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Puzzler World Coming March 18
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Feral Interactive has announced Friday, March 18th as the worldwide release date for the Macintosh version of Puzzler World. The game offers more than 500 challenges spanning a collection of 14 different puzzle types, with favorites such as Wordsearch, Sudoku and Crossword, new formats such as Fitword, Link-A-Pix and Silhouette, as well as bonus games including Hangman and Jigsaw.

“Puzzler World gives both fanatics and casual gamers an impressive array of fun and entertaining brainteasers,” said David Stephen, Managing Director of Feral Interactive. “It’s an addictive, value-priced diversion for a few minutes or a few hours.”

Players will be able to choose from two distinct game modes: Challenge, a series of increasingly mind-bending puzzles giving the chance to unlock bonus games, or Quickplay, for fast casual puzzling when there’s a few minutes to spare. Varying levels of difficulty and a hint token system mean that Puzzler World will challenge and tease, but only be as frustrating as you want it to be!

Minimum system requirements call for any Intel-based Mac with at least 512MB RAM, 100MB hard drive space, 128MB or better graphics card, DVD drive, and Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later.
Puzzler World will retail in North America for US $24.95, £14.95 (inc. VAT) in the UK and €19.95 (inc. VAT) throughout Europe. It’s available to pre-order now.

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Mahjong In Poculis Version 4.0 Released
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In Poculis has announced the release of version 4.0 of its free solitaire game, Mahjong In Poculis. The update includes 180 new layouts and a new presentation. The memory game challenges players to find and remove identical tiles from the borders of a stack, eventually finding the proper combination of removal to clear the board. Mahjong In Poculis features 300 layouts and 6 scenarios.

"We tried all the Mahjong games we could to extract our prefered features" said Bernard Lerat, co-founder of In Poculis. "However it was not enough. We wanted to add something really new to the gameplay and decided to change the scoring by the use of combos. You always have to select identical tiles but you have to evaluate many possibities to be sure to create straights or four of a kind"

Perfect for mahjong lovers or those who simply enjoy challenging memorization, Mahjong In Poculis is a memory game where players have to select identical tiles to make them disappear. The main constraint is that they have to be on the layout's borders. All of the Mahjong pieces must be cleared, but it takes some discipline, strategy, and a little bit of luck to win the 5 medals of each scenario.

Commonly called Shanghai games, Mahjong In Poculis features 300 layouts and 6 fun scenarios, including Christmas, Halloween, Asian, Easter, Wonderland and Future. Each one has its own 50 layouts, graphics, musics, sound effects as well as an easy-to-read statistics panel where scores from scenarios' layouts can be quickly observed. To get users started, a 5 step, in-game tutorial is displayed on first launch. Players may also post their scores and photo on the game's website.

Among Mahjong In Poculis' most prominent features is its combo feature to gain more points. Other than beating a particular time for clearing the board, players earn points with combos such as four of a kind (two identical pairs) or straights. If the player can no longer match a pair, the game board automatically reshuffles the tiles.

Feature Highlights:
* Child, Standard and Expert Mode
* Christmas, Halloween, Asian, Easter, Wonderland and Future scenarios
* 300 Layouts
* 150 Hours to finish the game in expert mode
* Built-in 5 step, in-game Tutorial
* Post Scores and Photo on In Poculis's website

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Back To The Future Episode 1 Reviewed
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Macworld has posted a new review of It's About Time, the first episode in Telltale Games' Back to the Future episodic adventure series. Based on the classic films, the game is the first of several titles to arrive as part of a deal with NBC Universal. Macworld gave the game a score of 3 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

The majority of the game’s puzzles are not brain busters—-Doc talks you completely through a couple of them, which isn’t exactly exciting. Though many of the game’s puzzles aren’t really puzzles— just problems you have to solve using step-by-step instructions— they can be creative. In one game situation, you have to help a young Emmett Brown create rocket fuel. While you’re helping the young Brown in his lab, his father calls for him from a nearby hallway. Emmett goes to his father, and gets into an argument with him. Unfortunately, the ingredients to the fuel must be mixed in a timely manner, or else it won’t work. So, Emmett uses double entendres in his arguments with his father to give you hints on how to finish the fuel. I find the entendres especially creative, and I can tell that the developers put a lot of time into coming up with Emmett’ speech.

Overall, the game’s nostalgia factor is off the charts and its reverence for the trilogy is its strongest asset. The game’s environments are perfect recreations of the ones seen in the movies. Doc’s laboratory has all the equipment in it that you would want to see, from his imperfect model of Hill Valley, to his Rube Goldberg dog feeding machine, to the his stellar amplifier. The game’s programmers must have paused the movies a thousand times to get all the details of the lab right.
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Macworld: Back To The Future Episode 1 Review
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Zul'Gurub And Zul'Aman Dungeons Revamped In New WoW Patch
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Blizzard Entertainment has released the patch notes for the upcoming 4.1 patch for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. The first major content patch since the release of the expansion will include the return of the Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman dungeons as level 85 challenges.

The Gurubashi Tribe Persists
Originally a 20-player dungeon released in patch 1.7, Zul'Gurub will once again open its gates, featuring updated lore, all-new encounters, achievements, and improved loot! Zul'Gurub is now a level-85 five-player Heroic difficulty dungeon. To provide a new tier above the current Cataclysm dungeons, players can expect to find epic-quality item level 353 loot. The minimum average item level to enter this Heroic dungeon is 346.

The Return of Zul'Aman
Ever a player favorite, the level-70 ten-player dungeon of Zul'Aman is being reintroduced as a level-85 Heroic five-player dungeon. Zul'Aman will join Zul'Gurub in a new Dungeon Finder tier of Heroic dungeons, providing epic-quality item level 353 loot. The minimum average item level to enter this Heroic dungeon is also 346. While Zul'Aman will be more of a throwback to the original dungeon featuring many of the same encounters, players can expect to find some updated gameplay mechanics, as well as new environment textures and lighting.

With the Zuls returning, you may be wondering about the unique mounts that were once contained therein. We're pleased to announce that new versions of the rare raptor, tiger, and bear mounts will be available, while the old versions of these mounts will remain unique to those who already have them. We'll reveal more about how these updated mounts can be obtained in the future.

Check out the page below to learn more.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, February 24, 2011

City Of Heroes: Animal Pack Now Available6:00 AM
IMG Review RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum6:00 AM
Two Worlds II Coming Soon To MGS6:00 AM
Wakfu Previewed6:00 AM
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