Minecrafters aim to recreate Westeros in its entirety

If you’ve ever wanted to stroll through the streets of King’s Landing, gaze up at the icy Wall, or thrill to the giant statues of Dragonstone, now’s your chance. Thousands of dedicated Minecraft players have set their minds on not…Read more ›

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‘BioShock’ and ‘BioShock 2’ for Mac on Sale for $9.99 Until September 3 [Mac Blog]

The first two games in 2K Games’ popular series BioShock are currently on sale until September 3rd in the Mac App Store for $9.99, down from their usual standard price of $19.99. The discounts come before its sequel, BioShock Infinite, is set to be released on the Mac on August 29.

BioShock was originally released for the Mac in October 2009 and was added to the Mac App Store in January 2011 shortly after the store’s launch, while BioShock 2 was released in March 2012 for the platform. Both games are set in the 1960s and take place in the fictional underwater dystopia of Rapture, with players using a combination of the environment, weapons, and powers such as plasmids and tonics. Both games were critically acclaimed upon release, and have won a number of awards.

BioShock Infinite was released earlier this year for gaming consoles and PCs, but was announced to come to the Mac at a later date through a collaboration between Aspyr Media, developer Irrational Games, and publisher 2K Games. Select pre-orders of the game through client GameAgent.com will also receive the „Columbia’s Finest“ DLC as a free bonus, along with 20% off the purchase price. Mac Support for BioShock Infinite’s second DLC “Clash in the Clouds” is also reportedly in the works.

Both BioShock and BioShock 2 can be downloaded from the Mac App Store through the following links:

BioShock [Direct Link]
BioShock 2 [Direct Link]

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Dystopian Text-Based Puzzler ‘Blackbar’ Arrives in App Store [iOS Blog]

Developer Neven Mrgn, one half of The Incident developer Big Bucket Games, has released his new text-based dystopian sci-fi game, Blackbar.

The game, which was co-developed by James Moore of Panic, has similar traits to old text-based adventure games and interactive fiction. Players will become Vi, deciphering a series of letters from Kenty, an employee of the fictional Department of Communication. Letters are filled with blacked out words that must be filled in to progress through the game, eventually leading to a larger conspiracy.

Blackbar is a text game: a sci-fi story of a dystopian future told through the medium of word puzzles. Reminiscent of text adventures and interactive fiction, it has a unique mechanic centered around the concept of censorship. Censorship is frustrating, but the human spirit can beat that frustration by turning it into a game.

You’ll pick up and understand Blackbar instantly; however, its challenges will keep you searching, thinking, and trying for days.

Our sister site TouchArcade played Blackbar and thought it was a fun and „incredibly interesting“ game:

I’m expecting many more twists and turns throughout the story, all based around deciphering the censorship you’re being subjected to. It’s incredibly interesting so far. As strange as it sounds, just trying to discover what the censored words are is actually really fun too.

Blackbar is available for $2.99 for the iPhone and iPad. [Direct Link]

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