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Pirates Of The Caribbean Online Sets Sail for Mac
7:26 AM | Cord Kruse | 10 comments

Disney Online has announced new details about the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean Online. Based on the engine for Toontown Online, Pirates will offer would-be sea rogues the chance to engage in ship to ship battles, cross blades with enemies, and enter into a variety of other pirate themed activities. The PC version is scheduled to become available in Spring 2007, with a Mac version coming sometime after that.

Joystiq recently posted a hands-on preview of the game, giving a taste of what gamers can expect:

The Toontown engine's recent Mac conversion will also benefit Apple's gamers; Pirates Online will be released for OS X. The developers were excited about Mac prospects and hope to get the game out at the same time as the PC launch in the Spring, but Disney Interactive's official stance is that a Mac game is coming, but without any timeline.

I had fun exploring Pirates of the Caribbean Online, taking the helm of ships, shouting arcane seafaring phrases, and swashbuckling. Keep reading to learn about pirate garb, fluid fighting, and massive ship battles.

To begin the pirate life, players design their character, much like any other MMO. I could choose from broken noses and other warped characteristics, but the developers were uncertain about pirate mainstays like eye-patches, peg-legs, hooks, tattoos, shoulder-parrots, and helper-monkeys. (Such things may be in the final game, but the representatives from developer VR Studio seemed non-committal.)

With a piraty character -- or as close as I could get -- I explored the landscape, beach, and fought hordes of skeleton monsters. The combat felt responsive and fresh; unlike other MMOs, I swung my sword every time I clicked the mouse, unless I clicked too quickly. If I timed it right, I could attack at the end of each motion and string together more powerful flourishes. Players will also be able to fight other players -- with their consent -- if the monsters get too repetitive.
Upon release Pirates of the Caribbean Online will be available in two forms: A Basic Access free ad supported version which will offer roughly a third of the full game's areas and quests, and an Unlimited Access version with the full range of customization and gameplay options for a monthly subcription fee of $9.95. Players from both plans will be able to interact with one another.

Click the links below for more information.

Joystiq: Pirates of the Caribbean Online Preview
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Inside Mac Games Reviews Prey
3:16 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 17 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Prey, the latest first-person shooter created by Human Head Studios and published on the Mac by Aspyr Media. Here's a clip from the review:

The main protagonist of Prey is Tommy, a member of the Cherokee tribe and an ex-soldier who is predictably somewhat damaged by nebulous past experiences and a heritage that he could care less about. This all changes when he, his grandfather, and his girlfriend Jen, not to mention the entire bar they happen to be sitting in, get sucked into a giant alien complex known as The Sphere. From here, Tommy witness all manner of humans being "processed" in a predictably gory fashion, eventually acquiring weapons and dashing through various alien environs in a desperate attempt to save his girlfriend.
To check out the full review, please follow the link below.

Inside Mac Games Review: Prey
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Apple's Newest Hot Deals
2:31 PM | Tuncer Deniz

CDW Mac Warehouse has deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible hardware and software products including: Hewlett Packard HP LaserJet 3390 All-in-One multifunction black and white laser printer for only $599.99!; Edge 120GB DiskGO! external hard drive, multi card reader and USB 2.0 hub for only $123.99!; Strobe XP 200 compact scanner from Visioneer for only $299.99; HP OfficeJet 4315 All-in-One multifunction color printer, fax, scanner and copier for only $99.99!; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL: 


Ramjet has Hot Deals exclusive prices on a variety of Mac compatible memory upgrades including: 2GB (2x1GB modules) upgrade kit for the MacBook Pro for only $219!; 1GB DDR400 DIMM module for the original iMac G5 for only $127!; 1GB DDR2 PC2-5300 memory module for the Intel-based iMac for only $109!; 2GB (2x1GB modules) PC2-5300 upgrade kit for the Intel-based Mac mini for only $219!; 1GB (2x512MB modules) DDR SDRAM upgrade kit for the PowerMac G4 (w/Mirror Drive Doors); and much more. Get all the details at the following URL: 


Pangea Software Announces February Sale
2:11 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 1 comment

Pangea Software today announced their 2007 February Fun Sale. For one weekend only, Pangea Software is offering every downloadable game on their web site for only $9.99 each.

Every game, no matter which one it is, and no matter what its normal retail price is will be available for the same February Fun price of $9.99. All of the Mac games that Pangea has ever published are available for online
download purchase, including Bugdom, Bugdom 2, Otto Matic, Billy Frontier, Enigmo, Enigmo 2, Cro-Mag Rally, Nanosaur, Nanosaur 2, Mighty Mike, and Pangea Arcade.
The sale starts Friday, February 9th and runs through Sunday, February 11th. Information and download links can all be found on the Pangea Software web site.

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Kitty Spangles Solitaire 3 Released
2:05 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 4 comments

Swoop Software today announced the release of a new version of Kitty Spangles Solitaire, the company's popular solitaire game for the Mac. Kitty Spangles Solitaire 3 features 32 great games including hugely popular favorites such as Klondike, Canfield, Freecell, Spider and Penguin.

Already admired for its clear and focused design, Kitty Spangles Solitaire 3 takes solitaire to another level with newly-styled card graphics and luxuriously animated themes to suit any mood. The new game selection system makes finding and starting a favorite game quick and easy.  New and experienced solitaire players alike will enjoy playing with Kitty for hours, able to seamlessly resize the game window to fit their needs.

Also new in this version, Kitty will remember the games, preferences and statistics for up to 8 players, including the number of games played and won, the win rate, the time taken to win, and much more.

Kitty Spangles 3 is available for $19.95. A demo version is available for download at Macgamefiles.com.

Macgamefiles: Kitty Spangles Solitaire 3.0
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Custer Explores Another Desktop
7:26 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

This week's desktop features MacSoft's real-time strategy title: Age of Empires III, which is the dawn of a new age for Macintosh users as we experience the ‘Age of Discovery’ in a new generation of one of the greatest games ever created.

Here's a clip from Brad on his latest:

With our recent review of Age of Empires III from MacSoft the requests for another desktop for this real-time strategy have been steadily filling up my inbox. So, this week we go back to this realm for a history lesson. I was able to make this feature with the help of Ensemble Studios. I simply entitled this selection, "Exploration", and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.
As always, those interested in downloading his creations can find them at Custer's Desktops.

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Dominoes 4.0 Released
7:26 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

Allgood Software recently released version 4.0 of Dominoes, a title which brings the popular tabletop tile game to your computer screen. Version 4 offers Intel Mac support and introduces a graphics engine powered by Quartz.

Dominoes offers 16 different variations of the popular tile game, including the straight forward Block and Draw, all the way up to the more involved Matador, and Mexican Train. You can play against up to three computer opponents, with three different skill levels to keep everyone from first time players, to seasoned experts challenged. Double 6, Double 9 and Double 12 domino sets are both supported.
Follow the links below for more information.

MGF: Dominoes 4.0
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Mac Games News for Thursday, February 8, 2007

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