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The Life Of An IMG Writer
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

Inside Mac Games' reviewer, interviewer, and podcast host Jon Carr provides readers with a glimpse behind the scenes of game reviewing in his latest feature article.

Here's an excerpt:

There may be a notion that reviewing games means you get all the games you want and sit about playing games all day. There's a partial truth to that, but remember this is a volunteer job, not a paid one. And playing a game for review is much different than just playing a game for fun. It still is entertaining, of course, but you have to look at things differently. You have to think about graphics and gameplay. You have to notice flaws and bugs. You have to test performance. If it has multiplayer you have to explore it.
If you've ever wondered what it's like to write for a gaming website, or if you've pondered what motivates our writing staff, read on for an insider's view.

The Life Of An IMG Writer

Jurassic Park Trailer Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Telltale Games has updated its game blog with a new trailer for its upcoming Jurassic Park: The Game. Based on the popular movie series, the title will give players a chance to participate in the world of genetically engineered dinosaurs.

PAX Prime 2011 has come and gone (catch our PAX Prime video series) but that doesn't mean the PAX-y fun is over! We had new Jurassic Park footage playing at our Isla Nublar styled booth over the weekend and it's now available online for your viewing pleasure.

Behold, the PAX Prime Jurassic Park Action Montage video!
Jurassic Park: The Game is scheduled for a November 15 release. Check out the video at the link below.

Telltale Games Blog: Jurassic Park Trailer
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Escape Whisper Valley Now At Macgamestore
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PopCap Games' Escape Whisper Valley is now available for download and purchase at After being trapped by a rockslide players must find the clues that will help them escape the valley. The game features 25 scenes to explore, 3 game modes, and 7 mini games.

A sudden rockslide has left you trapped in Whisper Valley, an abandoned mountain village. Can you piece together the clues that will get you back home? Explore 25 intriguing locations and track down more than 2,000 items in the new hidden object game from the makers of Escape Rosecliff Island. Solve mini-game puzzles and collect pieces of a map to help you find your way out. Locate the hidden locks and keys in every scene to unlock two bonus game modes. Plan your escape today!


  • Find over 2,000 cleverly hidden objects
  • Explore 25 mysterious scenes to uncover clues
  • 3 game modes: Escape the Valley, plus 2 bonus modes
  • Play 7 mini-games: Match-3, Block Slide, Jigsaw and more
Escape Whisper Valley is available now for $9.95 (USD).

Escape Whisper Valley
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ActionSoft Releases Lion Native Midnight Mansion HD
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

ActionSoft has announced the Mac App Store release of episodes 1 and 2 of Midnight Mansion HD, a new OS X Lion native version of the action platformer. Updating and enhancing the original prompted a division of the game into two episodes featuring redrawn high resolution graphics, all new maps to explore, and a new tutorial.

The Mac App Store version of the game requires MacOS X 10.6 or later and an Intel Mac, but ActionSoft plans to release a PPC friendly version of the game on its website in the coming weeks.

As Jack Malone, you will explore five huge mansions, each filled with traps, puzzles, and secrets, as you search for legendary treasure. Ride on conveyor belts, avoid zapper beams, and dodge monsters as you collect keys that give you access to new areas of each mansion.

In the vein of games like Dark Castle and Montezuma's Revenge, Midnight Mansion HD brings you classic 2D platformer action with High Definition graphics that look great even on a 30" screen, and a spooky soundtrack that helps set the mood.

Midnight Mansion HD is family friendly! We regularly hear stories of grandmothers who play it with their grandchildren… although we're not sure who is enjoying the game more!

This is not a cheap port of an iPhone game. You will find no low-res graphics or ported touch-based gameplay here. Finally enjoy a game that doesn't lose its replay value after just a few hours of playing!

Episode 1 of Midnight Mansion HD is currently available for an introductory price of $4.99 while Episode 2 costs $6.99. Owners of the previous Midnight Mansion can upgrade to the new two episode version for $5 or for free if they have purchased the original in the last four months.

Check out the websites below for more details.

Midnight Mansion HD

Mac Games News for Thursday, September 1, 2011

Hector: Badge of Carnage Full Series At MGS6:00 AM
IMG Reviews Samurai II: Vengeance6:00 AM
The Sims Medieval: Pirates And Nobles Released6:00 AM
Warspire Enters Alpha Phase, Tester Applications Open6:00 AM
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