By now, perhaps, you’ve had time to drink your morning beverage of choice and read the Sunday paper — now it’s time for another Sunday ritual, MacCentral’s Week in Games. This feature is a retrospective of news and info from the Mac game market that we didn’t have room for during the week.
Bushfire 1.10 released, AirBurst unveiled
The folks at Strange Flavour have released a new version of Bushfire, their side-scrolling action game in which you control forest fires by piloting a helicopter. The new version sports a Save Game feature and fixes a bug with resolution switching in Mac OS X. They’re also starting to offer info about AirBurst, a new game in development.
Harpoon 3 Carbonized
Jesse Spears reports that the latest release of Harpoon 3 has been Carbonized, but he warns against running it on Mac OS X just yet. Harpoon 3 is a naval warfare operations center simulation.
Interlock maker starts T-shirt sales
If you’re interested in helping Deninet work towards creating their RPG game Interlock: The City of Light, the folks indicate that they’re now selling t-shirts to help raise development money. Each shirt puts $3 in the developers’ pockets, which will be used towards making the game.
Poker Dice 1.0 released
Gypsy King Software has released Poker Dice, a cross between poker and the traditional 5-dice games. The shareware game features several gameplay variations, various features including last move undo and multiple player support. The game costs US$19.99 to register.
QuizMaker Pro 4.0 released
MacMuse Software has released a new version of QuizMaker Pro, its shareware quiz-building application. The update gains a ‘short answer’ module, improved printing, an easier interface, test analysis and graphical enhancements.
Tranquility goes X
TQworld has announced the release of a Mac OS X version of their game Tranquility. It’s a networked 3D game in which you have to carefully navigate columns of rising geometric objects. The OS X-compatible version is a Cocoa application, and sports various enhancements specifically for X. More details can be found on the Web site.
Tribes 2 OS X petition started
Petitions rarely evoke results, but what the heck — you’ve nothing to lose. Daniel Olson is coordinating a petition to let Linux game software producer Loki Software, Sierra On-Line and Dynamix know that OS X users want Tribes 2, the recently released team-oriented 3D action game. Loki is in charge of making the Linux port of the game.
Elsewhere on the Web
Inside Mac Games posted a feature called Music in Computer Games, talking about the effect of … you guessed it … music in computer games. Meanwhile, MacGamer has posted a review of Gathering of Developers’ third-person action game Rune, penned by Samantha Craggs of GamesMania fame. Apple’s Brad Cook takes a look at Legacy Interactive’s newest Emergency Room game, while iDevGames talks with Westlake Interactive president Mark Adams.
Closer to home
Right here on MacCentral this week, we featured a fair amount of game news too. Just yesterday we posted the heartbreaking news that science fiction author (and Starship Titanic game creator) Douglas Adams died of a heart attack. This reporter also had a chance to talk with Presto Studios CEO and Myst III executive producer Michel Kriplani about his recent efforts. Westlake Interactive has added a new secret project called ‘Peroxide’ to their roster, and readers are buzzing with questions about what it might be. Silicon Mag is a game magazine made proudly on the Mac, and you can get a free issue, too. Escape from Monkey Island was updated to fix a serious bug. MacSoft announced a far reaching deal with Take-Two Interactive Software to publish A-list games from their roster.
And that only takes us up through Thursday. For more, check out our News Archive page. As always, we encourage you to drop us a line if you have game products you’d like us to feature on MacCentral or if you have ideas for ways we can improve our coverage. Thanks, and keep reading!