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The Secrets Of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Coladia has announced the release of The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript for Mac OS X. Described as the first game ever created about the life and work of Leonardo Da Vinci, the adventure title challenges players to discover and delve inside the mysteries surrounding the hidden enigmas of the works of the great genius.

"The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript" is a major investigation and adventure game, a thrilling mystical quest into the heart of the Renaissance. It is now available for Mac OS X.

Valdo, an ambitious young apprentice working for Da Vinci's disciple Francesco Melzi, is extremely disappointed when the scholar suddenly dismisses him. However, shortly afterwards, he receives a letter from a mysterious patron, asking him to locate one of the great master's missing codices. To access Da Vinci's last residence, the Manoir du Cloux near Ambroise, Valdo tells its new occupant, a courtesan by the name of Babou de la Bourdaisière, that he is Francesco Melzi's apprentice and that he wishes to examine the inventions that still remain on the estate.

Under this cover, he starts to scour the estate: Babou's bedroom, Leonardo's workshop, the grounds, and dovecot, leaving no stone unturned. In the course of his investigations, he encounters a wide array of intriguing characters: Babou herself, Saturnin, a suspicious looking guardian, and the King of France himself. To accomplish his mission, he has to solve a series of enigmas devised by the great master himself if Da Vinci's inventions are to function again. On the trail of the genius, Valdo is no more aware of the secrets he is about to unveil as of the danger lurking in the dark.

Feature Highlights:
• Total immersion guaranteed, through atmosphere, soundtrack and perfect modelisation of historic locations, such as the Manoir du Cloux, Leonardo da Vinci's workshop and the Château d'Amboise.
• A gripping, non-linear and complex plot, based on historical facts and extensive research.
• Meticulously detailed graphics with a total respect for history. Perfect reproductions of works, decors and clothing, recreated in collaboration with experts, including the management of the Château du Clos Luce.
• Complex characters with distinct personalities and hidden dimensions: Valdo, Saturnin, François I, Babou de la Bourdaisière and Leonardo da Vinci himself.
• The game's 14 chapters lead deep into the heart of the Great Master's Secret.
• Dozens of puzzles, based on Da Vinci's own work, requiring logical deduction and scientific knowledge.
• An interactive inventory system for collectables ensure a game that is easy to pick up.
• A Good and Evil gauge system: the player develops throughout the game adopting a positive or negative stance. According to the choices they make, players discover one of four possible endings.
• The portfolio, a game within a game, used by players to store manuscripts found along the way for printing, giving access to puzzles and clues.
• The player also has a journal to keep track of objectives, sketch the characters encountered and note down impressions about them.
• The developers's renowned savoir-faire. Their list of previous productions includes Return to Mysterious Island, Journey to the Moon, Secret of the Lost Cavern.
• The Secrets of Da Vinci: the Forbidden Manuscript is a quest back through time in search of jealously protected manuscripts.

The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript was developed in exclusive partnership with the Château du Clos Luce (formerly the Manoir du Cloux), Leonardo Da Vinci's last residence. The Clos Luce is today listed among France's most famous monuments. The involvement of the estate's owners guarantees the utmost historical respect of the game, and has enabled perfect modelisation of the estate and Da Vinci's work.
• Intel or PowerPC G5 processor running at 1.6 Ghz
• 512 MB of memory
• 2 GB free space on your hard drive
• Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5
The Secrets Of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript costs $29.90 for the full version. Go to the site linked below for more information.

The Secrets Of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript

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IMG Reviews DinerTown Tycoon
6:47 AM | Marcus Albers | 1 comment

Inside Mac Games has posted an extensive review of one of the latest games to come out of the Diner Dash universe, the resource management simulation DinerTown Tycoon, from the folks at PlayFirst. Try to keep the good restaurants of DinerTown competitive against the evil Grub Burger fast-food chain. Here's an excerpt from the review:

The game takes place over five districts of DinerTown (with commendably comical names like Squid Row and Thyme Square), and the encroachment of Grub Burger restaurants must be eradicated from each one.

This is achieved by serving sufficient numbers of customers of various types to convince them of the error of their ways in eating at Grub Burger. In the earlier stages you must serve at least 50 customers from each of half a dozen types; later on you'll need to serve 100 of eight types. Each customer has his or her own tastes, so you'll need to plan carefully to satisfy all of them and achieve the requisite sales before Grub Burger turns the district into a hive of grub-munching zombies.

Follow the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: DinerTown Tycoon
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The Legend Of The Tolteks Demo Ready For Download
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Runesoft has announced the release of a demo for its Match 3 puzzle game, The Legend of the Tolteks. The game challenges players to solve a variety of puzzles as they work to rebuild the town of Tollán in Quetzalcoatl¹s Empire. The Legend of the Tolteks features over 100 levels spanning 5 eras and an adjustable difficulty level.

Among the people of Toltec were many versatile craftsmen, great artists, and talented architects. You need to acquire all those skills to become a master of this fascinating and highly addictive puzzle game. Become a great architect and build pyramids and temples. The further you progress in game, the harder the tasks you have to complete get. In return, better and more advanced buildings become available as you move on in the game. Repopulate Tollán and uphold it in a healthy condition.

It requires mind work and skill to gather lots of building points. Those are required to build something and to pay for your labor force. Save up building points by forming different items to triple figures.

The construction of buildings brings a diverse selection of aids and appliances to ease your tasks. Use these aids to gather more treasures, holdings, and riches for your Empire.

Getting started in The Legend Of The Tolteks is easy and you may freely choose the difficulty level to get used to the principles of game, which are easy but challenging.

Become a master builder and bring back the shine to this long lost high culture by reviving Tollán.

• More than 100 fantastic levels spanning 5 different eras
• Simple access and adjustable difficulty level
• Unique fun which is highly addictive

The Legend of the Tolteks requires a G4/5 or Intel Mac at 1.4 GHz, MacOS 10.4.11 or higher, and at least 256 MB RAM. Click over to the link below for more information.

The Legend Of The Tolteks

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Bullet Candy Perfect Available For Mac
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Charlie's Games has announced the release of Bullet Candy Perfect for Mac OS X. The colorful arcade shoot-em-up features 3D graphics, 50 levels, three difficulty settings, and 20 achievements to unlock. Bullet Candy Perfect is an all new version of the 2006 title, Bullet Candy.

Bullet Candy Perfect is a super slick, highly polished 3D game, building on the formula that made the original Bullet Candy a success. It's a game that just seeps fun from every pore, and is described by the-nextlevel as having "Twice the awesome of a retail title at 1/60th the price."

Along with a host of score and power-up techniques, the game uses a tactical suicide mechanic that allows you to cheat an unpleasant death at the hands of your enemies and keep your bonus weapons and score multipliers intact.

To help you on your way, Bullet Candy Perfect keeps track of your skills as you improve with its Perfect Points system, and assigns a ranking based on your ability in game. There are also 20 challenging achievements to obtain, as well as a global online high score board.

Feature Highlights:
* 50 levels
* 3 difficulty settings
* Beautiful 3D graphics
* Game controller support
* 20 achievements to unlock
* Online global high score table
* Big Fun!
Bullet Candy Perfect is available for Mac OS X 10.4 (Universal) and Windows PCs, with a Linux version in the works. A demonstration version is available from the Charlie's Games website below. The full version costs $1+ USD donation, and entitles purchasers to a copy of the game for each platform.

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The Randomness Of Dungeons In Din's Curse
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A new blog post from Soldak Entertainment's Steven Peeler once again reveals information about the company's upcoming action RPG, Din's Curse. This time Peeler explores the randomization of dungeons in the new game, offering a selection of sample dungeons with descriptions of each.

In Din's Curse players take the role of an adventurer cursed to walk the lands in a quest for redemption. The game features 141 possible class combinations, an infinite number of dynamically generated towns, and a game world directly impacted by player choices.

The caves and dungeons in Din's Curse are completely random. Each dungeon will use different models, different textures, use secrets in different ways, have special rooms, favorite monsters, and completely different layouts. My goal is for each type of dungeon to have a fairly distinct feel, but yet each time still be quite different.

Unlike many action RPGs, we'll have random secrets in our levels to make things more interesting. Sometimes these will be hard to find and other times fairly easy. Each dungeon type will use secrets in different ways- like having all of the secrets at dead ends, or all hidden inside rooms.

Although they are a very old idea often used in roguelike games, special rooms are not very common. A special room is basically a named room randomly placed inside of the dungeon that behaves differently from a normal room. In our case there are vaults, armories, treasure rooms, and lairs- each with a lesser, normal, and greater version.

Vaults have a ton of gold and are usually heavily trapped to keep out intruders.

Armories store lots of weapons and armor racks.

Treasure rooms are filled with chests and usually monsters.

Lairs are the homes of special, harder than normal creatures (champions and elites). However, they also store all of their loot here. Lairs can be death to a standard adventurer, but they also are one of the best places to find loot.
Head over to the page below to read the full post.

Soldak Forums: Din's Curse Dungeons
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Mac Games News for Thursday, October 8, 2009

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