Facebook-enabled Angry Birds Friends launches free on App Store

By Christian Zibreg on May 2, 2013

As promised, Finnish mobile games maker Rovio today launched the mobile edition of Angry Birds Friends. The Facebook edition launched on Facebook a year ago.

Given that the Facebook edition of Angry Birds Friends sees 60+ million monthly installs and has over 1.2 million daily users, the iOS and Android editions of Angry Birds Friends should prove pretty popular.

If you’re a fan of social gaming experiences, Angry Birds Friends will let you invite your Facebook friends to play, brag about your achievements by spamming your Facebook friends’ Newsfeed, spend cash on virtual gifts and coins, earn bronze, silver and gold trophies and more. I’ve included the launch trailer, screenies and more info after the break… Read More


Rovio bringing its Facebook hit ‘Angry Birds Friends’ to iOS

By Cody Lee on Apr 3, 2013

With more than 6 different games from the Angry Birds franchise bouncing around in the App Store, we probably didn’t need another one. But we’re getting one. Rovio announced today that its bringing its Facebook hit ‘Angry Birds Friends’ to iOS.

‘Angry Birds Friends’ combines classic Angry Birds gameplay with Facebook integration and other social features. Players can challenge their Facebook friends in weekly tournaments, collect daily awards and send and receive gifts of power-ups… Read More


Rovio to air Toons series through Angry Birds apps

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 11, 2013

As we told you, Finland-based Angry Birds maker Rovio continues to milk its franchise with the announcement of an animated series titled Angry Birds Toons. It’s premiering on the weekend of March 16 and 17 and today Rovio revealed that it will be airing the episodes directly via its Angry Birds apps, in addition to other more traditional distribution channels.

That’s a clever move considering more than 1.7 billion Angry Birds downloads across devices and operating systems. If they offered a standalone Toons app, I don’t think many people would download it. The first episode titled ‘Chuck Time’ will be airing in the Angry Birds Toons channel this Sunday, March 17, with a trailer for it included right after the break… Read More


The original Angry Birds game goes free for the first time on iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 7, 2013

It appears as if Angry Birds maker Rovio is changing strategy lately and switching away from paid downloads to free ones. Having briefly experimented with a massive 99-cent sale of its iPad titles last month and adding free, ad-supported downloads to its puzzler Amazing Alex, today the company has made the game that started it all – the original Angry Birds - free for the first time ever on Apple’s mobile platform. Unlike free Angry Birds downloads on Android, this one doesn’t come with in-app advertisements and Rovio also has added 15 new levels to keep you going… Read More


Angry Birds Toons premiering March 16

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2013

Determined to milk the Angry Birds franchise for all its worth, Finnish developer Rovio is bringing the birds and the pesky pigs to the world of animation with Angry Birds Toons, an all-new animated series premiering on the weekend of March 16 and 17. The animated shorts take place on the Piggy Island and invite fans to get up close and personal with their favorite characters. Rovio says it will air a brand new episode featuring the latest adventures of the birds and pigs every week starting the weekend of March 16… Read More


All of Rovio’s iPad titles on sale for $0.99

By Cody Lee on Feb 8, 2013

Looking for something to do this weekend? Well if you own an iPad, you’re in luck. Rovio, the studio behind the wildly popular Angry Birds franchise, has just put all of its iPad titles on sale.

Everything from Angry Birds Star Wars, to Bad Piggies, to the physics puzzler Amazing Alex has been marked down to less than $1. We’ve got a full list of the discounts after the fold… Read More


Angry Birds Star Wars updated with ‘Escape From Hoth’ levels

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 31, 2013

Rovio just updated Star Wars Angry Birds with a new content pack named Escape from Hoth. It brings with it twenty new levels as well as two bonus levels to find and unlock. Brand new piggies need stopping, including the mynock pigs in the belly of the asteroid. You’ll also be making a daring escape in an epic moving boss fight. This updated is free to anyone who purchased the game (99 cents for the iPhone/iPod touch, five bucks on iPads)… Read More


Angry Birds Rio and Rio HD free for a limited time

By Cody Lee on Jan 17, 2013

Good news! For the few dozen of you who haven’t, for one reason or another, played one of Rovio’s massively popular Angry Birds titles, it’s just been announced that the Angry Birds Rio game has gone free for a limited time. Both iPhone and iPad versions have been discounted to $0. More details and download links after the break… Read More


‘Pig Dipper’ update adds 30 new aquatic levels to Angry Birds Space

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 10, 2013

Rejoice, Angry Birds fans. Just like clockwork, Rovio has updated its Angry Birds Space game with an ambiguously titled Pig Dipper episode bringing thirty new galactic-aquatic levels to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices. This episode introduces a new planet called Splash that features pigs in boats – how bizarre is that?.

Also look for strange aquatic extraterrestrial life and water-based physics allowing for some nice trick shots. The game adds power-up specific leaderboards and amuses with the stuff like inflating the pigs with Pig Puffer and creating black holes with Space Egg, to name a few. I wonder if the giant fish is the boss… Read More


Angry Birds: 30M downloads on Christmas week

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 3, 2013

So much about Angry Birds running its course. Finnish developer Rovio announced today that its Angry Birds series, which just turned three, has been downloaded thirty million times during the Christmas week, raking in over eight million downloads on the Christmas Day alone. The 99-cent holiday sale of Rovio’s iPad games might have helped with that. It was an Angry New Year for Rovio indeed and the company produced a charming infographic that highlights other interesting holiday sales stats… Read More


Rovio launches Christmas song, adds 24 levels and new power-ups to Angry Birds Rio

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2012

Curl up with some hot cocoa and a holiday song from Finnish mobile games developer Rovio. The team has just updated Angry Birds Rio, its marketing tie-in with the 20th Century Fox animated film Rio. The fresh content pack brings 24 new levels and power ups, including a “special delivery” TNT Drop, Samba Burst, Sling Scope laser targeting and Super Seeds to supersize your birds.

There are twenty free power ups in total to boot from, with an additional power up added each day. Plus, you can collect stars to unlock eighteen special Star levels and earn feathers to unlock six Mighty Eagle levels. Rovio also created an Angry Birds-themed holiday song titled “Fly Me Home Tonight” in honor of the festive season… Read More


Angry Birds turn 3, Rovio celebrates by releasing Angry Birds 3.0

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 11, 2012

A lot of people still can’t get enough of Angry Birds even if many are getting fed up with Rovio milking the franchise for all its worth. If you belong to the former camp, go ahead and download Angry Birds 3.0, a major update to the original game that yesterday celebrated its third anniversary. The update is free to owners of the original 99-cent bird flinging game.

So, what’s on tap for Angry Birds after three years? For starters, the new version brings proper support for the iPhone 5′s taller screen and provides fifteen new birthday-themed levels filled with some “explosively delicious cake”. Jump past the fold for more info… Read More


Angry Birds Seasons get 25 new wintry levels in 2012 holidays update

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 3, 2012

Angry Birds maker Rovio last weekend updated the Seasons game with 25 appropriately-themed winter holiday levels. As was the case with a similar update last holiday, each subsequent level becomes available every 24 hours, which is reliant on an internet connection as the game needs to talk to the Rovio cloud to unlock new content on a daily basis. If you do the math, the 25th level is scheduled for unlocking on the big day of December 25.

The winter-style environment features aurora borealis and includes three secret levels, a new slip and slide ice element and the usual amount of bird flinging and pigs popping. You’ll also need to watch out for a special Harbin level, created in honor of the upcoming Angry Birds area in the Ice and Snow World in Harbin, China… Read More


Angry Birds Star Wars updated with 20 icy Hoth levels, AT-AT walkers and pigtroopers

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 28, 2012

If you’ve played Angry Birds Star Wars through and are yearning for more, check out the first content update, now available for download. Expanding on the initial levels on planet Tatooine and the Death Star, this content update contains new levels set on the icy planet of Hoth. Another surprise: Pink Bird debuts as Princess Leia. Also, looks like there are some AT-AT walkers to take down and pigtroopers to fight, too… Read More


Angry Birds Star Wars now available for download

By Cody Lee on Nov 8, 2012

What do you get when you combine two of the most successful and recognizable franchises in the world? Angry Birds Star Wars. That’s right, just as expected, Rovio has released the highly anticipated Star Wars version of its popular Angry Birds game this evening. And it’s now available in the App Store… Read More


Angry Birds Star Wars gameplay video debuts ahead of Thursday release

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2012

I’m sure you know Angry Birds Star Wars is due on iOS, Android and a bunch of other platforms this coming Thursday. Rovio’s been promoting the hell out of this game and today the Finnish developer posted the official video that reveals much more in terms of gameplay than half a dozen previously released clips. Angry Birds Star Wars better be darn good. Otherwise, I’m gonna be hating everything Star Wars till the grave. I’ve also included a nice Darth Vader & Han Solo video after the break… Read More


Angry Birds Seasons get 30 spooky Halloween levels

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2012

Angry Birds maker Rovio has issued an update to its Angry Birds Seasons game, adding a Haunted Hogs episode which brings out thirty new Halloween-themed levels. As the piggies get all dressed up for Halloween, there’s also a hilarious new Frankenswine character to get excited about. You’ll be playing at the haunted house, with the ghostly Halloween music helping you get in the right mood. And watch out for those ghost bricks that behave differently from regular blocks – use them for fun trick shots… Read More


New Angry Birds Star Wars trailer features Princess Leia

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 19, 2012

Rovio’s so far teased Angry Birds Star Wars twice (here and here). This brand new mashup resulting from a partnership with toy maker Hasbro could be a smash hit, if previous Angry Birds games are anything to go by. Today, the Finnish developer behind the franchise released a new trailer that features Princess Leia and the pig-ified Storm Trooper helmet, have a look.

I’m a big fan of both the Angry Birds series and Star Wars. It goes without saying that I cannot wait to see what Rovio’s been up to with this one. The game arrives November 8 to iOS and Android, in addition to versions for Windows Phone, Kindle Fire, Mac and PCs running Windows 8. Say what you will, but Rovio sure knows how to milk the franchise, but not at the expense of gameplay creativity… Read More


Angry Birds get 30 stormy and pig-themed levels

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 10, 2012

“The Bad Piggies don’t just have a new game”, Finnish developer Rovio writes in release notes for the freshly updated Angry Birds. “Now they’ve taken over Angry Birds with 15 of the piggest levels ever”. Angry Birds, the game that started the whole birds vs. piggies craze, was updated on the iPhone and iPod touch with 30 new levels, 15 of which are pig-themed in an obvious mash up with Bad Piggies, Rovio’s most recent game release that has turned the familiar flinging formula upside down… Read More


Rovio’s Bad Piggies hit iOS, Mac and Android

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 27, 2012

As promised, Angry Birds maker Rovio today released a new physics-based game that turns the famous formula upside down in that it focuses on the green piggies who must protect the eggs grabbed from the birds. After a string of content updates and sequels, some feel the Angry Birds series has run its course.

Rovio is clearly banking on the success of Angry Birds here, but Bad Piggies is anything but yet another Angry Birds sequel. Gameplay footage and more info right below… Read More