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You've played Angry Birds. Regardless of how you feel about that insanely popular title, there's no denying that Rovio is one of the largest names in mobile gaming. That's why it was a big deal when they announced their Rovio Stars initiative to publish titles produced by third-party developers. Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage was the first game to come from this program, but it is currently only available for iOS. Tiny Thief will thus be the first game to hit our platform of choice. We don't know much about the title, but it seems to cover Link's exploits after he abandons rescuing Princess Zelda and decides to satiate his barely dormant hunger for rupees. 

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Tiny Thief by 5 Ants is an adventure game centered around stealth-based puzzles. If you've played Angry Bird at least once - and we know you have - or Rovio's other title, Amazing Alex, then the visuals should come as no surprise. They're bright, vibrant, very animated, and simply a treat for the eyes. They won't blow you away, but they will give your heartstrings a good tug. Check out the trailer and let the "d'awws" commence.

While the game's controls aren't immediately clear, there's a great deal of diversity on display. We see our hero riding a dragon, steering a giant robot, firing a cannon, and disposing of enemies in surprisingly diverse ways. The game looks really good, and it's due out July 11.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • Darkmyth CH

    point and click?

  • Ender Ceylan

    If they pull another 'bad piggies' by offering a freemium option only.. they can get fucked.

    • james kendall

      freemium is EVIL. pure evil

    • Ray

      They can get fucked already as far as I'm concerned. No respect at all for that company anymore.

  • Ray

    I've purchased all the Angry Birds games (that are possible to purchase) as well as Bad Piggies and Amazing Alex, but I gave up on them all about 6 months ago when they continue to shove ads and in app purchases in my face - even with the paid versions.

    What pisses me off more then anything is that one of the most requested features I've seen is game progress syncing. Since the release of the original Angry Birds I've seen people begging for this.

    Google finally releases Games Services which allows for app-data syncing and I've watched a number of games implement it (within days of the Google release) and it works very well. It's great being able to play a game on my phone and then switch to my tablet and play again where I left off.

    I contacted Rovio via Twitter a week or two after Google released Game Services asking if they plan on using it in Angry Birds. The response I got was that they were working on their own syncing services and have no plans to use Google's.

    On that note, I will never spend another cent with Rovio again. They've just become a money hungry driven company as far as I'm concerned.

    • PocketGamer

      This game's not Rovio's, they only did the publishing part. The game is worth checking, I've played and it looks amazing so far!

  • WestFiasco

    I lost interest in bad piggies pretty quickly, it was the same for angry birds. Lets hope this one is different, it certainly looks that way.

  • ghostlyguestWP8

    Show some love for windows phone as other developers are starting too... Pllleeeaaassseeee!

  • caz

    Deathspank ( Xbox ) re-incarnated ?

  • Chris Stubbs

    COOOOOOL

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  • Funem

    In the description of the game, a very strange use of the word "may", surely it should read "this game includes"

    Important Message for Parents

    This game may include:
    - Direct links to social networking websites that are intended for an audience over the age of 13.
    - Direct links to the internet that can take players away from the game with the potential to browse any web page.
    - Advertising of Rovio products and also products from select partners.
    - The option to make in-app purchases. The bill payer should always be consulted beforehand.