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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 phone and tablet 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 five favorite games this week:

GAME OF THE WEEK

BAD PIGGIES

iPhone ($0.99) | iPad ($5.95) | Android (FREE) | WP8 (TBA)

We’ve been subjected to every type of Angry Birds theme and spinoff, but now, Rovio’s released Bad Piggies. It’s time to play for the other team, and instead of re-hashing the Angry Birds pull-to-slingshot formula, Rovio presents a fun, full title that compliments everything you love about Angry Birds and still manages to retain its own personality.

The pigs you’ve come to know and loathe in Angry Birds hatch a plan to (once again) steal eggs. Unfortunately, a gust of wind blows their blueprint into a sharply-bladed fan, ripping it up and blowing it all over the land. Instead of destroying pre-built constructs, Bad Piggies requires you build wacky contraptions for the pigs so they can collect plan fragments. As you progress, the grid of potential components widens, and you unlock all kinds of parts (propellors, balloons, fans, bottle rockets) to add to your little cars.

We’ll admit, we were skeptical seeing another game from this franchise (franchises sometimes burn out long before the installments stop), but we’re majorly impressed with Bad Piggies. It’s creative, funny, and a must-have in your mobile gaming library.

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Star Wars Angry Birds Teased -- Fear Leads To Anger

Angry Birds might be catapulting to a galaxy far, far away if Angry Birds Star Wars rumors prove to be true. Rovio's twitter account sent out this message, "Next big thing. #comingsoon," with an attached link showing the image above. The link opens the Angry Birds tumblr page where they promise to have more details, behind-the-scenes content, animations, comics, and more soon.

Everyone knows that Jedis are strictly against anger. As Yoda said, "Fear leads to anger; anger leads to hate; hate leads to suffering." If Rovio and LucasArts have teamed up, then I guess fear leads to Angry Birds too.

IndieCade 2010 Finalists Announced

One of the biggest nights for indie gaming is about to hit when the curtains rise on the IndieCade 2012 Awards this Thursday hosted by Felicia Day. All of the developers from some of the best games you should be playing right now will be there in their finest attire. I will just be looking for the shirt with the fewest wrinkles.

This year, like every year, I try my hand at playing judge to some of the top awards being handed out Thursday night. And honestly, I’m terrible at this. Looking over the list of nominees this year, we have some major games that deserve more than one of these awards. I also have this nasty habit of spreading the love so no game gets more than one award.

The IndieCade Awards is one of the few nights where we all come out as winners. You get to play great games, indie developers get the recognition that they deserve, and I get to meet Felicia Day. Somehow I think Felicia loses on this deal.

And without further ado, here are my 110% accurate predictions for this year’s IndieCade 2012.

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Bad Piggies Becomes #1 App In Three Hours

Bad Piggies, the follow up to Rovio's Angry Birds, has hit #1 in the App Store. Bad Piggies is all about building all sorts of wacky machines in order to get the piggies through various stages. The game was only released at the end of September, and since then Rovio's announced that it reached the top of the App Store's charts in just three hours, marking a new record for the company.

If you're already playing the popular game, keep an eye out for the "Flight Into The Night" free update coming in the new few weeks which will feature more levels, unlockable content and "exciting plot twists."

Check out Bad Piggies in action below:

 

Bad Piggies X-Play Preview Exclusive »


 

Zaxxon returns! The BEST COIN-OP ARCADE GAME is being given a new lease on life by Sega in Zaxxon Escape, an upcoming mobile title that should be arriving soon for iOS and Android platforms. This revised take on the isometric space shooter appears to be inspired a bit by StarFox 64, which isn't a terrible thing at all. Just so long as the original arcade version is available as well (or at least unlockable).

Sega's announcement blog post doesn't reveal much, but it offers a nice trip down memory lane with photos of a couple of Zaxxon coin-ops and a shot of the tie-in board game (YES!). The release plans don't get any more specific than "soon" at the moment, but the turnaround time for many mobile games from announcement to release is generally short. I'll be surprised if Zaxxon Escape doesn't turn up at some point during the holiday 2012 season. Surprised and saddened.

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"Handsome" Jake Gaskill went all the way to Tokyo to bring you back a firsthand look at social game company GREE's wares, including Assassin's Creed: Utopia, Resident Evil: Versus and more. All you need to do is click play to check them out.

GREE Booth At Tokyo Game Show 2012 »


For more, check out the rest of our Tokyo Game Show 2012 coverage.

Apple Introduces The iPhone 5

iPhone 5 users are reporting a particularly nasty bug. The glitch can cause Verizon iPhones to consume cellular data while the phones are connected to Wi-Fi, eating into those precious minutes.

Don't panic,though; the glitch doesn't affect all devices, and Apple has already released some steps explaining how to fix it. To squash this bug, all you have to do is install an update. To get there, go to Settings > General > About. From here a prompt will pop up stating, "Carrier Settings Updated." Your only choice is "Okay;" click it.

To make sure the update goes into effect you have to restart your phone. (Hold the sleep button, Mom.) To make sure the update was installed you can head back to Settings > General > About to see Carrier: Verizon 13.1 

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Tags: Apple, iPhone, Mobile, Tech

zeebox Launches In U.S.; Teams With Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, HBO And Cinemax

TV viewing companion zeebox has launched in the U.S. and also announced a partnership with some of the most influential networks on television. Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal (of which G4 is a part), HBO and Cinemax are all teaming with zeebox to provide content for the cross-channel TV viewing companion app for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, and the Web.

zeebox works like this: The cloud-based app recognizes the context of what its users are watching and aims to enhance the viewing experience with relevant content and experiences from across the Web, TV programmers, social networks and advertisers. The idea is to let viewers engage with their favorite television personalities directly through zeebox on their mobile device, and even buy the products they see on TV.  It's like a second screen that makes television even bigger.

The zeebox app is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch or at the iTunes Store. The Web version and more information is available at the official zeebox site.

Tags: iPad, iPhone, Mobile, Tech, TV

War Corps is the mobile shooter from Gree where players have to defeat enemies in order to progress through stages and rank up on the leaderboards. We got our first look at the game at Tokyo Game Show 2012, and in the video below, Toshiro Tsuchida, Executive Director at Gree, walks us through what War Corps has to offer.

War Corps Tokyo Game Show 2012 Preview »


 

The Hobbit Film Trilogy To Be Supported By Two Free-To-Play Games

The Hobbit
trilogy of films will be supported by two free-to-play strategy tie-in games from developer Kabam, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have announced. The first game, The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth is being developed for mobile platforms, while the second title, The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age, will be for browsers.

"Kabam's Armies of the Third Age and Kingdoms of Middle-earth will be an excellent way for The Hobbit film fans around the world to delve more into the iconic story and interact with the characters in the universe," said Greg Ballard, senior vice president of digital games at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

In The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth players will have to build and maintain a kingdom set in Middle-earth. The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age will allow players to control iconic heroes like Gandalf, Legolas, and Thorin Oakenshield to build and lead armies of Elves, Dwarves, or Orcs in to battle to defend the realm. I'd love to see Bilbo Baggins leading an Orcish army! Both titles are set to launch this fall, and you can already sign up for the Armies of the Third Age beta.

The first film in The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is coming to theaters on December 14, 2012 and I can't wait. You can catch the trailer after the break.

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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 phone and tablet 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

RAYMAN JUNGLE RUN

iOS ($2.99) | Android (Sept 27)

Ubisoft finally made our dreams come true this week by releasing Rayman Jungle Run for iOS and Android, bringing the magic of the Rayman franchise to mobile and delighting legions of long time fans (and snagging some new ones, too). It’s not a “true” Rayman game in that it’s not a platformer. On the contrary, it’s a runner in the same vein as Jetpack Joyride or Canabalt. There are some key features that make it unique, though, and Ubisoft manages to retain all the gleeful personality of the franchise.

Rayman automatically runs in the game, while you’ll be in charge of controlling his jumps (and other movements later) as he speeds through each level. As Rayman runs, the goal is to collect all the Lums throughout an area. Collect them all, and you’ll be rewarded with a red gem that doubles as a tooth -- collect five gem teeth, and an ultra-tough level unlocks to challenge you.

As for the environment, it’s everything you’d expect from a Rayman title (i.e., it’s jaw-droppingly beautiful on the new iPad). We do wish there was a little more variety in the music section, but it’s a small price to pay for such an insanely good mobile game. If there’s ever been a more awesome console to mobile spinoff than Rayman Jungle Run, we’ve never heard of it, not to mention it’s an almost-perfect addition to the runner genre. And Android users, take note: Rayman Jungle Run got pushed back from a launch on Sept. 20th to the 27th, so don’t despair!

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MOGA: The Evolution Of Mobile Gaming Controllers

Android gamers: mark October 21, 2012 on your calendars, as that's the date PowerA will release its MOGA Mobile Gaming System controller. The dock-like mount attaches to a variety of Android smartphones, adding console-style controls to a wide range of supported games.

The $49.99 MOGA bundle includes the Mobile Gaming System itself as well as the MOGA Pivot App as a free download and a soft-shell carrying case. The set also includes free copies of Sonic CD and Pac-Man "as part of a limited time offer at leading retailers." The press release goes on to mention a few of the titles that fully support MOGA, including The Dark Knight Rises HD, Asphalt 7: Heat HD, Dungeon Hunter 3, and Death Rally.

To read more about how this thing really performs, check out our MOGA hands-on preview.

In the X-Play exclusive video you see below, we get a first-look at Rovio's Bad Piggies. This sequel to Angry Birds tells the other side of the story, a story about courageous pigs beset by terrible, murderous birds.

Where Angry Birds has players trying to knock down pig-built structures, Bad Piggies' gameplay involves building. Construction, not destruction. You'll use machinery -- rotors, propellers, engines, etc.-- and other materials to construct vehicles that propel pigs to their destination. The gameplay is puzzle-based, and looks like just the thing to play while waiting for a bus or riding in a plane.

Check out the Bad Piggies in the video below:

Bad Piggies X-Play Preview Exclusive »


Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The phone and tablet 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

TIME GEEKS & FRIENDS

iOS (Free, $2.99)

The original Time Geeks: Find All! was a super awesome, stylized Where’s Waldo for the digital generation (if you don’t have it, you’re missing out), and now, Ivanovich Games presents us with Time Geeks & Friends, an offshoot containing one of the most requested features for Time Geeks... multiplayer! If you’re wondering why the developers chose to make this its own standalone app, it’s not hard to see why once you get into it: this is a fully functional, asynchronous multiplayer app with a lot of moving parts.

The game still retains that ultra-hip pixel art from the original (altering it would be sacrilege), but now, instead of going from locale to locale searching for specific sprites, your finish times will be challenged by other seekers. There’s also a new coin system, requiring you to “pay” for each game you play, and power-ups can also be purchased before each round. The power-ups definitely give you a leg up (they can add time to the clock, clear the skies, and focus on where a target is), but they’re not so overly powerful that it would make a match lopsided if your opponent had keen eyes. Coins generate over time, too, so if you’re worried about a big IAP push, you’re okay there.

The free version offers up multiplayer mode with a slower coin clock, and the premium version offers a “Kids Mode” (read: single player seeking), and a faster coin clock. Either way, Time Geeks & Friends is a fantastic offering from Ivanovich Games, and well worth your mobile gaming time and budget.

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Tags: iPad, iPhone, Mobile

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Containment: The Zombie Puzzler is more than just another zombie title. This game challenge gamers to kill zombies with their mind, no not with telepathic powers, but with knowledge. Containment: The Zombie Puzzler  asks gamers to surround zombies with survivors, power ups, and your brain power. We spoke with Noah Presnell, Artist at Bootsnake Games, to find out how solving puzzles can kill zombies.

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