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Those who can’t get enough of George Lucas’ most popular cash cow will be happy to hear that THQ is planning on launching Star Wars: Falcon Gunner later this month. While many may be quick to roll their eyes at yet another Star Wars game, this one stands out from the crowd by functioning as an augmented reality title.

The game puts players in the gunner’s seat of the Millennium Falcon as you try and fend off an onslaught of TIE fighters and other unsavory enemies. Furthermore, if you have a front-facing camera on your iOS device you can point it at any landscape which will then serve as the background for your skirmish. Thus you might be battling Imperial forces over major cities, in your own living room or even, heaven forbid, flying out of your toilet. The possibilities are nearly limitless and it’s a little wrinkle which should give the game an added bit of flair.

Of course the major question this raises is if the game will be compatible with older model iPhones and iPods that don’t have the camera. THQ is planning to include pre-rendered backgrounds so the augmented-reality portion won’t be mandatory, but since that’s one of the main selling points we can’t help but wonder how much the game stands up without it.

This won’t be THQ’s first rodeo with Star Wars, as the publisher has already put out games like Battle for Hoth and Trench Run, both of which were solid but not particularly spectacular. Has THQ nailed it this time around? We’ll know more when the game launches in the very near future. As always, we’ll make sure to post a review so you can know in advance whether the Force is strong with this one or its Midichlorian count just isn’t up to snuff.

[via TouchArcade]

If you need a reason to pull yourself away from Star Wars: Battle for Hoth (or are just plain tired of it), Star Wars: Trench Run has been updated to version 2.0 and has some great new features, 3 new levels, and 4 new ships, including Darth Vader’s own Tie Fighter.

The three new levels are “Escape”, where you must man the turrets of the Millenium Falcon to clear the path for your escape from the Death Star with Princess Leia, “Han Solo”, where you again man the MF’s turrets, but this time to protect the initial Y-Wing trench run (the one that didn’t go so well in the movie), and “Han Solo Arcade”, where you do the “Han Solo” mission for as long as you can before you die.

On top of other various enhancements to the graphics and game play, there is a new feature included that turns your iPhone into a wireless controller for the web version of the game. It is a 99 cent in-app purchase, but that is a small price to pay for awesome.

Download the update now from the App Store… like all updates, it’s free!

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