UK-based Mac game publisher
Virtual Programming Ltd
has released playable demo versions of its forthcoming games Player Manager 2003 and Virtual Grand Prix 2. Both demos run natively in Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X, and give you a taste of what the “full” games are like.
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Player Manager 2003 is a football (soccer) management game — a popular diversion, especially for European fans of the popular game. Developed by Anco, Player Manager 2003’s demo allows you to play half a season with a limited feature set.
The game puts you in charge of managing a soccer team as you look for talent on youth teams, reserve squads and through agents, whether you’re controlling an A-list soccer team or trying to bring up unknowns to popularity. Player Manager 2003 features a 3D game engine that lets you learn about the skills and attributes of individual players, allowing you to modify tactics to beat the opposition during matches themselves. You have to manage finances, stay on top of team news, and even communicate with staff, board, players and agents through e-mail.
Virtual Grand Prix 2, meanwhile, is an open-wheeled auto racing game developed by Alassoft. The demo version lets you race on a single track and even supports force feedback — the third such racing title released on the Mac to do so since force feedback was introduced with Mac OS X 10.2.3’s release earlier this year.
Virtual Grand Prix 2 is an OpenGL-based 3D racer that features both an “arcade” mode and a more sophisticated mode with an advanced dynamic model developed using real automotive industrial standards that were tested and approved by racing teams. You can setup your car with adjustments to wings, gearbox, tires, suspension, differential and more, participate in single races, championships, multiplayer network competitions and more.
For more details you can visit Virtual Programming Ltd.’s Web site at the URL above, but be warned — the company’s site does not support Safari, Apple’s own Web browser, at this time. Safari users are encouraged to return using Internet Explorer instead. Alternately, Safari users can grab the download from