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LEGO Star Wars Review & Video Review
9:22 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 3 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a a review of Lego Star Wars, published by the Mac by Aspyr Media. The written review is also accompanied by our second ever video review (QuickTime 7 required). The game lets players control 30 different Star Wars characters as they progress through the 18 levels spanning the first three movies.

Here's a clip from the review:

I might as well start out by saying that this game left my lowered expectations in the dust. The overall presentation is one hundred percent class. From the detailed levels taken from locations in Episodes I, II, and III, to the LEGO representations of favorite characters and vehicles, to the sound and music taken directly from the Star Wars movies, this game's production values are up there with the very best of them. It's hard not to be enthralled with this game from beginning to end.
To check out the review and video review, follow the link below.

IMG Review: LEGO Star Wars
Aspyr Media
LEGO Star Wars
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Apple Updates Hot Deals
9:33 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

J&R has great prices on top quality Mac products, including Advanced Bridging iJet Wireless RF iPod Remote, ColorVision PrintFX Suite, Destineer Macintosh Board Game Trio, Epson Stylus CX4600 All-in-One Printer, Feral Big Metal Box, Laughing Bird The Logo Creator, M-Audio Best of Pro Sessions, Micromat TechTool Pro 4, Microsoft Virtual PC 7 with Windows XP Pro, and much more.

CompUSA has money saving deals on a bevy of Mac products, including Creative I-Trigue 3400 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System, Sony HS75P/S 17" LCD Display with $50 mail-in rebate, Microsoft Office, Intuit Quicken for Mac 2006 with $20 mail-in rebate, Konica-Minolta Magicolor 243DL Color Laser Printer with $100 mail-in rebate, and much more.

Small Dog Electronics has great prices on top quality Mac products, including the TiBook Upgrade Bundle (includes AirPort card, 80GB Hard Drive, and QuickerTek Antenna), Small Dog Windshield Mount for iPod, Crumpler iBook and PowerBook Bags, LaCie DVD±RW with LightScribe and Toast, Intelliscanner Collector USB Barcode Reader, and much more.

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Survival Of The Fittest In Darwinia
9:24 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Bytesector is the latest site to offer a review of Introversion Software's Darwinia, a unique real time strategy game with a retro look. Darwinia enlists players in the fight to save a virtual theme park world from the assault of a deadly computer virus. Bytesector examines each aspect of the game in detail and declares it a "pleasure to play."

From the review:

In terms of the Darwinians, well let's just say they don't exactly live the most exciting lives. They live their entire lives working at the various locations (mines, construction yards, etc.) across Darwinia, die, and then are just reborn to start the cycle over again. They are quite content with this life, but now that the virii have disrupted their cycle, they are out for revenge. These guys are the key to the fight for Darwinia. Most of the game's areas require Darwinians to operate machinery that works with machinery in other areas to achieve a greater good. With certain upgrades and research, they can even become formidable warriors in the battle against the virii. While the Darwinians may look useless, just remember that without them, you won't stand a chance. It is for this reason that harvesting the maximum number of souls possible before they float away into the sky is essential for success.
For the full review and more information about the game follow the links below.

Bytesector: Darwinia Review
Ambrosia Software
Introversion Software

WoW Another Custer Desktop
9:24 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

Our resident desktop guru, Brad Custer, once again treats us to a new game-related desktop. This week's image returns to the WorId of Warcraft, Blizzard's immensely popular MMORPG.

Here's more from Brad on the subject:

Since my last venture into the realm of World of Warcraft I have received a few emails asking for an alliance specific creation. Of course I am more than happy to honor all requests especially for a game as popular as this one. I am a proud member of this faction so I was also anxious to have one myself. I decided to create one that features all four races as each one is an important member of the alliance.
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Exploring Atlantis
9:23 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Applelinks' ShareAware recently dove into Atlantis, Fun Pause's arcade action shareware title. Atlantis follows the classic "ball matching" formula giving players a strategic action experience spanning 81 levels. ShareAware examines the game and takes a look at the strategies necessary to successfully complete levels.

Of course, there are power-ups along the way. You get these by purchasing them with credits collected throughout the game, although some apparently just show up in your gun from time to time. You'll need them, too, because this game can get exceptionally difficult. The first few times I played it, I couldn't even finish the first level, which is never a good sign. Don't be alarmed, though, if this happens to you, too. You just have to get into the rhythm of the game. Although you can utilize different strategies, you still have to play Atlantis the way the game wants you to. Once I developed a method that seemed to match the flow of the action, I progressed without much difficulty.
Atlantis requires a G3/400 Mhz with 128 MB RAM and 40 MB harddisk space, running MacOSX 10.1 or better. It can be downloaded from the Fun Pause website or from the link below.

ShareAware: Atlantis
MGF: Atlantis 1.5.1

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Myst V Review
9:23 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Myst Obsession recently posted an early review of Myst V: End of Ages. Developed by Cyan Worlds, Myst V is the final chapter in the wildly popular Myst series. This early review is a little on the short side, but does contain some good information. Be warned that it does contain a few minor spoilers. From the Myst Obsession website:

The puzzles in this game are different. You'll still find many oldschool logical puzzles and strange devices that you'll have to fiddle with, but because of the introduction of the Slates and the Bahro many of the puzzles will have you thinking of how you can transport the Slates to different locations or using them to summon certain effects in the Ages, which you can later use in other puzzles.

But puzzles are not the main focus of this game. Unlike the previous titles in the Myst series, this game is more about exploration and story. You will spend most of your time just exploring new places rather than solving puzzles. Having said that though, the puzzles are still a very important part of the game and while some are very easy and straightforward, other will keep you confused for many, many hours.

Myst V is being released next Tuesday, and will be available on a hybrid PC/Mac platform disk. To view the review, click the link below.

Myst V: End of Ages
Myst Obsession - Myst V Review
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Mac Games News for Thursday, September 15, 2005

Battleground Europe Q&A9:47 AM
Delicious Library Updated9:47 AM
Kitty Spangles Solitaire 1.5 Released9:46 AM
SimCity 4 Deluxe Now Available For Preorder9:46 AM
World Of Warcraft Reviewed9:46 AM
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