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Avadon: The Black Fortress Now Available
3:36 PM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software has announced the release of its latest epic RPG, Avadon: The Black Fortress. The first chapter of a new saga, the game puts players in the role of a spy and warrior tasked to defend the homeland from its many enemies. The game features four different character classes, dozens of sidequests, hundreds of items to discover, and many different possible endings.

The Story:

You are a servant of Avadon. The Black Fortress. Your job is to protect the Pact, five nations that have banded together in a fragile alliance. The purpose of the Pact: To hold back the waves of invaders that seek to destroy you.

Outside the lands of the Pact, there are limitless threats. Barbarians. Fading, jealous empires. Titans and unspeakable horrors. The warriors and spies of Avadon are charged to keep them at bay, weak and divided. You fight in the shadows, rooting out small threats before they have the chance to grow. Your resources are unlimited, and your word is law.

But a dark time is coming. Assassins are killing Avadon's warriors, and a hidden enemy plots to unite all of your homeland's foes. If you cannot discover and destroy this conspiracy, and soon, your people face total destruction. But beware. The defenders of Avadon are being picked off, one by one, and you are the next target.


  • Epic fantasy role-playing adventure in an enormous and unique world.
  • Four different character classes, with dozens of unique spells and abilities.
  • Uncover the fascinating history of Avadon and the land of Lynaeus.
  • Many different endings. Your choices will change the world.
  • Dozens of side quests, hidden dungeons, and secrets to discover.
  • Hundreds of magical items to find. Use powerful crystals to make your artifacts even more powerful.
  • Huge adventure with lots of replay value.
System Requirements:
  • Macintosh running System 10.4 or later
  • 800 MhZ processor. Minimum 1.6 GhZ processor recommended.
  • Video card or processor with OpenGL support and 32 MB video RAM (64 MB recommended).
  • 512 MB RAM, and 200 MB hard disk space.
  • 1024x600 screen resolution with 32 bit color.
  • Avadon will run natively on Intel Macintoshes.
Avadon: The Black Fortress costs $25. A large demo is also available. Head over to the site below to learn more.

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Inside Mac Games Previews Dragon Age 2
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a new preview of Bioware's Dragon Age 2. Coming to Mac gamers courtesy of TransGaming's Cider Portability Engine, the game puts players in the role of the legendary Hawke and gives them the chance to control the story of the champion's rise to power.

From the preview:

Combat is fast and fluid, the smooth animations making for a pleasing fight. The tutorial tips suggest I play around with my abilities. I press a button and the nearest three Darkspawn explode in gallons of blood and bone as Hawke performs a mighty sweep of his sword. Whoa. The mantra "fight like a Spartan" certainly seems to be well at work here. I cackled to myself as I tried out Hawke's other skills, which included a variety of group-slicing actions, stuns and power blows which allowed me to dice up whole groups of enemies within seconds. A useful Taunt skill also kept the fight focused on me, which allowed my Mage sister to remain unharmed.

Trying out this section as Mage Hawke was truly amazing, as the power of a high level mage is awesome to behold. Shards of ice fly through the air to pierce and freeze everyone in front of you and fireballs rain from the heavens to explode upon your enemies with devastating effect. Even default attacks were impressive as your character whips a staff around in a flurry of fantastic blows, bolts of magic flying into the melee. The Rogue class was equally impressive, displaying a mastery of acrobatics and knives, quickly eliminating individual foes with back-stabs, and stunning larger groups with smoke bombs.
Read the full preview at the link below.

IMG Preview: Dragon Age 2
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Valve Reveals The "Big Picture"
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Valve Software recently revealed plans for a new "big picture" mode of its Steam service, which will offer controller support and navigation designed for television interaction. Big picture mode will enable gamers to use their Steam games on any TV or computer display.

"Our partners and customers have asked us to make Steam available in more places. With the introduction of Steam on the Mac, and soon in Portal 2 on the PS3T, we've done just that," said Doug Lombardi, VP of marketing for Valve. "With big picture mode, gaming opportunities for Steam partners and customers become possible via PCs and Macs on any TV or computer display in the house."

Details regarding big picture mode are among the highlights Valve plans to share with developers and publishers in its partner meetings during GDC this week in San Francisco, Ca.
Learn more about Valve and its products at the link below.

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A Valley Without Wind: Multiplayer, World Map, Regions
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Arcen Games has revealed some more information about its upcoming game, A Valley Without Wind. The latest blog update features information about plans for the game's multiplayer options, world map, updates include a new blog about the game's multiplayer, server support, world map, regions, and windstorms.

That's right, multiplayer is coming to AVWW through the support of servers. The plan is for mainly co-op play, but there's room for PvP content if the server administrator wants to allow it. Hosts will be able to launch the game server on any computer, and then other players can connect to it (including the computer running the server, if you wish). At the moment there's no explicit limits on the number of players per server, but a game should be able to run smoothly with up to 16 players depending on the players' and admin's hardware and connections.

Also introduced this week is the World Map. Each tile on the map represents a "region" consisting of one big outdoors area with a variety of buildings, caves, tunnels, and so on leading down into the earth or up into the sky. Windstorm events occur occasionally as players make their way across the map, sweeping them into the region they're standing on, and forcing them to deal with inclement weather and more, stronger monsters than typically dealt with until all characters have escaped from that region. This results in adding more risk to traveling and exploring, particularly in parts of the world map with higher levels.

New region development is on display as well. Currently seven different regions have been created and there will be many, many types in the game as it moves toward version 1.0, with hopes of having around 20+ in place by the start of alpha. Arcen's own Chris Park goes into full detail on everything mentioned above and more in the game's latest dev diary:
Check out the links below for more information.

AVWW Development Blog: Multiplayer, World Map, Regions
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The Secret Of Monkey Island: Special Edition Comes To MGS
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story recently added Aspyr Media's The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition to its lineup of game options. The game is a "reimagining" of the original 1990 title, updated with contemporary art, remastered music, full voiceover, and a new hint system.

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition faithfully re-imagines the internationally-acclaimed classic game (originally released in 1990) for original and new audiences alike. The game is brought into the modern era with an all new re-imagined contemporary art style, a re-mastered musical score, full voiceover, and an in-depth hint system to help players through the games side-splitting puzzles. Purists will also delight in the ability to seamlessly switch between the updated hand-drawn re-imagining and the original classic version.

The game's twisty plot leads our naive hero on a hilarious, swash-buckling search for the fabled secret of Monkey Island. Tales of pirate wealth lure him to the port of Mle with high hopes, no money, and insatiable curiosity. If clever enough, he will win the confidence of Mle's pirates and find himself blown by the winds of fate toward the terrifying and legendary Monkey Island -- an adventure that would chill the bones of even the most bloodthirsty buccaneer.

  • Go on a daring adventure in your attempt to become the most infamous pirate in the Caribbean
  • Win the heart of the beautiful governor, Elaine Marley
  • Along the way, confront the evil ghost pirate, LeChuck
  • All new re-imagined contemporary art style, hand-drawn to feature animation quality
  • Re-mastered music score presented in full orchestrated detail
  • Complete voice over using the original Monkey Island franchise cast brings the story and characters of the original adventures to life like never before
  • Scene-for-scene hot swap allows for seamless transition between special edition and classic modes anywhere and at any time
  • All new intuitive game interface and controls provide a more interactive gameplay experience
  • In-game puzzle hint system keeps the puzzles fresh and fun
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • Processor: Intel chipset
  • CPU Speed: 1.8 GHz or faster
  • Memory: 512 MB or higher
  • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB free disk space
  • Video Card (ATI): X1600
  • Video Card (NVidia): GeForce 7300
  • Video Memory (VRam): 128 MB
    NOTICE: Intel integrated video chipsets are not supported.
    NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)
    NOTICE: Apple original CPUs only, CPU upgrades not supported.
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is available now for $9.99 (USD). Follow the links below to learn more.

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The Secret Of Monkey Island: Special Edition
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Mac Games News for Monday, February 28, 2011

Castle Vox Update Adds Full Screen Mode6:00 AM
IMG Reviews Trine6:00 AM
New Din's Curse Demo Available6:00 AM
Planet Stronghold Released6:00 AM
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