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Star Shipping Inc. Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

Corbomite Games has announced the release of a new commerce strategy game, Star Shipping Inc. The game is now available for Mac and Windows PCs as well as iPad and iPhone. In Star shipping Inc. players take the role of the captain of a cargo ship traveling between star systems to trade goods and commodities and eventually become the richest captain in the galaxy.

The goal of Star Shipping is to become the richest captain in the galaxy by trading commodities between new and exciting planets, while working for the intergalactic space trading company "Star Shipping Inc." Since space is unpredictable while traveling to different planets, you'll encounter multiple types of enemies like space pirates, monsters and other alien lifeforms. You can choose between flying solo or protecting your cargo by hiring defense drones. In-game news at the end of each turn dramatically affects the next turn's outcome as well as random events that occur during travel will make players think twice before taking chances and increases the fun as the game progresses.

"The reception for Star Shipping has been great so far, and we hope PC and Mac gamers enjoy the gameplay and high production values," said Oded Sharon, CEO of Corbomite Games. "The new HD version of the game for iPad, iPhone and iPod includes high-resolution graphics, and more content, including new enemies, more random planets, and new ships. We know that Star Shipping fans are going to love the new features."
Star Shipping Inc. is currently available for the introductory price of $1. For more information follow the link below.

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IMG Reviews Hordes Of Orcs 2
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of Freeverse's fantasy tower defense title, Hordes of Orcs 2. The sequel follows the events which occur after "The Glowing Portal of Really Bad Things That We Should Have Bricked-Up a Long Time Ago" has been foolishly un-bricked again, and the Orcs return. Hordes of Orcs 2 features an upgraded arsenal, new enemy units, improved AI, and six different game modes.

Here's an excerpt from the review:

In Freeverse's variant, you face off against the titular Hordes of Orcs who are trying to destroy your village, pillage your treasure, make off with your gems or other dastardly deeds. It's all very Warcraft-esque as the orcs come through a glowing portal in every map. You have 6 different towers, a wall, and 4 magic spells to aid your orc stopping missions. In the basic mode orcs start at one side of the map, and simply wish to go through the portal on the other side where your tasty village awaits destruction.

You start with a small amount of gold, and a brief period in which to place a tower or two before they start coming through. Do you buy several arrow towers, or spend more on an expensive fire tower? There is a small amount of strategy to what you pick, because not only are you limited by your gold, but some orcs have a resistance to a tower type, which forces you to mix up your towers or face failure as the waves gets harder. Been zapping those orcs with a row of lightning towers? Well, you won't be laughing when a wave of mini lightning orcs runs right by them into your portal.
Click over to the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: Hordes Of Orcs 2
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World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

AtomicGamer has posted a new preview of Blizzard Entertainment's Cataclysm expansion for World of Warcraft. Cataclysm will allow players to adventure as two new playable races, bring their characters to level 85, take on challenging quests and dungeons in all-new zones, and experience dramatic changes to familiar aspects of the game in the wake of a world-shattering disaster.

Most of the world has been bashed apart, opened up, redesigned, and made much more interesting, and the quests have been redone in the much more easy-to-digest style that Blizzard's been doing the past couple of years. You won't be running around between multiple zones, searching for two quests over in Desolace before dropping back to Stranglethorn Vale for another pair - instead, the quest hub system that's been so popular in Wrath of the Lich King is here, along with more enhancements to the phasing system that changes the visible world around to match your quest progress. As seen in the last expansion, phasing is a fantastic system that really makes you feel like you're making a difference, even if you're keenly aware that every other player gets the exact same experience when they go through.

The total experience from levels 1 to 60 has been redone for all players, not just for those who buy Cataclysm, with the entire quest line for both continents revamped or just thrown out in favor of entirely new adventures. As of patch 4.0.3 this week, the world has been torn asunder by the big, bad new villain, the dragon named Deathwing, and almost all zones have been changed as a result - some drastically. When the actual expansion is launched on December 7th, a range of new features are going to be unlocked, like the level cap increase to 85, new races, new class options for existing races, and the ability to fly in Azeroth like people do in Outland and Northrend. Let's go into some of these new features.
Visit the page below to read the full preview.

AtomicGamer: World of Warcraft Cataclysm
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World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm

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Macintosh Beta Testers Needed For Avadon: The Black Fortress
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Spiderweb Software is looking for Mac owners willing to devote some time and energy to testing the upcoming RPG, Avadon: The Black Fortress. The game will feature four different character classes, dozens of sidequests, hundreds of items to discover, and many different possible endings.

Right now we need Macintosh for Avadon. You will need to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement and get it back to us fairly quickly (Faxing it is a very good idea). People who don't get the NDA in promptly won't be able to test.

Important note:
We get lots of tester applications. Lots and lots of them. Sorting through the flood takes a lot of time. Due to the large number of applications we will receive, we will not respond to every application. Please do not E-mail us asking if you were accepted. We will only E-mail those who have been accepted. Many apologies, and good luck!

General Requirements:
  • You must have a reliable internet account, capable of E-mail and of downloading large files. Updates can be over 20 MB and need to be downloaded reliably.
  • You must be able to write and converse coherently in English.
  • You must be able to actually spend time on testing, and, even if you don't find bugs, you need to be able to frequently give us reports on your progress in the game.
Head over to the link below for more information.

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Mac Games News for Monday, November 29, 2010

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LEGO Universe Winter Season Events Announced6:00 AM
Super Crate Box Released For OS X6:00 AM
Terra Militaris Released6:00 AM
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