United Developers subsidiary
today announced the first 15 titles to make up its Value Series, first
announced last month. MacPlay noted that the initial configuration includes a dozen titles that will be shown off at retailers in a freestanding display.
“Our goal is to deliver the best content at the fairest price. We have worked very hard to make sure that we include products that everyone in the family can enjoy,” said MacPlay president Mark Cottam.
The initial dozen titles include: Bejeweled & Alchemy Bundle, Hexen II, Heretic II, Fallout, Incoming, Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Sacrifice, Birdie Shoot, Jinni Zeala Pinball, Majesty, Sin Gold, and Zork Grand Inquisitor. What’s more, three other Value Series products will be available during the product line’s initial launch: Earth 2140, Feeble Files and Knights and Merchants.
The Value Series games are interesting melange of games, spread out across various genres: action, strategy, puzzles, first person shooters, adventure and role-playing. Five of the Value Series titles are games that MacPlay has already released since the brand’s resurrection as a United Developers subsidiary — the real-time strategy game Sacrifice, the shooter Sin Gold, strategy game Majesty, adventure title Zork: Grand Inquisitor and the 3D action title Giants: Citizen Kabuto.
The remaining titles are all the results of new publishing deals that MacPlay has secured with other developers: Puzzler Bejeweled & Alchemy are MacPlay’s first deal with PopCap Games. 3D action games Hexen II and Heretic II are Activision licenses once intended for the Mac with long-defunct Mac publisher Logicware, now finally being released on the Mac for the first time.
The shooting gallery style arcade title Birdie Shoot, real-time strategy game Earth 2140, adventure title Feeble Files and strategy game Knights and Merchants are all produced by German Mac game maker e.p.i.c. interactive. Arcade game Jinni Zeala Pinball is a LittleWing title that up until now has only been available for retail purchase online. And role-playing title Fallout is making its second appearance on the Mac — it was previous published by Interplay under its MacPlay label, before MacPlay became part of United Developers. Likewise, Incoming is an Interplay property, although this is the game’s debut on the Mac.
Most of the titles support Mac OS 9 and X, according to MacPlay director of sales and marketing Henry Price. The remainder — three, all told — support Mac OS X only, including Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Incoming and Fallout.
The Value Series are all priced at US$19.99. The new line will hit retail store in mid-July, and you’ll be able to order them from MacPlay’s online store too.