Freeverse has introduced Big Bang Board Games 2.5.8, the latest iteration of its Mac games collection that includes Chess, Backgammon, Checkers, Reversi, Tic-Tac-Toe, Mancala, and 4-In-A-Row.

The updated version offers new fully 3D game pieces and animations and introduces a new in-game video chat mode which allows you to see your opponent's face. It's a free update for existing owners of the game.

The collection, which is now fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.5, also offers a new Chess Artificial Intelligence.

All the titles integrate with Apple's applications, so gamers can listen to music from iTunes while they play, can send game turns to friends using Mail, and can invite iChat friends to games.

Free demos of the games are available for download from the Freeverse website. Big Bang Board Games costs $24.95.