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by Jason Whong
Flakes are fallin' : Head and Shoulders for the Sky?
It's November again! And as the setting sun goes down on the last
Ambrosia Times of 1999, We all say "Hey, Ho!" and serve up another issue
of The Ambrosia Times.
On September 30, we released Ares 1.1.0, and instantly our servers were
inundated with downloads of the new game. Developer Nathan Lamont was
stoked when it went out the door, and the response has been great.
Ares is an exciting space action and strategy game. As the humans, you
must try to recapture Earth from an evil, technologically superior race
known as The Cantharan Order. 20 missions stand between you and your
homeworld. If you're having problems with strategy, David Dunham can
offer help in his How To column in this issue of the 'Times.
A bunch of bug munchin' updates
Cythera was updated to version 1.0.4; it fixed some bugs and added some
enhancements to the game. Of course, this was not the only update. Ares
was updated to 1.1.1, thus there were two Ambrosia products that shipped
This means that Jason will eat 2 dishes with bugs at an upcoming
MacWorld. Mmm, mmm! tasty!
Also, Avara was updated to 1.0.1 in order to be compatible with Apple's
new Mac OS 9, but this doesn't count as a bug fix, so it looks like Jason
is off the hook here.
Barrack was updated to 1.0.4 recently, as well -- seems that there was an issue with the newest Apple hardware. You shouldn't need the update unless the game clearly isn't playing like it should be. Downloading the patch will not make you a better Barrack player.
Speaking of bugs, Jason's bug announcement has gotten him quite a bit of
attention lately. Recently, the bug-munching story ran in The Register,
a British IT magazine, and Sm@rt Reseller, a US sales magazine. Time
Magazine, watch out!
Ambrosia at Mac Gamer's Ledge/Capitol Mac Games Day
The excellent Mac Game News website, Mac Gamer's Ledge, recently held a
Mac Games Day in Richmond, VA. It turned out to be an exciting event,
with a few hundred faithful gamers coming out to try the latest betas.
Check out Jason's writeup in this issue's Geek Boy.
Ambrosia Storms the Media
As if mentions in The Register and Sm@rt Reseller weren't enough, here's
a rarity: Ambrosia had Snapz Pro reviews in all three major American Mac
magazines- MacHome (4.5 Apples), MacWorld (4 mice), and MacAddict
(Freakin' Awesome). And not only that - MacAddict's "100% Independent
Guide to the iMac" listed Snapz Pro as one of its top 10 utilities.
Cythera snagged a good review in MacHome (4 Apples); Escape Velocity also
appeared in MacHome's "top ten games of all time" list, and Ferazel was
involved in its November games promotion.
Finally, Nathan Lamont was on The Mac Show, as the secret guest in
"What's My Product?". One lucky winner guessed that Nathan was developer
of Ares, and Shawn and Nathan yakked it up. All said, it was a good
month for Ambrosia.
Ambrosia Monthly Buzz at World Without Borders
Once a month, on a Wednesday, Ambrosia appears at World Without Borders
to talk about all things Ambrosia-related. If you've never been there,
check it out sometime.
Ferazel's Wand and Pop-Pop reports
Ben Spees is returning to Rochester in November so that he can focus on
development of Ferazel's Wand. He recently shipped beta 3 to testers,
and it had a few really pretty boss characters.
Pop-Pop is just about ready for beta - with time, this one should get
exciting! Jason took a preview version of Pop-pop to the Mac Gamer's Ledge
event, and it was well received. Take a look at the screenshots of Pop Pop and Ferazel's Wand
in this edition of Sneak Snapz!
I guess that's all there is to say here. With luck, by the next issue,
We'll be able to annouce the release of a few more exciting games!
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