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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

BASTION

iOS ($4.99)

“Wow.” -- That’s the first word out of our mouths after booting up the iOS port of Bastion on our iPads, and it’s well deserved. If you’re not already familiar with Bastion, it’s the first game from developer Supergiant Games, and it’s been showered in awards and accolades across multiple platforms (XBLA, Steam, Linux, Mac App Store, and even the Chrome Web Store). Now, it’s been brought to the iPad, and it’s just as transcendent.

We don’t want to give too much story away, so we’ll just say this: You’re a kid who’s world is shattered, and you’ll have to work alongside a mysterious stranger to help rebuild it. It’s simple, yet effective, and the interactive dialogue between you and the stranger as “The Kid” progresses through each level is masterful. Oh, and the voiceover for the stranger is downright incredible -- no joke -- and takes Bastion to another level of perfection. He’ll speak reactively as The Kid wanders through the world, offering exhibition and comments that set the mood of the world.

Bastion’s combat system and control schemes have been revamped for the iOS port; they’re very well done, offering a fluid and fun gameplay experience. There are also plenty of upgrades available for different types of weaponry, and any combination of items are viable in combat. Bastion is one of the best games we’ve ever had the pleasure of playing on iOS, so if you’re on the fence about picking it up, we’re telling you to take the leap. You won’t be sorry.

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Avengers Initiative Official Launch Trailer »


An episodic Avengers game, Avengers Initiative, hits iOS and Android tomorrow.  It will run you $6.99 on the iTunes store and the Android App Store.

Avengers Initiative features beloved Marvel characters, both heroes and villains like Wendigo, Abomination and the Skrulls.As you can see in the trailer above, the first episode features the Incredible Hulk, so get ready to smash, people. In episode one of Avengers Initiative, players assume the role of the Hulk in the wake of a mysterious event known as the Pulse, which has freed hordes of super-powered criminals and monsters from a top-secret S.H.I.E.L.D. holding facility. Players must level up, gear up and smash some of the world’s most notorious villains, including

The story and gameplay that will continue over the coming months with free episodic content featuring more Avengers, so get it, tomorrow.

Apple Tablet Mockup

Nefarious hacker group AntiSec says it has boosted over 12 million Apple UDIDs from an FBI agent's laptop.

The group claims it hacked into the laptop of an FBI "cyber security expert" and lifted a list of "12,367,232 Apple iOS devices including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of device, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers, addresses, etc."

To prove that their claims are legit, the hackers have released 1,000,001 UDIDs, with the personal data stripped.

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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

THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU: SOLO REMIX

iOS (iPhone Only $17.99, iPad Only $19.99)

Another game making its way to mobile, The World Ends With You: Solo Remix (TWEWY) is the latest in a series of ports from Square-Enix, and it’s fantastically done. When Neku finds himself in Shibuya (an ultra hip sector of Tokyo famous for its fashion and nightlife) without any memory of how he arrived there, he comes to realize he’s been recruited to play the Reaper’s Game... and failure will result in “erasure.”

For those not familiar with TWEWY, there’s a lot going on, mechanics-wise. Pins act as your attacks, and you’ll use them to swipe and tap your way to victory in battles. Neku’s joined early in the game by a perky girl named Shiki who also provides attacks (with a nifty new Sync system that allows you to alternate attacks, build up a meter to 100%, and then unleash screenwide destruction on your foes.

The artwork and soundtrack alone make TWEWY one of the most compelling and deep titles on the App Store, and the gameplay compliments a touch screen perfectly. Some may balk at the price tag, or the iPhone edition’s incompatibility with the iPad (no scaling up allowed), but TWEWY is worth picking one device to play it on, and sticking with it to the end.

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Bastion Coming to iPad

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Posted August 29, 2012 - By Stephen Johnson

Bastion Coming to iPad

Bastion, everyone's favorite downloadable indie RPG, is coming to the iPad.It will feature all the artwork, music, and narration that Bastion is known for, along with the touch controls iPad gaming is known for. So you'll be able to explore more than 40 hand-painted Bastion environments as you discover the secrets of the Calamity, a surreal catastrophe that shattered the world to pieces..

The iPad version will also feature a "Game Plus" mode that unlocks after you finish the main game.

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The Walking Dead: Episode Three Out Now On PSN And XBLA

Good news, zombie fans: the third episode of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead series, titled Long Road Ahead, is out today and will be available for download on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade (via IGN). You can nab it on PSN for $4.99, or as part of a $19.99 Season Pass, or on XBLA for 400 MS points.

PC/Mac users don't have to wait much longer; the next episode will be released as an update for the $24.99 game starting tomorrow, August 29, 2012. You can get it straight from Telltale's store, or from Steam, Origin, Amazon, GameStop, or GameFly. The iOS version of the game, which lags behind the other platforms by one episode, will also see the release of episode two (Starved for Help) starting tomorrow, $4.99 for the lone episode or $14.99 for the full season.

The World Ends With You Solo Remix Is Out For iOS

The recently discovered timer connected to the Nintendo DS RPG, The World Ends With You, ticked down to zero over the weekend, revealing a new "Solo Remix" version of the game for iOS platforms. The previously rumored mobile version of the game is out right now, for $17.99 on your iPhone and $19.99 on your iPad, via Apple's App Store.

An official website lays out the new features added in The World Ends With You: Solo Remix, with the biggest attractions being Retina Display-friendly HD graphics and a soundtrack highlighted by new songs and remixes. There's quite a bit more too, though much of it will likely only make sense to those who know the game. The question is: are you willing to spend $20 on an iOS app? For reference, that's around the same price that DS versions of the game currently sell at.

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The verdict in the infringement lawsuit between tech giants Apple and Samsung has been reached. The California jury found that Samsung devices infringed on Apple patents, including multi-touch gestures, scroll, zooming and other navigation features.

The damages: $1,051,855,000.

Samsung's counter-claim that Apple infringed on Samsung's technology were all denied, so no damages will be awarded to Samsung from Apple.

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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

HORN

iOS ($6.99) | Android (Aug 2012)

We’ll be honest, we were a bit nervous when we heard Phosphor Games was announced as a Zynga Partner for Mobile for their newest title, Horn. Fortunately, it seems Zynga hasn’t interfered with the development of the game itself, and is lending its big name to help Phosphor keep themselves near the top of the App Store for a sustained period of time. But let’s get to the game, shall we?

Horn is the story of a boy named... well, Horn. One day, he wakes up to his world completely changed: his town is in ruins, there are some colossus-like beings wandering about, and he has no idea what’s happened. Of course, the best adventures begin thusly, and Horn sets out to make things right and get everything back to normal. The very first thing you’ll notice are the environments. In fact, you’ll keep noticing them; Horn has a visual quality reminiscent of Fable, and you’ll never cease to be amazed at the beauty packed into every detail. Everywhere you look, Horn is lovely. The voice acting is fantastic too, with some talented folks giving life to each entity you come across (Gourd’s is particularly great).

The combat mechanics are solid, with an Infinity Blade-esque feel to them. Unfortunately, the controls can be a bit unwieldy, with a “tap on a spot to move to it” scheme that’s mediocre at best and frustrating at worst, so we’re hoping Phosphor adds in a virtual d-pad to help ease the pain of invisible walls. Overall though, it’s a minor annoyance that tends to fade into the background once you get the hang of it, and it shouldn’t keep anyone interested from picking it up.

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World Ends With You Countdown Clock

I hate countdown clocks.They create a sense of hype, excitement and anticipation that too often disappoints when the reveal comes. Like Square Enix's recent The World Ends With You-related timer. When it appeared, people were of course looking forward to the reveal of a sequel to the game. Well sorry. It looks like it's for an iPhone port.

There's nothing wrong with an iPhone port of The World Ends With You. That's a pretty cool idea, actually... but is it a cool enough idea to put a week-long countdown clock? I think not.

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Matt Parker’s Recurse is an iPad game developed specifically to make you feel like a happy goofball. A party/puzzle game with allusions to Dance Central and Fruit Ninja Kinect, it’s a camera-based exercise in simplicity – touch the green shapes, avoid the red, push for high scores, and share your goofy pictures with the world. With origins as an art show installation and NYU Game Center No Quarter exhibit, the title recently won the “Play This Now” award at Come Out and Play.

We were able to get in touch with developer Matt Parker and talk shop about the game’s arty origins, the importance of being playful, and the reasons why indies like to party.

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The below "leaked" iPhone 5 video from Adam Thinks shows off Apple's new phone. It explains how the iPhone 5 is the perfect device to take pictures of your food, as well as the perfect device to momentarily fool your fake friends into thinking you have a fulfilling inner life and aren't a hopeless shambling husk, waiting with a mixture of fear and resignation until your days in this vale of tears come to a merciful end.

Plants vs. Zombies For iPhone Rakes In $1 Million In Nine Days

Popcap's Plants Vs. Zombies 2 will be released in late spring.

The sequel to everyone's favorite undead vs. vegetation game Plants vs. Zombies will include a bunch of new features, settings, and situations, designed to "delight the franchise's tens of millions of fans around the world."

No other details of the new installment in the franchise are available at this time, although Popcap did send over some jokey "quotes" from game characters. I put them under the "Read More" tag, if you're into that sort of thing.

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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

JACK LUMBER

iOS ($0.99 Launch Special Ends 8/19/2012)

We’ve been conditioned our whole lives to love trees. To protect them. To make sure nobody rips em outta the ground... until now. We’re talking about Jack Lumber, the newest game from Owlchemy Labs. You’ll be cutting down a bunch of lumber in this game, but we promise those trees totally deserved it. Jack’s a lumberjack -- shocker, we know -- and he’s out for revenge. You see, trees came around and crushed his granny, and now, Jack’s on a mission to take down those pine-jerks.

Jack Lumber offers an interesting twist on the swipe-to-cut formula we’ve seen in titles like Fruit Ninja: instead of objects in fluid motion challenging you to cut them before they leave the screen, Jack Lumber goes into slow motion to let you cut wood when you touch the screen. You only get one shot at creating a trail through each piece, it has to be a continuous trail (meaning lifting your finger off the screen ends the cut each round), and you can only slice the logs lengthwise.

At first, it’s a pretty simple task, but as the levels grow in difficulty, you’ll have to manage single-direction cuts, logs that require multiple passes, bombs, and avoiding innocent woodland creatures. Add in a funny (and solid!) story, hilarious power-ups, and non-intrusive IAP, and Jack Lumber is an easy shoo-in for one of this year’s best iOS games.

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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

Fieldrunners 2

iOS

Before everyone got struck with the angry avian flu, we spent our time taking down little army men, one massive wave at a time. The original Fieldrunners made throwing down turrets popular and spawned a whole new genre on the iPhone. But can the grandfather of mincing minions make a comeback after all this time? My near dead iPhone battery can certainly agree that Fieldrunners 2 improves on just about every aspect of the original.

Even if you’re one who likes to build mazes with cheap turrets or build out the gauntlet one piece at a time, there’s a little something for everyone in Fieldrunners 2. Every area gives you a little something new to play with such as the new medic units, environmental hazards, or little ramps that weave the men in and around the arena. Multiple modes such as Sudden Death that will kill you sooner or later; it’s only a matter of how long you can survive.

For anyone who has thrown down a turret and held his or her breath, you need to download this game immediately.

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