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MacIntosh computer games, casual titles and portable players like the iPod, iPhone and mobile phones offer plenty of holiday gift options.

Mac, motion, mobile and miscellaneous 2008 Gift Guide

Mac games include futureU: The Prep Game For SAT, Sid Meier’s Pirates!!, Spore, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and the adventure Jack Keane. Space Trader (Oct. 13) lets players buy and sell with side bounty missions while discovering a World of Goo (Nov. 10) involves sticky structures in puzzle gameplay. Mini Motion Skate (Oct. 13) continues the game series featuring the motion sensing controller. Top Chef: The Game (Nov. 10) looks to take over kitchens while World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King expansion pack (Nov. 10) looks to take over all sales charts.

Mobile game titles include Journey to the Center of the Earth, Bruce Lee – Iron Fist and DanceDanceRevolution Mobius featuring new music, multiplayer capabilities, downloadable content, unlockable in-game power-ups and a global leaderboard. Soul Trapper (Oct. 30), Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (Nov. 1), Wolfenstein RPG (Nov. 1), Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Nov. 1) and Call of Duty: World at War (Nov. 11) provide various action filled options for gamers on the go.

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords to the iPhone and iPod Touch (also available on Mac) features a unique combination of classic RPG elements and fun puzzle mechanics. Block Breaker Deluxe 2 has a random level generator in endless mode and multi-player mode allowing two people to face off in real-time matches on the same iPhone. The classic Missile Command, Kroll and Super Breakout are available for iPhone and iPod Touch.

Other iPhone games include Line Rider, Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart, Spore Origins, the military game Chopper, the bowling game iBowl, Sonic Spinball, the classic space shooter Zaxxon, Asphalt 4 Elite Racing (featuring tilt controls) and Funky Punch with quest, trial, survival and emotimania (only fight as and against other emoticons

Ipod touch titles include CSI:Miami, SPORE Origins and Star Trigon. Lost, another iPod game, features a plot created by the television series writers and options to play as Jack while interacting with Sayid, Locke, Kate and others. Other iPhone games include Mouse About, Missile Command, IQ Boost and Reign of Swords, similar to the high quality Advance Wars game series.

The world of casual games has greatly expanded and offers a wide range of growing game series including Westward II: Heroes of the Frontier, Super Granny 4 and Cake Mania 3 (Cake Mania and Cake Mania 2 available on Nintendo DS and mobile). Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition, 4 Elements and Cassandra’s Journey: The Legacy of Nostradamus provides even more casual game options. Casual games can also check out Farm Frenzy 2, Amazing Adventures Around the World and the third installment of the Dream Day series, First Home (Wedding and Honeymoon also available).

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