A company called EMB & Associates intends to release three original games for Mac OS X: Sandkings, Simple Cocoa God Game and Fantasy Ball. Each will be priced at $29.95 with discounts for advance orders.
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Stepwise — the Web site that focuses on Mac OS X, Java 2, UNIX and open source news and products — has graphics and ordering info about the games online.
Sandkings — which combines the sim, strategy and virtual pet genres — is inspired by George R. R. Martin’s Nebula award-winning science fiction novelette of the same title. Wealthy eccentric Simon Kress purchases four life forms called Sandkings for his amusement. Sandkings are an intelligent hive-mind that consist of a queen (maw) and her drones (mobiles). The Sandkings exist inside a sandy terrarium and worship Simon as a god. They build elaborate sand castles to please Simon. Simon soon tires of tranquility and creates conflict within the terrarium. He withholds food, damages castles and drops hostile life forms into the terrarium. The Sandkings grow violent, fight amongst themselves and compete for scarce resources.
In Simple Cocoa God Game (SCGG), players assume the role of a god from the pantheon of Greek mythology. Players look down from Olympus at detailed terrain. You compete for the worship of mortals by creating miracles. Mortals are the pawns in the great game of the gods.
Fantasy Ball is a “sports combat” game in which each player controls a team of fantasy creatures in a battle to maneuver a huge stone ball through a 3D field and across the opponent’s goal line. With familiar fairy-tale creatures engaged in this sport, there’s a high tongue-in-cheek factor in Fantasy Ball.