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 →
Windows and Mac users worried about not being able to play Rovio’s new hit iOS and Android game Amazing Alex can rest easy: Rovio has not forsaken you. Per The Verge, Rovio’s newest game will be available on Windows PCs, Windows Phone devices and Mac OS computers in the near future. The company’s official Twitter feed says that the Windows and Mac versions of the game “are to come later, post launch,” although there is currently no timeline for when the new versions of the game will be released. Rovio launched Amazing Alex for iOS and Android devices earlier this week and it quickly became the iOS App Store’s top paid app. 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 →
Rovio on Tuesday announced that the company’s follow-up to its popular Angry Birds franchise will launch this week. Amazing Alex revolves around a curious young boy known as Alex, who loves to build different things. The game includes hundreds of physics-based puzzles, and even allows users to create and share their own designs. Expectations are high for Rovio as its first game surpassed one billion downloads and generated more than $106 million for the gaming company in 2011. Amazing Alex will be available on Android and iOS beginning Thursday, July 12th. Rovio’s video announcement follows below. More →
Rovio is working on a game that will be a must-have for anyone who’s ever felt sorry for crushing digital green pigs with rocks and lumber, Pocket-Lint reports. A new edition of Rovio’s hugely successful Angry Birds series that’s set to be released this December will actually let users play from the perspective of the villainous green pigs that have long been the game’s chief antagonists. According to Pocket-Lint, the game will revolve around efforts to help the pigs hold onto the eggs they’ve stolen from the birds and will involve launching the pigs against the birds using the game’s trademark oversized slingshots. Why it took so long for the pigs to acquire such sophisticated slingshot technology is anyone’s guess, but this should definitely be an intriguing addition to the series. More →
Rovio’s latest Angry Birds game continues to beat expectations and smash records. The company previously revealed that its Angry Birds Space game had been downloaded more than 50 million times in 35 days, making it the fastest growing mobile game of all time. The Finnish game developer on Wednesday announced that the game recently surpassed the 100 million download milestone in a mere 76 days. The Angry Birds franchise has been immensely popular and a financial success for Rovio, having been downloaded over 1 billion times across the major platforms, generating $106 million for the company in 2011 with a total of 200 million active monthly users. More →
Rovio earlier this week confirmed that it bought the IP for the game Casey’s Contraptions. The company’s founder and CEO Mikael Hed revealed to Finnish TV channel Yle on Friday that the game will have an educational element and revolve around Alex, a curious young boy who loves to build things. “The quality pressure is high. We want to maintain the high standard Angry Birds fans have come to enjoy,” Hed said. “Amazing Alex” is scheduled to be released this summer on iOS and Android, then “extending to further platforms rapidly after that,” the CEO previously said. More →