Rovio Stars launches iOS 8 Metal-enabled game, Plunder Pirates

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2014

Game industry veterans Midoki and Rovio, the renowned Angry Birds maker hailing from Finland, have joined forces to publish a new game for Apple’s platform under the Rovio Stars label.

An addictive combat strategy adventure, Plunder Pirates invites you to build an island in lush three-dimensional graphics and then recruit a pirate crew to set sail for uncharted waters.

The free-to-play download has optional In-App Purchases available, supports Game Center achievements and leaderboards and files as one of the first iOS titles supporting Apple’s low-level framework for close-to-the-metal 3D graphics programming, aptly named Metal. Read More

 

Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Aug 28, 2014

Apple has named Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage it’s App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pick up the popular game for both iPhone and iPad for free—a decent savings of $1.

For those who aren’t familiar with the game, it was created by Angry Birds hit-maker Rovio Entertainment and Nitrome. It’s essentially a Cut The Rope-style physics-based puzzler, which has you rescuing vikings from blocks of ice. Read More

 

Angry Birds Star Wars II goes free, adds 30 new ‘Master Your Destiny’ levels

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2014

Finnish games maker Rovio Mobile, best-known for its Angry Birds franchise, today released a “Master Your Destiny” update adding an additional thirty new levels to Angry Birds Star Wars 2. And for the third time since it launched late last year, Angry Birds Star Wars 2 has switched from paid to free.

What are you waiting for? Grab Angry Birds Star Wars 2 free of charge in the App Store now…. Read More

 

Angry Birds Transformers is in the works

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 16, 2014

I can’t stand any more of Angry Birds. There, I’ve said it. Still, a lot of fans feel the series hasn’t run its course yet so this one should be fun: Finland-based Angry Birds maker Rovio Mobile has now partnered with Hasbro on a new tie-in game. They’re calling it Angry Birds Transformers and it’s coming real soon to an iOS device near you.

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Rovio’s new ‘Angry Birds Epic’ game launches worldwide

By Cody Lee on Jun 12, 2014

In February, Rovio teased a new game for its Angry Birds franchise called Angry Birds Epic. A month later it soft-launched the title in a handful countries, and players quickly discovered that this isn’t your typical bird-slinger.

Believe it or not, it’s actually an adventure role-playing game with turn-based combat and an extensive crafting system. It features epic battles, epic worlds, and it’s now available around the globe on both the iPhone and iPad… Read More

 

Rovio soft-launches Flappy Bird-inspired ‘Retry’ in Canada, Finland and Poland

By Christian Zibreg on May 6, 2014

Flappy Bird by Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen, I’m sure you’ll agree, has set the gaming world on fire with its addictive concept, simple mechanics and charming characters.

Realizing it’s been high time to think beyond bird-slinging – and not being content with independent developers like Nguyen stealing its thunder – Finish mobile games maker Rovio has reckoned to branch out into this territory with a brand new iOS game, Retry.

Unlike Nguyen’s game that has you controlling a bird, Retry challenges you to guide a loop-de-loop plane through a bunch of levels without crashing into anything. Now, the suggestive name could have you thinking that Retry has been designed to bank on the Flappy Bird success, but you’d be making a mistake to dismiss it as a blatant Flappy Bird rip-off.

Created by the guys “sitting in the room next to the guys who made Angry Birds”, the old-school Retry is apparently so hard and addictive that you’ll think “you’ve stepped into an 8-bit time machine and gone back to 1986″.

A freemium release with optional in-app purchases, Retry is available early on the iPhone and iPad to players in Finland, Canada and Poland. The game should launch in other markets sooner than later so keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, go past the jump to check out the in-game video and a few screenshots… Read More

 

Rovio Stars releases cute wordsearch game in the App Store, Word Monsters

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 28, 2014

Rovio Stars, the Angry Birds maker’s third-party publishing arm, has released a new iOS game in the App Store. Word Monsters for the iPhone and iPad, available now on a free-to-play basis, tests your language skills by pitting you against players from all around the world for the title of the ultimate Word Monster.

Developed by Raketspel, it’s a fun take on wordsearch, with a twist: players get to choose their preferred theme of words they want to compete in, ranging from fruits names to  food to 80′s pop songs and more. Then, it’s race against the clock to find all the words in the right order to complete the level… Read More

 

Angry Birds Epic soft-launches in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, here’s gameplay vid

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2014

As promised, Rovio’s RPG-style Angry Birds game, Angry Birds Epic, is soft-launching today in Canada, Australia and New Zealand and its creator Rovio has shared a few screenshots and the official list of features, as well as posted a nice video showing off the actual gameplay.

Set in a fantasy version of Piggy Island, free-to-play Angry Birds Epic is billed as an adventure role-playing game with turn-based combat, set in the Angry Birds universe.

It offers “a gripping campaign with a challenging end game, a rich system of crafting weapons, armor and potions with resources you can collect (or purchase) and much more. The game will release in the United States and other markets later this Spring, Rovio said… Read More

 

Rovio teases new Tiny Thief episode ‘Bewitched’

By Cody Lee on Mar 15, 2014

It seems like Rovio has been ‘teasing’ a lot of things lately. There’s its upcoming RPG ‘Angry Birds Epic,’ and then ‘Angry Birds Stella,’ which is coming this fall. But what about for the folks who aren’t a fan of the furry fowl-flinging franchise? Two words: Tiny Thief.

That’s right, the Finnish developer has posted a teaser trailer for a new episode of its popular puzzler this weekend. The episode is entitled ‘Bewitched,’ and as you’d imagine it has a Halloween-kind of vibe with witches flying on brooms and—well, just watch the clip… Read More

 

Rovio says upcoming ‘Angry Birds Epic’ game is a turn-based RPG

By Cody Lee on Mar 12, 2014

Over the weekend, Rovio posted a teaser trailer for an unknown, upcoming Angry Birds title. The clip was short, and offered up few details about the game outside of showing a bird wearing knight’s armor and announcing countries that would participate in the soft launch.

Well today, the studio revealed that the game is going to be called Angry Birds Epic and it’s not going to be the typical bird-flinger. In fact, far from it. The new title will actually fall into the ‘adventure role-playing’ genre, with a turn-based combat system and extensive crafting…

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Rovio teases yet another new Angry Birds game

By Cody Lee on Mar 11, 2014

It hasn’t even been a month yet since Rovio unveiled its new game ‘Angry Birds Stella,’ and the studio has already begun to tease a new title for its hit franchise. A 30-second clip showing a bird wearing a suit of armor popped up on Rovio’s YouTube channel over the weekend.

The trailer instructs users to prepare for the most ‘epic soft launch ever,’ suggesting that the new game will be launching in the near future. It also tells us that the game will be arriving in Australia and Canada first, with other countries to follow shortly after. View the clip below… Read More

 

Rovio announces new Angry Birds Stella game debuting this Fall

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2014

After teasing its brand new Angry Birds “adventure” game on Twitter, Finnish games maker Rovio today formally announced that a new game named Angry Birds Stella is arriving this Fall. The game has been named after its protagonist, the pink, female Stella thing described as a “fierce and a feisty character with a great group of friends”.

Angry Birds Stella will open a door to a part of the Angry Birds universe “you’ve never seen before,” the blurb promises. If a media release is an indication, Angry Birds Stella will indeed combine the familiar bird-slinging action with some new adventure elements. I’ve included some additional information below the fold… Read More

 

Rovio teases new Angry Birds ‘adventure’ game

By Cody Lee on Feb 13, 2014

Rovio has started teasing a new Angry Birds game, tweeting the above image out from its official Twitter account yesterday. Along with the photo, the game-maker says that a “big adventure with new birds” is coming soon and added the hashtag #NewAngryBirds.

The consensus here is that Rovio is finally going to introduce new characters to its franchise, after using the same birds and pigs in many of its popular Angry Birds titles. The ‘big adventure’ comment also suggests that this isn’t going to be its typical bird-slinger… Read More

 

Rovio denies wrongdoing in NSA’s snooping of Angry Birds players, but…

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2014

A report yesterday by The New York Times and other news organizations has provided yet another unsettling glimpse into the NSA’s wide-ranging surveillance practices.

The speculation, based on information from documents provided by the NSA leaker Edward Snowden, suggests that the NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ have been collecting private user data from mobile apps, in real time, as it travels across the Internet.

Profile data being collected from popular games such as Rovio’s Angry Birds typically includes age, location and gender, the allegations go. And with games that show ads, the agencies are also able to intercept users’ surprisingly detailed advertising profiles, mining it for new information… Read More

 
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