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

 

Angry Birds Seasons gets 30 water-themed levels

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 15, 2012

Two weeks ago, Finnish developer Rovio updated Angry Birds Space, the latest installment of its addictive pig-pounding series, with a bunch of food-themed levels. Today, Angry Birds Seasons gets some love as Rovio issues a free summer update which brings thirty new underwater levels.

Building upon the concept of gravity first introduced in Angry Birds Space, Rovio has now brought gravity-defying action to the Seasons. You can fling the birds underwater and, yes – pigs sink to the bottom of the ocean… Read More

 

Angry Birds Space hits 100 million downloads in 76 days

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 6, 2012

Wow, just wow. Angry Birds maker Rovio just announced in a tweet that Angry Birds Space, the latest installment in the popular series, has hit the hundred million downloads mark across all platforms.

If that didn’t give you a pause, remember that just a little over a month ago the game topped 50 million downloads in the first 35 days since its launch (ten million downloads in the first three days)… Read More

 

Angry Birds Heikki webgame arrives June 18

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2012

Angry Birds maker Rovio announced an unusual move today: they will release a web-only game called Angry Birds Heikki on June 18.

While the Angry Birds series has been available on both Facebook as Chrome Web Store for some time, this is the first time they’re releasing a webgame under the Angry Birds brand name.

What’s this one about? Read More

 

Angry Birds zooms past one billion downloads

By Christian Zibreg on May 9, 2012

For Finnish developer Rovio, there’s no slowing down, their Angry Birds franchise just keeps chugging along.

According to the latest official data released this morning, the Angry Birds games have just passed a whopping one billion cumulative downloads across all platforms.

The number includes both free and paid downloads and is an astounding milestone for the popular franchise that debuted on the App Store in December of 2009… Read More

 

Angry Birds clocks 648M downloads in 2011, has 200M active monthly users

By Christian Zibreg on May 7, 2012

Developer Rovio has had enormous success with Angry Birds. The series debuted on the iPhone back in December 2009 and has since remained one of the most sold games in the App Store.

From today’s earnings release for the full calendar year of 2011, the Espoo, Finland-headquartered company hit an astounding 648 million Angry Birds downloads by the end of 2011.

Total number of active monthly users across all platforms reached 200 million, helping Rovio book a cool $106.3 million in revenue. The number of active users grew considerably from the 40 million people who were regularly playing Angry Birds games as of March 2011.

Most importantly, first-quarter earnings before tax stood at $67.6 million, or 64 percent of total revenue in 2011, making Rovio one of the most-profitable game developers out there… Read More

 

“Something even bigger” coming as Angry Birds Space clear 50M downloads

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 30, 2012

Angry Birds Space, the latest installment in the popular birds vs. pigs videogame series, has amassed more than 50 million downloads on all platforms in the 35 days since its March 22 launch, Rovio announced on Twitter this morning.

This makes Angry Birds Space “one of the fastest growing games ever” and by far the fastest-growing game on mobile, the company bragged.

Previously, the game zoomed past the ten million mark in less than three days. Rovio largely owes such a successful launch to Angry Birds’s seemingly unstoppable popularity, still rising across the globe. Another crucial factor: Apple’s iOS platform which now powers more than 365 million devices, as this is where the vast majority of paid downloads occur… Read More

 

Angry Birds Space downloaded ten million times in less than three days

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 26, 2012

Rovio Mobile, the brains behind the crazy addictive Angry Birds series, surely knows how to milk a franchise. In less than three days of its launch last Thursday morning, Angry Birds Space has been downloaded ten million times, the company tweeted. You’d expect Apple to put these kind of numbers rather than a game developer.

However, note that Angry Birds Space simultaneously launched on the iOS, Android, Mac and PC app stores and we’re talking about a gaming series that has become a cultural phenomenon, spawning plush toys, costumes (even bra), animated TV series and allegedly coming to Hollywood as well. Read More