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Tidalis Updated To 1.016, Tidalis Lite Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Arcen Games has announced an update for Tidalis. The block based puzzle game challenges players to link chains of like colored blocks to clear the way for more blocks falling from the top of the screen. The update introduces improvements from Unity 3.1, improved graphics, and the addition of a second keyboard player. Arcen has also released Tidalis Lite, a free web based version of the game.

This release doesn't include any new content, but it really improves the game in general. The biggest change here is an upgrade of the Unity 3D engine (which powers Tidalis) from version 2.6 to version 3.1. The number of improvements in the Unity engine between those two versions is nothing short of staggering, and that alone fixes the unable-to-set-screen-resolution issues on OSX, as well as making performance better in general. It also resolved some annoying font wrapping issues that were caused by the Unity 2.6 engine.

Going along with that, for AI War 4.0 we had to develop out a new, higher-performance rendering pipeline to go on top of the Unity engine; the rendering pipeline we'd been using in Tidalis just wasn't nearly fast enough to handle AI War. Tidalis is a much lighter-weight game visually compared to AI War, but even so we've backported the new pipeline from AI War to Tidalis, and the result is a puzzle game that runs even smoother, and which will run well on even slower hardware. Great news for netbooks and older laptops.

Another huge mechanics addition is the addition of a second keyboard player. Previously, Tidalis supported one mouse player and one keyboard player. Now it supports one mouse player and up to two keyboard players, all on one computer. This is particularly useful for those players who are mapping gamepads to the keyboard keys. It also increases the game from being up to 2 player local (6 player online) to being 3 payer local (6 player online), although it's still a maximum of two actual game boards in local or online play.

Check out the links below to learn about the new changes and Tidalis Lite.

Tidalis Update, Tidalis Lite Available
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Best In Show Solitaire Alpha Builds Free To Play
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Graduate Games has announced that alpha versions of Best in Show Solitaire are available to download and play for free on the game’s website. Best in Show Solitaire is a casual card game currently in-development for Mac, Windows and Linux. The game will debut some time in 2011.

Best in Show Solitaire will feature over 40 different breeds, unique abilities for each dog, light RPG elements, and a light-hearted story as the player attempts to become the top dog trainer by winning Best in Show. Graduate Games, a small indie studio, is currently hard at work bringing the game to the PC, Mac and Linux operating systems and has recently opened its game to the public with free access to Alpha Builds of the casual card game. You can start playing the game for free today, by signing up for the alpha.
For more information, screenshots, and videos of Best in Show Solitaire visit the link below.

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Best In Show Solitaire

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Din's Curse Demon War Beta Patch 1.015 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Soldak Entertainment has released version 1.015, a beta version of its action RPG, Din's Curse. The new version includes several bug fixes and improvements.

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.

Head over to the links below for more information.

Din's Curse Change List
Din's Curse Patches
Soldak Entertainment
Din's Curse
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Back To The Future Episode 1 Reviewed
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Adventure Classic Gaming has posted a new review of It's About Time, the first episode in Telltale Games' Back to the Future episodic adventure series. Based on the classic films, the game is the first of several titless to arrive as part of a deal with NBC Universal. ACC gave the game a score of 3 out of 5.

From the review:

The main story of the game takes place in 1986, some months after the events of the final movie. Marty misses his old friend, Doc, who has settled down at the end of the 19th century. Back in the present, the bank has decided to foreclose on Doc's properties and starts to sell them as repayments for Doc's debts. While Marty tries to stop this sale, he realizes that there is little he can do since Doc appears to have disappeared for good. Suddenly, Marty spots the DeLorean arriving back from the past—without Doc, but with a warning that he may be in trouble.

It is easy to be drawn into a new incarnation of an old adventure. While the game's story is brand new, it features a lot of familiar elements from the movies. These range from established characters such as Tannen and Einstein the dog to memorable gags such as fading newspapers and even manure! In fact, the game builds up its narrative in a way that is very similar to the movies.
Visit the page below for the full review.

Adventure Classic Gaming: Back To The Future Review
Telltale Games
Back To The Future
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Digital Eel's VooDoo Interface Game Soundtrack Now Free6:00 AM
Dominions 3: The Awakening Updated6:00 AM
Portal 2 Cross Platform Play Confirmed6:00 AM
Two Worlds II Previewed6:00 AM
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