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


Angry Birds Space now available to download from the App Store

By Oliver Haslam on Mar 22, 2012

We told you recently that those Angry Birds were going to make their way into space, and today Rovio released the new game for iOS gamers.

Angry Birds Space is pretty much what you would expect: Angry birds trying to finish those pesky pigs off, but with a distinctly starry flavour.

Available for both the iPhone/iPod touch and the iPad, Angry Birds Space takes to the skies, with planets and their own gravitational pull adding something very different to the tried and tested Angry Birds formula that has already made Rovio’s games extremely popular across a range of devices. From what we’ve seen, this space-flavored version will be just as popular… Read More


Angry Birds going to space on March 22

By Sébastien Page on Mar 8, 2012

A couple weeks ago, Rovio teased us with this video for Angry Birds Space, the new addition to their Angry Birds franchise that is coming soon to iOS, and other platforms.

In a new video published today, we get to see NASA astronaut Don Pettit announcing Angry Birds Space, straight from the International Space Station, some 240 miles above our heads. He explains the physics behind the game, but also gives us a sneak peak at the gameplay… Read More


Get ready for Angry Birds Space

By Sébastien Page on Feb 17, 2012

If there is someone who knows how to milk the heck of a franchise, it’s the Rovio folks. After Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, and Angry Birds Rio, your favorite birds are now ready to conquer space in the upcoming edition of Angry Birds Space, to be released on March 22.

Besides this video trailer and the official teaser website, we don’t know anything about Angry Birds Space, except it’s probably going to be a massive hit again… Read More


Top Angry Birds Exec Thinks Piracy Can Help Promote Games

By Oliver Haslam on Jan 31, 2012

App piracy is something which is a real problem for many iOS developers, especially the smaller, independent ones. Things don’t get much easier for the big guys, either.

Rovio, the people behind Angry Birds, also suffer from a spot of piracy, and not just of the app variety, either. All sorts of merchandise is being made and sold in Asia, with Rovio getting nothing by way of monetary compensation. But that doesn’t seem to bother Rovio’s CEO Mikael Hed.

In fact, he seems to be surprisingly happy about it… Read More


Angry Birds Updated to Version 2.0 with 15 New Levels

By Oliver Haslam on Dec 12, 2011

The ever popular Angry Birds has reached yet another milestone, with the bird-flinging game now two years-old. How the time flies (awful pun intended.)

To celebrate the occasion, Angry Birds’ developer Rovio has updated the team’s runaway success to version number 2.0. This 2.0 release of the original game has a few new tricks up its sleeve.

One of the first things you will notice is all-new artwork. But that’s not all… Read More


“Wreck the Halls” This Holiday Season with the Latest Edition of Angry Birds

By Guest Author on Dec 1, 2011

Today Rovio updated Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Seasons HD with 25 new holiday-themed levels. If you didn’t know, Angry Birds Seasons is an Angry Birds game which has levels specifically themed for various holidays.

The last time the app was updated was for Halloween, and that included 30 new levels. This time around, Angry Birds “Wreck the Halls” is sure to keep you entertained over the Christmas season. Read More


Ever Wondered How Angry Birds Works? Take a Look at the Math Behind the Madness

By Oliver Haslam on Nov 12, 2011

Some things just blow our minds here at iDB. One such thing is the lengths some people will go to in order to analyze something that most of us find mildly interesting at best, and the epitome of that is the work WIRED‘s Rhett Allain has been doing on the Angry Birds games.

Now, don’t take that as a sign that we don’t think his research is indeed super awesome, because it is. It’s just that we’re not convinced we find it as awesome as Rhett does. Or, perhaps, we’re just not clever enough to get our collective heads around it!

The series of posts that Rhett Allain has been working on delve into the inner workings of Angry Birds, and more importantly, into how we can better understand the game with the aim of flinging birds from catapults. Told you it was awesome… Read More


That’s One Small Step for iPad, One Giant Leap For… Angry Birds?

By Alex Heath on Oct 26, 2011

We’ve already shown you the iPhone 4S that got sent into space, and now we’re back with the news that two iPads will visit the International Space Station next month.

The iPad will be the first tablet sent into space, and NASA will continue to experiment on how to use tablets on future space missions. Accompanying the iPads on their maiden voyage will be, you guessed it, an Angry Birds plush doll. Read More


How Angry Birds Can Undermine the US Economy

By Alex Heath on Oct 6, 2011

Instead of running a typical story about how American companies have lost money watching the NCAA basketball tournament instead of working, The Atlantic has published a humorous analysis of how much time has been wasted on Angry Birds.

The results: lots and lots of time… Read More


These Angry Birds Costumes Will Be a Hit for Halloween

By Sébastien Page on Sep 19, 2011

With Halloween around the corner, the annual dilemma comes back: what costume am I gonna wear? This year, looking at those Angry Birds costumes, my decision process might be streamlined.

Selling for $30-$40, you can pick from all your favorite birds: black, red, yellow. You can even a King Pig costume… Read More

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