Every week MacCentral brings you games-related news and info — though we admit our games coverage was a bit light this past week, since this reporter was covering Seybold Seminars in Boston for most of it. The week in games retrospective gives us an opportunity to cover some game news we missed the first time through.
Ares 1.2.0 released; includes level editor
Ambrosia Software has released a new version of Ares, the 2D space combat strategy game originally developed by Nathan Lamont, a.k.a. Bigger Planet Software. The new version now sports Hera, the long-beta-tested level editor that enables you to incorporate your own custom scenarios for the game.
Blizzard attacked by hackers
Popular Mac and PC game publisher Blizzard recently confirmed it’s the victim of a “denial of service”-style hacker attack on its main Web site and on Battle.net, its free multiplayer gaming service. Users have had trouble logging on to both the Web site and Battle.net during these events. The company said they’re implementing a solution, and have referred the matter to US and European law enforcement agencies for further action.
e.p.i.c. to make The Feeble Files for Mac
Mac game publisher e.p.i.c. interactive has announced another Mac game conversion project. The company plans to bring The Feeble Files, a game originally developed by Adventuresoft, to the Mac. It’s an oddball adventure game that puts you in the role of Feeble, an alien who gets involved in a plot to overthrow his own bureaucratic government. e.p.i.c. says the game is coming this May.
Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2 goes OS X
The folks at The Omni Group have been hard at work on making Mac OS X-compatible versions of several games. One of the first fruits of their labor was just released this past week — an OS X version of Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2, the 3D action game developed by Ritual Entertainment and published by Gathering of Developers. It’s a beta release and the Omni Group recognizes some issues with it, but still, if you’re anxious to game with OS X, it’s nice to have.
Monkey Shins 2: Gorilla Warfare gets update
A new version of Monkey Shines 2: Gorilla Warfare is ready for download from Fantasoft’s Web site. The new version corrects all known issues with the game. Monkey Shines 2 is a side-scrolling 2D platform-jumping action game chock full of old-school arcade-style goodness.
RockNES/Mac OS goes Carbon
Richard Bannister has updated his excellent Mac conversion of the Nintendo Entertainment System emulator RockNES for OS X. The console emulator is now Carbonized, making it possible to run both on Mac OS 8/9 (With CarbonLib 1.2 or higher installed) and Mac OS X. He’s also added 16-bit color support to the video output, enabling a number of new video modes in the process.
Soldiers 1.0b released
This must be old-school week in the Mac game world, because Juho Ruohola has just released Soliders 1.0b, a game that’s vaguely reminiscent of the Commando-style arcade and console games of yore. To be released as freeware in its final incarnation, Soldiers is currently available as a public beta version.
Elsewhere on the Web
Our pals at MacGamer posted an interesting article called 3D ReadMe, a primer of sorts for people interested in learning more about 3D technology on the Mac. The fine folks over at Inside Mac Games have posted a review of the new PowerBook G4 from a gamer’s perspective.
Closer to home
On MacCentral this week, we reported that Tropico went gold master; it’s the strategy game that puts you in charge of a banana republic in the Caribbean. Look for it for the Mac sometime in May. Folks who are interested in getting the best performance out of their Mac OS X systems may want to apply the new update that Apple just released, version 10.0.1; and Apple has dropped the price, changed the availability date, and offered backordered customers some options regarding the fast-as-blazes GeForce3 graphics card they announced at Macworld Expo in Tokyo this past February.
As always, we’re looking for ways to improve our games-related coverage. If you have ideas for stories you’d like to see, or if you’re working on a game you’d like to see covered, feel free to e-mail us with the details.