A60 Rescue Mission — new 3D action game just for Mac
By Macworld Staff
Canadian game developer
has announced the release of its first title, a Mac-only 3D action game called A60 Rescue Mission.
The game puts players in control of a spaceship that must rescue exploration probes while defending them from relentless alien attacks.
The game’s lead programmer explained that A60 Rescue Mission utilizes a realistic physics engine.
“There is no predefined movement in A60 Rescue Mission, everything is controlled by forces and torques like those in nature,” said David Chabot, who’s also the co-president of Cosmologik.
Co-president and visual artist Patrice Audet said that he and Chabot set out to create a game that they wanted to play themselves.
“The graphics are realistic and the 3D sound immerse the player in the action. We even have created an automatic pilot in order to prevent uncontrollable
rotation of the ships, said Audet. Interestingly, Cosmologik eschewed OpenGL for Apple’s own QuickDraw 3D technology when developing the 3D graphics engine for their game.
System requirements call for a PowerPC G3 or better; 35MB available RAM; QuickDraw 3D-compatible graphics card with 8MB of video RAM or more (the developers note that ATI graphics cards should fit the bill); 20MB available HD space; Mac OS 8.5 or higher (Mac OS X is not supported); QuickDraw 3D 1.6 (included with QuickTime 4); DrawSprocket and SoundSprocket 1.7.5 (included with Game Sprockets, available for download from Apple’s Web site if it’s not already installed.
The game is available as a playable download in both English and French. Registration through Kagi costs US$25 and unlocks the full game, which includes more than 80 levels.
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