Finland Mobile Apps Dominate

Finnish vendors had 4 of the top 10 highest-grossing iOS apps in November

By on December 20, 2012 at 3:08 PM.

Finnish vendors had 4 of the top 10 highest-grossing iOS apps in November

AppAnnie just published its November statistics about global app sales and the results indicate that the Finnish surge in the app market continues. Supercell’s Clash of Clans and Hay Day were the top two iOS games in revenue generation during the month of November. Rovio grabbed the #7 slot with Angry Birds Star Wars and #10 with Angry Birds Star Wars HD. This is fairly fascinating, because it demonstrates that the $3 iPad version of Angry Birds is generating nearly as much revenue as the $1 iPhone version. More →

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Star Wars Angry Birds

Angry Birds Star Wars updated with 20 additional levels, Princess Leia cameo

By on November 29, 2012 at 11:03 PM.

Angry Birds Star Wars updated with 20 additional levels, Princess Leia cameo

Rovio on Thursday updated its immensely popular Angry Birds Star Wars game to include 20 additional levels. The latest game in the bird-slinging franchise was released earlier this month and was an instant hit, topping the iTunes App Store in less than three hours. In the most recent update, gamers must help the birds escape from the AT-ATs and Pigtroopers on the remote ice world of Hoth. Luckily, the rebel birds have a secret weapon — Princess Leia. More →

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Rovio Angry Birds Soda

Rovio’s Angry Birds soda takes Finland by storm, beats out Coke and Pepsi

By on November 21, 2012 at 11:59 PM.

Rovio’s Angry Birds soda takes Finland by storm, beats out Coke and Pepsi

Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise has become the toast of Finland, replacing the troubled Nokia (NOK) as the company’s most distinguished brand. With this in mind, it’s not surprising that the Fins have a great deal of pride in their world-famous gaming company, so much so that they’ll even drink Angry Birds-branded soda. The Next Web reports that Rovio’s Angry Birds-branded soda “is said to be outselling Coke and Pepsi in Finland” and will soon hit the shelves in both New Zealand and Australia as well. Does the soda actually taste good? Who knows. But we do know that if it doesn’t, the cans will be super-fun to put in slingshots and launch at neighbors’ houses on Halloween.

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Angry Birds Star Wars Breaks Records

Angry Birds Star Wars breaks new Rovio records, hits No. 1 in U.S. iTunes App Store in 2.5 hours

By on November 9, 2012 at 8:12 PM.

Angry Birds Star Wars breaks new Rovio records, hits No. 1 in U.S. iTunes App Store in 2.5 hours

How big is Rovio Entertainment’s Angry Birds Star Wars? The company announced on Friday that its latest Angry Birds game reached the No. 1 spot in the U.S. iTunes App Store in 2.5 hours, beating out the previous record held by last month’s release of Bad Piggies. Rovio didn’t make any announcements on the new game’s performance on Android, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it made a killing on the Google Play Store as well. Angry Birds Star Wars puts the disgruntled little birds in the Star Wars universe, complete with lightsabers, lasers and Bad Piggies dressed up as Darth Vader and Stormtroopers. The game was released on November 8th for iOS and Android.

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Angry Birds Star Wars Analysis

Finland tightens its grip on the global iOS app market with ‘Angry Birds Star Wars’ launch

By on November 8, 2012 at 3:23 PM.

Finland tightens its grip on the global iOS app market with ‘Angry Birds Star Wars’ launch

Rovio’s “Angry Birds Star Wars” launched today and took top slots on iPhone and iPad app charts all over the world. What’s interesting about the new launch is that it consolidates Finland’s position as the global iPad app market superpower. Rovio’s new game reigns as the No.1 title on Apple’s (AAPL) U.S. top-grossing iPad chart. The No.2 game is “Clash of Clans” by Rovio’s fierce local rival from the Helsinki region, Supercell. The No.8 game is “Hay Day,” also by Supercell. More →

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Angry Birds Star Wars Gameplay Trailer

Rovio releases Angry Birds Star Wars gameplay trailer starring Luke and Leia birds [video]

By on October 31, 2012 at 10:30 PM.

Rovio releases Angry Birds Star Wars gameplay trailer starring Luke and Leia birds [video]

Rovio’s not pulling any punches with its Angry Birds franchise. The next iteration featuring the enraged birds is Angry Birds Star Wars and it arrives November 8th. For the first time, Rovio is sharing gameplay footage of Angry Birds Star Wars. As you would expect from a Star Wars crossover, the trailer reveals a lightsaber-equipped Luke bird and a Princess Leia bird firing lasers at an AT-AT filled with Bad Piggies. Judging by the success of the previous Angry Birds Space game and the power of the Star Wars franchise, it’s practically a guaranteed Rovio has a hit on its hands. The trailer for Angry Birds Star Wars follows below.

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Phony version of Bad Piggies installs malware; 82,000 victims so far

By on October 10, 2012 at 10:54 PM.

Phony version of Bad Piggies installs malware; 82,000 victims so far

Bad Piggies Malware

This could be a new low for malware developers: Using the unbridled goodness of Bad Piggies to spread ad-injecting software. Security firm Barracuda Networks has spotted a rogue version of Rovio’s latest game out in the wild that is offered as a free download but that also “installs a plug-in that displays additional advertisements in some popular websites” such as Yahoo (YHOO) and MSN that are viewed within the Chrome browser. The game is advertising itself as a free version of Bad Piggies under the moniker of “Angry Birds Bad Piggies,” so the lesson here seems to be that it’s worth forking over $1 to buy games from the safety of app stores if you don’t want your computer to get infected. More →

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Angry Birds Star Wars and the evolution of the app market

By on October 8, 2012 at 2:51 PM.

Angry Birds Star Wars and the evolution of the app market

Mobile App Market Analysis

Rovio has picked up the pace of its game launches — Angry Birds Star Wars is the third major Rovio title to debut in seven months. And unlike most of its rivals, Rovio is not focused on maximizing game revenue. It’s after merchandising opportunities. More →

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Angry Birds Star Wars to officially launch November 8th [video]

By on October 8, 2012 at 1:49 PM.

Angry Birds Star Wars to officially launch November 8th [video]

Angry Birds Star Wars

Who needs the Force when you have cantankerous birds in slingshots? Rovio on Monday announced that the latest installation of its Angry Birds saga, dubbed Angry Birds Star Wars, will be available for download on November 8th. The company first hinted that it would be releasing a Star Wars-themed Angry Birds game last week with a teaser image of a bird holding a light saber. Rovio’s full teaser video for Angry Birds Star Wars is posted below. More →

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Rovio hints at Angry Birds and Star Wars collaboration launch on October 8th

By on October 5, 2012 at 12:14 PM.

Rovio hints at Angry Birds and Star Wars collaboration launch on October 8th

Angry Birds Star Wars

With Bad Piggies breaking records and Angry Birds Space still holding its own, Rovio seems to be set for the time being. What’s next for the Angry Birds franchise? Rovio tweeted out a link to its Angry Birds Tumblr page showing a GIF of a bird in a Jedi robe holding a lightsaber, hinting that the disgruntled little birds will be embarking on a new adventure set in the Star Wars universe. Whether that is a new game is unclear but the official Angry Birds Tumblr says that an announcement will be made at the Times Square Toys R Us in New York City on October 8th at 8 a.m. EST. One thing is for sure, an Star Wars-themed Angry Birds game would push the franchise over the top even more and could make Angry Birds an iconic game series that rivals even Super Mario Bros. More →

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Rovio’s Bad Piggies reached No. 1 in U.S. iTunes App Store in just three hours

By on October 3, 2012 at 3:55 PM.

Rovio’s Bad Piggies reached No. 1 in U.S. iTunes App Store in just three hours

Bad Piggies Breaks Records

Rovio Entertainment announced on Thursday its Angry Birds spin-off Bad Piggies reached the No. 1 spot in the U.S. iTunes App Store in a little over three hours. In comparison, it took a full day the company’s other games Angry Birds and Amazing Alex to reach the top spot when they launched. Rovio CEO Mikael Hed said in a press release that Bad Piggies is “an incredible launch, both for the game and for ‘Bad Piggies‘ as a brand.” BGR favorably reviewed Bad Piggies when it launched on September 27th and concluded that “if you can’t enjoy watching a pig drive a badly constructed car off a cliff and onto a pile of dynamite, you probably don’t have a soul.” Bad Piggies is set to get its first free update with more unlockable content and levels in the next few weeks. Rovio’s press release follows below.

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Bad Piggies review: Rovio’s back on its game

By on September 27, 2012 at 3:10 PM.

Bad Piggies review: Rovio’s back on its game

Rovio Bad Piggies

Rovio fans worried that their favorite mobile gaming company had jumped the shark with Amazing Alex can rest easy: The maker of Angry Birds can still design fun and exciting puzzle games. Before we get into Bad Piggies, though, let’s recall the major reason why Amazing Alex failed: It was absolutely pointless. Unlike Angry Birds, whose goal is to help a flock of cantankerous-but-lovable birds recover their beloved stolen eggs from smarmy green pigs, Amazing Alex revolved around helping a bored kid come up with new ways to put a soccer ball into his laundry basket. Bad Piggies rectifies this right away by giving you an explicit, understandable motivation: The pigs are hungry, they want to eat a damn omelette, and it’s your job to help them. More →

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Bad Piggies, Rovio’s new Angry Birds spin-off, now available for Android, iOS and OS X [updated]

By on September 27, 2012 at 9:35 AM.

Bad Piggies, Rovio’s new Angry Birds spin-off, now available for Android, iOS and OS X [updated]

Rovio Bad Piggies

Finnish game designer Rovio is going back to what it does best: Designing games with silly cartoon animals crashing into things. Rovio on Thursday officially released Bad Piggies, the latest spin-off in its mega-hit Angry Birds franchise, on both the Apple (AAPL) App Store and Google (GOOG) Play. Bad Piggies is a new action-puzzle game that lets users play as the villainous green pigs from the Angry Birds universe and involves building wacky vehicles to help the guide the pigs through a number of treacherous obstacle courses. BGR will have a mini-review of the game posted later on Thursday.

UPDATE: Bad Piggies has already hit the top spot in the iTunes App Store less than three hours after its official release.

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