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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Apple Games Features NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2007
8:17 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games has posted a new feature focusing on NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2007, Sports Interactive's in-depth simulation of the professional hockey world. Players take control of a team and participate in contract negotiations, sign up new players, decide on game tactics, and more.

Best of all, thanks to Eastside Hockey Manager’s plethora of licensing deals, you get to interact with real players and personnel while managing your favorite team. Oversee the rise of young phenom Sidney Crosby, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins as the successor of Mario Lemieux. Decide whether aging veteran Dominic Hasek still has what it takes to play goalie for the Detroit Red Wings or if you should go with the younger Chris Osgood. Take the reins of recent expansion team the Columbus Blue Jackets and see if you can turn them into an NHL powerhouse. The choice is yours, the possibilities limited only by the schemes you can create.

Your NHL season starts before the exhibition games do, giving you an opportunity to peruse your roster and make sure your key players are signed to contracts and happy with their situations. The game follows NHL rules to the letter, which means you have to take roster freeze dates and trade deadlines into account as you juggle your line-up. With a limit of 23 players on the team and 20 who can be available for each game, it’s up to you to place injury victims on the reserve list, which doesn’t count against the 23-player maximum, and summon replacements from your minor league affiliate.

To read the full article click on the link below.

Apple Games: NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2007
NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2007

Macgamestore: Arcadrome Now Available
3:06 PM | Tuncer Deniz

Arcadrome is now available as a digital download purchase from for $17.95. A free demo is available on the web site.

The game is an arcade action title in which players must collect energy crystals with their spaceship while fighting off angry alien hordes. The game features over 100 levels, 10 bosses, and a variety of helpful bonuses.

For more on Arcadrome, follow the link below.

Macgamestore: Arcadrome

N-Ball 2.2 Released
3:04 PM | David Chochla | 2 comments

Rag Doll Software has updated the shareware title N-Ball to version 2.2. The 2-D physics based game is available play for free download, while the full version offers 40 levels and the ability to play new levels created with the included editor. Rag Doll Software's webpage even has downloadable fan-made campaigns available.

N-Ball is a crazy physics-based 2D platform. In this game you control N-Ball, a kind of ever burning plasma ball, through 40 levels full of platforms, ropes, swings, vehicles and lots of other wierd structures.
The game is available for download from Mac Game Files (link below), and has also received rave reviews from Mac Observer and

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IMG Reviews The Exchange Student
1:24 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of The Exchange Student, a point and click adventure game created by Pan Metron Ariston. Here's a clip from the review:

TES leans more towards the LucasArts side of adventure gaming, with cartoonish graphics, a whimsical story, and a simplistic point and click interface that includes an easy inventory system. The story, however, is firmly rooted in Sierra's Leisure Suit Larry mythos, as on-screen avatar Emilio looks to get lucky with the ladies in Sweden. As the title suggests, Emilio, who hails from Italy, takes the advice of a friend and enrolls in an exchange program at a Swedish university with the ultimate goal of familiarizing himself with as many Swedish girls as possible. Ironically, while this could be a perfectly believable goal if presented by a real-life Emilio, it's a theme that has been done to death in the aforementioned Larry series, and consequently comes across as hackneyed in TES.
To check out the full review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: The Exchange Student
The Exchange Student

Mac Pro PCI-E Lane Speeds Examined
8:17 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

BareFeats takes a closer look at the new Mac Pro's PCI-E lanes which can be manually configured. By using Apple's Expansion Slot Utility, you can configure the PCI-E slots to run in 16 lane mode, 8 lane mode or 4 lane mode. Power users would want to reconfigure the bandwidth to provide adequate speed to the cards that they install.

BareFeats put a 3GHz Mac Pro with 16GB of RAM to the test running Quake 4, Doom 3, Halo Universal Binary and Unreal Tournament 2004.

We ran various graphics intensive apps at 1920x1200 High Quality to see how much faster a Radeon X1900 XT runs in the 16 lane (x16) slot as opposed to being installed in a 4 lane (x4) and an 8 lane (x8) slot.
Follow the link below to see full benchmarks and the conclusion as to just how much of a difference it makes with game performance.

Bare Feats:Mac Pro with Radeon X1900 XT

Fun Squared In BlockHeads Clash
8:17 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Outside The Box Software has released BlockHeads Clash, a unique arcade action title in which players battle it out using only the block shaped heads of their characters. Clash allows up to four players to participate on the same computer in either cooperative or battle mode, and features 12 stages spanning three different worlds.

Venture to a strange place inside cartoon labyrinths where the only weapon is your head - literally. Using your foursquare noggin, you can send foes tumbling or even break the very ground beneath them. But you must be wary of the labyrinth's deadly hazards and obstacles. There's also enemies whose right-angled noggins are bigger and deadlier than yours. It's the place where BlockHeads Clash.

BlockHeads Clash features multiplayer co-op play and battle modes. Gather your friends and family around the keyboard and have hours of head smashing fun. Take control of a BlockHead and run full speed at your enemies, friends, and inanimate objects. No helmet required!

The full game is available for $9.95 at the Outside The Box website. A demo of the game is available at the link below.

BlockHeads Clash
Outside The Box Software

Mac Games News for Wednesday, October 25, 2006

OpenGL – Cheetah Speeds Under Leopard?1:20 PM
Quinn Updated To 3.421:20 PM
World of Warcraft: Blood Elves Bulk Up1:20 PM
CodeBlender Updates Rally Shift7:56 AM
Mountain Tanks v1.5 Coming Soon7:56 AM
Sin War Q&A, Diablo 3 Teasers7:56 AM
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