Every day MacCentral brings you the latest news and info from the world of Mac games, but there are sometimes stories that don’t make it onto our regular news pages. That’s why we have this weekly retrospective, which we call the Week in Games.
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Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin strategy guide available
Battlefront.com has released a new strategy guide for its turn-based 3D strategy game Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin. The guide provides you with tactical info about how to succeed at the game, charts with data and statistics about the units in the game, and much more. It’s $15, direct from Battlefront.com.
Descender 1.0 released
SloppyDisk Software has released Descender, a new Tetris-style arcade puzzle game in which you can play alone or against another player. It features 16-bit graphics, an MP3 soundtrack and more. Descender works in Mac OS 8.6 or higher (including OS X), and costs US$12 to register.
“Doox” added to Beenox roster
Beenox Studios has added a new secret project to its roster of upcoming games — “Doox” for Windows and Mac OS. The company said that the project name may or may not be related to the actual game itself, but isn’t giving up details. Beenox is also working on Aspyr’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 and previously collaborated with Ambrosia Software on Pillars of Garendall and the Coldstone Game Engine.
Downfall 1.1.2 released
Norbyte has released a new version of Downfall, its falling blocks shareware game. The new update gets better graphics, fewer “nag screens,” a bug fix and more, according to the developer. It’s distributed as $10 shareware.
Food Chain now less than 3 bucks
Cajun Games is blowing out its stock of Food Chain, an offbeat strategy game featuring cartoon creatures. The game is now available for $2.95 (on CD-ROM) plus $1.95 for shipping. It runs on Mac OS X in Classic mode only.
MacPlay updates realMYST
Mac game publisher MacPlay has posted an update for realMYST, the real time 3D version of the legendary puzzle/adventure game Myst. The new update fixes problems starting the game on dual processor G4s and also corrects problems with Radeon 9000 graphics systems.
Neverwinter Nights Mac status update
Bioware Corp. has once again updated the status of its development of a Mac version of Neverwinter Nights, the forthcoming 3D role playing game that will be published by MacSoft upon completion. The team said that they’re working on the install package and issues related updating the game once it’s released, since that code is currently PC-only.
Wings of Mercury coming to OS X this week
You Are Go will release a new version of Wings of Mercury, its Mercury space capsule simulator, this week. The new version will run natively in Mac OS X for the first time. Check for it on the 18th.
Elsewhere on the Web
Inside Mac Games has previewed Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3, the new game from Aspyr Media. That bastion of acerbic wit and attitude, Utterer.com, is once again back online. MacGamer, now back in action after a several-weeks-long hiatus, has posted a review of Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. Apple’s Games site has posted a trailer for Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and a look at Knowledge Adventure’s offering for younger players.
Closer to home
This week MacCentral brought readers news about new GameHouse games ready for download from .Mac. MacPlay is now shipping Freedom Force, a new tactical role playing game featuring comic book superheroes. GameRanger has added support for Creature Isle, the new Black & White expansion pack. Delta Tao has released Spaceward Ho! 5, a major new update to their classic turn-based strategy game now featuring native OS X support and Internet play. Aspyr Media has released a demo version of Return to Castle Wolfenstein, their popular first person shooter featuring zombies and Nazis. Game Doctor 2.0 is a collection of hints, cheats, tips, walkthroughs and patches and is now Mac OS X compatible. The X-Arcade Solo is a one-person version of an arcade-style joystick. Blizzard Entertainment released a new version of its Warcraft 3 demo archive after some folks complained of problems getting the file to open. MacPlay is offering holiday specials that change every few days, so check back frequently.
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