Why Is Candy Crush So Addictive

Revealed: All the sneaky tricks King and Rovio use to get you addicted to their games

By on June 4, 2014 at 10:15 PM.

Revealed: All the sneaky tricks King and Rovio use to get you addicted to their games

Do you find yourself playing mobile games like Angry Birds and Candy Crush Saga long after you know you should have stopped? If so, then there may be real scientific explanations for your addiction. The Guardian has an interview with psychologist Dr. Simon Moore and some developers at Lumo Developments in which they all discuss the secret tricks that game developers use to get you hooked on what are surprisingly uncomplicated, low-graphics games. More →

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Angry Birds Epic RPG

Video: Angry Birds Epic is Rovio’s new turn-based, avian RPG

By on March 12, 2014 at 4:24 PM.

Video: Angry Birds Epic is Rovio’s new turn-based, avian RPG

It’s no surprise that the Angry Birds craze is far from over, but the latest entry in the popular mobile franchise might be the biggest departure yet for Rovio. Angry Birds Epic is a turn-based RPG, and although details are scarce, we can assume that means we’ll see plenty of interchangeable characters, random battles and upgradeable stats. According to Kotaku, crafting will also play a large role in the game. Players will be able to purchase materials with in-game currency or real money to craft equipment for their characters. The game will soft launch on the App Store in Canada and Australia later this week, with “other countries to follow.” Check out the teaser trailer below. More →

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New Angry Birds Game Release Date

Angry Birds tries to dethrone Flappy Bird with mysterious reveal

By on February 12, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

Angry Birds tries to dethrone Flappy Bird with mysterious reveal

Before the mobile smash hit Flappy Bird dominated the news cycle, Finnish company Rovio ruled the roost with its own group of suicidal avians. Now that Flappy Bird has flown the coop, Rovio is cautiously stepping back into the daylight with a new game in the Angry Birds franchise. The new Angry Birds will feature a fresh flock of birds to toss at the marauding green pigs, as Rovio revealed in a tweet, but we will have to wait until Thursday to learn the title of the game and to see whether or not Rovio has partnered with another major property this time around. This browser-based ripoff of Flappy Bird should tide you over in the meantime.

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Rovio Angry Birds NSA Spying

Rovio denies selling out Angry Birds players to NSA

By on January 28, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

Rovio denies selling out Angry Birds players to NSA

Although we’ve come to expect the National Security Agency to spy on Internet users by hacking into Microsoft, Google and Facebook’s data centers, even the most cynical among us didn’t imagine that the NSA had similarly latched its tentacles onto Angry Birds. And yet that’s just what we learned on Monday when a Pro Publica investigation found that spy agencies are able to determine an Angry Birds player’s “location, age, sex and other personal information” using data culled from advertising firms such as Millennial Media. More →

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Angry Birds NSA Spying WTF

WTF of the week: The NSA might be watching us through Angry Birds

By on January 27, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

WTF of the week: The NSA might be watching us through Angry Birds

Is nothing sacred to the international spy community? According to Pro Publica, leaked British intellgence documents reveal that spy agencies around the world are able to determine “[a] player’s location, age, sex and other personal information” by siphoning data from mobile apps such as Angry Birds. One of the British reports even includes the specific code used to harvest user profiles from Angry Birds. More →

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Angry Birds Star Wars 2 Release Date

Video: Angry Birds Star Wars 2 launches on September 19th

By on July 15, 2013 at 9:30 PM.

Video: Angry Birds Star Wars 2 launches on September 19th

Rovio on Monday announced yet another sequel to its immensely popular Angry Birds franchise. Angry Birds Star Wars 2 will continue the story of last year’s Angry Birds Star Wars with new levels, new powers and more than 30 playable characters. Rovio also announced “Telepods,” a tie-in toy that allows gamers to physically transport characters into the game. Angry Birds Star Wars 2 will be available for mobile devices and computers on September 19th. The company did not announce specific platforms, however the original game is available on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Mac and Windows computers. The Angry Birds Star Wars 2 trailer follows below. More →

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Angry Birds Analysis

The app that ate Finland

By on July 9, 2013 at 1:05 PM.

The app that ate Finland

It had been 18 months since I was last in Finland, so the extent of Angry Birds’ brand saturation came as a shock when I arrived in Helsinki three days ago. Of course, the Angry Birds t-shirts, caps, backpacks, scarves, sippy cups and baby clothes are immediately evident the moment you touch down at Helsinki’s airport. But the brand has expanded to unexpected niches with the vigor of Stage IV pancreatic cancer. When I visited the biggest amusement park in the country, there was an Angry Birds expansion area. At the major department stores there were Angry Birds mascara and lipstick stands, not to mention lip gloss, body emulsion, shampoo and cold cream. I did anticipate Angry Birds candy and soda — but the frozen donuts, paper plates, premium ice cream, float sets and fishing tackle bags took me by surprise. More →

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Angry Birds Go Website Launch

Rovio teases Mario Kart-style Angry Birds racing game

By on June 12, 2013 at 10:00 PM.

Rovio teases Mario Kart-style Angry Birds racing game

Rovio looks set to change its longtime formula for Angry Birds games. In a new website launched this week, Rovio teased a new game called Angry Birds Go! with a short Flash movie depicting one of its famous birds speeding down some sort of racetrack. From the looks of things, it seems that we’re about to get our first-ever Angry Birds racing game although Rovio hasn’t yet posted any specific details about how gameplay will work. In a company blog post, Rovio said that the game would be “Angry Birds, but not as you know it” and that “all your favorite characters are returning for a brand new title that will bring you closer to Piggy Island than ever before.” At the very least, the new game sounds more promising than Rovio’s Angry Birds Soda franchise that’s taken Finland by storm.

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Angry Birds Soda Analysis

Angry Birds soda gives vendor an 85% sales boost

By on May 28, 2013 at 7:05 PM.

Angry Birds soda gives vendor an 85% sales boost

A leading Nordic beverage company, Olvi, just reported an 85% increase in soft drink sales and its impressive  growth is attributed almost entirely to the new range of Angry Birds sodas. This is one of the most tangible examples of how mobile game companies have started to have an impact on old industries, particularly in Scandinavia where franchises like Minecraft and Angry Birds have recently forged high-profile licensing deals. More →

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Angry Birds iPhone iPad

Original Angry Birds now free for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

By on March 7, 2013 at 9:42 PM.

Original Angry Birds now free for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Rovio has made one its classic mobile games available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch available for free by slashing the prices of Angry Birds and Angry Birds HD to nothing for iOS users in both the United States and United Kingdom. It is unclear if this is a permanent move or just a limited-time offer, however Rovio also removed the free demo versions of the apps, which were limited to only a few levels. Since debuting in 2009, the Angry Birds franchise has found great success and the games have been downloaded more than 1 billion times.

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Rovio Monthly Active Users

Rovio has more monthly active users than Twitter

By on January 11, 2013 at 2:54 PM.

Rovio has more monthly active users than Twitter

Rovio announced today it hit 263 million monthly active users in December 2012. This happened precisely three years after the first Angry Birds game debuted at the end of 2009. Incidentally, the somewhat better-known Twitter hit the 200 million monthly active user mark in December 2012. And since Twitter was launched in the summer of 2006, Rovio’s user growth has been notably brisker. More →

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2012 Top Apps

No surprise: YouTube, Angry Birds, Instagram and Facebook among 2012’s top apps

By on January 1, 2013 at 10:05 AM.

No surprise: YouTube, Angry Birds, Instagram and Facebook among 2012’s top apps

Although every app developer dreams of creating the next big mobile app, it seems that established applications are becoming more firmly entrenched at the top of the food chain. Per Reuters, year-end totals from the Apple (AAPL) App Store and Google (GOOG) Play show that stalwarts such as YouTube, Angry BirdsInstagram and Facebook (FB) “continued to be among the most downloaded apps of the year,” which shouldn’t be too surprising considering that all four are now staples of the mobile computing experience. There were a few newcomers that soared up the charts for iOS and Android, however, including the make-your-own-art game Draw Something, the Paper sketch pad app for the iPad and the Songza music discovery app. Apps have become a more popular way to spend time, as analytics firm Flurry recently found that American consumers now spend 127 minutes per day using mobile apps, up from just 94 minutes per day one year ago.

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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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