If you’ve already been following MacCentral’s coverage of games-related news this week you know most of what’s going on in the Mac games world, but our weekend retrospective The Week in Games gives us a chance to fill you in on some of the less prominent games-related announcements that were made this week.
Championship Manager 00/01 gets fixes
Feral Interactive has released an update to their Mac version of the enormously popular football (soccer) management simulator, Championship Manager. The new version gains too many changes to list here, but it seems like a significant update.
SiN update pulled
MacPlay has pulled a recently released update to its first-person shooter SiN. The company’s tech support staff has determined that some users are experiencing problems that will be corrected with a new forthcoming patch. Users affected by problems to SiN after applying the 1.1.2 patch are encouraged to e-mail MacPlay with the details.
Neverwinter Nights to be carbonized for OS X
a recent chat with Bioware, the developers of the new multiplayer role playing game Neverwinter Nights, yielded some info that’s of interest to Mac fans. While it’s been known from almost the start that the company was working a Mac version, the developers indicated that the game will also be Carbonized to run on Mac OS X. Check around the 11:45:11 mark for details.
Colibricks 1.1.2 fixes energy saving problem
Michel Colman has released a new version of Colibricks, a shareware brick bashing game for the Mac that’s different than most, introducing the concept of rotated brick arrays and realistic ball trajectories. Neat idea, nice execution too.
OniTools bumped up again
Ian Patterson’s freeware Oni resource viewing software, OniTools, has been updated to version 1.2.1. The software lets Oni users check out textures, 3D objects and sound files included in the hand-to-hand combat game from Bungie and Gathering of Developers.
Diablo II cheat tool updated
BahamutZero has released a new version of BZ Mac Diablo II Trainer, a cheat utility for Blizzard’s Diablo II which enables Mac users to adjust their character’s settings. The new version sports Diablo II 1.05 compatibility and a variety of bug fixes.
Elsewhere on the Web
Our colleagues at Inside Mac Games posted an interesting article called Who Wants to be a Game Developer? If you’re interested in developing game software for the Mac, it has some useful info. The folks at MacGamer have posted a review of the unusual new Mac game Tranquility. And Halo.bungie.org has Matt Soell’s customary weekly update about the progress of Halo’s development.
Closer to home
Nvidia and Apple announced GeForce 3, the latest and greatest graphics hardware to be featured in Power Mac G4s, and the news is great for gamers; MacPlay says that its World War II flight combat game Fighter Squadron: Screamin’ Demons Over Europe should be out in April; the new multiplayer patch for Mac Deus Ex is in beta and should be out in the next couple of weeks; Myth III developer Mumbo Jumbo has hired Duane Johnson, the man who ported Descent III and Elite Force to the Mac; and Gathering of Developers and Terminal Reality announced 4×4 Evo 2, a sequel to the off-road racing game — and a Mac version is coming, says the developer.
As always, we encourage you to e-mail us if you have ideas for how we can improve our games coverage, or if you have a Mac game you’d like to see news posted about. Thanks for reading!