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The Best Mobile Games To Play In Class, At Work, On The Bus, In Church, Etc.

I’m sure you’ve been in this situation: the class lecture seems to be dragging on forever while the monotonous droning of your professor is wearing thin on your patience.  Or you're in meeting number three of a five meeting day, and your boss has used the word "synergy" 15 times already. Or your pastor is embarking upon a full exploration of the old testament. And as eager as you are to soak in the mind-numbing academic babble/workspace confab/religious edification, the siren call of your cellphone is far too appealing to ignore.

You’ve got video games in there, after all!  Glorious, wonderful, fun-packed games!  So, unable to withstand the beckoning lure of digital entertainment, you discretely slip your headphones on beneath your hood, quickly dial down the brightness of your screen to avoid detection, and settle in for a pleasant distraction.

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EA Expanding Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3 To Handheld Platforms

Want to play Battlefield 3 on your Nintendo 3DS or Mass Effect 3 on your iPad? Looks like you'll be able to later this year and early next year. During EA's financial earnings call today, they released a chart full of future releases, and two entries caught our eye: Battlefield 3 handheld/mobile, and Mass Effect 3 handheld/mobile. EA is definitely a fan of the handheld and digital download market, with handheld revenue up 25% over the last year, and digital revenue turning in a record-breaking $844 million dollar profit, up 46% from last year. 

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Sword and Sworcery EP Review Verdict

Reviewed by Dan O'Halloran

Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP Review

Pros: 

  • Immersive gameplay
  • Unique soundtrack
  • Awesome 8-bit graphics

Cons:

  • Slow pace is not for everyone
  • Puzzle solving sometimes too easy
  • Restricted to iOS devices

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP takes the classic point and click adventure game and brings it to a whole new level. The developers have carefully designed every aspect of the game to be a slightly strange and totally immersive experience. A perfect combination of simple puzzle solving, retro graphics and finely-crafted audio. It’s a work of art masquerading as an adventure game. A true showcase of what games can do on new platforms.

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By Dan O'Halloran

New MMORPGs are rolling out fast and furious these days. Everyone wants a piece of the World of Warcraft pie, but what may surprise you is that we aren’t here today to talk about RIFT or Star Wars: The Old Republic. Some of the hottest MMOs in development aren’t just for the PC, but are begin hand-crafted to play on your mobile device. Here are four that have us most excited.

MMOs On Your MMObile: Four Upcoming Mobile MMOs To Watch

Order & Chaos Online

What better way to capture the hearts and pocketbooks of World of Warcraft players than to port the game to mobile devices? But wait, you say, Blizzard hasn’t announced that! And you would be correct. Gameloft, a French game developer known for cloning popular games, is behind this very familiar looking title. Order & Chaos Online is not an official mobile version of WoW, but it sure looks like it. To find out more, keep reading!

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There's a new Mike Tyson video game out, but it has nothing to do with Nintendo. Instead, it's an iPhone boxing title called Mike Tyson -- Main Event. Spoiler alert: It looks a lot like Mike Tyson: Punchout!! but it's free, and you can download it right now.

I wonder if Nintendo is mad? It's a lot like Punchout, with a roster of colorful boxing opponents, with names like Jordy McDirt, Fluke O'Brady and Jay Shore Tenerelli, and the same kind of over-the-shoulder, swing your fist action.

Is it fun? Sort of, sure. It's worth the price, anyway. The commercial above, however, is better than the game, I have to say, if only because it stars old Iron Mike, who is among the most enigmatic, charismatic figures in popular culture. I (heart) Mike Tyson!

Source: Kotaku

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Legendary animator Don Bluth is…well, a legend. His hand help create some of the most acclaimed and beloved Disney films of all time (Robin Hood, The Sword and the Stone, The Jungle Book, to name a few), but he’s perhaps best known in gaming circles for his work on the arcade classic Dragon’s Lair, which has been released on pretty much every gaming platform imaginable since its release in the early 1980s.

Last year, Bluth founded his own development company, Square One Studios, which today released its first title, Tapper World Tour, an iOS reinterpretation of the arcade hit Tapper. We saw the game a few weeks back at GDC, and you can check out our preview for all the details. We also had a chance to sit down with Mr. Bluth at that time as well to talk about the legacy of Dragon’s Lair, his creative philosophies, and the lost art of hand-drawn animation.

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Greetings Feed faithful! It’s that time of the week again, and even though our skilled team is still recovering from GDC and in the process of prepping for PAX this weekend (whew!), we knew you’d just be a wreck if you didn’t get your Feedback fix. And to be honest, so would we.

So this week, host Adam Sessler welcomes Matt Keil, Stephen Johnson, and Nikole Zivalich to chat about the highlights from this year’s Game Developers Conference, including Battlefield 3, Reckoning: Kingdom of Amalur, Dead Island and more, as well as what we are looking forward to at PAX. The gamer gang also discusses the game of the week, Dragon Age II, and dissects the missteps, the missed opportunities, and the sadly overshadowed successes of BioWare’s latest fantasy epic.

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Feedback: Slaying dragons and having deeply philosophical debates with our faces covered in darkspawn blood since 1979.
 
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IGF / GDC Awards

The 11th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards as well as the 13th Annual Independent Games Festival winners were revealed yesterday at GDC, and the big winners of the night were Red Dead Redemption and Minecraft. Red Dead won a total of four awards, including the coveted Game of the Year Award, while Minecraft walked away with four awards as well between the two shows. Hit the jump for the full list of all the winners.

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IGF / GDC Awards

Pop your popcorn, open your sodas, and kick back. The Game Developer's Choice Awards, and the Independent Games Festival Awards are about to kickoff, and you can watch them both live right here. Want to know who's going to pull in the most awards? Wondering what indie devs might make waves like Monaco did last year? There's a video livestream that's been put up, just for our audience here at G4, courtesy of the fine folks at Gamespot. And for the rest of our coverage from San Francisco, keep things pointed right at our GDC page. Enjoy the show, and check G4tv.com afterwards for a list of all the winners!

Independent Games Festival

There’s a big celebration about to happen. Awards will be given. Corks will be popped. People who have worked long and hard on their dreams will finally get a little recognition. Of course, I’m talking about the Oscars of hard-working indie game developers. The Independent Games Festival started this week and there are some big awards to give away. You can keep your shiny gold little men. Give me something that says I made an awesome game. With some big games hitting the stage this year, it’s going to be a tough fight just to win any award.

Of course, we here at G4TV.com know that you have a gambling problem. You keep losing. If you kept winning, it wouldn’t be a problem. So how about some help?

We've picked out some of the best bets in each of the categories ranging from audio all the way up to the big prize: the Seumas McNally award. And just to cover all the bases, we’ve even thrown in a dark horse contender in the competition just to cover our butts. Of course, each one of these games beat out hundreds of other titles just to make it this far. When all is said and done, we are all winners to have so many great games in the competition this year. Just remember that if you happen to win any real money by betting on these titles, you’re required  to give us 10% off the top. Or else. Read on for our Best Bets for the Independent Games Festival Awards this year.

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Don Bluth Hopes iPhone Game Will Lead To Animation Project

At GDC this week, we sat down with animation legend Don Bluth, the genius behind features The Land Before Time, An American Tail, and video games Space Ace and Dragon’s Lair, to get the story on his newest project, Tapper World Tour, an iPhone/iPad re-imagining of classic arcade title Tapper.

According to Bluth, part of the motivation for Dragon’s Lair back in the 1980s was monetary. He had run out of funding for animated film The Secret of NIMH, and hoped that Dragon’s Lair would provide some much needed capital. The game was, of course, incredibly successful, and The Secret of NIMH was completed to nearly universal critical acclaim. Bluth said he’d love to something similar happen with Tapper World Tour.

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Independent Games Festival

There’s a big celebration about to happen. Awards will be given. Corks will be popped. People who have worked long and hard on their dreams will finally get a little recognition. Of course, I’m talking about the Oscars of hard-working indie game developers. The Independent Games Festival started this week and there are some big awards to give away. You can keep your shiny gold little men. Give me something that says I made an awesome game. With some big games hitting the stage this year, it’s going to be a tough fight just to win any award.

Of course, we here at G4TV.com know that you have a gambling problem. You keep losing. If you kept winning, it wouldn’t be a problem. So how about some help?

We've picked out some of the best bets in each of the categories ranging from audio all the way up to the big prize: the Seumas McNally award. And just to cover all the bases, we’ve even thrown in a dark horse contender in the competition just to cover our butts. Of course, each one of these games beat out hundreds of other titles just to make it this far. When all is said and done, we are all winners to have so many great games in the competition this year. Just remember that if you happen to win any real money by betting on these titles, you’re required  to give us 10% off the top. Or else. Read on for our Best Bets for the Independent Games Festival Awards this year.

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Sword & Sworcery EP, the upcoming iPhone/iPad title from superbrothers, has a new video up. "Audience Calibration Procedure" presents an even more surreal look into this haunting title that uses retro graphics and a sense of wonder to create something new ... if not trippy. We took a look at the game back in October, and it is definitely on our radar. But don't just take my yakkin' for granted. Watch the video above and see what you think.


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GDC Preview -- Anomaly: Warzone Earth

Adjust your upcoming game-radar and add Anomaly: Warzone Earth. The engaging little downloadable game from 11Bit Studios is coming to PC through Steam, as well as IPod and iPad, and the little indie game manages to be original, polished and a crap-ton of fun.

Anomaly takes the tower defense genre and turns it upside down, putting the players in charge of a squad of vehicles infiltrating territory and destroying the armaments of malevolent occupying army of aliens. What else does the game hold in store? Read on for more.

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Angry Birds at GDC

Peter Vesterbacka, the "Mighty Eagle" at Rovio just announced during their GDC panel that Angry Birds St. Patricks Day is coming soon as part of Angry Birds Seasons. Does that mean we can expect drunken birds? They're already angry, after all. Little flingable leprechaun birds would as happy as well. Expect it sometime "Well before St. Patrick's Day."

They also spoke briefly about the Angry Birds Rio game, meant to tie-in with the upcoming animated film. "We could make it work nicely with Angry Birds and the backstory. It could be the first time the birds leave the island, and are kidnapped by smugglers. This is not one of these lame movie games, but a separate game that works nicely with teh movie."

Angry Birds Rio is due out on March 22, and will retail for $.99 on Apple's App Store.

 

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