Every day MacCentral brings readers the latest happenings from the Mac game world, but there are always a few articles that don’t make it onto our regular news pages. That’s why we have this retrospective called The Week In Games. It also gives us a chance to catch up with game-related highlights on other Web sites too.
Crazy Golf debuts, mini-golf for Mac
has released Crazy Golf, a shareware mini-golf style action game for the Mac. The demo version you can download from Danlab’s Web site features a few holes you can play; registering the full version unlocks the whole game. Two modes are included: Stroke play and timed play.
CryptoQuote updated to v1.2.2
John Haney has updated
CryptoQuote, his word puzzle game containing hundreds of quotes, to v1.2.2. The new build sports various enhancements including direct printing support, crash fixes and more.
Deimos Rising 1.0.4 now available
Ambrosia Software has released
v1.0.4, an updated version of the scrolling top-down shoot-em-up. The new version sports a number of bug fixes concentration on control devices.
Diablo II 1.10 beta test patch available
Adventurous fans of Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo II can download
a beta test patch
of the new 1.10 version from Blizzard’s Web site.
Norbyte has released a new version of
Downfall, its falling blocks arcade puzzler. The new version adds an option and fixes bugs. Downfall incorporates 3D graphics and 24 different implementations of the basic concept. It’s $14.95 shareware.
Dungeon Siege ranks #1 in sales
noted that its fantasy role playing action game Dungeon Siege ranked first in dollars sold in the Macintosh games category during the month of May, 2003, according to market research firm NPD.
First Star Online MMORPG goes OS X-native
First Star Online, a shareware massively multiplayer online role playing game, has been updated to run natively in Mac OS X. The game prior to now would run in Classic only, as well as flavors of Windows. Visit
for more details.
has released Germs, a new action puzzler in which players pick up germs from a “culture dish” and arrange them on the gameboard in patterns of the same color. The game runs natively in Mac OS X and Mac OS 9.
Lux 2.3 released
has updated its Risk-like world domination game Lux to version 2.3. The new version introduces sound effects and features better multiplayer integration.
Uplink updated to v1.3.2
Ambrosia Software has released an updated version of
Uplink, the unusual game that puts you in the role of a computer criminal operating for profit in the near future. The new version sports OpenGL optimizations, various Internet Relay Chat (IRC)-related fixes, and more.
X-Plane 7.00rc4 available
Laminar Research’s superlative
flight simulator marches on towards its latest major update, v7.00, with the release of Release Candidate 4. Check it out.
Elsewhere on the Web
MacGamer has reviewed
from Ambrosia Software, the hacker game. Inside Mac Games reviews
Epsilon Tahari: Reign of the Machines, a new flight sim-style action game from Codeblender Software. Apple’s Games site takes a look at
The Frozen Throne, the new expansion pack for Blizzard’s Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.
Closer to home
On MacCentral this week, readers learned that Graphsim Entertainment plans on OS X version of their newly released
F/A-18: Operation Iraqi Freedom
flight simulator. Freeverse Software plans to use this week’s Macworld CreativePro event in New York to debut
Burning Monkey Solitaire 3. Pangea Software noted that
Billy Frontier, its “space cowboy” game, has gone Alpha and should be released in late July or early August. Subscribers to Apple’s .Mac service can download
Super Gamehouse Solitaire Special Edition
for free. A new study shows that
gaming among college students
is a more social activity than some might think.
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