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March 2004



Nucleosys, the Argentina developers behind upcoming mystery adventure Scratches, have updated their website today with new screenshots and music samples, including the game's main theme.

The game's community forums have also opened, and the developers promise to post work-in-progress artwork, related fiction, and other items of interest.



To commemorate their 10th anniversary, UK-based developer Vulcan Software has released updated versions of their Valhalla adventure game series, originally created for the Amiga platform but now on PC. The series consists of three games which were first developed between 1994 and 1996.

From the Vulcan press release:

These three Valhalla games formed a cult following among its many users and achieved best buy awards from retailers, extensive television coverage and review scores up to 94% in the consumer press. They were not technically ground breaking games by any means but were the first Amiga games to use digital speech extensively.

Vulcan believe the reason they became so popular was that they made you think. They are extremely simple to operate but very complicated in design, this demands a slow approach requiring logical and lateral thinking in order to solve the many devious puzzles.

The trilogy has been split up into twelve downloadable episodes, which can be purchased together or individually from Vulcan's Valhalla Classics website. Vulcan is offering Episode 1: The Crypt for free.



The official Uru: Ages Beyond Myst site is now offering the first free expansion pack to adventurers who own a copy of Uru. This pack contains some of the maps previously reserved for Uru's multiplayer project, Uru Live, which was cancelled in part due to lack of player subscription.

Included in the pack are new Ages, new gameplay features and puzzles, revealing information on the fictitious history, culture, and anthropolgy of the D'ni world, the state of progress of the 'DRC' D'ni restoration project, and new clothing and accessory options for the player avatars. A detailed list of the goodies included can be had here (warning: spoilers).

The 173 MB expansion pack can be downloaded through Ubisoft's FTP server (direct link), Gigex, 3D Gamers, and Worthplaying.

For more information on Uru: Ages Beyond Myst read our review of the game.



Geoffkhan (one half of Herculean Effort Productions, creators of the award winning Apprentice) has released an entry for this month's MAGS competition - Evil Enterprises. You can find its release details here.



Gamespot has just reviewed Syberia II, giving it a score of 7.8/10 and focusing on such aspects as the emotional impact of the story and new characters:


"Lack of emotional resonance hurts the story in a number of ways, actually. There are indeed a couple of moments that tug at the heartstrings. One of them is strikingly powerful because it's so unexpected and strange and yet so fitting and melancholy. For the most part, though, the story just isn't as well fleshed out as that of the original game."


Read the full review here.



A tech demo for the fan sequel Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis 2 is now available from AmberFish Arts' site.



Got Game Entertainment, publisher of RHEM, has secured the North American and Austrailian publishing rights to Knut Mueller's RHEM 2. Got Game has this to say about the game:

Like its predecessor, RHEM 2 features non-linear gameplay, non-violent story, and mind-bending puzzles. The game is set as a direct sequel in story and gameplay to RHEM. Having discovered entry to a hidden underground city, you will venture ever deeper as you explore a maze of clandestine caves, secret rooms, intricate walkways, tunnels and water systems. As you marvel at beautifully detailed environments and solve clever puzzles, you must search for an enigmatic artifact that must be found and photographed before you return to the surface.

Check out screenshots from the game at our screenshot gallery.

Rhem 2 is expected to ship in the fourth quarter of 2004.

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