Every weekday MacCentral brings readers news and info from the Mac game market along with the rest of our headlines, but there are sometimes stories that don’t make it onto our regular news pages. This weekly retrospective, called the Week in Games, gives us a chance to catch up on that news — as well as link to other Mac game-related news around the Web.
Aspyr goes Game Boy Advance
Not directly Mac-related, but surely of interest to many readers regardless: Mac game publisher Aspyr Media began shipping PC titles in addition to its Mac games earlier this year (with SpyHunter and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4), and now it’s moving into the Game Boy Advance arena: The company announced this week that it will deliver a GBA version of Activision Anthology a little later this year.
Bugatron coming soon
Red Marble Games announced that its new game Bugatron has gone gold master. It’s a retro-style arcade action game using 3D graphics and OpenGL, and it will require Mac OS X. It’ll be released of August 31 and will cost US$19.99.
KGA Golf 1.1 available
KB Productions has released KGA Golf 1.1, a simple 2D golf game for the Mac. Available as US$15 shareware, the improved version now features Ladies, Men’s and Championship tees, auto-save, new courses, an updated editor and bug fixes.
Lux 3.0 ships
Sillysoft has released a new update to Lux, its Risk-style strategy game for the Mac. The new version gains the ability to load and save map files, has more detailed Join Game and Record Book windows, and more. It’s a free update for registered users, $15 for everyone else.
RPGMapMaker 3.0.x released
Francois Menneteau has released a major update to RPGMapMaker. It’s a tool used for drawing maps with polygonal grids, frequently used in pen-and-paper role playing games (RPGs). The software comes with a variety of painting features and support for various kinds of grids, interactive maps and more. New features have been added, some features have been improved, bugs have been fixed and more.
World War II Online v1.10 ‘preview’
Playnet.com has posted a preview of some of the features that players of World War II Online, its massively multiplayer combat game, can expect. Changes are being made to Infantry and Vehicle features and more.
Elsewhere on the Web
MacGamer has posted a review of the BattleChair. Inside Mac Games has reviewed Neverwinter Nights. InsertCredit.com has posted Journalism: The Videogame, an 11-part critical look at the business of video game journalism market. The Gamesome Mac radio show interviewed Rocco Bowling of Feline Entertainment. Apple has posted a preview of Star Trek Elite Force II.
Closer to home
This past week MacCentral brought readers news about new joysticks and a new gamepad from Logitech. Aspyr Media has released a playable demo of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4. Shareware game developer Phelios is licensing its PTK game engine for development to third parties. Aspyr Media let it be known that it is going to produce Mac versions of Splinter Cell and Raven Shield, two military action games with thriller author Tom Clancy’s name on them. Virtual Programming plans to make KnightShift for the Macintosh.
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