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Island Racer Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

baKno has announced the launch of its new title, Island Racer. The casual racing game can be played solo, against the computer, or online against another player. It features randomly generated landscapes and tracks for on-road and off-road racing, and allows players to select from different cars and colors to race in head-to-head competition.

The unique ability to generate new original landscapes and tracks, along with on-road and off-road options, offers infinite Island Racer track combinations for a new experience with every race. Slamming the opponent is allowed when playing against the computer or online against another player. Gamers will find Island Racer easy to play and full of exhilarating moments. The game also features original music and voice-overs created by Edward Melendez.
Island Racer is available as a free-to-try download from baKno Games website. Single seat licenses can be purchased for $19.95 (USD), and a promotional two-seat license is available for $29.95 (USD). Alternatively, Island Racer can be fully played by either purchasing Game Coins, or a Subscription Service.

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Island Racer

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Snake Warriors Coming To OS X In 2010
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Crystal Games, an independent game developer from the Netherlands, has announced work on Snake Warriors. Described as a retro-action role playing game, the title tells the story of Rahan an Kijani, a young Snakemaster and his reptile warrior companion, who must battle the murderous Snakemaster Wakaun. Snake Warriors features "a unique fighting system, a breathtaking story, and challenging tournaments to earn money and items."

Crystal games invites you to join the adventure of Rahan and Kijani in the retro-action role playing game Snake Warriors. Snake Warriors tells the story of the young Snakemaster Rahan and his snake Kijani. While they grow up free from fear or doubt, social unrest rises in the Kingdom of Zinaida. Shortly after Rahan finishes his training to become a Snakemaster, the Snakemaster Wakaun starts a revolution against the current King which comes with violence and murder.

Because of the innovative gameplay and the breathtaking cartoon-formatted story, the exciting adventure of the young Snakemaster Rahan can be experienced by young and old. Thanks to the addition of extra controls for beginners and the addition of challenges for experienced players, both beginners and experienced players can look forward to a challenging new game.

More information about the story and the gameplay can be found on "The Game" page. You can find screenshots on the media page. Information about acquiring the game can be found on the "Play" page. You can contact us by the information on the "Contact" page.
Snake Warriors is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2010 for OS X and Windows. Click on the link below to learn more.

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BurgerTime Deluxe Reviewed
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Macworld has posted a review of BurgerTime Deluxe for Mac. The game is a remake of the 1980's original arcade title which challenges players to navigate a series of ladders and platforms to make burger ingredients fall onto plates below. Macworld gave the game a score of 2 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

At its core, BurgerTime is an arcade maze game akin to Pac-Man. You can’t leap from platform to platform, like with the classic game Lode Runner, but you can scale ladders up and down across the game field. You have a weapon at your disposal—a pepper shaker with an ammo supply that can be replenished by picking up power ups that appear randomly on each level. Spraying pepper into the face of the bad guy will incapacitate him for a few seconds as he rubs his eyes and enables you to run past him.

Other power-ups like potato chips, ice ice cream cones, coffee and tea give you extra points, but just like in the real world, if you see a hot order of french fries, you get a free life, so make sure to grab it. Other objects grant you even more abilities—ketchup kills all enemies on the map, sort of like what it does to the taste of a good burger. Salt stuns everyone, ice cubes grant you temporary invulnerability, and so on.

BurgerTime features a story mode that lets you play through each level progressively—there are more than 60 all together. Minigames throw some extra points and challenge into the mix, but they need to be activated by reaching special achievements within the game, like collecting the letters to spell the word “pepper.” A “Quick Mode” will just play random levels until you exhaust your supply of chefs.
Visit the page below to read the full review.

Macworld: BurgerTime Deluxe Review
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Torchlight Previewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

ZAM News has posted a new preview of Torchlight, Runic Games' upcoming single player action RPG with colorful cartoon graphics and Diablo inspired gameplay. Torchlight will give players the chance to choose a character and venture from the safety of the town of Torchlight into randomly generated dungeon levels. Once inside they will find a variety of monsters, a large selection of loot to find, and quests to complete.

Character classes fit the conventional archetypes you would expect in a dungeon crawler, but they're done so well that they feel almost new. There's a melee-heavy class called the Destroyer, a spell-caster called the Alchemist, and a ranged attacker called the Vanquisher. They sport standard branching skill trees, but also special perks that can be used to further customize your playstyle. Your characters can ultimately 'retire' from their questing once they complete the game and pass on unique benefits to their progeny.

Showing us some of the abilities available to the alchemist, Travis Baldree, President of Runic Games said, "As you can see I've got a couple of summons out. The alchemist has two or three summon types that he can do. He can summon these alchemic golems, which are basically robots, some that do melee attacks and some that shoot laser beams." That's right, Dr. Evil. "He can also summon these nether imps from the corpses of fallen enemies, and later in the game you can have up to six of those. You can have lots of pets."

Pets play a central role in the game. Every character starts with a pet that can accompany him into battle, and they'll level up with your character as well as provide extra inventory space to assist you in pilfering priceless artifacts from long forgotten ruins like an asinine Indiana Jones villain. Baldree made his own comments about pets saying, "Your pet stays with your for the duration of the game. They never die, and they can actually hold and carry loot for you, they can attack monsters for you, and you can send them back to town to sell all your extra loot so you don't have to go. Over the course of the game you can also catch fish in fishing holes that you can use to turn your pet into other monsters which all have different abilities. So, you might turn your pet into a spider that can spin webs on the ground and slow any nearby enemies. Some of those are only temporary, but some can be permanent if you want them to be."
Check out the full article at the page listed below.

ZAM: Torchlight Preview
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Mac Games News for Friday, October 2, 2009

Blizzard Updates Website, Adds YouTube Hub6:00 AM
City Of Heroes: Account Reactivation & Double XP Weekend6:00 AM
Diablo II Patch 1.13 Delayed Again6:00 AM
Spiderweb October Sadness Sale 09 Begins6:00 AM
StarCraft II: Q&A Round 536:00 AM
WoW: Icecrown Citadel Dungeon Revealed6:00 AM
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