Perth, Western Australia -- August 18, 1999 -- Scott Kevill today announced the inclusion of seven new game titles on GameRanger, the Macintosh multiplayer online gaming service. In addition to the 12 previous titles, gamers can now play Age of Empires, Battle for the Universe, Deadlock, Heroes of Might and Magic II, Lode Runner 2, Master of Orion II, and Railroad Tycoon 2: The Second Century across the internet.

Launched in July 1999, GameRanger is the first, true Macintosh online gaming service. GameRanger has spawned a rapidly expanding online gaming community with the popular features of game hosting, text and voice chat, paging, and custom player profiles.

GameRanger is available free, at <>.

Age of Empires is an epic, real-time strategy game spanning 10,000 years in which players are the guiding spirit in the evolution of small Stone Age tribes. Starting with minimal resources, players are challenged to build their tribes into great civilizations. Gamers can choose from several ways to win the game, including conquering enemy civilizations, exploring the known world and accumulating wealth.

Strap in and prepare for battle against your interstellar enemies as you enter your galaxy-class fighter ship. Battle for the Universe is an action-packed game filled with weapons and goodies. Play against the fierce computer or have a great time with a friend over the Internet. Weapons include bullets, fireballs, and the deadly missiles! Power-ups are so numerous you can't name them all. Prepare for battle with Battle for the Universe!

Deadlock immerses the player in a battle for control of a virgin planet against six opposing alien colonies in an intense, multi-player, turn-based, strategic simulation. Seven alien races struggle to build their empires, but only one will dominate. In Deadlock, every decision you make will determine the ultimate fate of your people, your empire, and your survival. This is the incredible strategy game of interplanetary conquest.

Heroes of Might and Magic II. Having crushed his enemies, consolidated his power base and eliminated dissent at the end of Heroes of Might and Magic, Lord Ironfist settled down to rule the land of Enroth. After 25 years of peace, the land is again thrust into turmoil. Lord Ironfist is dead and the ensuing struggle for power between his sons, Archibald and Roland, has led to a state of civil war. Players must choose sides and gather their armies as they use all of their strategic wit and tactics to join in the battle for domination of the lands.

Lode Runner 2 features five immersive 3D worlds, more than 160 new levels and a complete level editor/builder. As either a male or female Lode Runner, players must travel through isometric 3D game worlds collecting gold, solving puzzles and evading evil creatures. A keen sense of timing, resourcefulness and pure logic all combine to make Lode Runner 2 a completely unique gaming experience. In addition to its single-player mode, Lode Runner 2 supports multi-play for up to eight players simultaneously.

The exciting theme of space exploration, colonization and combat combine to make Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares one of the most popular strategy games available. To establish galactic supremacy, players will explore and colonize planets and star systems, research new technologies, trade with other races, conquer through war or diplomacy and manage a full range of critical resources.

Railroad Tycoon II: The Second Century. Eighteen all-new scenarios divided into three distinct historical eras are sure to delight today's modern gamer. In the passage from 1939 through 1950, stop along the way to do your part for the war effort. Solve the transportation problems facing the modern world from 1950 to 2005. From 2005 to 2030, worldwide flooding and melting ice caps wreak new havoc for the modern railroad tycoon. The heady task of providing rail systems for this strange and exotic new world falls upon your shoulders.

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