Spiderweb Software, a long-time developer and publisher of role playing games for the Macintosh, this week announced the release of
Geneforge 2, its latest effort.
Geneforge 2 returns players to a strange fantasy-meets-science-fiction world where Shapers use the power of magic and genetics to craft new life forms. You are an apprentice Shaper, and you find yourself thrust into a conspiracy to overthrow Shaper rule.
Geneforge 2 sports an open storyline — long a hallmark of Spiderweb Software’s games, which include the Avernum series, Nethergate, and more. You can choose your own play style, with branching storylines opening to you as a result. You can join with dozens of factions within the game, reaching dozens of endings. The developer encourages players to replay the game after they’ve finished it once, to make different decisions that affect the game’s outcome.
Geneforge 2 sports isometrically displayed (three-quarters view) graphics, but won’t overtax your Mac if you’re using an older model: System requirements call for Mac OS X (it runs natively) or Mac OS 8.1 or later; 30MB free RAM; 30MB free hard drive space; 800×600 display with 16-bit color.
Geneforge 2 costs US$32 with a hint book, $25 without. Links to a demo are available from the Geneforge 2 Web site. The Mac version is available now. A Windows version is anticipated for release sometime this autumn.