Here’s a look back at some of the news from the Mac game sector this past week. There was certainly a lot of activity we reported on, there was a lot more we didn’t get to. Check out some of the stories you might not have already read about this past week.
Aspyr lays the SMAC-X down on bugs
Aspyr Media release a patch to its expansion pack for Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, dubbed Sid Meier’s Alien Crossfire. The new build, version 1.2.1, sports compatibility for Windows Play By E-Mail (PBEM) games; improves monitor support; improves timing for high-latency net games; and more too. You can grab the patch from
MacMAME 0.37b11a released
Brad Oliver and company have released a new version of the popular arcade game emulator, MacMAME. Using MacMAME, Mac gamers can play original coin-op arcade game ROMs through sophisticated emulation software — it’s especially good for “classics” from the 80’s. The new build sports fixes to the Carbon version, improves the 68ec020 core, and more — it’s ready for download from the
MacMAME Web site.
RockNES the Casbah
In other emulation news, Mac emulator master Richard Bannister has released a new build of
RockNES/Mac OS — a Nintendo Entertainment System emulator for the Mac. If you’ve been hankerin’ to play a favorite console game on your Mac, here’s your chance. The new build, 1.702, sports myriad changes to improve compatibility and performance.
Spiderweb weaves Avernum 2 update
Spiderweb Software has released an update to its recently released role playing game
Avernum 2. Spiderweb founder Jeff Vogel describes the update, version 1.0.1, as correcting “a small number of irritating (but not devastating) problems.” An updated demo is available for download as well.
Captain Bumper bumped to 0.88
MacRun Software released
an updated demo of its Mac-only side-scrolling arcade game, Captain Bumper. It’s a work in progress, and the full game should be available in March. This new rev sports a new Settings option that lets users activate a full-screen mode; there are technical improvements and a new soundtrack, too.
Bullseye targets bugs in SkyFighters 1945 1.0.2 update
Bullseye Software released a new patch to the World War II-era aircraft dogfighting game, SkyFighters 1945. The new version adds some cosmetic improvements and provides some bug fixes, and is recommended for all users. Also, if you have a Windows-using pal you’d like to shoot to pieces (who doesnt?), a preview of the forthcoming Windows version is now available.
I’m ready for my ScreenTest, Mr. De Mille
Are you a big fan of motion pictures? Consider yourself a movie trivia buff maybe? Then check out
ScreenTest from CompleatMac Software. It’ll test your trivia skills on a variety of movie-related topics. Best of all, you can stump your friends by scripting your own trivia questions, too.
“Secretly Educational” games get updates
Space-Time Associates announced new versions of their “secretly educational” games Hang3000, Presidents3000 and States3000. The games test your knowledge of various topics in fun ways. The new revisions correct bugs which prevented the programs from running if Internet Config libraries weren’t installed, and fix bugs that could occur when certain dialogs appeared.
Elsewhere on the Web
Our friends over at Inside Mac Games have posted
a new feature from AppleMaster Michael Philips, who will be doing commentary, reviews and other stuff for the site in the coming months. Meantime, those loveable goofballs at Utterer.com have posted the
Macworld SF ’01 Hangover Wrapup Interview, a look back at the expo that was from the perspective of a variety of game geeks, including yours truly.
And right here at home
Lest ye forget, MacCentral is a darn good place to find Mac game content, too. This week saw news about Blizzard’s forthcoming games
Warcraft III and
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction; info about the
SoundBlaster Live! Mac card’s pending release; word of Epic Interactive’s release of a
demo for Earth 2140, a real time strategy game; the latest news from Wolfpack Studios about
Shadowbane, a massively multiplayer online game currently in development; reviews of
Beach Head 2000 and
Clifford Thinking Adventures, and more.
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