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One small step for man, one giant sling for bird-kind, Angry Birds Space is now available!

I was a huge Angry Birds fan, I played it at the dinner table on the iPad, at my day job, in bed, on the lounge, on the beanbag, on the toilet (I admit it), I played it everywhere. I was obsessed. I had to give up, but now that Angry Birds Space is here... well, I'm so tempted to swing back into things again.

 

 

Angry Birds Space is now available for a bunch of platforms: iOS-based devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as Android devices, PC and Mac-based systems. The new version brings a bunch of changes, the biggest change of all: gravity. This allows players to use nearby planets to perform trick shots on those nasty pigs.

 

Angry Birds Space sports 60 brand new levels, with more content available through in-app purchases, which is limited to the iOS variants of the game for now. Space also includes hidden goodies and secret levels, with Rovio promising regular free updates in the future.

 

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Best of all, Apple's latest Retina Display-powered iPad gets full support with Angry Birds Space, so it should look super pretty and that has just confirmed a purchase from yours truly. Let's do this!

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes reveal trailer is here

I've never gotten into any of these Lego-themed games, but it looks like I just might have to play this one as it features my favorite superhero of all-time: Superman. The new game has a brand new reveal trailer, where it reveals part of the story, which characters will appear, and more.

 

 

The new game definitely looks the goods, but what gets me most is when Superman appears on screen, and the John Williams theme cranks up - goosebumps, pure goosebumps. That alone will make me purchase the game, I swear.

 

The graphics don't look too bad, and the villains should hopefully be very interesting. We can also see that Robin is wearing multiple puzzle-solving costumes, or there could be actual multiple Robin's. You'll have to play to find out, I guess. I just want to play as Superman, or help Superman in the game - let me listen to that Superman theme music!

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96% play mobile games in the house; 53% in bed

To me, the best part of mobile games is being able to play them on the run. But according to a new study, many people play mobile games when they are at home. The study surveyed around 15000 US consumers and found some pretty incredible numbers. 96 percent of respondents said they played mobile games at home at least once a day. The most common place to play them at home is in bed, where 53 percent of those at home play. 52 percent play for over an hour and a whopping 32 percent play for more than 3 hours a day.

 

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But mobile games aren't just played at home. The study revealed some other locations that have similarly high uses. 83 percent said they played mobile games while waiting for an appointment and 72 percent while commuting. 64 percent said they play while at work or with friends and 46 percent in class. Social games were most popular, with over 62 percent of people preferring them to other types. What this study reveals is that games that have a more in-depth time requirement can be developed, because many people play at least an hour a day at a stationary location.

Star Wars: The Old Republic gets another free weekend, for newcomers only

If you haven't gotten into Star Wars: The Old Republic yet, this may be your chance. The SWTOR team writes:

 

…we are excited to announce that individuals who did not take part in the first Weekend Pass Free Trial will have another opportunity to live out their very own Star Wars™ saga, for free, with the second Star Wars: The Old Republic Weekend Pass Free Trial! Participants in the previous Weekend Pass Free Trial and any other free trials are not eligible for this upcoming Weekend Pass Free Trial period.

 

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If you want to get in on the action, the free weekend starts on Thursday 22nd March at 12:01AM CDT or 5:01AM GMT, through until Monday 26th March at 2:00AM CDT or 7:00AM GMT. The same limitations as the first free weekend still apply, level caps and chat exclusions. But, it makes up for it by being FREE.

 

If you want to know more about the free weekend, check out this link.

Far Cry 3 gets a new trailer

The new trailer for Far Cry 3 is here, and it does not look too bad at all. The graphics aren't mind-blowing, but they're not crap either. It looks like some Michael Bay-style fun, where you can roam the island just seriously effing things up as you go.

 

 

The new trailer shows off a fair amount of new stuff, which I don't really want to spoil. Ah, let's do it anyway. The video is above, so spoiler territory from here on out: we see some cool action set pieces with hang gliders, helicopter trips where a rocket slams into you and takes you down, a fair amount of jet-skiing with sharks swimming around you. It looks luscious, it looks like Far Cry.

 

We are starting to see some serious limitations of technology here, where bloom is used heavily, as well as low-res textures. Imagine a next-gen Far Cry, with a truly next-gen engine and next-gen tech/console. Oh boy. Far Cry 3 drops on September 7th on multiple platforms.

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Big Finish Games are discussing Tex Murphy Kickstarter

I'm going to tell you something that most people don't know about me, only my immediate family. When I was young, we had a magazine in Australia called "HYPER", I was obsessed about games then, and more particularly, PC gaming and it's coming of age. We just got the CD-ROM and here in Australia, they were something like $1000 at the time.

 

 

Under a Killing Moon had just come out, and was one of the first full-motion video games that was truly kick ass. I used to get the HYPER magazines, and cut out the stories and pictures I loved, and put them into another book - collating everything I loved best. It's funny how things come full circle, and now I do this as a job that I absolutely LOVE for TweakTown, and you, our readers. Today we have some news that is exciting for all of those old-school PC gamers out there, Big Finish Games are talking about bringing a FMV-based adventure game featuring Tex Murphy, with a new Kickstarter.

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Mobile App of the Day: Words with Friends

Our Mobile App of the Day is Words with Friends.

 

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Experience for yourself why more than 20 million people are addicted to the word building, triple score seeking, chat bubble sending goodness of Words With Friends.

 

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Not ready to buy? Try Words With Friends Free.

 

If you already have the free version, switching to the paid version is easy as pie. Your existing account, games and friends will carry over automatically to this ad-free version.

 

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PRAISE FOR WORDS

 

• "Delightfully addictive." - GeekSugar

• "Social gaming at its finest." - Fox News

• "Everyone who owns an iPhone or iPod Touch should have this game on their device." - Touch Arcade

 

ADDICTIVE FEATURES

 

• Simple and familiar gameplay you know and love

• Turn-based design lets you play up to 20 games simultaneously

• Play with your friends or match-make instantly with a random opponent

• Connect to Facebook to find even more of your friends to play

• Stay in touch with friends and family with in-game chat messaging

• Push notifications tell you when it's your turn

• Access your games across your iPhone, iPad and/or iPod touch

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Telltale Games show off 'The Walking Dead' game trailer

AMC's 'The Walking Dead' has been a smash hit thus far, and I personally enjoy it. The series was inspired by Robert Kirkman's award-winning comic series, and now Telltale Games have released their trailer for the upcoming game based on the same original series.

 

 

The Walking Dead's lead designer Sean Vanaman says that the game is more along the lines of the comic book than the television series. Where within the game universe of The Walking Dead, a new set of characters is introduced, led by Lee Everett, but the same zombie apocalypse timeline remains roughly the same. What makes this game stand out is that players will be given the the decision to make difficult moral decisions that will affect gameplay across the entier series.

 

Graphics-wise, we should expect a blend of 2D and 3D models, which are said to be presented in a way that it pays homage to the original comic book artwork. Kirkman has said:

 

Telltale has done a phenomenal job in making a game that meets the expectations of fans. Running around with a gun isn't what The Walking Dead is about; it's about how people caught in an apocalypse deal with facing their own death every day, and the horrible choices they have to make to survive. Telltale's game series has captured the spirit of the comic books perfectly.

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Hard Reset players get free upgrade to Extended Edition

Hard Reset's parents, Flying Wild Hog, have confirmed that the upcoming expansion content will be free to those who have already purchased the game. Retail shelves saw the release "Hard Reset: Extended Edition", which sports extra content. This version will replace the current Steam version, and will replace it in late-April or early-May, where the price should increase from $19.99 to $29.99.

 

 

The game launched at $29.99, but with all of the extra content, that's still not bad considering most AAA+ titles are nearly $100 here in Australia. But, where things are different for this game is that whoever owns an original copy, will be upgraded to the new Extended Edition for free.

 

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The game launched to a mixed reaction, where some loved the feel of the game and compared it to old school first-person shooters, where others hated it citing it was too short and too few enemies. The new Extended Edition hopes to shake things up introducing new weapons, enemies (including a boss), five more campaign levels, and two new survival mode levels.

New BioShock Infinite trailer reveals the Boys of Silence

The latest trailer for BioShock Infinite has hit the Internet, showing off some of the new enemies, the "Boys of Silence". These characters just look downright terrible, in a good way. Their faces are hidden behind a huge helmet-like object on their head that resembles a bell.

 

 

Their ears are super-powerful, which makes up for them being blind. So they cannot see you, but their super-powerful ears will pick up noises to track you. Within the game, you can make two decisions when you come across them: firstly, tip-toe around them and try to dodge them without them hearing you, or secondly, full on confrontation, where they'll call out for backup and you better be ready to fight!

 

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These new enemies definitely look cool and will give BioShock Infinite the edge to the run-of-the-mill first-person shooters that we've been experiencing for the past few years. I wasn't too excited about this game at first, but the more I see, the more I love. These new enemies are unique - which is great in a bland FPS world.

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