The Dark Knight Rises
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With the highly anticipated film, The Dark Knight Rises, the third installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman series, hitting the screens Friday, a mobile game version inspired by the movie has also landed at the Apple App Store and can be downloaded for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The Developer Gameloft first announced the title in June and released a second teaser last week. The game is now available for the New Zealand App Store for $9.99 and should land soon on the US App Store for $6.99.

The Dark Knight Rises game, weighing 819 MB, is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad, running iOS 4.0 or later. The game is also expected to land soon on Android devices via Google's Play Store, iDownloadBlog reported.

The game brings dozens of missions plus random events. It allows you to be Batman to deal with hostage situations, bomb squads, jailbreaks and car chases to protect Gotham City from Bane. The game includes an elaborate fighting system that lets you master different moves and cinematic effects. You can also collect items hidden within the city to unlock upgrades and new fighting skills for Batman.

In addition to that, you can access Batman's complete arsenal, control his large inventory of tools to move around the city and defeat enemies and drive the Bat-Pod for special vigilante missions or pilot The Bat for fast travel across the city.

The Dark Knight Rises is a sequel to the Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008). The movie got an 87 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

A Warner Bros release, the movie is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language.

The Los Angeles Times said that though The Dark Knight Rises is expected to be one of the biggest opening weekends of all times in both the US and Canada, the overall success of the movie depends on foreign markets.

The global upside really lies in the overseas number, Kevin Goetz, president of the research company Screen Engine told Los Angeles Times.