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6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of The Game Bakers' SQUIDS. The game features a mixture of action strategy and role playing game mechanics, giving players the task of building a team of heroes and engaging in turn-based battles against corrupted sea creatures.

Here's an excerpt:

What goes through your mind when you hear "Turn-Based Action RPG?" It's probably not squids firing at each other with ink pellets or ramming crabs off a giant turtle. Nevertheless, that's what you're dealing with in SQUIDS, from The Game Bakers. The premise is pretty straightforward. All you have to do is kill all the ooze-covered denizens blocking you from your grand quest to save more women. This is done by ramming them off edges, blasting them with special powers, or by knocking them into the underwater spike trap, the sea urchin.
Check out the page below to read the full review.


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LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Feral Interactive has announced the release of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7. The sequel completes the LEGO Harry Potter saga and gives players the chance to control Harry, Ron, Hermione, and over 150 other playable characters as they build Dumbledore's Army, hunt for Horcruxes, and prepare for the final battle with Lord Voldemort.

The battle is building!

Lord Voldemort is taking Hogwarts apart brick by brick and it’s up to you to stop him. Build, break and enchant your way through an incredible LEGO adventure set in the Muggle and wizarding worlds.

Based on the last three Harry Potter books and final four films, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 brings encounters with new characters, new challenges and lots more magic as you prepare for the ultimate showdown with Lord Voldemort.


  • Experience Harry’s last three years at Hogwarts the LEGO way, with comical re-interpretations of scenes from the last four Harry Potter movies.
  • Unlock over 150 playable characters, from old favourites to new additions such as the evil Bellatrix LeStrange and the werewolf Fenrir Greyback.
  • Team up to fight the forces of evil in a co-operative mode that lets a second player drop in or out at any time.
  • Learn an array of new spells by attending class at Hogwarts and join Dumbledore’s Army to master wizarding duels.
  • Explore charming LEGO versions of new locations including Godfric’s Hollow, Grimmauld Place, the Ministry of Magic and even Muggle London.
  • Experiment with unpredictable magical items, from the Weasleys’ joke boxes to Hermione’s bottomless handbag and Luna’s SpectreSpecs.
  • Use each character's special abilities to discover hundreds of secrets and rescue Hogwarts students in peril.
  • Processor: 1.4Ghz
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.8
  • RAM: 2.0 GB
  • Free Space: 7.0 GB
  • Graphics: 128 MB
  • Accessories: Keyboard
    The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, NVIDIA 7xxx series and Intel GMA series. The following cards require you to have 4GB of System RAM: NVIDIA 320M, NVIDIA 9400, Intel HD 3000.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-7 is available now for $29.99 (USD).

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LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
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Quake 4 Digital Download Coming To MGS April 12
6:00 AM | IMG News | 15 comments

The digital download version of Aspyr Media's Quake 4 is available for pre-order now from The game will be released on April 12. The game follows the exploits of Matthew Kane, an Earth warrior struggling to defeat the invading Strogg.

In a Desperate War for Earth’s Survival, The Only Way to Defeat the Strogg is to Become One of Them


Earth is under siege by the Strogg, a barbaric alien race moving through the universe consuming, recycling and annihilating any civilization in their path. In a desperate attempt to survive, an armada of Earth’s finest warriors is sent to take the battle to the Strogg home planet.

You are Matthew Kane, an elite member of Rhino Squad and Earth's valiant invasion force. Fight alone, with your squad, or in hover tanks and mechanized walkers as you engage in a heroic mission to the heart of the Strogg war machine.


  • Sequel to the epic Quake 2 storyline
  • Battle outdoors using tanks and walkers
  • Fight with the support of an elite squad
  • Compete online in fast action, arena-style multiplayer
  • Built on the genre defining id Tech 4 (the Doom 3 engine)
  • Operating System: 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard), 10.7.3 (Lion)
  • CPU Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
  • CPU Speed: 2.4 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Hard Disk Space: 3.5 GB
  • Video Card (ATI): Radeon HD 2600
  • Video Card (NVidia): Geforce 8600
  • Video Memory (VRam): 256 MB
  • Supported Video Chipsets:
      ATI RADEON HD 2600
      ATI RADEON HD 3870
      ATI RADEON HD 4670
      ATI RADEON HD 4850
      ATI RADEON HD 5670
      ATI RADEON HD 5750
      ATI RADEON HD 5770
      ATI RADEON HD 5870
      ATI RADEON HD 6630M
      ATI RADEON HD 6750M
      ATI RADEON HD 6770M
      ATI RADEON HD 6970M
      Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • The following video chipsets are unsupported by Quake 4:
      ATI RADEON X1000 Series
      NVIDIA 7000 Series
      Intel Integrated GMA 950
      Intel Integrated x3100
Quake 4 is available to pre-order now for $19.99 (USD).

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Wasteland 2 Mac Confirmed, Kicking It Forward Site Opens
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

inXile Entertainment has announced that Wasteland 2 will be coming to Mac. A sequel to the classic post-apocalyptic RPG of the 80's, the game will be a top down, turn-based, tactical RPG that the developers promise will "stay true to its roots." Having hit the 1.5 million target for its Kickstarter campaign, inXile confirmed it would be developing Mac and Linux versions of the upcoming game as well.

$1.5 million is achieved! Thank you!! We will now make some Mac and Linux owners happy. Stay tuned for what happens at 2 mil...
inXile's Brian Fargo, inspired by the success of the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter campaign, has also created a Kicking it Forward website. The concept behind the site is to encourage successful Kickstarter developers to reinvest 5% of profits on finished games back into another Kickstarter project of their choice, thereby encouraging more development free of publisher interference.
Any developer that puts the "Kicking it Forward" badge on their Kickstarter project page is agreeing that they will put 5% of their finished product profits back into other Kickstarter projects. To be abundantly clear, this is only money that the developer earns as profit AFTER the project ships and AFTER they have paid their expenses. This is NOT a suggestion to invest money they received from people who invested into their project via Kickstarter.

Once a project in this program has become profitable, the developer is going to spend this 5% profit, which is their own money, on whatever Kickstarter projects they want to support. They can determine unilaterally who they want to give it to and when. Neither myself nor a committee is going to tell successful developers what projects to invest in. Ultimately, this is an honor system at the end of the day. No one is going to audit their books to make sure they complied. In many ways Kickstarter is an honor system too, so this is no different. Of course some unscrupulous developer may not follow through with their promise but I believe the development community sticks together.
Learn more at the links below.

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Mac Games News for Friday, March 23, 2012

7th Guest Now Available For Modern Macs6:00 AM
BioShock 2 Coming March 29, Win A Free Downloadable Copy6:00 AM
Building The Banner Saga6:00 AM
WoW: Mists Of Pandaria Beta Coming Soon, Opt-Ins Begin6:00 AM
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