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


Check out first Bad Piggies gameplay footage

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2012

Angry Birds spinoff called Bad Piggies is slated to arrive on September 27 for iOS, Android and the Mac, but Rovio still wouldn’t reveal gameplay video. Luckily, an exclusive hands-on by Yahoo! Games shows us the game’s mechanics which takes cues from Amazing Alex, another physics-based game from Rovio.

This means Bad Piggies tasks you with building all sorts of funny vehicles and flying aircraft so that the pigs can steal more eggs. Contrast this to smashing things up in the Angry Birds series. That being said, the safest way to think about Bad Piggies is as the sibling of Angry Birds rather than its sequel. Check out exclusive gameplay footage right below… Read More


Angry Birds spinoff Bad Piggies arrives September 27 for iOS, Android and Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 4, 2012

Two months ago, we learned that Finnish developer Rovio is working on a new Angry Birds pig game said to be focused on the piggies and slated for release just in time for the pre-holiday rush. Then last week, Rovio posted a teaser that offered a few glimpses into the upcoming game that turns the formula on its head by challenging you to to protect the eggs you’ve grabbed from the birds. Today, Rovio released a few more details and confirmed that Bad Piggies (that’s the official title) will be released for iOS, Android and the Mac on September 27… Read More


Rovio teases upcoming Angry Birds spinoff game

By Cody Lee on Sep 2, 2012

After three years, countless episodes, and more than a billion downloads, some say Angry Birds is getting long in the tooth. Sure, the game gets updated with new levels and themes, but you’re still essentially flinging birds at pigs.

Good news though, it looks like Rovio is getting ready to flip the script a bit with its long-rumored spinoff. The studio recently set up a pair of ‘Bad Piggies’ Facebook and Twitter accounts, and just uploaded this teaser trailer… Read More


Angry Birds Space update brings new character and levels

By Cody Lee on Aug 23, 2012

Hot on the heels of their Angry Birds Seasons update, Rovio has pushed out a new version of its Angry Birds Space game. The studio once again teamed up with NASA for what it calls the most “epic episode” yet.

The update, as most of them do in the Angry Birds series, brings about new levels — 20 of them actually, set on Mars. It also includes a new character, and some exclusive content regarding NASA missions… Read More


Rovio to partner with Green Day for future Angry Birds release

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2012

If you thought Rovio teaming up with the folks of NASA to create Angry Birds Space was cool, wait until you hear this. The studio has just announced a new partnership with American punk rock band Green Day.

Green Day has sold over 65 million records worldwide, on the back of major hits like “Good Riddance: (Time of Your Life)” and “21 guns.” So it’s only right that they be forever immortalized as bad piggies, right? Read More


Angry Birds Seasons update brings new bird, 20 new levels

By Cody Lee on Aug 17, 2012

It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, preseason football has commenced, and children are starting, or will soon be starting, school again.

So naturally, Rovio has released its Back to School update for Angry Birds Seasons. The update includes 20 new schoolyard levels, and (gasp!) a new bird… Read More


Check out this awesome DIY Angry Birds controller

By Cody Lee on Aug 10, 2012

What do you get when you combine an Arduino-based microcontroller, a hacked motorized slider and one of the most popular video games of all time? The Super Angry Birds force feedback USB controller.

The DIY (do it yourself) controller simulates the game’s slingshot, giving you full control over both the angle and power at which the birds are launched. It’s hard to explain, you just have to see it in action… Read More


Rovio teases next major Angry Birds release: Red Planet

By Cody Lee on Aug 4, 2012

It looks like the Mars Curiosity rover isn’t the only thing landing on Mars this year. Rovio just took the lid off of its next major Angry Birds update, Angry Birds Space: Red Planet.

Earlier this year, Rovio took its popular franchise into outer-space, and within 12 hours it was the number one paid application in the App Store. But can lightning strike again? Read More


Angry Birds pig game reportedly in the works

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 9, 2012

Finnish developer Rovio is rumored to be working on a follow-up to its popular Angry Birds series, a brand new game that would see you play from the pig’s perspective. That would be an interesting twist to the popular formula which saw Rovio deliver a billion cumulative Angry Birds downloads across all platforms as of May 2012, including a hundred million downloads of Angry Birds Space, the latest installment, in just 76 days… Read More