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Castle Vox 1.12 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Sillysoft Games has announced that Castle Vox 1.12 is now available. The simultaneous-turn strategy game features large maps with no player limit, teams, castles, and knights. Castle Vox features 35 maps, online multiplayer support, and a challenging Hard AI.

Castle Vox is a next generation strategy wargame. Capture all the enemy Castles to win!

Myriad Maps
Maps from many eras and mythologies. Play on historical, geometric, geographic, and fantasy settings. New maps get added all the time, and can be one-click installed using the built-in Map Manager.

Same-Time Turns
No waiting while other players make their moves. Everyone plans their moves at the same time. When planning is finished, all battles are resolved simultaneously. Finish an epic game in half an hour.

Collaborate with teammates to conquer your enemies. Jointly occupy continents to earn their bonuses. Secret team chat in multi-player modes.

Challenging Artificial Intelligence
Computer AI will give your brain a good workout.

Online Multi-Player
Fast real-time multi-player games. Or play slower once-a-day turns games. The network game tracker lists them all. Host your own server.

Axis & Allies meets Diplomacy
Castle Vox is an homage to these classic strategy boardgames.

Use the built-in Map Editor to create your own maps. Send it in and we'll add it to the Map Manager. Programmers can create AIs with the Sillysoft SDK.

Castle Vox costs $19.99. Check out the links below to download a demo and learn more about the game.

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IMG Reviews Toki Tori
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of Toki Tori from Two Tribes. The puzzle platformer features a variety of challenging puzzles in 80 levels spread over 4 mysterious worlds and puts players in the role of a bird on a quest to collect eggs.

From the review:

Lets get this straight. Two Tribes's Toki Tori is what you would get if you took any Disney branded platformer and combined it with vector calculus. On the surface, it looks like a cuddly, child friendly, platformer, and for a couple of levels, as you guide a yellow bird through a forest you will be tricked.

Then all of sudden – it happened on level three out of 80 for me – you will realize that you have absolutely no idea what to do, and half an hour has passed. Toki Tori is one of the most vicious puzzlers I have ever played. It is, as all good puzzlers should be, several hours of frustration punctuated by short bursts of sweet self congratulation. If that appeals to you, I very much recommend it.
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IMG Review: Toki Tori
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Inside Mac Games Holiday Q&A: Spiderweb Software
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In the first of several holiday interviews IMG's Jon Carr has interviewed Spiderweb Software's Jeff Vogel about the state of Mac gaming, development of the upcoming Avadon: The Black Fortress, and what games Vogel plays in his off time. More interviews will be released in the coming days.

A snippet from the interview:

JC: You are currently working on Avadon: The Black Fortress. Why should RPG fans be excited about your latest project?

JV: Avadon: The Black Fortress is the first all-new game series from us in ten years. It has all new graphics, setting, game system, story, everything, and all the stuff I've learned over the last decade has gone into this game to make it as cool as possible. The setting and storyline are really neat, and the action is fun and full of strategy.

It will probably be out for the Mac in February, 2011, and it'll have a nice, big demo. Anyone who likes RPGs should definitely give it a look.

Click over to the link below to read the full interview.

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IMG Reviews Nostradamus - The Last Prophecy
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of Nostradamus - The Last Prophecy from Coladia Games. The title is an historical adventure game in which players have to solve a series of riddles and puzzles inspired by the works of Nostradamus, taking them through the worlds of astrology, medicine and medicinal plants.

Here's an excerpt from the review:

As you proceed through the game world you are faced with many different puzzles and tasks that range from complex to simple. Some of the more complex ones require a bit of research on the Internet or a good walkthrough! Examples of this include figuring out how to organize Astrological constellations and planets for an Astrology chart, or relating constellations in a painting to their names and symbols, and then applying the information to unlock a lock. For the most part, the information you need to resolve the puzzle is provided in the game, but solving the puzzle can require a bit of thought, some historical knowledge, and an ability to piece together diverse clues. There are other less troublesome tasks, including a number of recipes for both food and potions. The recipes are either given to Madeleine, located prominently where they are needed, or easily figured out. Nostradamus’ study has a shelf stocked with a large variety of ingredients, along with the tools needed for preparing these items. Of course, there are some ingredients you will have to locate elsewhere in the world. This is all typical fare for this type of game. The Last Prophecy does a good job of providing clues and leading the player in the right direction.
Head over to the page below to read the full review.

IMG Review: Nostradamus - The Last Prophecy
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Mac Games News for Friday, December 3, 2010

Borderlands: Game Of The Year Edition Coming Today6:00 AM
Civilization V Tech Support FAQ Released6:00 AM
Diablo III Previewed6:00 AM
Starcraft II: Wings Of Liberty Cheat Codes Revealed6:00 AM
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