Every day MacCentral brings readers news and info from the world of Mac gaming, but there are sometimes stories we don’t get to on our regular pages — that’s why we have this weekly retrospective, called The Week in Games.
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Bugdom 2 1.0.4 released
Pangea Software has updated its newest Mac-only 3D action game Bugdom 2 to version 1.0.4. The new version fixes “a rare problem where game would freeze for a few minutes when launched,” and makes other minor changes. The 300K patch is available for download from Macgamefiles.com.
The Castle on sale for holidays
Blue Line Studios is offering a holiday sale on its Myst-like adventure game The Castle. They’re offering US$10 off the CD-ROM, making it $19.95. A downloadable demo and more info is available from the Web site.
Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin updated
Battlefront.com has updated its turn-based 3D World War II-era strategy game Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin to version 1.0.1. The new version sports “hundreds of enhancements” including more than a dozen new vehicle models. This is for the US version only. On the Mac, Combat Mission only works on pre-Mac OS X versions (it hasn’t been updated for X yet).
Galder puzzle game released
FenrisTech Software has released Galder, a new puzzle game for the Mac. Named for the Norse word for “sorcery” or “black magic,” Galder involves removing stones from a circular board by aligning them.
Game Developers Choice Awards Advisory Board named
The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has named its advisory board for the Game Developers Choice Awards, to be presented at next march’s Game Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif. The board includes Petri Jarvilehto from Max Payne maker Remedy Entertainment, Neverwinter Nights creator Bioware Corp’s Greg Zeschuk, folks from Shiny, Monolith, LucasArts and many others.
Neverwinter Nights Mac update
Bioware Corp. continues work on the Mac version of Neverwinter Nights, its lauded Dungeons & Dragons-influenced 3D role playing game for the Macintosh. This week the company reported progress getting the Mac version of the game’s DM client to work. Bioware has new screenshots of the Mac version in action too.
uDevGame voting wraps up soon
If you haven’t already acted, you only have a couple of days left — iDevGames.com wraps up its voting for the uDevGame 2002 contest on November 26th. Awarding over US$15,000 in prizes, uDevGame 2002’s purpose is to provoke the development of games and game technology for the Macintosh by stimulating game developers to make titles and source code publicly available for download.
Elsewhere on the Web
The Gamesome Mac interviewed Glenda Adams of Westlake Interactive. Inside Mac Games has previewed F1 Championship Season 2000, the new Formula One racing game from Feral Interactive. MacGamer’s Corey Tamas has recounted his dealings with one local game vendor in an amusing anecdote entitled Sharif’s Descent Into Madness. Apple’s Games site has profiled Freedom Force, the forthcoming strategic role-playing game from MacPlay.
Closer to home
This week MacCentral brought readers news about DeepTrouble, a new 3D subhunting game from CodeBlender Software. Izzy’s Island debuted; it’s a new game for UK preschoolers. MacPlay announced that No One Lives Forever, its stylish 60’s-era spy game, is now shipping. KGA Golf, a simple freeware golf game for the Macintosh, is now available. MacPlay noted that Freedom Force will ship in time for the holidays; it’s taking pre-orders for the game now. Pompom Games has released Mutant Storm for Mac OS; it’s a Robotron 2084-style action game updated for the 21st Century.
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