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macOS New App Release – Once upon a Dungeon 1.9

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Product Announcements Koto Games of Rzeszów, Podkarpackie is pleased to announce the anniversary edition of Once upon a Dungeon 1.9 for macOS and Windows, a roguelike game with a dense atmosphere and challenging gameplay. Explore dark dungeons full of dreadful foes. Defeat them using physical power or mighty spells. Meet Slavic gods, discover how to awake them and unleash their power. Craft magic items, collect unique ones, enhance your attributes and face the main antagonist – Fallen One.

The most important features of the game include:

  • Turn Based – each entity in the game level performs its move one after another
  • Procedurally generated – each time you play the game, the layout of dungeons will be slightly different. Loot collected from monsters, as well as chests, will also be random
  • Hack oriented – the goal is to kill monsters and find powerful treasures in order to kill stronger ones and then repeat the process
  • Classic quests such as cleaning up an old cemetery, and game specific ones like defeating the Wawel Dragon
  • Permanent death – it’s an optional feature

If you played it on its release date, new features shall make it worth a second look. If you did not, and you enjoy old school dungeon crawlers, you might give it a try – especially if it’s going to be part of an anniversary sale Jan 19-21, 2019. It can be purchased through Steam.

macOS New App Release – Solid Aether

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Product Announcements FAL Works of Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa has released a Mac version of their shoot ’em up game “Solid Aether.” Solid Aether is a bullet hell shoot ’em up game that is extremely simple designed. It is a classic 2D shooter game featuring a variety of bullet patterns that are generated continuously in a stylish black and white world. Players will feel refreshed by dodging bullets and destroying enemies while enjoying various beautiful bullet patterns and the ambiance in this abstract world.

“My motivation was to focus on one aesthetic aspect of bullet hell, which lies between simplicity and complexity, order and chaos, concreteness and abstraction,” said the game designer FAL. “I believe that bullet patterns in shoot ’em up games are exactly a kind of generative art. I tried to focus on the art of bullet patterns in this game, and this is also why I chose a minimalist design. I hope you enjoy how various patterns can emerge from this minimal world.”

Features:

  • Minimalist and abstract art: The visual is artistically designed, based on black and white and using only rectangular-shaped elements, which offers an unique and comfortable gameplay
  • Variety of bullet patterns: Consisting of countless bullets, the patterns will be deployed one after another
  • Four unique levels: Each level is characterized by its own music and tendency of bullet patterns
  • Extremely simple game mechanics: No bombs. No power-ups. No items. Just dodge and shoot
  • Newbie friendly: You can easily recover from mistakes by destroying enemies and receiving extra lives, which lets you enjoy the game even if you aren’t familiar with shmups

System Requirements: Mac OS and Windows

Pricing and Availability:
Solid Aether is $6.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and now available on Steam and itch.io. It will also be ported to iOS and Android in the near future.

macOS New App Release – Book of Demons

Product Announcements Thing Trunk of Warsaw, Poland, the studio behind the unique deck-building, papercraft hack & slash, Book of Demons, just announced that the game is now playable on Mac computers. Together with Windows, both versions are now ready for download on Steam. To celebrate this, an updated trailer with new footage from the game has been released.

Book of Demons is currently in its last months of Early Access, with the final release expected to happen before the end of the year. Mac support is one of the last milestones on Thing Trunk’s roadmap, just before the planned announcement of the definitive release date.

Just like on Windows, Mac version is fully integrated with multiple Steamworks features, such as Stats, Achievements, Leaderboards and full Steam Controller support. Saved games can be moved between the platforms via Steam Cloud. For those who need an introduction to Book of Demons, the video “Book of Demons explained in 2 minutes” is an excellent start.

Book of Demons is a single-player, dark fantasy hack & slash, set in a paper world, where players fight the Archdemon’s army of darkness with magical cards instead of weapons. With the added support for the new platform, Mac gamers can now experience all of the signature features that Windows gamers have loved about Book of Demons:

  • Flexiscope system to adjust quest length to your liking
  • Papercraft visual art-style
  • Unique card based hack & slash mechanics

Thing Trunk launched Book of Demons on Steam Early Access in July 2016 to very positive reviews and has since continued to support the game and its community with ongoing updates and bug fixes. This allowed the game to reach and hold a very positive overall review rating. A free demo of Book of Demons is available for Mac and PC on Steam.

Book of Demons is part of Thing Trunk’s Return 2 Games series, which focuses on creating memorable and engaging titles inspired by the early days of PC gaming. Fans of the series can support Thing Trunk’s future development by purchasing the R2G Supporter’s Pack DLC on Steam.

Book of Demons Minimum Requirements:

  • Mac OS X Version 10.12 or higher
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Open GL 3.3 Compliant
  • Storage: 1 GB available Hard Drive space

About Return 2 Games Series:
Return 2 Games is a series of original mid-core titles inspired by the golden days of desktop gaming. Thing Trunk’s plan is to build seven games in total, each unique in terms of genre and theme, but all sharing the same vision: to make deeply engaging experiences accessible.

Return 2 Games draws inspiration from the early days of desktop gaming when developers weren’t afraid to innovate, defined new genres, and created the most memorable experiences. Return 2 Games titles are designed to deeply engage in a matter of minutes. They explore powerful universal stories, like good versus evil, that are immediately familiar. Return 2 Games caters even to people who don’t play as much as they used to, who find casual games shallow and unengaging, and who can’t invest enough time into hardcore games to really enjoy them.

Do You Game on Your Mac?

If you are one of the many that plays games on your Mac, this resources may be just what you are looking for. MacGamerHQ is compiling a comprehensive database of popular games and how well they run on various Mac models. At the time I write this, they have tested 45 games with over 170 results to review.

This is a great resource if you are contemplating purchasing a game and want to know how well it will run on your Mac. See the entire list in “The Ultimate Gaming on a Mac guide: Can my Mac run it?“.

macOS New App Release – Swim Out

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Product Announcements – Lozange Lab of Metz, France has released Swim Out on the Mac App Store. The game has been featured by Apple, and was finalist for Ping and Tiga Awards. Check out the trailer on YouTube.

About the game:

Dive into the relaxing and refreshing atmosphere of Swim Out, a strategic, turn-based puzzle game, that will transport you into a sunny day by the swimming pool, the river or the sea. Plan each of your strokes wisely and be sure to never cross any other swimmer’s path if you want to peacefully enjoy the sea view on a cosy chaise-longue.

What the press already said:

“I am delighted by how unfamiliar a swimming experience this is to me” – Rock, Paper, Shotgun
“There are precious few things I appreciate more than a straightforward puzzle game with a strong commitment to its aesthetic, and Swim Out is exactly that” – Waypoint

“Swim Out is a perfect summertime game.” – Mac Stories

“If you’re a fan of puzzle games Swim Out is very likely for you. It’s attractive, intuitive, and fun.” – Touch Arcade

“Swim Out looks like the perfect tactical escape into a lush digital paradise” – Touch Arcade

Features:

  • Over 100 levels nestled in carefully crafted landscapes, soothed by the sound of seagulls, frogs or water splashes.
  • 7 chapters combining: 12 different types of swimmers : each with their own way of moving around, ranging from the simple breaststroke swimmers to the more complex divers or cheeky water-bombing kids. 12 different objects to interact with : buoys, fins, water guns, you can even ride a kayak! 6 disruptive environmental elements like waves, crabs or jellyfish that will give your brain a work out until you swim out!

System Requirements:

  • macOS High Sierra Compatible
  • 62.4 MB

Swim Out is just $4.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Games category.

macOS New App Release – Dungeons 3

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Product Announcements – Kalypso Media of Hamburg, Germany  has released the Gaming sequel Dungeons 3. It is out now worldwide on the Mac App Store.

The Dungeon Lord has returned once more, and this time is bringing all his dark forces together to offer gamers everywhere the biggest and best Dungeons experience yet. With a huge roster of units and rooms to build in your underground lair, co-op support for all game modes, re-worked overworld mechanics and a range of improvements to the multiplayer experience, Dungeons 3 has everything an evil heart could desire as Mac gamers begin ‘evilfying’ the sickeningly colourful and fluffy fantasy overworld.

To celebrate the release of Dungeons 3 and the Dungeon Lord’s inevitable victory over the forces of good, the busy Snots at Kalypso Media are pleased to reveal the game’s slap-happy launch trailer, fittingly dubbed “Classical Beats”, which they hope will encourage gamers everywhere to employ some casual violence towards their minions in their quest for infamy.

In Dungeons 3, the Dungeon Lord has successfully united the forces of evil and established the roots of his dark empire, leading him to the next step in his diabolical quest: expansion! Through enticing the dark elf priestess Thalya from the fluffy clutches of the surface world to become his chief lieutenant, the Dungeon Lord has found a way to direct his campaign of conquest from the confines of his underground lair. With Thalya on the front line, and the united forces of evil to support her, players will have to use every trick in the book to best those do-gooders of the overworld, once and for all!

Unleash your dark side by creating a unique underground dungeon from a huge array of rooms, traps and structures. Raise the most terrifying army the world has ever seen, by choosing from despicable creatures such as orcs, succubae, zombies and much, much more. Then, once you have built your forces, emerge from the darkness and guide your army to the light of the overworld, where you will corrupt the land and dispatch anything even vaguely heroic, cute or unicorn-shaped. And in a first for the Dungeons series, experience randomly generated levels, so that no two sessions are alike, never-ending fun for any evil conqueror!

Features:

  • The dungeon manager you’ve been waiting for: Dungeons 3 is the biggest, best, and evil-est dungeon sim yet, topped off with a fully reworked overworld RTS mode
  • Under new management: Command the united forces of evil under the guidance of new character Thalya and lead them to victory
  • Size does matter: Extensive single player campaign with 20 missions and more than 20 hours of playtime, randomly generated levels, a brand-new co-op mode for two players, more rooms, and more unique abilities
  • Speak no evil: The fan-favourite Dungeons narrator is back with his unmistakable voice, continuing the Dungeons legacy in the best way possible

Device Requirements:

  • OS X 10.11 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 3.63 GB

Dungeons 3 (1.1) is $39.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Games category.

macOS New App Release – Sudden Strike 4

Product Announcements – Following on from the successful launch of Sudden Strike 4 on Windows, Linux and PlayStation(R)4, Kalypso Media of Hamburg, Germany has released its new WW2 strategy title on the Mac App Store, marking the beloved strategy series’ debut on the platform.

Developed as a fully-fledged series entry and not a remake or reboot, Sudden Strike 4 sends you off on three extensive campaigns set amongst the battlefields of World War II. Commanding the British and American, German or Soviet armies, you will lead over 100 different units into battle, including the German Heinkel He111 bomber, the Russian T-34 tank, the British Hawker Typhoon fighter plane and even the notorious German Panzerkampfwagen VI “Tiger”.

In a first for the Sudden Strike series, you can now choose from one of nine individual commanders, such as George Patton or Bernard Montgomery, whose unique military doctrines unlock valuable command and combat abilities for your troops. Prove your tactical expertise in over 20 demanding single player scenarios, the challenge-focused skirmish mode, and the competitive multiplayer mode. A new reward system awards the player for clever play with skill points and bonus unlockable content.

Sudden Strike 4 offers countless ways to vanquish your opponents. Exploit the weak spots of tanks, set up an ambush, occupy buildings with infantry and snipers, out manoeuvre the enemy with clever positioning or unleash devastating air support. How you approach each mission is up to you!

Sudden Strike 4 is available now worldwide for Mac on the Mac App Store for $44.99 and Steam.

macOS New App Release – Asteroid: Space Defense 1.0

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Product Announcements – FreneticGamez of Limmared, Sweden  has released Asteroid : Space Defence 1.0, a classic space shooter for Mac OS X. The game challenges players to complete each wave by shooting down all the asteroids and other enemies and also try to collect the usefull stars you will need for upgrades of your ship. It’s easy at first, but after a few waves, even the best arcade player will be challenged.

Asteroid : Space Defence is a retro arcade shooter. The player uses the Keyboard / mouse or Gamepad to steer left & right and try to avoid and shoot down all the asteroids and other enemies while collecting power-ups and stars. With stars you buy new ships and upgrades which you’ll certainly need to stand a chance on later waves. The game consists of 80 waves. Gamers are faced with different asteroids size, dealing with shooting & chasing enemies, and more.

Features:

  • A simple to learn, yet challenging space shooter
  • Easy Controls
  • 80 challenging Waves
  • Various ships
  • Upgrades
  • Power-Ups
  • Gamepad support

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 4.2 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Asteroid : Space Defence 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Games category.

macOS New App Release – Demise of Nations 1.0.37

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Product Announcements – Noble Master Games of Tokyo, Japan has released Demise of Nations 1.0.37, a simultaneously executed turn-based grand strategy wargame. The game covers the rise of Rome till the fall of modern civilization. It’s a mix between Civilization and “Unity of Command” featuring deep game-play including diplomacy, research, building, trading and resource management.

A player commands his armies in one of the many ancient to modern countries including the Roman Empire, the Greeks, Carthage, Sparta, Britain and the United States. From Rome to Celtic nations, one creates his own warring experience, wages colossal wars solo, against the AI, or takes on gaming friends in multiplayer games. One can form alliances and fight co-op style with the AI and other players for ultimate victory. The game supports cross-platform multiplayer matches against players on Mac OS X, PC, Linux, iOS and Android.

Features:

  • Turn-Based Grand Strategy covering Ancient to Modern Times
  • 4X Strategy: eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate
  • Diplomacy, Research, Trading and City-Building
  • Maps including Ancient and Modern Europe, the Pacific or the world
  • 50+ unique troop types
  • Random Map Generator
  • Challenging AI for single player
  • Cross-platform multiplayer & hotseat including co-op games
  • Modding support with integrated map editor
  • High scores, playing statistics, achievements and rankings

The dev. team is a global affair, with contributors from Tokyo, London, Ohio, Boston, St. Petersburg (Florida), Switzerland and South Africa. The artist on the project, Tony Hager, a 2D/3D artist has worked alongside Nick Lee and Dan Malone from the Bitmap Brothers. He is a veteran of the 2D-era and previous titles include Sims 2, The Incredible Hulk and Transformers mobile. Sean Beason (EA) brings his industry experience to provide professional music scores to games. Dr. Holger Mauch helped draft the AI for the game.

Demise of Nations 1.0.37 is available in the English language (other languages in the works). The game can be downloaded directly from the official website or via Steam (Mac OS X/PC/Linux). Demise of Nations comes with two maps provided for free. Additional maps can be downloaded for $3.99 a piece or $19.99 (USD) for all. Multiplayer games are free to join. However, to cover server costs, there is a fee for custom online game setup or custom avatars. Demise of Nations is not pay-2-win.