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Angry Birds Space Announced

New levels for Angry Birds Space are available now. That was quick, eh, Angry Birders? The new Angry Birds Space episode is called "Fry me to the Moon," and it features ten new levels.

Developer Rovio is also including 20 free space eagles on iOS as a thank you to its legions of pig-killing, bird-flinging fans. They're also giving out a free space eagle every day on iOS, so if you play every day, you can pick up your free eagle.

Here's the Angry Birds Space link. Get your levels!

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Scarface Game Available On iOs

A Scarface game is coming to the iOS, so pick up your iPhone or iPad and say hello to your little friend, I suppose.

Scarface, from developer Hothead, promises to provide the lavish life of kingpin Tony Montana, but presumably without his violence and cocaine fueled downfall. And it's free. So first you get the app, then you get the power, then you get the women.

"Who hasn't watched the movie Scarface and thought about the fun of being Tony Montana (at least for a little while)?" said Jon Walsh, CEO of Fuse Powered. "Working with Hothead Games and Universal has allowed us to bring one of the most iconic characters and storylines to life in the mobile space."

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Fans got an early glimpse of Sega's upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 when an unfinished version of the game was accidentally posted on Steam over the weekend. Sonic 4: Episode 2 is coming out on May 15 and 16, 2012, for download on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Marketplace, respectively.

The incomplete game didn't stick around for long, but it was long enough for fans to download it and capture some footage; YouTube user ShadowofRuki (via Joystiq) has a bunch of them posted. Just bear in mind if you decide to take a peek that what you're seeing is not a complete representation of the final game. Sonic 4: Episode 2 is also coming at some unspecified time in May to PC (duh) and the full spectrum of mobile platforms,including iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 7.

 

Microsoft Pulls Game Because Toilet Sound Offends Chinese

Microsoft pulled a video game from the Chinese market because the sound of toilet is considered offensive there. The game is called Occupied Forever and it can't get certification for the Chinese release on Windows Phone Marketplace because of the "offensive" toilet noises, or so claims Austrian indie developer, Christian Zangl.

According to Game Politics, "Microsoft has a requirement for its Windows Phone Marketplace that 'Content that is offensive in any country/region to which your application is targeted is not allowed.' Occupied Forever failed certification because it 'contains content that depicts toilet flushing sounds.'"

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Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The mobile space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here are our top five games this week:

GAME OF THE WEEK

DARK LEGENDS

Android

Games like Pocket Legends and Star Legends have rocketed Spacetime Studios into a small class of elite mobile MMO developers, which is why it’s no surprise their newest foray Dark Legends also belongs in that ultra-elite group. While Spacetime could have easily rested on its laurels and created a game with similar mechanics to their previous efforts, Dark Legends takes lessons and improves on what came before it. As a result, it’s both fun and deliciously dark.

The game takes place in the world of vampires, and we’re not talking about lame, sparkly dudes wooing sad little milksops. On the contrary, it’s a very Vampire: The Masquerade style of world (True Blood also comes to mind). Dark Legends focuses on the very sexy side of bloodsucking, and you’ll create a character to roam the streets and discover a sinister plot unfolding as you explore.

Spacetime’s well-executed character leveling system is intact, as well as a revamped mission setup with an energy system. Run out of energy, and you’ll have to either buy it via IAP, or rest your character for a spell. The costumes and different vanity looks certainly speak to the wild looks and characters you might see in the underworld of the undead, which I personally can attest to, as my character is currently rocking an Elvira-esque gown with a giant afro and dual wield machetes. Suck it, Team Edward. Dark Legends is your master now.

(P.S. - Don’t fret, iOS users. Dark Legends will be hitting your iPhone or iPad in the coming weeks!)

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Splash Damage, the developer behind Brink and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, will be stepping into the publishing game starting in June 2012 with the release of its iOS-exclusive title, Rad Soldiers. The turn-based strategy game features offline play against the AI and asynchronous online multiplayer, which the official website describes as "guns with friends."

Rad Soldiers will be coming to iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch sometime in June as a free-to-play title supported by an in-game store. It sounds like there's a heavy emphasis on collecting and customizing your own unique squad of mercenaries, which you'll do by collecting (or buying) coins that you can then use in the in-game store.

The newly launched WarChest website notes that Splash Damage is still working on PC and console games as well. An "unannounced" titles is listed on the site, though there's no actual detail beyond that. Which sort of makes sense, seeing as it's unannounced and all.

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Apple is being sued over how they deal with in-app microtransactions. A group of concerned parents are leading the lawsuit. They feel like Apple hasn't taken enough precautions to make sure in-game transactions aren't misused.

The lawsuit charges it is very easy to make in-app purchases, so easy in fact, that  that children are running up huge bills.

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House M.D. Critical Cases Heads To Facebook

Ubisoft has announced their latest facebook game, House M.D. Critical Cases. Everyone's favorite disgruntled doctor is about to get more social, games that is! The game is based on the TV show House and allows fans to join the team at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. Once you earn your scrubs, you'll be able to investigate medical mysteries. Hint: It's not Lupus. The game's in beta, but you can start playing now!

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition iPad Release Confirmed

We've learned some details about the recently announced iOS version of Baldur's Gate.

“Our plan is to raise the level cap a bit in [Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition] to allow for the new content,”  developer Beamdog’s Trent Oster. “We won’t be changing the game to more than six characters, the entire game would have to be re-balanced. [Baldur's Gate]‘s fun is partly the compromises."

Oster noted that Beamdog won’t make changes to the original game’s difficulty -- it's still gonna be hard. Beamdog described the new content as “nasty."

Sadly, it looks like their is no console version on the way. “I can’t ever see us doing an Xbox version. The controller isn’t a good fit. Have to change too much,” Oster said. He also nixed an appearance of Baldur's Gate on the Wii U.

Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition is due on iDevice, Mac and PC in summer.

Source: VG247

Apple Working On $249 iPad Mini To Compete In Small Tablet Market?

The Apple iPad Mini may be on its way according to Chinese web site NetEase. The report suggests that Apple will launch the 7.85 inch iPad mini with six million units at $249 or $299 this fall in order to compete with Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 product line, as well as Amazon's Kindle Fire. Apple of course hasn't announced whether or not they're working on the product.

The report didn't go in to detail on the iPad Mini's specs other than its screen size, and that it could have a 1024x768 display (the same as the iPhone and iPod touch). As more info is revealed, we'll update you on the alleged iPad Mini.

I think it will be interesting to see how Apple's potential  product will do in the smaller tablet market space.

Sources: Kotaku, Image via Macrumors

Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The mobile space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here are our top five games this week:

GAME OF THE WEEK

SWORDIGO

iOS

Finally, someone gets it. With Swordigo, we finally get a hack-and-slash iOS deserves. That’s a pretty bold statement, I know, but developer Touch Foo earns it handily with their beautifully crafted game. There’s a lot to love about Swordigo: a plucky Link-esque hero, lovely environments, some satisfying platforming and collecting action, and plain old, fun-filled adventure.

The controls in Swordigo really sing, and rarely was I angry at missed jumps or laggy response. You’ll often forget you’re experiencing the game without analog sticks or tangible controllers, which is a very good thing. I’m not sure how, but Touch Foo managed to cram around 6-8 hours of solid gameplay into Swordigo’s main story. If you’re a completionist freak like I am, you’ll spend more time than that, and that’s saying something for an iOS game. Any time you can get 5+ hours of non-repetitive gameplay on your iPad or iPhone, it’s worth mentioning.

Swordigo often feels like territory we’ve covered in gaming before; however, that feeling is also a comfortable assurance we’re in a place we know and love. It almost feels like coming home: you know what’s inside, but that’s okay, because its welcome and warm embraces fills you with contentedness.

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Morgan Webb was on hand at PAX East 2012 with Epic's Mike Capps to talk everything Infinity Blade. She and Capps talk the success of the series, go in-depth with Infinity Blade's Clash Mobs mode, and show off gameplay from the upcoming Infinity Blade: Dungeons. Check it all out below.

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American McGee's Next Game To Be Akaneiro: A Take On Little Red Riding Hood In Japan

American McGee's next game will be a free-to-play title called Akaneiro and it'll be a take on Red Riding Hood, set in Japan. At this point I'd already say shut up and take my money, but for some, just a description isn't enough, so let's get in to some details.

American McGee and his Shanghai-based studio Spicy Horse will be developing the action-role playing game. Set in the fictional village of Ainu in Hokkaido, Akaneiro will be inspired by ancient demons in the late Edo era and players will join The Order of Akane in order to get rid of aforementioned demons.

Apparently, the blood of these demons, also known as yokai, will turn in to Karma Shards, which is what the Order harvest. In gamer terms, this means kill demons and use their blood to upgrade a variety of weapons. The game uses a cel-shaded style reminiscent of Okami, but the gameplay will be more hack-and-slash based. 

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Ms. splosion man

Last year's out-of-this world platformer, Ms. Splosion Man, is ready to make its iOS and Steam debut. Classy Jake Gaskill had the chance to check out the game for himself while he was up at PAX East 2012 over the weekend. Here's what he thought!

"The demo I played (while Twisted Pixel audio guru Chainsaw played a live rendition of “Brad” on his ukulele at the dev’s killer carnival-themed booth) was straight from the console version, but the final mobile game will be entirely new, but it will still be set in Ms. Splosion Man’s same overall environment.

This will no doubt allow Twisted Pixel to cater the brutal platforming to the mobile experience while also making it fresh and new for fans of the console title (and giving them the perfect excuse to finally stop putting off picking up insurance for their mobile devices, and PCs for that matter)."

Check out our full Ms. Splosion Man iOS preview for more.

Infinity Blade 2 Update To Add ClashMob Challenges And New Gear

Infinity Blade 2, the iOS-exclusive sequel from ChAIR Entertainment and Epic Games, will soon be getting a content update that adds a multiplayer component to the game. You won't be duking it out in Vs. fights with your friends, however; instead, you'll form or join a group called a "Mob!" and participate in a new "globally social battle mode."

This is the ClashMob feature that you've probably seen Epic mention in relation to Infinity Blade 2 before. In essence, players will gang up together and take on crazy-powerful enemies as a group, earning a variety of rewards successfully pulling off a Mob! kill. The bigger your group, the better the rewards you'll receive. In addition, the new update will also add new equipment to the game, a redesigned gem interface, and a new feature that allows players to forge three gems into one more powerful gem.

Source: Epic Games

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