MonkeyByte.com has announced the release of an updated version of Galactic Patrol, designed to run natively on Mac OS X. You can download a demo of the game from their Web site now. Earlier this week MonkeyByte.com announced the OS X build of the game had gone gold master.
Featuring flat-shaded polygonal graphics and gameplay derivative of 1980s arcade classics like Galaxian, Phoenix and Gyruss, Galactic Patrol takes a lesson from the old school and applies it to modern machines. It’s a 3D homage to those classic arcade hits, with more than 300 waves and 25 levels of action, as well as a whole bunch of boss levels to keep you occupied.
The game has been available for Mac OS and Windows for some time, but this is the first time that the game has been available to run natively in Mac OS X. That’s because of a relationship between MonkeyByte.com and Ideas from the Deep, a game publishing and development concern headed up by former MonkeyByte boss Lane Roathe.
Some game makers are content to just make a 3D action homage to a classic arcade game and leave it at that, but Galactic Patrol mixes it up a bit by combining not just 3D levels but 2D levels, too — from wave to wave you may be shooting at legions of alien invaders from a 3D perspective, a top-down perspective, or a side-scrolling perspective depending on what the strategy demands.
Galactic Patrol costs US$20 to register, regardless of platform. If you already have the Classic version and you’d like to upgrade to the Mac OS X release, MonkeyByte.com has priced the upgrade at $5. System requirements call for a PowerPC equipped Mac running Mac OS 8.5 or better, including Mac OS X.
MonkeyByte.com also advises that Galactic Patrol fans should “stay tuned” for Galactic Patrol – Special Assignment.