic one. These gratuitous space battles are not won by plucky heroes with perfect teeth, but by the geeky starship builders who know exactly what ratio of plasma-cannons to engines each ship in the fleet will need.

GSB has both a singleplayer mode, and a cunning 'asynchronous' multiplayer mode, where you upload a 'challenge' containing your fleet (complete with your custom ship designs and each ships orders of engagement) either to openly challenge all other GSB players, or aimed at a specific player you know. The game has a challenge browser (see screenshot below) and history which shows you who accepted your challenge, and whether they won or lost, and players can rank each others fleets for both fun and difficulty.

If fighting against a fixed fleet of enemy ships (either the default game missions in three difficulties, or player-made challenges) isn't your thing, then GSB also has two 'survival mode' maps. In these battles, your fleet is helplessly outnumbered by wave after wave of enemies that warp in and attack you. Your fleets final defeat is certain, but how many enemy ships will you blast to atoms before you go down with your ship? Check out the scores to see how other players have fared.
A recent post to The Mac Gamer blog suggests that Gratuitous Space Battles for Mac is nearing release. Check out the links below for more information.

The Mac Gamer: Gratuitous Emails
Positech Games
Gratuitous Space Battles

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