'Battlestar' bound for game galaxy


Get ready to fight Cylons with your thumbs.

Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group has released a mobile phone game based on Sci Fi Channel's "Battlestar Galactica." The company is partnering with publisher Glu Mobile for the downloadable game, which can be purchased via such popular carriers as Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T.

"On television, 'Battlestar Galactica' is incredibly visual and full of action, and we wanted to deliver that same exhilarating experience to the mobile phone gamer," said Jeremy Laws, senior vp mobile and broadband at Universal. "We think this is a natural for mobile games, and there's no reason this shouldn't be a hit."

In the space-based shooter, players can pilot three types of customizable Viper or Raptor ships while defending the human refugee fleet against Cylon attacks. There are 24 playable missions, plus training missions.

Unlike some mobile games, Laws said "Battlestar" was designed from the ground up for fans of the show rather than using an existing game platform and simply adding the show's graphics.

Depending on carrier, the game will cost about $3 for a month or about $8 to buy outright. (partialdiff)