[EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a guest post by most excellent Pocketwatch Games founder Andy Schatz, whom you might know from his role as host of the Independent Games Festival Awards for the last couple of years. Venture Arctic is a labor of love for him, so please heed his words.]


Pocketwatch Games' Venture Arctic was overlooked by many, despite receiving rave reviews. Perhaps it seemed too kiddy, perhaps it seemed too educational, but then again, aren't Planet Earth and March of the Penguins freakin sweet?

Anyways, a Mac version of the game and an updated PC version just came out. It's also available in stores now (via the first-ever-for-a-video-game 100% recycled packaging). Plus an extensive Game Guide just came out for those that aren't convinced of the strategic depth of the game.

For those that aren't familiar, Venture Arctic is a tycoon game in which you build and manage ecosystems of arctic animals. It's the follow up to Wildlife Tycoon: Venture Africa, a 2006 IGF Grand Prize finalist. If you need any more convincing to try it out, let the reviews do the work:

Wired's Geekdad - "9 out of 10"
GameTunnel - Sim Game of the Year
GamersInfo.net - "It's not just a hidden gem – it's a whole diamond mine."
Kotaku, Impressions - "...makes learning about a very important and often forgotten part of the world entertaining"
Hyena's fan review - "9.5 out of 10"
Out of Eight Reviews- "Unique and interesting mechanics with innovative resource management"

For those interested in finding out more, there's an updated Windows PC demo and now a Mac demo available - hope you enjoy.