Every weekday MacCentral brings readers news from the Mac game world, but there are always a few stories that don’t make it onto our regular news pages. That’s why we have this retrospective, called the Week in Games.
All the Best MacGames 2004 released
Users who don’t have broadband Internet connections or who don’t want to be bothered with downloading the latest shareware and freeware games can buy
All the Best MacGames 2004, a collection of 300 games on two CD-ROMs. The shareware games aren’t registered, so you’ll have to play for that separately. This series is specifically for Mac OS X.
Bloodrayne patch released
A beta patch for Aspyr Media’s Bloodrayne is available for download from
Macgamefiles.com. The patch answers a frequent complaint of Bloodrayne players and reviewers by offering support for higher resolutions than 640 x 480.
Flagship Studios launches
Bill Roper and others at Blizzard North left Blizzard Entertainment to start their own company; now details are emerging about
Flagship Studios. The new company is being a bit cagey about what exactly they’re developing and haven’t said if they’ll develop Mac versions of whatever it is, but the Web site is live.
has updated their GameSmith online gaming service to squash “bot bashing,” which allowed users of single-player bot games to raise their ranks. Ranking for 3D Crazy Eights and 3D Gin Rummy has also been added. If you’re already using GameSmith-based games, you’ve already seen the changes implemented.
Jedi Knight II update released
Aspyr Media has posted an update to Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. The new version fixes crashing issues and errors, adds a new option for one-button mouse users, and more. You can download the new update from
ToySight Web site goes live
Freeverse Software has launched the official Web site for
Web site. ToySight is Freeverse’s forthcoming game that turns your iSight (and your image) part of a series of mini-games. The Web site includes details about the game, screenshots from some of the mini-games, and even movies showing ToySight in action. ToySight is expected for a release by the end of the year.
Trisection 1.1 released
Stick Software has released
v1.1. The new version of the puzzle game in which users fit falling pieces into an existing matrix includes a new speed control and fixes “a rare crashing bug.”
Elsewhere on the Web
MacGamer looks at
Active Lancer, Freeverse’s new scrolling arcade-style shooter. Inside Mac Games has posted a review of the
Logitech Dual Action Gamepad.
The Gamesome Mac
has coverage of the recent Indie Games Conference in Eugene, Ore. Apple’s own
has posted a trailer of the shareware game Doulber Gold and a feature of The Sims: Superstar.
Closer to home
MacCentral noted that
Dark Horizons: Lore
is coming to the Mac; it’s a mech action game and it’ll soon have an open beta test. Feral Interactive finally announced that it’s bringing
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc
to the Mac. MacPlay said that
will be on store shelves for Christmas. Aspyr plans to publish
two compilation packs
including previously released games at a budget price; those are coming in November. Aspyr also plans to publish
Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness
for the Mac. Mumbojumbo has released
Chainz, a puzzle game you can play online (in a limited version) or download and pay for. A demo version of Freeverse Software’s
is ready for download, a couple of days after the game officially started shipping. Aspyr released
The Sims Livin’ Large Combo, which includes the original game and the Livin’ Large expansion pack. MacSoft plans to ship
Halo: Combat Evolved
for the Mac on December 3rd. Kutoka Interactive is offering a new
educational game that teaches kids French and Spanish.
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