MacCentral’s Week in Games is a recap of game news from this past week, mixed with some links to other sites with Mac game-related info.
Arcane Arena 1.1 released
has updated its modest entry into the MMORPG market, Arcane Arena, to v1.1. The update provides new game features and performance enhancements, refines the user interface and fixes bugs.
Bedlam 2 v1.1 adds OS X support, high-res graphics
Ground Zero Software Inc. has released
Bedlam 2 v1.1, an update of an arcade-style game for the Mac that was first released in 1997. It’s similar to Galaxian. The new release adds support for Mac OS X, high-res graphics and full screen support, additional ship capabilities and more.
Name that iTune 2.2 released
Name that iTune is a freeware game similar to the music trivia game that’s built into your iPod, except it runs on the Mac. The game tests your knowledge of your own music library by quizzsing you about the time title, artist, album or year of tracks — the fast your answer, the higher your points. The new release adds a high scores list and code optimizations.
Rally Shift 1.1.2 released
CodeBlender Software has updated its driving game
Rally Shift to v1.1.2. The update gets new cars and some other changes.
Shadowbane 2.5 patch released
Wolfpack Studios and Ubi Soft have published
a 2.5 patch for Shadowbane, their online role playing game for Mac and Windows. The new version gains a multitude of enhancements for clients and servers alike, and will be automatically installed the next time you connect.
Starcraft, Brood War updated to 1.11
Blizzard Entertainment has posted
a minor update to Starcraft and its expansion pack Brood War. The new release sports several bug fixes involving the game’s different units.
Unreal Tournament 2004 retail patch released
MacSoft has posted
an “interim” patch for its retail version of Unreal Tournament 2004. The new release fixes crashes at startup associated with iSights or USB microphones, corrects an issue with Voice over IP, and more.
Virtual Programming offers bundles
Virtual Programming Ltd. is offering bundles of its games for £20 each ($35.47 at current exchange rates). One collection includes Hearts of Iron, Another War, KickOff 2002 and Player Manager 2003. The other includes Europa Universalis II, MindRover, WipeOut 2097 and Another War. The deal runs until May 9th.
Westlake serves up Liver and Onions
With much of its former talent pool now at Aspyr Media, Westlake Interactive has been much less vocal about its activities than it was previously. The company just updated its
Project Status page with information on its current work, including the addition of two new products that it has codenamed “Liver” and “Onions.” Both will be Mac OS X releases; Liver is its Alpha development milestone while Onion is a prototype. The company’s other secret project, Russell, has been updated to pre-Beta status. Publishers for these titles are yet to be identified.
Elsewhere on the Web
reviewed Command & Conquer Generals. Inside Mac Games has posted a review of
Belkin’s Wireless Keyboard and Ergo Mouse.
The Gamesome Mac interviewed Dark Horizons: Lore makers Max Gaming Technologies on a recent show.
Closer to home
MacCentral’s game news this week included details about a recent update to QuickTime that
fixes No One Lives Forever 2. Aspyr Media said it will release a Mac version of
Homeworld 2 this August.
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