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Every week MacCentral brings readers the latest headlines from the world of Mac gaming, but there are always a few stories we don't get to during the weekdays. That's why we have this retrospective, called the Week in Games. It also gives us a chance to link to other games content on other sites.

CryptoQuote 1.2 released

John Haney has released another update to CryptoQuote, the word puzzle game for OS X. The new version adds more quotes, shows letter frequency, introduces a resizable window and cleans up pasted puzzles.

iGame3D Pro debuts; 3D game development environment

Tobias Opfermann and William Griffin have developed a freeware 3D game development environment called iGame3D Pro. The software features an editor that works with the Meshwork format, QuickTime support, and much more. It was used to create Antack, an action shooter that was entered in last year's uDevGame 2002 competition.

GarageGames to distribute PomPom titles

PomPom Games is the UK-based developer of cool, trippy retro-style arcade games like Mutant Storm and Space Tripper -- homages to Eugene Jarvis classics like Robotron and Defender, with wild, 3D OpenGL-based graphics. GarageGames -- publishers of Think Tanks, Orbz and Marble Works -- has entered into a distribution agreement with PomPom to help get their titles out to a wider audience.

'Open Knights' hopes to bring NWN toolset to Linux, Mac

The Open Knights project hopes to bring Bioware's Aurora Toolset to Mac OS X and Linux. The Aurora Toolset is the much-talked-about editing software for Neverwinter Nights.

Realm Wars Mac build available

Realm Wars -- the first person shooter built using the Torque Game Engine -- supports multiple platforms, and a new build for the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) was shown off last week. Now it's available for download.

Shadowbane Mac client updated

Ubi Soft has announced the release of a new version of its Mac client for Shadowbane, the massively multiplayer online role playing game. The Mac version update incorporates fixes, and also adds a variety of other changes, including the addition of secondary heal effects for Barbarian and Templar powers, login server fixes, the closure of several game exploits and more.

Warcraft III patch to add clan support, more

Blizzard Entertainment has indicated that a new patch for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is coming in the days ahead. The new update adds clan support and interface enhancements originally designed for the Frozen Throne expansion pack, which comes out on July 1st.

Warrior Kings goes Release Candidate

Feral Interactive has announced that its forthcoming Real Time Strategy game conversion Warrior Kings has reached the Release Candidate milestone and should be finished soon. Minimum system requirements call for Mac OS X 10.1.3 or Mac OS 9.1 or higher; G3/500MHz; 128MB RAM; 750MB hard disk space; 8MB VRAM graphics card.

Elsewhere on the Web

MacGamer has posted a review of Unreal Tournament 2003. Inside Mac Games has posted a preview of EverQuest. This week The Gamesome Mac invites Glenda Adams, former Westlake Interactive president and now director of PC and Mac game development at Aspyr Media -- listen in at 6-8PM PT on Monday. Apple's Games site has posted a look at SpyHunter, the first Mac/PC game conversion to be published by Aspyr Media.

Closer to home

Here on MacCentral this week, we brought readers a review of the PlanarMedia 14 speaker system; news about the forthcoming Mac release of Star Trek Elite Force II; SimCity 4's release; MacPlay's delivery of the WW2-era RPG Another War; the availability of Aliens vs. Predator 2 pre-orders; Graphics card and chipmaker ATI Technologies' latest financial report; Aspyr Media's plans to publish 007: NightFire for Mac; Sony's release of EverQuest for Mac; and, of course, a ton of news from this week's WWDC 2003 show in San Francisco.

As always, we encourage you to drop us a line if you have any questions we didn't answer; ideas for ways we can improve our games coverage; or Mac games or related products you'd like to see us mention.

This story, "The week in games" was originally published by PCWorld.

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