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Europa Universalis IV: Art Of War Released
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Paradox Interactive recently released Europa Universalis IV: Art of War, a new expansion for the historical strategy game Europa Universalis IV. Art of War takes places during the 30 Years War period and offers a broad selection of updates and features for Europa Universalis IV including "the most detailed and historically accurate map in Paradoxís strategic titles to date."

"Sun Tzu said that it is best to win without fighting at all, but if one must fight, preparation is the key to victory," says Martin Anward, lead designer on Art of War.

"With over nine hundred new provinces, over a hundred new nations and the addition of major religious wars that ravage a continent, preparation will be essential in the Art of War if you hope to guide your nation through four centuries of expanded, enriched gameplay and emerge as one of the winners of history."

Paradox Development Studios ups the stakes with the latest and third expansion from Europa Universalis IV Ė The Art of War. Centered on the 30 Years War and bubbling political instability between church and state, this expansion features improved gameplay mechanics thatís puts warfare at the forefront of your quest for domination and triumph.

Improved naval combat and full army control means the course of victory rests solely on your shoulders. Will you choose to triumph alone or rely on the combat strengths of your allies? Your decision will decide if your empire lasts through the ages.


  • 30 years War: Unique mechanics and events for the religious conflict that ravaged Europe.
  • Napoleonic Era: Fight for or against the revolution and create entirely new custom client countries on the map from your conquests.
  • Fighting on land or at sea: You can now sortie from sieges, transfer occupation to allies and give objectives to your subjects and allies. Entire Fleets can now be upgraded with one click, you can now mothball fleets to avoid paying maintenance, and your fleets can be set to automatically transport armies.
  • Marches: Turn your vessels into bulwarks against your enemies, getting less tax but strengthening their defenses.
  • Improved Diplomacy: Sell Surplus Ships, Fight for your subjects CB, Declare War in Support of Rebel factions in other countries and new peace options.
  • Gameplay Enhancements: Build entire armies in one click and abandon cores that you no longer wish to support.
  • Free Features for the accompanying patch: Completely new rebel mechanic, local autonomy on province level, new cardinal system for Catholics, new reformation mechanics and a new look map.
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • 2 GHz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 2 GB HD Space
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Video:
    • AMD Radeon HD 6750M
    • NVIDIA GeForce 320M
    • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Requires Europa Universalis IV to play
  • Requires Steam and a Steam Account to play
Europa Universalis IV: Art of War is available now for $19.99 (USD).

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Thomas Was Alone At Mac Game Store
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Thomas Was Alone is now available for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The indie 2D platformer challenges players to guide a group of rectangles through a series of obstacles using each rectangle's unique skills to traverse the levels. Thomas Was Alone tells the story of the world's first sentient AIs and how they worked together to emerge.

Thomas Was Alone, and then, Well, he Wasn't.

Thomas Was Alone is an indie minimalist 2D platformer about friendship and jumping and floating and anti-gravity. Guide a group of rectangles through a series of obstacles, using their different skills together to get to the end of each environment.

Listen to awesome music by David Housden. Jump over rectangles meticulously placed by Mike Bithell. Listen to voiceover read wistfully and a bit amusingly by Danny Wallace.

Thomas Was Alone tells the story of the world's first sentient AIs, and how they worked together to, well, not escape: Escape is a strong word. 'Emerge' might be better. 'Emerge' has an air of importance about it, while keeping the myriad plot twists and superhero origin stories you'll discover under wraps. We didn't even mention the bouncing. That'd be overkill.


  • Beat 100 levels, and uncover the story of the AIs.
  • Utilize the unique skills of 10+ characters.
  • Immerse yourself in David Housden's critically acclaimed procedural score.
  • Chuckle along to Danny Wallace's narration.
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • 1 GHz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 400 MB HD Space
Thomas Was Alone is available now for $9.99 (USD).

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IMG Reviews Tomb Raider
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Inside Mac Games' Ted Bade has posted a new review of Tomb Raider from Feral Interactive. Developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix for PC and consoles, Tomb Raider is the series reboot that tells the story of how a young woman becomes the extraordinary Lara Croft, Tomb Raider.

Here's an excerpt:

All of this makes this edition of Tomb Raider significantly more fun then previous versions I have played. This is not to say that the previous versions werenít fun, they were, but at times they could be tedious and frankly frustrating. Instead of Tomb Raider being a motion puzzle game with a vague story intertwined in the play, this version is a complex and in-depth adventure story with some fun as well as challenging motion puzzles thrown in. There are plenty of battles, a huge island to explore, and a variety of items to find (some historical and some necessary to enhance the abilities of Lara and her equipment). Essentially, a really top notch adventure game.
Read more at the link below.

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Crossing Over: Gothic
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted the latest article in Justin Ancheta's continuing series of guides. The articles offer detailed instructions for running Windows versions of game titles which either never made it to Macs, or have Mac versions incompatible with recent OS releases. This time Justin turned his attention to Piranha Bytes' Gothic.

Here's an excerpt:

This isn't an RPG where you can blindly rush into a battle, click 100,000,000 times on your mouse and expect to win. Patience, timing, and tactics are the key to winning; if let your guard down even at the beginning, or rush blindly into combat, you can easily expect to get your behind handed to you by even the lowliest of enemies. Being smart about combat is the key to surviving and winning encounters: that means drawing enemies away from large groups so you can engage them one-on-one, rushing them from behind to get that critical first strike, or timing your sidesteps to evade their attacks. When the NPCs strongly caution you about fighting early on, they're not joking, and when you start to engage enemies it becomes very clear that their advice isnít just window dressing for casual players. Even for more experienced players, the combat can prove to be frustrating, as you find your attacks failing to hit, as your enemy deftly jumps out of your way to flank you with a vicious counter attack. After encounters where even a juvenile oversized chicken can kill you, you'd be forgiven if you were sent more than once into a fit of keyboard-pounding frustration.
Read the full article at the link below.

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Simulation Week Under Way At Mac Game Store
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It's Simulation Week at Mac Game Store and eager shoppers can save up to 75% on a variety of game titles. The popular titles on offer include Trainz Simulator, Tropico 5, The Sims 2 Super Collection, and Sid Meier's Railroads!

Check out all the great deals at the links below.

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Mac Games News for Monday, November 3, 2014

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Combat Mission: Battle For Normandy Vehicle Pack Rolls Out6:00 AM
Democracy 3: Clones & Drones Adds Futuristic Obstacles6:00 AM
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