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The latest Humble Indie Bundle is now available for Android. You not only pay what you want, but you play where you want. That's right, the Humble Bundle heard about your fancy Android phone, and it wants in on that action.

The Humble Bunde for Android consists of Anomaly: Warzone Earth, Osmos, and Edge. Those generous enough to pay more than the average price ($5.95 at the time of this post) will be rewarded with World of Goo. Purchasing the bundle at any price also gets you the Mac, Windows and Linux versions of each game, along with their soundtracks. They're DRM free and can also be redeemed on Steam.

As always, it's entirely up to you where the money from your purchase goes. You can send it to the developers, charity, Humble Bundle, or any combination of the three.

Indie fans on the go, rejoice.

Valve Announces Mobile Steam App: Use Chat And Connect With Friends On Your iOS Or Android Device

A full-featured mobile version of Steam is the dream for many gamers. While you're certainly not going to be playing Skyrim on your smartphone anytime soon, you can take a moment today to appreciate being one step closer thanks to Valve's newly released Steam Mobile app.

The free download is available in both the iOS App Store and Android Market. You'll need to access your registered e-mail address and punch in one of those five-letter access codes after you sign in for the first time on the new device. It's a one-time thing though, the same process that you go through whenever you register your Steam account on a new computer.

The app doesn't offer access to any games you can play, but you can LOOK at the product pages, check out sales and interact with your Steam friends. You can also, somewhat dangerously, buy stuff. From your phone. With a few taps.

This will not go well.

The best mobile video games can be hard to find, simply because of the sheer amount of titles out there. But, worry not! 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's our top five games this week.

GAME OF THE WEEK

UNSTOPPABLE GORG
iOS (Universal) $4.99


Where do I possibly begin with the greatness that is Unstoppable Gorg? From the very first glorious retro sci-fi cutscene (gorgeously depicted in true serial fashion), I was hooked. And if you think the gameplay can’t possibly live up to the pretty face it presents up front... well, think again, because UG is one of the finest tower defense games I’ve played on iOS.

You’ll be defending the space station from King Gorg’s legions of extraterrestrials, placing different types of satellites on the rings of orbit surrounding the base to gain money, earn tokens, and shoot down the bad guys. My favorite game mechanic is the ability to rotate each individual orbit ring, changing your pew pew range (or shielding your research satellites) for oncoming UFOs. It’s a really cool feature and adds a little twist to each wave of attacks.

It’s nearly impossible not to love Unstoppable Gorg; in fact, I’d argue that it embodies everything that’s great about iOS games, and accomplishes that feat with a gorgeous look and B-movie swagger.

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The best mobile video games can be hard to find, simply because of the sheer amount of titles out there. But, worry not! 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's our top five games this week.

GAME OF THE WEEK

CAVERNS OF MINOS

iOS (Universal)

Caverns of Minos takes its cues from the old Atari classic Caverns of Mars. In the retro original, you would control your spaceship and navigate vertically downward through a twisting map in order to pick up a bomb at the bottom. When you grabbed it, you had to speed up and out of the map before it exploded. It was a pretty fun game, and Jeff Minter’s interpretation/homage Caverns of Minos delivers the same super fun gameplay with his uniquely bizarre twists.

You’ll still be piloting a spaceship, but instead of evacuating a bomb, you’re tasked to pick up a variety of items (underwear, cheese, and fantastic savings, to name a few), and deliver them to the mothership... which is a sheep head. It’s just as strange and whimsical as his previous title Goat Up (another of my iOS favorites), and the controls are precisely executed, making Caverns of Minos a must-have if you love retro shooters.

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CES 2012: Swanky iPhone And iPad Cases From T-Tech From Tumi

Some guys fetishize cars, reading Road and Track and dreaming of a Maserati, where others are into their computers, lovingly replacing graphics cards and processors to squeeze a bit more power out of them. But there's a certain breed of dude out there who is very, very into luggage.

Bag-heads (as I call them) tend to feel very strongly about the products that come from a company called Tumi. A Tumi representative at CES 2012 described it to me like this: "Tumi is like Coach for the discerning traveler."

Or how about this example:  A certain G4 executive, who I won't name for fear of losing my job, told me that he's been known to take aimless trips to high-end retailers in order to just gaze at Tumi bags. No intention of buying a valise or anything, mind you. He just wanted to look. Whatever turns your crank, I guess.

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IGF Student Showcase Winners Announced

IGF, The Independent Games Festival, has revealed the eight winners for the Student Showcase. The competition took in almost 300 submissions. These titles ranged from mobile games to console games. All of the winners will be playable at GDC 2012 from March 5-9. Each team will receive $5,000 prize. Not too shabby!!

Keep reading for the winners!

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iPhone Gaming Controller Prototype Is Impressive

We've all seen crazy peripherals for phones, gaming consoles, PCs, and just about everything else, but this iPhone gaming controller prototype is just, well, perfect. Creator Fabio Basile posted the idea on his Dribble account and since then the response for the prototype has been "amazing."

I honestly don't know how feasible this idea is, but if you could somehow easily add small, unobtrusive buttons to a phone that's used for gaming, I definitely see it as being a huge success.

The great part about Basile's idea is really how simple it is, and that there's nothing like a joystick sticking out of the phone that would make it hard to store the device in your pocket. What do you think?

 

If you've ever played any iteration of a Mario Kart game, then when you watch the following trailer for Mole Kart by developer Taomee, you might notice that the games look almost exactly the same. Mole Kart is an iOS title that's currently unavailable on the App Store, probably due to the complete obviousness that the company stole the idea from Nintendo, power-up boxes and all.

As shameless as it is, Mole Kart looks pretty fun, don't you think?

CES 2012 is moving right along this year and luckily Kevin Pereira is on hand to give us a look at some of the sleekest looking devices coming out of the show. In the video below, Kevin gets to check out the Sony Experia Ion, Sony's first 4G LTE Android smartphone, and the Samsung DA-E750 Audio Dock that brings analog and digital sound together in a way like never before.

 

CES 2012: Sony Experia Ion and Samsung DA-E750 Audio Dock »


Stay tuned to G4TV.com for everything from CES 2012 that you need to know about.

 


Run Roo Run, An iOS Game From Scribblenauts Developer

Run Roo Run is the next game from Scribblenauts developer 5th Cell. The game takes place in Australia and stars a kangaroo on the hunt for its baby. You're basically never going to get bored of this title because 5th Cell is going to release weekly content updates. On top of that, it will ship with 420 levels (Heh heh 420). I'm not the biggest fan of mobile games but this one looks challenging and adorable.

Run Roo Run wil be released this Thursday, January 12, for the iPhone and iPad.

Source: Joystiq

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Steelseries 2012 CES Lineup

SteelSeries, ones of the leading competitive gaming peripheral manufacturers have revealed their 2012 CES lineup. The list includes the two headsets, the SteelSeries Flux and the Siberia v2 Frost Blue, as well as a wireless gaming controller, the SteelSeries Ion, and three mice, the Kana, the Kinzu V2 Pro Edition, and the Kinzu V2. Let's take a look at each one after the break.

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition Plans Include Crafting, Mobs, Actual Game Stuff

Android and iOS smartphone users were thrilled last year when Mojang finally released a mobile version of its blocky world-building game, Minecraft: Pocket Edition. Fans of the PC version quickly learned that Pocket Edition offered a very stripped-down take on Minecraft, and they wanted more.

Mojang recognizes this and has been working on giving you more. The problem, as a new blog post from the developer confirms, is that Pocket Edition wasn't originally designed to include things like crafting and monsters and resources and the like. So a wholesale code re-write is necessary. It's happening too! But it's going to take some time.

The Mojang post confirms that the team is shooting to submit the first of a series of script-changing updates on February 8. Crafting won't be in yet, as interface tweaks are required for that, but fans can expect to see "neat looking animals and new blocks" as the update lays the "foundation" for Survival mode.

Source: Mojang

Tags: iPad, iPhone, Mobile

The best mobile video games can be hard to find, simply because of the sheer amount of titles out there. But, worry not! 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's our top five games this week.

GAME OF THE WEEK

KINGDOM RUSH

iPad

I often find tower defense games to be fairly rinse and repeat, but playing Kingdom Rush was a nice change of pace in the often-stale genre. Sure, there are a lot of things that are typical of the category (medieval theme, tower types/upgrades), but there are also some really excellent twists on those old standards.

As mentioned, you’ll have towers to build to defend from the various evil creatures coming at you. As you complete each level, you’ll gain stars to spend on upgrades, and you’ll also get the ability to split off and grab advanced versions of the towers you build. You also get two abilities that are cooldown-based: reinforcements, which you can place to help defend the path every 10 seconds; and meteor strike, a high-damage ability used for boss creeps with a long cooldown. They’re creative additions that help make fights more interesting, not to mention they come in handy when you’re overwhelmed by creeps.

Kingdom Rush is a stylish, fun tower defense game that never takes itself too seriously, and benefits from that mindset. You’ll get hours of enjoyment out of KR, and with GameCenter support on the horizon, Ironhide Game Studios has a great title on its hands.

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RIFT Headstart Event Begins Today for Pre-Orders

The beta version of the Trion Worlds Rift Mobile app is now available as a free download for iOS devices, including the iPhone, the iPad, and the iPod touch, via the App Store. I am so excited for the release of this app, and I hope that many other MMO companies use this type of technology in the future.

The app allows players to use real-time chat to talk to both friends and guildmates, gives zone event alerts so that you never miss a thing in-game, and it even offers fun games like Planar Invasion, Crafty Critters, and Shinies that will net in-game loot, crafting materials, and artifacts.

Unfortunately Android users (like myself) will have to wait until later this month for the app to roll out, but the full launch on both devices is planned for sometime during Q1.

If you're playing Rift right now, will you be downloading the free Rift app?

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