updated 01:25 pm EDT, Wed September 17, 2003
in which it will publish multiple JAMDAT titles for the Mac, including Kasparov Chessmate, The Emperor's Mahjong, and Hard Rock Casino--all of which are expected to ship in the fourth quarter of this year. "The relationship with JAMDAT builds on our already strong presence in the Mac entertainment software market. JAMDAT produces top quality games that appeal to wide audiences and we are excited to bring them to Mac users."
- Kasparov Chessmate features advice and hints for a skill levels from renowned chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov. It allows gamers to tackle challenges based on historic matches, play against the computer or virtual opponents at the Kasparov Chess Club, select one of four game-length modes and track personal game histories. In addition, players can switch between 2D and 3D views to get the best look at the action.
- The Emperor's Mahjong is set in ancient China, where players participate in a quest for the six gems that will make them Emperor of China. Their goal is to master the five spheres of knowledge, as represented by mahjong boards with different themes, and win the corresponding gems. After they complete that task, they attend the Meeting of the 12 Emperors, where the final gem is up for grabs. The Emperor's Mahjong offers 72 different layouts, an editor that players can use to create their own layouts, 3 game modes, 3 difficulty levels, an online ranking system, and more.
- Hard Rock Casino combines the hard-driving beat of rock music with the intensity of the most popular casino games. Players can select from tunes that span the '50s to the present day,as they go for big money in a variety of popular casino games. High-rollers gain access to rooms that feature greater stakes, and marvel as their clothing accessories change to reflect whether they are up or down in winnings.
Both Kasparov Chessmate and Hard Rock Casino offer multiplayer options that allow gamers to play against others over the Internet, and all three titles enable players to compare and track statistics, and review personal histories.
As a bonus, each game includes a Palm OS version Players can start a game on a computer, sync to the Palm version, and resume playing on his Palm at any time as well as sync the game back to the computer.
Each game will be $20 and is expected to be available later this year.