Each weekday MacCentral brings readers the latest news and breaking info from the Mac game business, but there are always minor updates and other releases that don’t make it onto our regular news pages. That’s why we have this retrospective, called The Week in Games.
Boiler Plate Special released for Mac OS X
and Digital Eel have released the Boiler Plate Special for Mac OS X, combining their previously released gamed Dr. Blob’s Organism, Big Box of Blox and Strange Adventures In Infinite Space, together on one CD for $25.
Brickles Pro 1.0.1 released
Ken Winograd and Space-Time Associates has released
Brickles Pro, an updated version of the brickbashing ball and paddle game. New features in this release include the ability to choose from various brickle array designs. It costs $25 to register.
CryptoQuote, Cintos updated
John Haney has updated the word puzzle game
to v1.3.3 and the strategy game
to 3.2.1. CryptoQuote adds monthly “Big One” puzzles and corrects a bug in big puzzles; Cintos adds the ability to display 10 new background images and more.
Excalibur: Morgana’s Revenge comes to OS X
Marathon Map Makers Guild
has announced that the Marathon: Infinity mod Excalibur: Morgana’s Revenge is now available for Mac OS X and is currently being beta tested. The game now uses the Aleph One engine to work natively in Mac OS X, and features 37 solo levels and 26 network levels. And since it uses Aleph One, an open-source engine, you don’t need Marathon or Marathon Infinity to run this version. Get more info about the beta-testing at the site above.
iConquer 2.3 released
KavaSoft has released a new version of their world conquest strategy game,
iConquer. The new release features a new map plug-in interface and new Continents window. It costs $12.99 to register.
King’s Corner released
Chaotic Software has released
King’s Corner, a new solitaire game that costs $9.95. The game download is a 15-day free trial.
KnightShift in beta; coming from Virtual Programming
Virtual Programming Ltd.
continues working on KnightShift, a fantasy-based real time strategy game/role playing game. The game, now in beta testing and development, and the Mac release has been merged with the PC version’s 1.2 code which introduces a huge number of enhancements.
Lux 3.97 released
has released Lux 3.97, an updated version of their Risk-like turn-based strategy game for the Mac. The update consists of minor changes and bug fixes. Lux costs $15 to register.
Mah Jong Solitaire 2 3D v1.50b released
Despite the version number, this is the first release of
Mah Jong Solitaire 2 3D
for the Mac, a game already released for Windows. BH Projects’ tile matching game features OpenGL 3D graphics, 6 different game modes and other features — it costs $12.50 to register.
ProximityMines 1.0.1 released
jZinc LLC has released
v1.0.1, an update to their Minesweeper-style puzzle game, now with bug fixes recommended for all users. It costs $14.95 to register.
RailModeller 2.1 released
It’s not a game, but if you’d like your Mac to help you with your model railroad track plan, Jan Barnholt’s
might be able to help. It’s $30 shareware that includes more than 100 libraries to model tracks and accessories from various vendors. You can view track plans in 3D, export images to other file formats and automatically create part lists.
Simodifier 2.4 edits characters in The Sims
Lake Group Software has released
v2.4, a character editor and gaming utility designed to work with Aspyr Media’s Mac conversion of The Sims. This new release adds a “character swap” feature, “grow up” for Sim children, “Behavior Lab” to experiment with Sim behavior settings and more. Simodifier costs $11.95.
SuperSpriteSurface for REALbasic helps make games
has released SuperSpriteSurface 1.0, a game engine that helps REALbasic developers create OpenGL-based 2D games. SuperSpriteSurface features collision detection, storage of game graphics, on the fly rotation and other capabilities. It costs $29.95 for a development license with no royalty attachments.
Warcraft III 1.15 released
Blizzard Entertainment has
to Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, its official expansion pack. Both updates are relatively minor but incorporate dozens of changes and feature enhancement, rebalancing and more. If you’re a regular player on Battle.net you’ve automatically been updated to this latest release. If you don’t play online, then you can download the standalone patches from the link above.
Elsewhere on the Web
MacGamer has posted a review of
Call of Duty. Inside Mac Games has posted a preview of
James Bond 007: NightFire. Weekly Internet radio show
The Gamesome Mac
has posted its look back at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3.
Closer to home
This week MacCentral’s game news-related coverage included word that
Aspyr will publish Shrek 2
for the Mac.
unlocks the same features that retail ATI cards have in their OEM counterparts. MacSoft has posted a
that provides new graphics detail features and other changes. Freeverse has released
Big Bang Chess, a free chess game with snazzy graphics, solo and online play capabilities. Blizzard Entertainment has released a Mac OS X-native
installer and said that a StarCraft one is on the way too. Aspyr is bundling its two previously-released Harry Potter action games as a
Harry Potter Deluxe Edition. Ideas From the Deep is selling
Virtual Grand Prix 2
in North America; the game was released in the UK this April. MacCentral’s own
gives you this writer’s thoughts on the giant computer and video game exposition that happened in LA earlier this month.
your comments, suggestions or questions.