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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

POCKET PLANES

iOS

Before I get into Pocket Planes, there were a lot of amazing games this week. But if there’s one game that captured my attention a little too much this past week, it was Pocket Planes. It’s from Nimblebit, the same two-man team that brought you Tiny Tower, one of our favorite mobile games of 2011, and they don’t disappoint with their follow up. In Pocket Planes, you’ll be honing your management skills with your very own airline... and while that might sound mundane, let’s all recall how addicting Tiny Tower is, in spite of its seemingly vanilla premise.

The true beauty of Pocket Planes is its depth and wide gameplay options. There’s gameplay here for everyone, from super casual to the deep micromanagement players, and the game really pulls you in because of it. You start off with smaller planes, and choose which region around the globe you want to start your airline. From there, you’ll ferry bitizens (Nimblebit’s iconic and adorable denizens) and cargo from location to location. It’s very simple, but when you begin really digging into building airplanes from parts, organizing flights for maximum income, and expanding your air empire; the game transcends into a truly immersive experience.

There’s so much to love and discover about Pocket Planes: Global Events (more gold and prizes for shuttling bitizens to a specific location); Flight Crews (start your own with friends, or join a larger gaming site’s crew to rank higher during global events); and Plane Management (build your own new planes with found/purchased parts). The beloved “BitBook” (a knockoff Facebook for your bitizens) remains in place, and there’s a familiarity there that immediately puts you at ease. Lastly, Pocket Planes is free with IAP available. So if you’ve got an iOS device, there’s no excuse to skip giving it a try. For you Android users, Nimblebit says they’re working on a port of Pocket Planes, so keep your eyes peeled for it in the coming months!

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Fingle

Fingle is an iPad game that is probably best described as "uncomfortably social," a "social" game in the truest sense of the word. Instead of demanding asynchronous, pseudo-intimacy over the Internet; this game asks its players to engage in something considerably more primal: Actual human contact.

A thumb thrusts against the interspace of your fingers. You close your palm across the back of another's knuckles, your digits wiggling through the gaps to make contact with cool glass of the iPad. There is no mistaking what the motions are alluding to. Nervous giggling entangle with the suggestive, 70's-style soundtrack. A telltale moan, one that leaves nothing to the imagination. You move to the next stage.

Developed by Game Oven, Fingle is kind of like Twister for the hands, except with moving boxes and cheesy 70's music that would make Austin Powers proud. It's a game that's probably inappropriate to play with an errant grandmother. (Unless, of course, you enjoy the idea of geriatric hanky-panky. We're not judging. Honest.)

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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

PLAGUE, INC.

iOS

Simply put, Plague Inc. makes wiping out humanity fun. This is a game where you’ll feel the exhilaration of creating your own deadly designer disease... and the horror that comes with watching the entire globe get wiped out by it. Destroying the human race has never been so personal.

As mentioned, you’ll be tasked with making a disease, and then choosing its country of origin. As it spreads, you get points to spend in three categories: transmission, symptoms, and abilities. Level up each area to increase the lethality and strength of your biological terror upon the masses, and watch the global map turn red to reflect the infected.

When your disease causes enough of a problem, scientists will start researching a cure, and you’ll have to either build up your disease’s immunity or choose symptoms that are highly lethal (and spread quickly) in order to take out the cure. The simulation is wildly engrossing, and for a first time developer outing in the App Store, Plague, Inc. truly delivers an incredibly fun experience.

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Street Fighter X Tekken Coming To iPhones And iPads

Capcom is putting out an iOS version of Street Fighter X Tekken, so iPhone owners can finally spend your bus/plane ride beating people up and not get arrested. The game is expected this summer.

The iOS Street Fighter X Tekken is based on the console releases, but features an IOS-specific controls and UI, as well as new modes and what Capcom has referred to as a "new take" on tag teaming. As you can see from the screen above, the game overlays controls on your iPad. How this will work in practice isn't known, but I can't wait to find out!

SFxT is compatible with iOS 5 or higher, and is playable on iPhone 4 and 4S, iPod Touch 4th generation or later, iPad 2, and the New iPad.

Fieldrunners 2

Check out our preview of Fieldrunners 2 from E3 2012. We took some time out from our busy schedule of checking out AAA shooters to bring you an iOS game you should really be aware of.

This sequel keeps the gameplay we all loved from the original and throws a lot of "New" into the mix. Here's a taste of Rob Manuel's Field Runners 2 preview:

"Fieldrunners 2 takes the concept and expands on it in practically every way while still keeping the original tower defense mechanics. Players move along different areas and through four very distinct sections of the map, from grasslands to deserts and even to some darker areas. The good gents over at Subatomic Studios wanted to give players a sense of progression rather than the same slog as you face countless forces."

Read the rest of our Fieldrunners 2 preview.

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My Xbox Live iPhone App Now Includes Remote Xbox 360 Controls

The My Xbox Live app, Microsoft's official mobile link to Xbox Live, has been updated with some nifty new remote control features that allows your iPhone to issue commands to your Xbox 360. It's not a full-featured remote to the point that you can turn your console on, but an included set of nav controls allows you to browse around the dashboard and access Quickplay content.

Connecting the app with your Xbox 360 is as simple as browsing to the "Console Settings" menu and turning on Xbox Companion features, then tapping the associated in-app command. The iPad version was updated as well to now include Retina Display support and improved authentication.

Microsoft also released an Android version of the app, though it doesn't include any of the new features offered in the iOS update; from the look of the product page, it's the original version of the app as it was first released. You can get any of these apps for free from your mobile OS's digital marketplace.

 

Source: Major Nelson

Game Center

Cross platform play is coming to Apple's Game Center. Game Center, Apple's online multiplayer social gaming network, will support Mac-to-Mac and cross-device gaming, so you can play from your Mac against someone on an iPhone or iPad and any of them can push that over AirPlay to their Apple TV. It's an Apple world, everyone.

Not only that: Apple just announced the addition of "Challenged" to the Game Center, which are basically like Xbox Live Achievements, except for Apple games.

Game Center is available for iOS devices capable of running iOS 4.2 or later, and will be  integrated into the latest version of Mac OS X, Mountain Lion, set for a summer 2012 release.

Apple LogoAccording to Apple, speaking at their World Wide Developer's conference, Diablo 3 will be updated to take advantage of the higher definition, "retina" displays of the company's new line of MacBook Pro computers.

"You are going to see a gaming experience unlike any you've seen before," Apple CEO Tim Cook said.

For the tech-minded: The new Pro features a 15.4-inch display with a pixel density of 2880 x 1800, four times as many pixels than the previous generation of MacBook Pro display.

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Five iPhone Game Developers React To Apple's iPad Announcement

According to Apple president Tim Cook speaking at WWDC 2012, an important milestone has been reached for Apple: Customers have downloaded over 30 billion Apps. The Apple CEO says there are now 650,000 apps on the App Store, 225,000 of them are i-Pad-specifically designed.

"This compares to just a few hundred for our competition," Cook added to the assembled journalists and Apple insiders. Ooh, that's a burn!

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. This week, we’re taking time to preview the mobile games at E3 2012 that look killer:

E3 MOBILE GAMES TOP 5 PREVIEW

INFINITY BLADE: DUNGEONS

iOS (2012)

Infinity Blade: Dungeons looks to deliver a compelling, crazy gorgeous top-down dungeon crawler for our iPads, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. If you’re currently addicted to Diablo 3, you’ll likely fall in love with Dungeons, as it feels like a mobile cousin of Blizzard’s newest blockbuster. We’ve seen what Epic Games can do with the latest and greatest hardware in mobile via Infinity Blade and its sequel, and now we’re being treated to an entirely different experience (albeit one we’re just as eagerly anticipating).

Dungeons takes place thousands of years before the Infinity Blade games happen. You’re the apprentice to the Master of the Forge, and you’ll be tasked with creating the most epic weapon ever (we’re pretty sure you can guess which one that is). You’ll wander through stunning environments, fighting Deathless as you go. It’s pretty apparent this will be yet another winning title from Epic, making Infinity Blade: Dungeons one of our most-anticipated mobile titles of E3.

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Your Need for Speed Most Wanted gameplay demo is here with Criterion's Steve Cuss, Morgan Webb and Kevin Pereira from E3 2012.  But don't call it a comeback, call it a re-boot. 

Ever want to be wanted?  With NFS Most Wanted you will be.  Start at the bottom and work your way to the top of the social ladder of the racing world.  Friends in the game will compete for speed points which will determine who is the most wanted.  You have the freedom to do whatever you want, go wherever you want and to drive as fast as you want in the open world created by EA's Criterion.  The classic arcade racing style chosen for this game offers you sixty cars to choose from so you can explore and drive with reckless abandon.  When you factor in tracking of speed tests, online events, collectibles, jumps, drifts and speed gates you will get chased by the cops (although unlikely they will catch up to you) and get points for that too.

"It's in Criterion's DNA to take something beautiful and smash it up," so if that is your thing, watch the Need for Speed Most Wanted Gameplay Demo to hold you over until October 30, 2012 when the game comes out on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PC, iOS, and Android devices.

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Best of E3 2012

G4 has announced its Best of E3 2012 nominees! This year’s field of games is one of the best we’ve ever seen, and that means we can all look forward to countless hours of unbelievable gaming experiences over the coming months and months. For the time being, we wanted to call particular attention to what we feel are the best of the best of E3 2012. Hence, the following list of nominees.

This year’s most attention-grabbing games includes everything from AAA blockbusters to downloadable titles and everything in between. To say that the upcoming slate of games has something for everyone would be a gross understatement, as you can see by the full Best of E3 2012 list below!

And be sure to check back on June 7 (as in tomorrow) during G4's E3 Live show and Feedback Live when we'll reveal the winners!

Game of Show

  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Dishonored
  • Far Cry 3
  • Halo 4
  • The Last Of Us
  • Watch Dogs

Check out the rest of the nominees after the jump.

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Human Element Revealed As Robert Bowling's New Zombie Survival Game

Human Element has been revealed as Robert Bowling's new game. The former creative strategist at Infinity Ward spoke to Game Informer about his game company's Robotoki's first title, saying that it takes place during the zombie apocalypse and focuses on survival.

"Their greatest strength is the fear that [zombies] instill in us, the survivors, that unreasonable fear. Unreasonable fear that leads us to do unreasonable things to survive," he said.

Bowling also mentioned that there will be different character classes in Human Element: Action, Intelligence, and Stealth, and you'll be able to choose one of three identities: Survive Alone, Survive with a Partner, or Survive with a Young Child. These decisions will determine how you'll engage in scenarios and how those decisions will impact you based on a physical and morality level.

Currently the game is slated for a 2015 release for next-generation consoles, PC, mobile, and tablets. As we hear more details on the game we'll be sure to get them to you. In the meantime, what do you think of another zombie survival game, but this time coming from one of the guys who made the multiplayer in Call of Duty so successful?

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

AIR MAIL

iOS

Air Mail is serving up some Pilotwings realness right now on iOS. It’s not just a cheap clone or a terrible faux-port of the popular Nintendo franchise. Chillingo’s history of excellence proves itself again with a title that’s charming, challenging, and meticulously crafted. You’re “Scoop” (you get to pick a boy or girl character), a young pilot freshly inducted into the ranks of the Domeekan Island Flyers. Scoop must deliver packages, explore, and complete other challenges on the cheery archipelago -- at least until the Verikai Sky Fleet comes in and sets up a blockade.

One of my favorite parts of Air Mail is its complete lack of actual dogfighting. Sure, Scoop is part of the war effort, but that doesn’t mean you have to shoot down the bad guys to win. Objectives include supply line sabotage, disarming explosives, and delivering supplies to your own brethren. It’s refreshingly innocent, but not in a naive way. Visually, Air Mail is downright gorgeous, especially on the new iPad, and you’ll find yourself loving Exploration Mode, wherein you fly around in your plane, pick up information, and take in the sights of Domeekan.

Air Mail is an exquisite example of how mobile games can truly entertain and tell a compelling story without losing the heart that great mobile gaming is all about. This is a game all ages and kinds of gamers will enjoy.

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This X-Play Infinity Blade Dungeons preview features an interview with Rod Fergusson, Epic Games' director of production. Rather than follow its predecessors Infinity Blade and Infinity Blade 2 with more one-on-one swordplay, Infinity Blade Dungeons changes things up with its action-rpg gameplay.

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After three years of work on Gears of War 3, developers at Epic Games decided to focus their talents on creating a great dungeon crawler for the iOS. Check out the video above for gameplay footage and storyline details of this highly anticipated entry in the Infinity Blade series!

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