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.
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 →
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 Birds, Instagram 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.
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.
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.
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 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 →
When the history of gaming is written, Rovio’s Angry Birds will to be touchscreen device games what Super Mario Bros. was to 8-bit consoles — that is, the seminal title that helped bring an emerging gaming platform into the mainstream. Rovio has certainly set a high bar for itself and the release of Amazing Alex on Thursday is the company’s attempt to show it can do much more than simply fling birds with slingshots. While Amazing Alex is definitely a clever puzzle game with an intriguing setup, it lacks the visceral sense of immediacy that made Angry Birds so much fun. More →
At 12:00 p.m. EST, “Amazing Alex” hit the No.1 iPhone paid app position in America; eight hours is possibly the fastest move to No.1 ever by a non-franchise, non-movie tie-in app. Amazing Alex arrives on iOS and Android more than two and a half years after the “Angry Birds” series launched in December 2009 and proceeded to rack up 1 Billion downloads across smartphones, tablets and computers. The competition in the mobile gaming market is far harsher than it was two years ago, and Rovio is taking a risk with its new game. Angry Birds was fast, kinetic and dumb. Its appeal was universal because it demanded very little from players. Amazing Alex is slow, static and smart. It is based on the famously difficult “The Incredible Machine” brain-twister — an MS-DOS smash hit from back in 1992. More →
Rovio wants its fans to know that it’s more than a one-trick birdie. The pride of Finnish mobile gaming on Thursday finally released Amazing Alex for iOS and Android devices, a game that features an even more diverse array of physics-based puzzles than the company’s classic Angry Birds. The game is priced at $0.99 for the iPhone and Android devices, and at $2.99 for iPad or Android tablet users willing to pay extra for the Amazing Alex HD edition. Android’s Google Play marketplace also offers a free trial version of the game that serves as a demo for the full game. An early gameplay video of the new Rovio game is posted below.
The idea of flinging two-dimensional birds at towers full of pigs likely won’t appeal to hardcore console gamers, but more casual Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS owners have something to look forward to this holiday season. Rovio on Wednesday teased its upcoming console title “Angry Birds Trilogy,” which IGN reports will launch in the fourth quarter this year. While the mobile gaming market clearly shows promise, it remains minuscule compared to the console gaming industry. To put the two in perspective, Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise made the company $106 million in all of 2011; when Activision launched Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 last year, it pulled in more than $1 billion in just 17 days. As such, it is understandable that Rovio would want to explore console gaming as it looks to further capitalize on its popular Angry Birds series. More →