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Myst Online: Uru Live Coming to Mac
9:59 AM | Eddie Park | 16 comments

Myst Online: Uru Live has been announced as coming to the Mac platform. Currently in development by Cyan Worlds, CEO Rand Miller notes that "The Mac community has always been huge supporters of the Myst franchise and we’re thrilled that we will soon be able to invite them to the newest Myst experience."

The Myst Online world is being built with the idea of creating a perpetually growing experience that allows for constant exploration. In keeping with the Myst mythos, a storyline stemming from the previous games is also in place:

The "Myst Online: Uru Live" preview storyline continues to build with last week’s introduction of Cate Alexander. Cate’s appearance has had a significant effect on the D’ni Restoration Council (DRC) and the cavern restoration effort as a whole, as evidenced by the recent opening of several city areas. That pattern continues with the opening of more city areas, including the Great Zero, and the restoration of an all-new Age, which explorers can visit for the first time ever.
Myst Online will be arriving to the Mac courtesy of TransGaming's Cider, with their CEO Vikas Gupta saying that this is just the first of many Mac games he hopes to bring to the community. In addition, Cyan has partnered with the broadband entertainment network GameTap, which is currently offering signups for the Mac beta test. Players interested in participating in the Mac beta program (Intel Mac users only) should visit www.GameTap.com/mystonline for sign-up information.

Myst Online: Uru Live

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Macgamestore: World of Wacraft: Burning Crusade In Stock
2:08 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Macgamestore.com has gotten its stock of the highly anticipated expansion pack to World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. It is available for $39.99.

The Burning Crusade is the exciting new expansion to Blizzard's award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game. It expands the game by tremendous bounds, adding new races, lands, Battlegrounds, professions and items, and more.

The Burning Crusade requires the original World of Warcraft to play. For more information, follow the link below.

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World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
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io Game Announced For Mac
10:39 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 4 comments

Atman Software, an independent game developer based in India, has announced the company's first game, io, which is being developed for Mac and PC. io is a fast-paced 3D side-scrolling game that has been in development for several years and will be making its debut later this year.

Here's a bit more info on io

In io your mission is to bring the Nautilus-114 spaceship back home. However, the task isn’t easy thanks to the many robotic minions that now inhabit the ship. In order to accomplish your mission, you have to play evasively (knock out lights, hide in the dark, walk don’t run), avoid detection, solve puzzles, carry out your objectives. You are also accompanied by your robotic friend and constant help, Ned. Together, you will take enemies down, navigate hard to access areas, gather data pertaining to the destruction of the ships human crew and bring the ship back home (or will you?)

Player moves: Io is a side-scroller game, however you can also move the player in and out of the screen, to hide in dark nooks, pick up secret items, shimmy across a girder, etc.
Point and shoot mechanism: Point and click on the screen with the mouse, and Norton will orient himself to look or shoot at the pointed spot.
Equipment: Radar to spot enemies, night and thermal vision cameras, Bottracker to track bots, cloaker to go invisible, stealth suits to go undetected, heavy armor, etc
Weapons: Machine gun, Rail gun, Grenade launcher, Rocket launcher, Gravity gun and a Flamethrower.
Bots: 9 different bot types to play with. Bots have their own unique dialogs and characteristics.
Gameplay Duration: If you are one of those super-smart-gaming-ninja types, you could probably finish it under an hour. On the other hand, if you are like me, you might never finish it.

Io is a short game much in the spirit of old classics such as John Romero’s Dangerous Dave.

For more information on io, including screenshots, technology information, blog, FAQ's, and more, follow the link below.


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Myth Vault Launches
10:21 AM | Anthony Wang | 4 comments

Project Magma has launched Myth Vault, a user generated compilation of images, videos, posters, audio and more related to the Myth games series ala Myth: The Fallen Lords, Myth II: Soulblighter, and Myth III: The Wolf Age.

Be sure to check this out by clicking on the links below.

Myth Vault
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Bungie Studios
Myth II: Soulblighter

iPod Sudoku Reviewed
10:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Pocket Gamer has posted a review of Sudoku for iPod, one of the more recent titles released for Apple's handheld media device. This version of the popular numbers game offers a variety of difficulty levels and the unique ability to enter a puzzle from a newspaper or magazine, which you can then solve yourself or let the iPod do the work for you. Pocket Gamer gave Sudoku a score of 8 out of 10.

From the review:

At the start, you're presented with four difficulty levels: Easy, Normal, Hard and Very Hard. Play for long enough, and you'll unlock a fifth: Insane.

But before launching into the game, you'll want to go to the Options menu and check out the control methods. Sudoku gives you two options, 'scrolling' and 'four-way touch', and you can also choose to use both. The four-way touch mode is the important one though, since it gets around the problems of using the iPod's scroll wheel for games that involve navigating around a grid – problems such as those that bedevilled Bejewelled.

Here, you can move up, down, left and right by simply touching (NOT pressing) the relevant direction on the scroll-wheel. It works well, and means you can still press the Menu button to bring up the in-game menu – something Apple has clearly made a requirement for all iPod game developers. Good work, EA fellas!

Once onto a sudoku grid, it's standard fare. You can input numbers by pressing the central button, and then scrolling/moving through a list of 1 to 9. Not sure about a square? Simply hold the button down for a long press, and you'll switch to pencil mode, where you can jot down possibles as you would on a pen'n'paper version. It's quick and easy to learn.
To read the full review head over to the link below.

Pocket Gamer: Sudoku Review
Apple: iPod Games

Mac Games News for Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Armado Now Available At Macgamestore.com2:37 PM
Inside Mac Games Reviews RocketBowl Plus2:27 PM
Apple Posts New Hot Deals2:23 PM
Apple Features The Burning Crusade8:04 AM
Burning Crusade Q&As8:04 AM
EA Announces The Sims Stories For PC8:04 AM
StarCraft Sequel Hint from Blizzard?8:04 AM
Stray Bullet Games Releases More Details On MMO Project8:04 AM
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