MacPlay has announced the upcoming release of MindRover for the Mac platform. MindRover is a strategy/simulator game where users create intelligent robotic vehicles and then test the designs in battle. The game features 3D first person gameplay and an extensive choice of custom parameters for the robots. According to MacPlay:
MacPlay, a subsidiary of United Developers, LLC, announced today that it will distribute British publisher Virtual Programmingis 3D strategy/programming game MindRover in the United States. MindRover will be available September 15, 2003 and Mac gamers can pre-order it now.
The action takes place in a research station on the ice-locked moon Europa, where the gas giant Jupiter dominates the sky. Players build robotic "rovers" with parts found in the lab and program the machines for a variety of behaviors. They then pit their creations against each other in one of four types of competitions: races, sports, battles, and puzzles.
Players create different types of rovers to succeed in different types of events. Small, quick robots with good collision detection are sure bets to win races and puzzles while large, lumbering robots bristling with weapons can be counted on in the sports and battle arenas. The game features a physics system that produces realistic results when two-or more-rovers smack into each other during a contest.
You can find more information about the MindRover development at the MacPlay Web site. MindRover will be available September 15th for US$29.99.