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Apple Games Features Mini Ninjas
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games has published a new feature article, this one focusing on Feral Interactive's latest Mac release, Mini Ninjas. Developed by Io Interactive, Mini Ninjas follows the young ninja, Hiro and his friends as they travel through spellbound lands to do battle with a magical army of animals-turned-samurai. Apple's article includes comments from game director Jeremy Petreman, a list of the characters and their powers, and a description of the game's magic system.

“We went to a huge amount of effort to create a compelling, enchanting world which is true to the ninja myth and fantasy, complete with a backstory that goes back several centuries,” Petreman says. “When it came to the castles and architecture, props, weapons, costumes, even the outfits of the ridiculous little samurai, we went to great lengths to maintain a sense of authenticity to all through research and design … It may seem like a silly little colorful world, but to us it’s filled with history and mythology.”

It’s also a world full of secrets to uncover and useful objects to find. Don’t let such seemingly innocuous items as mushrooms and flowers pass you by, because you can use them to create powerful potions that restore lost health and repel arrows, among other things. If you ever find yourself wondering what you should do next, try meditating: you’ll see your current objective and a compass heading that shows the best direction; you’ll also increase the rate at which you regain Ki energy, which is used to cast spells.

You’ll need to be well-rested and able to draw on all powers at your disposal as you take on the bosses sent by the evil samurai warlord to stop you. Each possesses a unique power, such as Boss Windy Pants, whose clouds of noxious gas deal serious damage. “We really tried to approach the bosses with a lot of humor,” notes level designer Ulrik Hauen-Limkilde.
Head over to the page listed below to read the entire article.

Apple Games: Mini Ninjas
Feral Interactive
Mini Ninjas
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Din's Curse 1.002 Released, Beta 1.003 Also Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Soldak Entertainment has released version 1.002 of its action RPG, Din's Curse. A beta version 1.003 is also now available for download. The beta includes a new perspective view mode, a better shadow option, and new UI graphics.

In Din's Curse players take the role of an adventurer cursed to walk the lands in a quest for redemption. The game features 141 possible class combinations, an infinite number of dynamically generated towns, and a game world directly impacted by player choices.

Some changes from version 1.002:

  • changed item glow to match item colors (Valgor)
  • now build.cfg controls whether or not manual link appears
  • get info on mac now shows version correctly (Aet)
  • treasure quests no longer tell you about any reputation gain (Caal)
  • respecing skills with status effects now works better (TheRani)
  • can now select other players with F1 - F8 (Aganazer)
  • fixed key select background
  • fixed duplicate input background
  • now only show hotkey on use slots if hotkey name is one character long

For the full list of changes and download links for the updates head over to the pages listed below.

Din's Curse Patches
Din's Curse Change List
Soldak Entertainment
Din's Curse
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GameAgent Officially Available In Europe, New Forums Open
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media and have announced the official launch of the digital download store in Europe, new customer support forums, and the extension of the GameAgent Affiliate Program. Aspyr's catalog of Mac games will now be available for download outside of North America, with boxed versions available from the European sites later this summer.

You read that title right: starting today, we are officially opening up the GameAgent store to our European fans and friends, as well as a few other countries and regions around the world!  And to properly celebrate, between now and July 28 we’re cutting the prices of the ENTIRE Aspyr catalog on by 15% for ALL regions*!

Here’s how it works:
  • To make purchases using US dollars ($), just go to
  • To make purchases from the United Kingdom using British pounds sterling (£), just go to
  • To make purchases from the Euro Zone using euros (€), just go to
In further support of customers, and announce the arrival of forums through Forum users may communicate with each other on various topics or with GameAgent and Aspyr representatives as a method of customer support.

To complement these digital efforts, Aspyr has expanded the GameAgent Affiliate Program. Partners who participate in the OneNetworkDirect GameAgent Affiliate Program can get access to exclusive Aspyr PC and Mac games and earn rewards for sales resulting from partners’ web traffic. This program is now supported in Europe.
Check out the links below for more information.

GameAgent Goes International
Aspyr Forums
Aspyr Media

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StarCraft II: Ghosts Of The Past Cinematic Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Blizzard Entertainment has released a new cinematic video for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, the eagerly anticipated next installment in the popular sci-fi RTS series. The video, entitled Ghosts of the Past, is the final bit of unlockable content unveiled on the StarCraft II website and features Jim Raynor.

Outstanding work, recruits! With your contributions to the Dominion war effort, our supremacy in the sector is assured. The empire's citizenry can breathe a sigh of relief, thanks to your courageous sacrifices. The final reward has been unlocked, and along with the lore bridge videos, it should help tide you over until the release of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty on July 27. Congratulations on your achievement. Dismissed!
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is scheduled for a July 27 release date. Click on the links below to learn more.

StarCraft II: Join The Dominion
Blizzard Entertainment
StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Darkspore Announced6:00 AM
Defense Grid Trailer Available From Apple6:00 AM
Dragon Age: Return To Ostagar Now Available, 1.03 Update6:00 AM
The Sims 3: Late Night Coming This Fall6:00 AM
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