Hosts Omaha Sternberg and Rob Benson talk about three big name games that have come to the Mac. Also, despite the rumors, Valve really is NOT for sale. Plus, much more!
Transgaming has released the latest Mac version of the Her Interactive Nancy Drew Mystery game series. Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen for the Mac is available for digital download from the GameTree Mac site now for $19.99. This adventure game has you assuming the role of Nancy Drew as she seeks to uncover the secrets behind suspicious accidents at a university dig that have made some exciting discoveries. Are the accidents part of a curse, or is someone sabotaging the dig?
Transgaming released The Darkness II for the Mac, the most recent 2K Games title to get onto the Apple platform, and yesterday announced a sale for the game for a limited time. Darkness II has already hit #6 in the Top Grossing list on the Mac App Store despite only being out in the market space for less than two weeks. And now you can grab this unique title for just $29.99.
If you’re a fan of the old 60′s and 70′s car chase shows, then you’ll probably want to grab a hold of Driver San Francisco Deluxe Edition for the Mac. Released by GameTreeMac this week, this is the latest in the Driver action driving game series by Ubisoft that let’s you race around San Francisco as though you were truly Starsky and Hutch. And if you don’t know who they are, you better get ready to start trudging up that hill both ways to school, boy!
You never really expect to do a Mafia hit with four demon arms, but we guess that’s what happens when you go fooling around with the powers of hell. And very soon, Mac gamers will know what Jackie Estacado knows…the best place to be is in the shadows to use The Darkness II. Bwahahahaha!!! (cough, cough)
Transgaming has announced The Darkness II will be available for the Mac sometime in the next two weeks. The game continues the story of Jackie Estacado, New York crime boss and wielder of an ancient and brutal force of chaos and destruction known as the Darkness. Seems the Darkness isn’t content to stay put after the death of the murderer of Jackie’s girlfriend. The mysterious Brotherhood suddenly attacks, starting a full-scale war…and worse.
The Darkness II takes first-person shooters to a new level by introducing Quad-Wielding combat, a unique method of play in which you can slash, grab, and throw objects and enemies with your Demon Arms while firing weapons at the same time. Oh, didn’t we mention the Demon Arms? Our bad. The game also includes four person co-op gameplay as well as the single-player campaign.
The Darkness II was inspired by the popular comic book series produced by Top Cow Productions, Inc, with a twisted and gripping narrative of tragedy, modern crime drama, and supernatural horror. Transgaming stated that the game will be available “soon” on GameTreeMac and on Steam, but the GameTreeMac website states March.
This is the first The Darkness title to come to the Mac, and represents an expansion of the relationship between Transgaming and 2K. Excited, we took a look at the 2K site to figure out what game might be coming next to the Mac via this relationship. We were astounded to find that there is not a single 2K game that has not come out for the Mac in the past 3 years that ISN’T STILL IN DEVELOPMENT! Which leads us to wonder which of the four games that are in development might we see next from 2K Games…so we created a poll for you to vote in. Let us know which one you want to see.
Today Omaha reviews the iOS games Guardians: The Last Days of the Citadel by A-Tono and Kula Blox by Transgaming.
Transgaming has announced pre-orders for the Mac version of The Sims 3 Pets on their GameTreeMac site for $39.99. With The Sims 3 Pets you can create any kind of pets you like, from the fierce guard dogs to destructive kittens, from trusty horses to, well, who knows just how far you can go. Snakes…snakes on a…no, we won’t say it. There’s gotta be a Sims 3 Aviation out there somewhere.
You can determine not only their looks, but their personality traits as well. A variety of new activities and social interactions let you take control of these pets and experience the world from their perspective.
Ordering right now also includes a bonus. For a limited time, pre-ordering The Sims Pets will net you an exclusive pet store venue (or one you created on your own). With the Limited Edition you can also give your Sims a new place to meet up with other Sims and their pets, and get unique objects only available in the pet store.
Also for a limited time, GameTreeMac is running a sale on The Sims 3 for $29.99. With The Sims 3 Pets expansion, you can pick up the whole lot for under $70.
Transgaming showed off Kula Blox at Casual Connect 2011 and we got an opportunity to play it before it was released. Today it sees the light of commercial dawn for iPhone/iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, PC, and GameTree TV, Transgaming’s gaming for television platform. Kula Blox is a vertical platformer wherein you play an animal seeking your prey. You get bigger as you eat, but you have the added dimension of having to avoid the predators that would eat you. Gather powerups and upgrade your animal’s abilities as you play along. The game is definitely an all-ages thing and we found it quite a lot of fun for the short time we tried it out. It’s available on iPhone for $0.99 and iPad for $1.99.
Some of you may remember King of Dragon Pass. This game was a turn-based strategy game with RPG elements, and won the Best Visual Arts Award at the 2nd IGF. You can’t play it on your Mac anymore…requires Classic to do it. However, A-Sharp decided to solve that conundrum by bringing King of Dragon Pass to the iOS instead. Take your clan to preeminence by battling other clans and foreign elements in the world of Glorantha (also the setting for RuneQuest and HeroQuest). The UI has been reworked for the iPhone, the least interesting gameplay elements dropped, and more story added. The game was originally intended to be 40+ hours, so don’t think you’ll be playing this game while waiting to buy stamps! That’s why the game isn’t scrapping the bottom of the barrel for price either…$9.99 for this one.
Defen-G Astro by innodis is an action strategy game. The screens look nice, but the trailer really gives a sense of the gameplay which is much more intriguing. However, if one were to go by the comments of those on iTunes, the biggest complaint seems to be that the AI hits its peak quickly, and the game bores after that. Whatever the case, the game certainly has some interesting gameplay elements, and fast action. Defen-G Astro costs $2.99, but does include a $4.99 in-app purchase for the “Total Package”. So the whole game would be $7.98…a bit steep in our minds.
Riot Games has made an official announcement canceling the Mac beta for League of Legends, according to a post on Inside Mac Games.
League of Legends is a session-based fighting game with no persistent world to explore. Combat occurs in the Fields of Justice, where you can choose from a variety of Summoners to do combat with. In May of 2010, Riot Games announced a collaboration with Transgaming to bring the game to the Mac.
However, since that time they have found that creating parity between the PC and Mac under very short update cycles to be more difficult than they thought. From the post:
Over the past 13 months we have been working with another company on a Mac version of LoL. We have been silent because both companies have been exploring every possible avenue to ensure the Mac version is up to Riot standards. So far we have been unable to ensure a consistent quality bar across platforms. At the heart of the issue is our rapid update cycle, where we make regular balance changes and content updates. We currently develop on the PC, but since the plan was for the Mac to share servers, we believed that a Mac version that was frequently unavailable was not up to Riot standards. For that reason we have severely limited the number of participants in Mac testing.
The beta has shut down as of September 6th, and those who participated in the beta program and purchased products from the store were able to request a refund. You can read the post for more details.
To be honest, we are not all that surprised about this. When we were at PAX, we asked the folks at the Riot Games booth about the progress of the Mac client. The response we got were “deer in the headlights” looks. None of them knew what we were talking about. One of the head marketers stated they would get back to us. Now we know why they didn’t.