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.
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.
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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.
Let’s face it: Rovio’s last big game, Amazing Alex, was a fairly lackluster affair. But happily, it looks as though Rovio is going back to doing what it does best with Bad Piggies, its new action-puzzle game that revolves around the villainous green pigs from the Angry Birds universe. Yahoo’s PluggedIn gaming blog on Monday posted a new Bad Piggies gameplay trailer showing how the game will revolve around designing wacky vehicles for the pigs to drive around that are reminiscent of the goofy contraptions that Wile E. Coyote used to buy from ACME, Inc. The full trailer for the game is posted below and from the looks of things, this game is shaping up to be much more exciting than Amazing Alex. More →
Rovio on Tuesday announced a spin-off to its popular Angry Birds franchise called “Bad Piggies.” Casual gamers will be excited to learn that Bad Piggies will feature “all new, never-before-seen gameplay,” rather than the traditional slingshot. “We’ve had a lot of fun creating a totally new and unique gameplay experience,” said Petri Järvilehto, EVP Games at Rovio. “There’s so much more to these pigs than what is seen in the Angry Birds games, and Bad Piggies is the first glimpse into what’s going on in the imaginative and ingenious minds of the pigs.” Bad Piggies will launch for Android, iOS and OS X on September 27th, with Windows Phone, Windows 8 and PC versions to follow. Rovio’s press release follows below. More →