Angry Birds Star Wars Release Date Announced

Angry Birds Star Wars, a new edition of Rovio's irked avian saga, will be out November 8 for iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, Mac, PC, Windows Phone and Windows 8.

In Angry Birds Star Wars, the birds and pigs we all know and love (or tolerate) from previous Angry Birds games, have taken on the guises and personalities of the iconic characters from Star Wars. As you might have guessed, the pigs will be represented by Darth Vader, his stormtroopers and other evil Star Wars characters, where the flying birds will look like Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and other iconic Star Wars characters.

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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:



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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Duo Pinball

The device you see above is the The Duo Pinball iPad Controller, an iPad controller that converts your tablet into pinball machine, complete with an angled presentation, flipper buttons and spring-loaded plunger. There's even a bump mechanism that lets you nudge a ball where you want it to go, and, yes, the machine will TILT if you bump it too hard.

It works with Pinball HD and Pinball HD Collection apps, probably the most-popular silver-ball games in the app store, and is blue tooth compatible, so you could play it on your phone, too.

The Duo Pinball iPad controller is $59.99 and available now.

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:


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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:



iOS ($4.99)

Lili is a beautiful iOS title we’ve been waiting for since Apple showed it off at the iPhone event earlier this month, and it’s well worth the wait. This is a gorgeous, whimsical adventure RPG with some very fine touches and compelling themes. Lili is also the name of the game’s heroine, who finds herself on a strange world named Geos -- home to some very odd inhabitants, indeed -- and must begin a journey that will change not only her life, but the lives of the creatures living there.

If you’re feeling tentative about a 3D game with touch controls, you’re not alone; we felt the same trepidation as we started playing Lili. Fortunately, the controls are really well executed, using a “tap once to auto-walk/run, tap again to stop” scheme, and you’ll rarely find yourself frustrated as you wander around and look at your surroundings. The game revolves around flowers (Lili’s studying them), and Lili will need to pick flowers off the backs of Spirits roaming around Geos. As always, as she progresses, those mini-battles become more and more difficult (but we think it scales nicely).

Lili’s themes of oppression and bringing down authoritarian regimes are beautifully done, with the game’s script striking a balance between too fluffy and too morose exceedingly well. Bitmonster (Lili’s creators) doesn’t pull any punches letting you know how cruel Spirits are to the lowly Constructs, and it’s incredibly effective at drawing you in and endearing you to the characters you meet.

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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

The Modern Combat series might be the closest thing to a console shooter on a mobile phone you can get, and gamers have rewarded it with over 6 million downloads.In the video below, Morgan Webb gets an exclusive look at the stops they're pulling out for Modern Combat 4. Take a look at the trailer and let us know how you think Modern Combat compares to a AAA shooter.


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The Last Express Returns -- iOS Version Incoming

Jordan Mechner's The Last Express is a great old game, and like all great old games, it has found a second home on the iPhone and iPad. The 1997 classic will be available on iOS September 27th.

If you're unfamiliar with The Last Express, it's an adventure game set on the famous Orient Express train. It allows players to interact in real time with 30 characters representing a cross-section of pre-WWI Europe, including Serbian freedom fighters, a German arms dealer, a Russian anarchist, a beautiful Austrian concert violinist, a eunuch guarding a Turkish harem, and a mysterious art collector traveling in his own private car. As the mystery unfolds, you'll try to stay alive as you sneak around and eavesdrop on passengers and more. Because the NPCs are all independent, each playthrough offers a different experience. 

If you want to see The Last Express in action, click the Read More tag for a trailer.

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Nerdsourcing finds you the best crowd sourcing projects from Kickstater, Indiegogo, and other such sites, and brings them straight to your wallet. Give, help spread the word, or just find out what’s going to be the hot new thing in the future; nerdsourcing is there to help support the dreamers out there looking to make the impossible a reality or those looking for the next big thing an edge on the competition. Time is limited to fund these projects so don’t wait to long.


Running off the wish for “just one more turn”, IdeaLcenter is confident that M.O.R.E. can become that game. Based off of the old school turn-based 4X space strategy titles that brought them together, M.O.R.E. is just that, but in beautiful 3D graphics. Their goal is to turn M.O.R.E. into something that can expand the turn-based 4X space strategy genre into something that modernizes it, but doesn’t make it too complicated.

The game includes a beautiful 3D galaxy map that boast a variety of stars, nebulas, black holes, wormholes, and even a galactic black hole. That isn’t something to be trifled with. M.O.R.E. is attempting to make the genre much more accessible through intuitive interfaces that are visually appealing and easier for players to understand.

Reward: A $10 pledge will net you a copy of M.O.R.E. upon release.

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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:



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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assassin's creed utopia

Assassin's Creed Utopia is the upcoming iOS/Android strategy game where you'll build your own 17th century village and watch it grow over 150 years. Nikole "Settler" Zivalich got to try Assassin's Creed Utopia out at Tokyo Game Show 2012, and here's a bit of what she had to say in her ACU preview:

"The game began in a small town. Little houses, a bigger building, and assassin towers filled the town. After a few moments tiny bags of gold began popping up above each building. I was able to move buildings or delete them, but the "Upgrade" option wasn't accessible. After collecting more gold than I knew what to do with (no really, what do I do with it?) I decided to click buttons until I saw the Battle option."

For more, check out our full Assassin's Creed Utopia preview from TGS 2012.

iPhone 5 Map Application Failing Epically

If you pre-ordered an Apple iPhone 5 early, tomorrow is the day you'll be receieving your new, slightly better mobile phone, but you might want to be a little wary of iPhones new map feature. If you don't have the new phone, you might want to hold off on updating to iOS 6. While the iPhone 5 will (finally) offer turn-by-turn directions, according to many reports, Apple's new map feature is...problematic, as you can see from the above picture of the Eiffel Tower.

There are no directions for public transportation, and according to many reports, not only are some photographic representations of locations clearly messed up, the info Apple is drawing on for its maps is often inaccurate and/or crazy. Apple's new map app gives us a view into a bizzaro word full of Dali-esque landscapes, where the Brooklyn bridge is melting, long-dead businesses are still around, gas stations are located on rooftops, Chinese restaurants are at the bottom of rivers, and some cities have been sent back in time to World War II.

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Tags: Apple, iPad, iPhone, Tech

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:



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

iTunes 10.7 Announced


Posted September 12, 2012 - By Nikole Zivalich

iTunes 10.7 Announced

Apple announced more than just iPhone 5 today, they also revealed the new iTunes. Apple will soon release a completely redesigned media player, a revamped iTines store, and improved iCloud features.

Some of the improvements made to iTunes are minimal, like the ability to sort your music in more intuitive ways. Other changes you'll notice immediately, like the iTunes store. The entire store has been redesigned for Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, so no matter which device you're on, you'll have the same experience.

The iTunes store will also be adding a preview history option. iCloud will store your preview history across devices, making it easier than ever to find what you've already previewed. Other new features to iCloud will allow you to save, and via the iCloud, pick up where you left off on another device.

iTunes 10.7 will be released soon!

Tags: iPad, iPhone, Music, Tech
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