One of my favorite things about attending expos is finding exciting products I didn’t know would be there. That was harder than usual for Mac games at E3 2013 because I already knew about each game heading our way. However, there’s one I’m more intrigued by now than I was going into my demo: Nordic Games’ The Raven.
If the name Bad Bots reminds of something you might’ve played at Aladdin’s Castle at the local mall, that’s kind of the point. It has that look, it has that feel, and it has that kind of gameplay which meant one quarter wouldn’t have been enough; you needed to stack a few on the cabinet. Of course, there’s no need to stack quarters on your Mac; just give Steam $10.00 and have at it.
Let’s say you’re a fan of role-playing games with turn-based combat, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money. There’s still time this weekend to grab the savings on a few great Mac and iOS compatible RPGs (specifically, Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and Avadon) before the sales are over.
11 bit studios is featured in this week’s Humble Weekly Sale that features a tower-defense game where you’re the invader, a platformer where you control the platforms, and a simulation game that puts you in the role of a TSA agent. If you pay more than the average you also get a bonus game. The sale wraps in
E3 2013 has come to a close, leaving most to wonder how Microsoft feels about getting slapped around by Sony, and whether Nintendo can compete in this next round of console wars. Not us, though. Beneath all the console hullabaloo were some fantastic games for the Mac and Apple’s iDevices. We’ll be writing up many of them over the next few days, but want to first draw your attention to what I feel was the show’s best game that’s coming to OS X: Blackguards from Daedalic Entertainment.
A thriller of a hidden object game comes to the Mac. Set in a New York City inspired by the movie, Righteous Kill allows gamers to step into the shoes of the dynamic police detective Erica Dean. Investigate the crime scenes and search for clues; it’s time to hunt the vigilante on a killing spree through 70 locations.
Apple has announced the 11 winners of its Apple Design Awards at WWDC 2013 that range from games to utilities, on both iOS and OS X. Plenty of games are represented, as well as well as apps from the WWF, Yahoo!, and the ever popular Evernote.
Telltale Games has announced a DLC expansion for their hit adventure game, The Walking Dead. This new “special episode,” titled 400 Days follows five survivors in separate, yet interweaving stories, as they try to make it through different stages of the zombie apocalypse: stretching from Day One of the outbreak to 400 days after.
Brave New World, the second expansion to the addictive god game Civilization V, is now available for pre-order on the Mac from Aspyr. The expansion provides nine new civilizations, eight wonders, additional game mechanics for trade routes and tourism, and an increased focus on diplomacy and cultural routes to victory.
Anomaly 2 from 11 bit studios is a tower offense real-time strategy game for OS X, Windows, and Linux that transports you to a bleak, frozen Earth overrun by alien anomalies. Humanity has been nearly wiped out and you’ll need to use all the tools at your disposal—tactical planning, a wide range of units featuring brand new morph modes, the commander’s support abilities, and quick thinking—to take back your planet from the alien scum.
There are few things that make me happier than seeing a bundle of games with a price tag I can choose myself. The current Arclight Bundle from Indie Royale features 10 games from Arcen Games: AI War: Fleet Command and all five expansions, A Valley Without Wind and its sequel, Shattered Haven, and Tidalis.
Apple’s WWDC 2013 keynote brought us quite a bit to look forward to, even if an iWatch wasn’t part of it. But that doesn’t mean the week’s announcements are over. We’ve still got the rest of WWDC, and E3 2013 kicks off tomorrow in L.A. To celebrate, AppleTell will be giving away iOS and OS X game codes via our Twitter account. You all follow us already, right?