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IMG Reviews Fairway Collector's Edition
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of Fairway Collector's Edition from Big Fish Games. The sequel to Fairway Solitaire features a combination of solitaire card and golf game mechanics, and includes a large variety of courses.

Here's an excerpt:

Unexpectedly enough, Fairway actually has a ‘storyline’ of sorts. That’s to say, the levels of the game are punctuated by cartoon movies of Gutsy McDivot, a nefarious gopher on a constant quest to make life difficult for the hapless golfer. The gopher is at war with the player, and is working to create some kind of anti-golfer doomsday weapon called The Golfinator. Of course, as with all cartoon villains, things always go wrong in amusing fashion, so there’s nothing to worry about really. McDivot isn’t restricted to the inter-level story scenes, though; he’s well integrated into the game itself. Sometimes he pops up on the course, and you can earn a little money, if you’re quick enough, by clicking him, Whack-a-Mole style. He pops up quite often in the Wild Shot minigames (of which more anon), and he even occasionally interferes with the in-game commentators (again, of which more anon). Although the gopher is an extraneous element that could have spoilt the game by being an intrusive irritation, McDivot manages to be entertaining rather than annoying… most of the time, at least!
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IMG Review: Fairway Collector's Edition
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IMG Reviews Planets Under Attack
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of TopWare Interactive's Planets Under Attack. The space-faring strategy game gives players the chance to wage interplanetary war against computer AI or human opponents. Planets Under Attack features a single player campaign with 32 missions, 18 Skirmish and online multiplayer levels, 3 difficulty levels, and a variety of gameplay modes.

Here's an excerpt:

It's the same old numbers game from the early ages of gaming, only with travel time and upgrades. You have a series of planets, each with a corresponding upgrade level, and you send troops from a planet you control to capture them. These troops regenerate at a speed determined by the levels of your planets. When the objective for the level is met or all enemies are dead, you win. You also have special planet types you can capture like those with guns to shoot spaceships out of the air, money planets that increase how many troops you can attack with over time, and a couple others. In the end, all you do is send troops to capture early, defend your troop generation advantage, and overwhelm the computer in the long term.
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IMG Review: Planets Under Attack
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IMG Reviews Sid Meier's Railroads!
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of Feral Interactive's Sid Meier’s Railroads!, the re-imagining of the legendary Railroad Tycoon. Developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K Games for PC, Sid Meier’s Railroads! comes to the Mac for the first time under the Feral Legends label.

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It comes with a variety of scenarios and includes multiplayer LAN and through GameRanger. Each scenario can be played with one of three ending times, with different goals for each time. You can also select the number of AI opponents (which are pretty good) and the level of difficult in train routing (how quickly the pass one another, as discussed above). You can also randomize the location of cities and geography in each scenario, further enhancing the possibilities. In this sense, SMRR provides a good amount of gameplay at a reasonable price.

The game comes with a pdf manual that in addition to covering gameplay goes into great details on the history of the railroads, specific engines, the AI players in the game (based on real people) as well as additional details on each scenario, industries in the games and game economics. It's nice to see this much attention being given to something that doesn't even exist anymore in many lesser games.

The less interested you are in a realistic experience, or one similar to the experience playing the original series, the more you’ll probably get out of this game. In an era of first person shooters and simulations that are either The Sims or something with more limited gameplay options, SMRR is a return to what may someday been seen as the golden age of simulations in the early/mid-1990s where challenging and open-ended gameplay could be found in many places.

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IMG Review: Sid Meier's Railroads!
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Elite: Dangerous Kickstarter Adds Mac Stretch Goal
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Only a few days remain in Frontier Developments' Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for the development of Elite: Dangerous, a new entry in the classic Elite space action series. The development team recently announced that if a £1.4M stretch goal is reached they will commit to bringing the game to Mac users as well.

Our galaxy. Its an awe inspiring, beautiful, vast place; with billions of star systems, planets, moons and asteroid fields just waiting to be explored, and exploited. The triumverate superpowers of the Empire, Federation and Independents dominate their core system volumes and constantly skirmish to outmaneouver one another on their frontiers. Outside their influence, in the vast majority of the galaxy, anarchy reigns supreme and spectacular discoveries await the bold.

Its dog-eat-dog out there – you need to keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

Whether you want to trade for profit between systems, take part in multiplayer co-op mission alliances, free-for-all group battles and team raids to bring down planetary economies, even tip the balance of power in the galaxy (for your own advantage, of course..), or simply explore the wonders of the galaxy (and who knows what you’ll find out there..) is up to you.

Your second-to-second actions could have you taking the roles of trader, pirate, bounty hunter, leader, team player, opportunistic assassin, grand schemer, and more. You are at the centre of the action any time, any place and any way you choose – each action has a consequence, and influences the galaxy around you.

Starting with a few credits and a basic starship, carve your own path through the richest, largest gaming sandbox ever created, set against a backdrop of raw anarchy, galactic powerplays and intrigue. Do whatever it takes to upgrade your ship’s hull, engines, weapons, defences, cargo hold; constantly improve your capabilities and influence on your journey towards the most coveted rank in the history of gaming - ‘Elite’.

Fight, trade, hunt your way across a giant galaxy of billions of star systems, starting with a basic starship and a few credits. You can make money from trading goods between the many star systems, by destroying pirate ships (and collecting bounty), or even by attacking traders and collecting their cargo (which in turn will get a bounty on your head!). There will be missions too, and exploration. Most people will do some combination of these things. Upgrade your ship and specialise in one activity - have a trader with a huge cargo bay, or use the space for weapons and maneuverability.

Real Freedom - Go where you like, be what you like - pirate, bounty hunter, trader, assassin, or some mix of all of these.

Trade - Buy low, cross dangerous space lanes, evade or destroy pirates en route, then sell high, if you make the journey!

Fight - Take on the pirates or be one yourself

Progress - Get your pilot rating all the way from "Harmless" to "Elite"

Explore - Head out to the far reaches of space and discover amazing sights

And the best part - you can do all this online with your friends, or other "Elite" pilots like yourself, or even alone. The choice is yours...

In "Elite: Dangerous" you fly a spaceship using a first person from-the-cockpit view, building on the elements from the previous games, with sumptious graphics enabled by the performance of modern PCs - all made possible using procedural techniques (see video on 'Procedural Generation' below).

Learn more about the project at the link below.

Elite: Dangerous Kickstarter

Mac Games News for Tuesday, January 1, 2013

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