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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PAX East’s Indie Showcase was a smoking hotspot of activity this weekend. Here’s what you may have overlooked, and why you should be singing a different tune.

Lawnmower Challenge

Lawnmower Challenge
Lunar Enigma's lock-and-key path-finding puzzle may look deceptively simple on first glance, but a quick run through a handful of levels professes otherwise. Inspired by late 80s tile-based Chip's Challenge, Lawnmower Challenge asks players to mow a plot of grass in the least number of moves. The plots, divided into squares and broken into sections with wooden fences, are studded with mower-impassable perils such as rocks and mud. While players can walk over the muddier areas, seeds must be collected and used to cross them with the mower. Keys scattered in the grass grant access to locked areas, and all item collection moves without the mower still go towards your step count.

What makes this iOS and Android title irresistible is its fresh and clean approach to one of the more classic game puzzles. That and the relaxing, smooth jazz soundtrack is just the clear and heady mix needed to push the noodles of your brain through the more grueling 500-move levels. The game is expected to release later this year.

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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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Today on X-Play

Tune in tonight 6:30PM ET on X-Play as we continue All Access PAX East coverage with previews of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and Spec Ops: The Line. Plus, BioShock cosplay. Full show details below:

  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier "Guerilla" Mode Preview
    Wave-based survival comes to Ghost Recon: Future Soldier in the upcoming "Guerilla" mode.
  • Retrogame Roadshow Panel
    Hopefuls from all over brought their gaming collectibles to the Retrogame Roadshow, where Wired Editor Chris Kohler gave them the hard news on how much their items were really worth.
  • Will Work For Games: BioShock Infinite Lead Artist and Art Director
    Go behind the scenes with two of the people bringing BioShock Infinite's enemies to life, Irrational Games' Lead Artist Shawn Robertson and Art Director Nate Wells.
  • Infinity Blade: Dungeons Gameplay Preview
    Epic Games reveals details on their upcoming loot-heavy iOS game Infinity Blade: Dungeons.
  • BioShock Cosplay Contest
    We hit the show floor with Irrational Games on a mission to round people up for a BioShock cosplay contest.
  • Spec Ops: The Line Gameplay Walkthrough Exclusive
    At PAX East we got an exclusive look at the upcoming third-person modern military shooter Spec Ops: The Line.
  • Lollipop Chainsaw Gameplay Preview
    PAX East offered up the latest on cheerleading zombie slasher Lollipop Chainsaw.

Watch X-Play weekdays at 6:30PM ET, only on G4!

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


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:



iPhone | iPad

Fun fact: the same development company responsible for our Game of the Week is also responsible for creating one of the best sci-fi FPS games ever created in Crysis (and its glorious sequel). Fibble: Flick ‘n’ Roll isn’t anything like what I expected Crytek to make when I heard they were making an iOS game; however, that’s definitely not a bad thing, as Fibble is a really fun game with some very high production value.

Fibble’s an alien who’s crash landed on Earth, and it’s your job to help him navigate the house he’s landed in and find his alien friends. Each level consists of a little track for Fibble to roll through, and an environment with beautiful renders of objects corresponding to the room you’re currently in (toys, groceries, etc). Finding Fibble’s alien buddies lets you place them around each track to get to places Fibble wouldn’t be able to go by himself; for example, Byte will launch Fibble into the air if you tap the screen while Fibble is in proximity, getting him to otherwise unreachable areas.

Fibble is Crytek’s first foray into mobile gaming, but it’s a solid iOS title that brings great gameplay and gorgeous production value to your iPhone or iPad. It’s pretty crazy to see the makers of ultra slick sci-fi shooter Crysis also bring us the silly, fun world in Fibble: Flick ‘n’ Roll, but at the end of the day, all that matters is that Fibble is packed with delights you won’t want to miss.

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Ms. splosion man

Ms. Splosion Man is coming to Steam, Games For Windows LIVE, Windows Phone 7, iPhone and iPad. Anything that brings Ms. Splosion Man's unique, funny, explody platforming joy to new platforms is cool by us. Twisted Pixel has teamed up with Iron Galaxy, Fire Hose and Panic Button studios to bring Ms. Splosion Man to her new homes.

“We are extremely excited to work with Twisted Pixel in bringing splosions to mobile devices,” says Iron Galaxy C.E.Bro, Dave Lang.  “Ms. Splosion Man has really deep gameplay that is born from deceptively simple controls, so it’s a great game on any platform.”

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Max Payne Mobile Shoot-Dodges Onto iOS, Android Soon

Rockstar Games confirms that Max Payne Mobile will be heading to pretty much every iOS device imaginable in a morning press release. It's compatible with all versions of the iPad, the iPhone 3GS or newer, and the iPod Touch 4.

Android users will be getting Max Payne Mobile as well, with that version launching on April 26. Rockstar promises to release a list of supported devices soon. All versions of the game feature an HD makeover, customizable controls, and some form of Rockstar Social Club connectivity.

The Ghost Recon Network has been announced, but if you want to go deeper beneath the surface of the multiplayer service, check out the interview below with Rob Newns, Lead Designer for Ghost Recon Network. Newns will give you a complete breakdown of the service's features, including weapon customization, hot-spot maps and more. 

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The New iPad As A Gaming Device: A Look At Infinity Blade: Dungeons, Sky Gamblers

Apple might be working on a controller for iPhones, iPod touches and iPads, which would end one of the major problems with using those devices as gaming consoles.

The news comes from AnandTech, where writers Vivek Gowri & Anand Lal Shimpio post: 

"I know of an internal Apple project to bring a physical controller to market, but whether or not it will ever see the light of day remains to be seen. As smartphones and tablets come close to equaling the performance of current game consoles, I feel like the controller problem must be addressed."

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Leisure Suit Larry HD Announced

Leisure Suit Larry is getting its own kickstarter. Replay Games now owns the rights to Larry, and is behind the push to remake the original Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards. The idea is to give gamers a "return to the one true Larry."  Here's the Leisure Suit Larry kickstarter link.

Loyalty (and cash) will be rewarded with a suite of interesting items, up to having your name permanently included in the game as a secret password. That one will cost you 50k.

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Angry Birds Board Game Coming

An Angry Birds cartoon series is coming to "all possible platforms," further solidifying developer Rovio's plan to take over the entire universe with their disgruntled avian.

Rovio's head of animation Nick Dorra made the announcement at a media conference in Cannes, France, saying, "I am happy to say we are going to roll out a weekly animation series this year of short format content."

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Super Meat Boy

An iOS version of super-hard platformer Super Meat Boy is currently in development. According to Team Meat, the iPhone game will be rebuilt from the ground up, to work with the touch-screen controls of the iOS. Presumably, the difficulty will remain.

Super Meat Boy: The Game, as the iOS version is tentatively titled, will feature new visuals, a new soundtrack, and new gameplay mechanics compared to the original release.

There's no release date available as of yet.

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:



iPhone | iPad | Android

Finally, after numerous expansions and spin-offs, we’ve got Angry Birds Space, the first true sequel to Rovio’s 800lb. gorilla Angry Birds. If you haven’t heard of it... well, you’re probably allergic to electronics and can’t read this site. So does the sequel live up to its predecessor?

In a word: Absolutely.

In a genre where I was convinced there was no more ground to cover, Rovio stopped looking for that ground and turned their gaze to the stars. Angry Birds Space, as its title suggests, takes place off-planet, and the game shines because of it. Launching your birds now also has a gravity element tied into it: fling your bird into the halo of gravity surrounding asteroids harboring those pesky pigs, and use that gravitational pull to alter the bird’s trajectory and crush those green piggies. It feels familiar, sure, but it’s also fresh, and that’s no small feat.

There are very few people out there who haven’t experienced Angry Birds at least once, and it’s safe to say most of us using a mobile device will spend some time with Angry Birds Space. If opening weekend downloads are any indication (Rovio reports over 10 million downloads in a scant three days), I think it’s safe to assume this sequel’s already rocketed into the stratosphere... and beyond.

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Spy Vs. Spy Game Teased

We received a mysterious image via email yesterday that teases a Spy Vs. Spy game. If you look at the above image, you have all the information we have, although I can tell you that the developer, Robots and Pencils, makes iOS games (including a Words with friends cheating app!), so this probably isn't the AAA Spy Vs. Spy game fans have been craving. Instead, look out for on iPhone/iPad game.

If you're not up to speed, Spy vs. Spy was a series of cartoons that were popular during the "Golden Age" of Mad magazine. The story concerned the black spy vs. the white spy, who spent their days trying to kill each other in various, esoteric ways. It's sort of rooted in Cold War hysteria, and while generally amusing, Spy vs. Spy was never quite as funny as Don Martin or "The Lighter Side Of..." 

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