As you may or may not know, Quake Live is making its debut for the Mac today. And, as a Mac user with a sweet tooth for PC gaming, I thought I’d take it upon myself to show you the ropes before you get thrown into the cutthroat world of Quake Live. But worry not, with a little bit of know-how and a steady hand, you’ll be fragging from your browser window before you know it.
With the continually growing App Store, which is filled with tons of
games, how does Apple's iPhone and iPod touch fare in the world of
handheld gaming against the kings, Nintendo's DS and Sony's PSP? The
answer: very well.
Barbara Tuttle, voiced by Jamie Lee Curtis, jumps through one of the colorful levels. The Tuttles Madcap Misadventures has a lot going for it: big-name character voices, gorgeous graphics, several top awards. Plus, half the retail proceeds are donated to charity. But if you strip all of that away, you’re left with a pretty standard side-scrolling platform game. Then again, why would you strip all of that away?
Twelve hours of rest? Your character must be a teenager. Eschalon: Book I, the first title from indie developer Basilisk Games, is branded as a traditional RPG, a stereotype fulfilled here with a vengeance. Unfortunately, problems with skill choices and movement, and an uninspiring story line may turn that vengeance into slaughter for anyone who might not be a hardcore RPG fan.
Its looks are basic, but its story and crazy amount of options will keep you coming back for more. Avernum 5 is like a steaming plate of diner meat loaf—the presentation ain’t pretty, but it fills you up and leaves you satisfied. With an intense and engaging story smothered in traditional RPG gameplay gravy, it will thrill role-playing fans, as long as they don’t expect fine-dining flourishes like 3D graphics or multiplayer modes.