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Why the hell are Scandinavians insanely good at making addictive mobile games?

January 30th, 2015

It used to be that Scandinavians had a reputation for being fierce viking warriors — now the only time most of them dress up with horned helmets and bear pelts is if they’re LARPing or playing Skyrim. This doesn’t mean we should dismiss Scandinavians as hapless dweebs, however, because they’ve found nonviolent ways of conquering the …

Rovio Retry Flappy Bird Clone

Video: Rovio is the latest company to clone Flappy Bird

May 6th, 2014

Rovio has soft-launched Retry in Finland, Poland and Canada, Arctic Startup reports. The new game is inspired by the legendary Flappy Bird, although it’s not exactly a copy of the hit mobile game. However, Retry is still an 8-bit side-scrolling game that will invariably remind users of its more popular predecessor, even though it brings some new features …

Angry Birds Epic Gameplay

Video: Angry Birds Epic trailer reveals completely revamped gameplay

March 17th, 2014

Rovio on Monday posted on YouTube an official gameplay trailer for its upcoming Angry Birds Epic game, revealing how this new role-play game looks and what kind of battles it will have to offer. The game is initially only available on iOS devices in three markets: Australia, Canada and New Zealand. According to the video, …

Angry Birds Epic RPG

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

March 12th, 2014

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 …

New Angry Birds Game Release Date

Angry Birds tries to dethrone Flappy Bird with mysterious reveal

February 12th, 2014

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 …

Rovio Angry Birds NSA Spying

Rovio denies selling out Angry Birds players to NSA

January 28th, 2014

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 …

Angry Birds North Korea Tablet

Kim Jong-un stole Angry Birds

November 18th, 2013

Rovio has confirmed to Washington Post that it did not license Angry Birds to North Korea’s new Android tablet  called Samjiyon. The tablet comes preloaded with a pirated version of the game. Samjiyon has been receiving surprisingly hot early reviews and is apparently a perfectly serviceable 7-inch tablet. Some tourists have been snapping up the device in Pyongyang …

Angry Birds Star Wars 2 Release Date

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

July 15th, 2013

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 …

Angry Birds Analysis

The app that ate Finland

July 9th, 2013

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 …

Angry Birds Go Website Launch

Rovio teases Mario Kart-style Angry Birds racing game

June 12th, 2013

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 …