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Happy Holidays! If you’re like many folks, you’ll have gotten a new iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch this holiday season. And if you’re looking for a place to learn all about this new magical device in your life, you’ve come to the right place. 148Apps has tons of resources on using your new device and filling it with the best thing about it: apps.
Learning The Basics
The operating system of these devices is one of the most intuitive around. However, there’s always more waiting under the hood to make things just that much easier or better on us. While your new iPhone or iPad may not come with a manual, you can download one fairly simply from the iBooks Store. First, grab iBooks (FREE!, + Universal App), then grab the manual for your new iPad, iPhone, or
Speaking of the operating system, we’ve written a few articles about the latest and greatest from Cupertino right here on 148Apps. Check out our Full Feature Roundup on iOS 5.
We even published some downloadable magazine-style User Guides last year, on each of the devices. Feel free to grab them and read through them – many of the tips and tricks included there are just as relevant today as they were then. iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
To the iCloud!!!
You may have seen some of the information about iCloud in the Apple TV commercials. It’s a great system that gives you unprecedented storage and sharing options. Here’s a short intro to iCloud from Apple.
We’ve got you covered with iCloud as well. Here’s information on both moving your data to the iCloud to help keep things synced and backed up. You may also need more information on how you set up iCloud in a multiple user family. This details all the ins and outs of multiple user groups who may otherwise share iTunes accounts.
There Really is an App for That
Once you’ve got a good handle on using that sleek new iOS device, you’ll of course want to dive in and start downloading apps. Whether you’re an avid gamer, a music lover, a book reader or even (gasp) all three, you’ll find everything you need in the iTunes Store.
When it comes to Apps, iOS has no peer. There are over 500,000 apps in the App Store, so you’ll doubtlessly find something you like. The trick, however, is filtering through all of those apps to find the specific things you want. That can be tricky, but luckily there are many ways to help.
First off are our very own reviews. We review a ton of apps weekly to give you the best recommendations about the best apps we find. Be sure to look through our Reviews lists, which can be filtered by type of app as well as sorted by date, app name, or app rating. If you just want to read reviews of our highest rated iPad games, for example, it’s an easy click. And for on the go browsing of 148Apps reviews, grab the 148Apps App (FREE!, iPhone App).
In addition, we have our famous Price Drops lists, which can be sorted to just show the latest drops in prices, or even just the latest FREE apps. Very handy, if we say so ourselves. If you’re looking for the very latest additions to the App Store, we have a list for that, as well as one for the Top Apps across all the App Store categories for each device. Then of course there’s always the very best of the best in free apps available in the free games and free apps lists.
If you want even more app discovering goodness, you might want to check out a few apps made to help you wade through the App Store. Some of our favorites are AppShopper (FREE!, + Universal App), Chomp (FREE!, iPhone App), and AppZapp (FREE!, iPhone App). There are even specific apps to help you find the latest free apps. Some of the best include Free App A Day (FREE!, iPhone App), Apps Gone Free (FREE!, + Universal App), and Free App Alliance (FREE!, iPhone App). These will all help you sort and find and browse apps and games to your heart’s content; we use them all the time to find new great apps to use and write about on the site.
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Free Apps You Shouldn’t Do Without
Now, we wouldn’t be the premier Apps review site without some sort of parting gift, now would we? How about some apps you really should try out? To make the deal even sweeter, let’s make them free apps.
iBooks, Nook, & Kindle – Reading ebooks is all the rage these days, especially on these fancy new iOS devices. We love reading on our iPad, and have even been known to crack a virtual spine or two on our iPhone while waiting at the doctor’s office. For those of you with shorter attention spans, there’s always Newsstand, iOS’s magazine subscription service. Some of the best ereader apps include iBooks (FREE!, + Universal App), Nook for iPhone (FREE!, + Universal App), Nook for iPad (FREE!, + Universal App), and Kindle (FREE!, + Universal App). Happy reading!
Facebook, Twitter, & Instant Messaging – Keep in touch with family, friends, and us – your favorite Apps website – with these free social networking apps. Tell ‘em 148Apps sent you!
There’s Facebook (FREE!, + Universal App), Twitter (FREE!, + Universal App) though Tweetbot ($2.99, iPhone App) is much better, though not free like the official Twitter app.
For instant messaging, check out imo (FREE!, + Universal App) and imo for iPad (FREE!, iPad App). And don’t forget Skype (FREE!, iPhone App) and Skype for iPad (FREE!, iPad App). We’ve become big fans of GroupMe (FREE!, + Universal App) lately too for group communication.
Gaming on the Cheap – Now, we put out a sweet weekly article that tells you about the latest FREE gaming apps, but here are a few we think you won’t want to miss. We could go on for hours about it, really, but these should get you off to a good start.
For a great free endless runner, check out Temple Run (FREE!, + Universal App). A wonderful game. For some great physics puzzle fun, the new king is Where's My Water? Free (FREE!, + Universal App) and you can never go wrong with the classic Angry Birds Free (FREE!, iPhone App). A couple other free games we really like include The Sims Freeplay (FREE!, + Universal App) and TinyTower (FREE!, + Universal App).
You should also check out our massive iOS game and app sale post. There are tons of great deals and quite a few temporarily free apps there. Be sure to grab the great Jetpack Joyride (FREE!, + Universal App) while it’s free. It’s one of our favorite games of the year.
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about your new magical iOS devices. The iPad, iPhone and iPod touch are some of the best new gadgets to give or receive. Be sure to come back often to see what we have for you; we’re always looking to find the news or apps you want to know about first. From all of us here to all of you out there, Happy Holidays!!!
Those oh-so popular Angry Birds would have players believe that they are crusaders for justice, trying to reclaim their precious eggs from those nasty, hungry pigs. However, we now have proof that the whole story is more complicated than that. Every tale has two sides and with the release of Misunderstood Pigs for iPhones and iPads the porcine perspective on this avian affair has been uncovered for all to see.
A group of harmless pigs and their families are suffering from constant projectile bird attacks. The player’s job is to build structures around the pigs to protect them. Players must set up boxes, planks, pieces of glass and whatever else it takes to repel the invaders and get bigger scores. The game also includes a level editor so players can construct pig saving scenarios of their own.
Given how important it is for everyone to realize the truth, Misunderstood Pigs should be able to be played by as many people as possible. Luckily, it is a universal app and is available now for free.
Released: 2011-12-21 :: Category: Games
It’s quite astonishing to think that two years has passed since the release of a little game about throwing birds at pigs. Yup, it’s Angry Birds‘s second birthday!
The biggest gaming success story on the app store is celebrating such exciting times with the release of 15 brand new levels full of birthday cakes and celebratory balloons. Very appropriate given developers, Rovio’s history of regularly updating the title.
Included within this update is the new Orange Bird that propels any object it touches plus special birthday achievements.
Co-founder and co-general manager at Chillingo, Chris Byatte, sums up the magnitude of the game best: “After two years, Angry Birds continues to delight fans and remain a steady fixture on the App Store’s top ten charts .This is quite a testament to the success indie developers can achieve with the right title, publishing partner and promotional support.”
Check out the screenshots below while downloading the update. It’s available now for iPhone and iPad owners.
Happy birthday you crazy, Angry Birds!
Everybody’s favorite iOS game, Angry Birds has taken note that it’s Halloween (or Ham’O'Ween as they like to call it) this coming Monday and in honor of such a great ocassion, Angry Birds Seasons has been updated to include 30 new levels, a bunch of new achievements and an all new orange bird! Very exciting stuff indeed.
The new levels need no introduction really. We all know and love the tried and tested formula of what to expect from the game. This time round, they’re Halloween themed with pumpkin patches, creepy skeletons and jack-o-lanterns out to heighten the mood. How about the new bird though? Well, he’s orange and unfortunately he doesn’t appear to have a name. Poor little bird. However, he does have the ability to blow up to several times his original size. That has to be useful for something.
Rovio has decided to introduce the cute yet dangerous bird via a really quite funny cartoon. Check it out below while downloading the update that’s available now.
Recently released on the App Store for iOS devices is Castle Clout. At a special introductory price it offers the chance to travel back in time to a medieval battlefield with gameplay being focused on smashing through 150 levels.
Users control a catapult as they must topple their enemies and destroy the strongholds with a variety of weapons such as the traditional boulder, bombs and even the plague.
Two control methods are possible with typical tap based controls or precision based directional aiming on offer. Getting just the right angle is vital in order to maximise the damage unleashed. Besides the 150 levels, a level creator is included ensuring that players can have fun creating their own stages using different wall materials and characters. Plus it means a plentiful supply of user created levels to tackle.
Think of it as a medieval Angry Birds but without the pesky birds getting in the way with their cuteness.
It’s out now priced at $0.99 for the iPhone version or $1.99 for the iPad equivalent.
Released: 2011-09-08 :: Category: Games
This week, July 18-22, 148Apps took a bold new step by acknowledging the changing landscape of iOS gaming and reviewing so-called “freemium” and ad-supported games. Though these new terms for games are sometimes used interchangeably, Rob LeFebvre writes, “We had to make sure that all of our writers were approaching these games from the same angle. Let’s face it, all free games are not created equal. So we created a short term list for our writers, to help us all get on the same page when talking about them.”
Read more about this new glossary-in-progress here.
Over on sister site Giggleapps, reviews included the oddly-named but strangely compelling Presidents Vs. Aliens, where children are rewarded for knowing various facts about America’s presidents by being allowed to “fling a president’s head at these invaders, trying to knock as many down as possible.” Given the never-ending debate over the debt ceiling that is currently raging in Washington, a game like this sounds like a good stress reliever for politicians and non-politicians alike.
Released: 2011-06-22 :: Category: Education
148Apps.biz writer Sharon L. Cohen reported on the growing consumer hunger for more apps on Apple’s iOS behemoth. She states, “The typical user will download 83 apps this year compared to 51 in 2010. That’s a whopping 61 percent increase in one year.” iOS users are also showing a willingness to pay more for apps, a trend developers will surely want to keep a close eye on.
Finally, our 148Apps lists showed that Angry Birds continued its unrivaled dominance in both the paid games and paid apps categories of Apple’s App Store, while Scrabble was still top of the heap when it came to top all-time iPhone apps.
Released: 2008-07-11 :: Category: Games
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It is hard to argue that people are not looking for hardcore gaming experiences on their iOS devices. In a world where Angry Birds and Cut the Rope sell millions of copies, it was nice to see a niche hardcore game succeed against all odds. Sure, it didn’t hurt that ChAIR‘s release had the backing of development powerhouse Epic Games, but when Infinity Blade racked up an impressive $1.65 million dollars in sales over the span of a mere five days, skeptics were suddenly silenced.
Ever since then the studio has quietly been churning away on several additional content updates, but nothing that would satiate the yearning of multiplayer junkies that desired to face off head-to-head with human adversaries. This is why yesterday’s announcement of a brand new update to everyone’s favorite medieval Mike Tyson Punch-Out clone is so exciting! The full rundown of Thursday’s upcoming update are as follows:
- Enter the Arena: Assuming the role of Titan or Knight, Infinity Blade fans can now challenge their friends to multiplayer matches online via Game Center!
- Survivor Mode: Players face off against a legion of Titans to see how far they can go!
- New Holiday Helms! A new helm for every season, ready to be played and mastered!
- More than two dozen new magic rings, swords, shields, and helmets for players to collect and master.
- New Facebook integration allows fans to view their character on their profile and take a screen grab to share with friends.
- Much more! New Achievements, additional Leaderboards, and some new surprises!
Just when you thought Infinity Blade was getting a little old and tired, news like this comes along and kicks the game’s fanbase into overdrive. All of those that have been crying out for Game Center multiplayer should be more than pleased, while the developers still haven’t forgotten the hardcore single player supporters that have been patiently grinding away since the last update.
So now the question becomes where can ChAIR go from here? Let us know what you think is coming next in the comment section.
Just when you think that Angry Birds may finally be ready to slink away from the top of the iOS sales charts and make way for some new hotshot developers, another update hits for the most successful portable game franchise in the history of the platform. That’s right folks, it is time to fire up your iPhones and get ready for the long awaited and eagerly anticipated May update for Angry Birds Rio to land on your iOS device of choice.
After facing a barrage of emails, tweets, and Facebook messages when the first of May came and went without new stages being added to their beloved Angry Birds, Rovio decided to head speculation off at the pass, and released the following trailer:
Finally landing last Friday, the expansion pack nicknamed “Beach Volley”, features thirty new stages to add to the initial sixty included in Rio’s original release. This time you will take the primate assaulting to the surf and turf, in search of more birds that desperately need to be freed.
But that is not all folks, because it looks like the original Angry Birds may be getting some downloadable love as well. According to Rovio’s official twitter feed, late this month will also see brand new content come to roost on the first game that just kept on giving. Honestly, the concept of continuing to update the first title when the sequel is already selling like gangbusters baffles me slightly, but who am I to sneeze at new, not to mention free, content.
In one last revelation to sneak out over Rovio’s twitter account, they seem to be targeting June to release another update to Angry Birds Seasons. Given that June 21st officially marks the start of summer, it would seem appropriate to see how everyone’s favorite swine embrace the sweltering heat. Oh, and just a note, in case you couldn’t see the theme of this article, if you are a fan of Angry Birds, you should really be following Rovio on twitter. It is a veritable news bonanza!
Despite the fact that they are hard at work on the upcoming update to Angry Bird Rio, Rovio managed to squeeze a little time into their development schedule to release a new Easter themed expansion to Angry Birds Seasons, complete with bunny ears aplenty. Featuring fifteen new levels of swine assaulting fun, the addition also includes a few new GameCenter achievements, as well as several new and very seasonally appropriate golden eggs.
So now that we have seen St. Paddy’s Day and now Easter updates, what would be next on the hitlist for a fowl fighting frenzy? Let us know what your prediction is in the comments, but my money is on Cinco De Mayo. After all, they have already tackled one alcohol bathed holiday, why not embrace a similar flavor south of the border? Here is to many more nights spent destroying the dreams of maniacal pigs everywhere!
Rovio, developers of the Angry Birds juggernaut, today announced that their latest in the series, Angry Birds Rio, has already hit 10 million downloads in just 10 days.
That’s 10 million app installs including both free and paid across all platforms. Likely the majority of these are free installs from the new Amazon Android App Store but that’s still an impressive feat.
If you haven’t tried Angry Birds Rio yet, give it a try. And grab a bag of Angry Birds Pork Rinds to go with it — they are delicious!
Update: Angry Birds Rio for iPhone and iPad is now live! Get the download links below.
Drum roll please… Stories have been running rampant across the internet that the eagerly anticipated sequel to Angry Birds, entitled Angry Birds Rio, should be going live tomorrow in the App Store. These rumors were later confirmed by Rovio themselves via the official Angry Birds twitter account. So now the question becomes how long do you have to wait for your next hit of furious foul?
If you are looking to get an early jump on the GameCenter leaderboards you would think that a midnight download might be in order, but if you assumed that you would be gravely mistaken. In all actuality, the App Store is usually updated at 11pm whatever your local time may be, hereby giving you an extra hour head start on the competition. I for one will be eagerly awaiting the launch from the comfort of my bed, then spending the remainder of the night not getting any sleep.
Weighing in at a healthy sixty stages, the next installment in the Angry Birds saga will take our favorite feathered protagonists south of the boarder, as they attempt to free birds that have been illegally held in captivity. There is no word yet on whether the pig infestation of the current installment make a sneak appearance in Rio, but I just have a gut feeling that we haven’t seen the last of them. The most recent trailer even featured a new boss mechanic that is bound to give players nothing but brain freezing fits.
Get ready to take aim at the opposition and plunk down a mere ninety-nine cents for your next taste of the sweet nectar known as Angry Birds. I know that I plan to be excitedly waiting with bated breath for the witching hour to arrive. If you are lucky enough to already be on the Tuesday side of the date line let us know what you think of the game in the comments. We are all VERY curious!
Released: 2011-03-22 :: Category: Games
Released: 2011-03-22 :: Category: Games
Angry Birds Seasons has been updated for every major holiday since its release last year. Today we got word that St. Patrick’s Day will also see an update. Finally something to look forward to besides flat green beer, corned beef, and cabbage, right? Fans and new players alike can expect the update – with a bunch of new green themed, pig popping levels – to hit this week on Thursday March 10th. Take a look at the trailer below:
I wonder what the next holiday update for Angry Birds Seasons will be? Easter? Memorial Day? Your predictions are welcome, in the comments below.
Is there no where that Angry Birds can’t go? Recently Conan O’Brien played life sized Angry Birds with huge Angry Birds balloons and Ikea furniture. Check the video below for all the pig popping fun (after an annoying 30 second commercial). There’s really only one place to go from here – life size cake Angry Birds. I mean, right?
[ via Perez-Fox ]
This week, February 13-20, Apple launched subscription services for applications, meaning that developers must offer an in-app purchase option if they offer an outside-app purchase option, like a newspaper does through its website. For example, if Company A offers a monthly service charge of $10 for its articles, and it has an application on the App Store, it must now offer that same deal for the same price ($10) or less through its iOS application. Here’s the catch – that $10 is subject to Apple’s 30% commission policy.
“Apple feels as though they are providing lots of new users for these services and Apple wants to be compensated for that. That makes sense. They are providing a service and bringing users to these subscription services, they should be compensated” writes Jeff Scott, Founder of 148Apps. However, he warns that “in the end, it’s going to backfire and we the users are going to lose out” – outlining a number of possible scenarios, one of which is shifting the extra cost of paying commission onto the consumer. So that $10 service would need to rise to $13.33 (30% of $10, plus the original $10) in order for the developer to remain no better or no worse off. And that’s not good for consumers.
In other news, the all-time favourite Angry Birds has reached a new App Store peak: 250 non-consecutive days at the number one spot on the biggest application store the world has ever known. The iOS favourite was launched on December 11 2009 and, in less than six months after its conception, reached the number one spot in Apple’s App Store on April 27 2010. Bonnie Eisenman’s been hard at work, collaborating a myriad of data to produce a pictorial review of its massive success. You can see (and read) all about it right here.
In other news, this week 148Apps awarded NBA Jam Review 4.5 stars as well as the Editor’s Choice badge for its excellent gameplay and 5 star graphics. “EA has managed to perfectly recreate the NBA Jam experience on a device that was never designed to handle that volume of visual insanity” writes Blake Grundman. “Every dunk, jumpshot and alley-oop runs smoothly and flawlessly, once again raising the bar for gaming on the platform. There is really no amount of praise that can do this game enough justice. It is simply outstanding.”
Released: 2011-02-10 :: Category: Games
But there are many who just don’t find touch screen gaming an equal substitute. “When it comes to iOS gaming, the biggest complaint that continues to come up is the lack of physical controls. While veteran iOS gamers have gotten used to virtual controls, games still often suffer from not having actual physical buttons and joysticks to use” writes Carter Dotson, who goes on to outline a number of solution for hand-using gamers, such as the Fling, JOYSTICK-IT, iCade and iControlPad.
And to wrap up this week, we’ve brought back the much-loved Favorite 4 column. This week, Favorite 4 examines “the finest examples of established gaming franchises making appearances on iOS” – Street Fighter IV, Space Invaders Infinity Gene, NBA Jam and PAC-MAN. Episode 72 of The Portable Podcast is also available to download, featuring your host Carter Dotson and special guest Brett Nolan from AppAddict.
I’ll leave you this week with a glimpse into the future. It has Telltale Games written all over it.
Attention, ladies and gentlemen! We gather here today to celebrate a true App Store milestone: Angry Birds has sat at the #1 spot for a total of 250 nonconsecutive days. Angry Birds—a juggernaut of a game in which players sling the titular avians at the fortresses of the opposing pigs, has seen amazing success. Released on December 11th, 2009, Angry Birds has jealously guarded its perch at #1 with much success.
In honor of Angry Birds’ amazing success, we’ve decided to take some space to reflect on the game that has redefined App Store success.
The Dawn of an Era
Angry Birds launched on December 11th, 2009 to modest success and minor fanfare. The original game included sixty-three levels and a single world. The story was present from the beginning: the pigs steal the birds’ eggs, and the birds set out to get their revenge by destroying the pigs’ castles. (Fun fact: the green pigs were inspired by the then-current swine flu epidemic.) Originally, there were five kinds of birds; leaderboards and achievements had yet to be added. Rovio fiddled with the price a little (for about a week, the game cost $1.99) but the real changes were yet to come.
People liked the original Angry Birds. They laughed. But it wasn’t yet a phenomenon.
Reaching—and Taking—the Skies
The 1.2 update really started the fire. A few months after its original release, the 1.2 update brought forty more levels in two distinct new “worlds,” leaderboards, and more complex structures, such as (gasp) triangular shapes. Then in April, the 1.2.1 update added the usual slew of extra levels, “golden eggs,” and the new “boomerang” bird. Shortly afterward, armed with these improvements, the birds barreled their way to the top of the charts. I’d say that the rest was history, but that would be implying closure…and Angry Birds is still chugging away. The chart below graphs the rise of the Angry Birds era.
Angry Birds took the #1 spot for all paid apps on April 27th, 2010 and has rarely been knocked from its perch since. How has Angry Birds done so well? Well, that’s the multi-million-dollar question. Personally I think it’s simply that Rovio found a “sweet spot.” Angry Birds has the potential for great depth and complex tower structures, and yet it only takes a few pictures to demonstrate how to play the game. Each aspect is carefully crafted and balanced, with new ideas surfacing with regularity. The charismatic birds and pigs don’t hurt, either. But I think Angry Birds’ success is also a function of Rovio’s careful, relentless promotion of the game and willingness to experiment. Angry Birds Halloween grew into Angry Birds Seasons when Rovio saw an opportunity for a companion app, and they capitalized on the characters by creating plush toys and have supposedly been working on other merchandise. Most importantly of all, perhaps, is that Rovio simply hasn’t stood still.
Marching (er, Flying) Onward
After reaching #1, Rovio didn’t rest on its laurels. Instead, Rovio has pushed out oodles of Angry Birds-related developments, both in terms of traditional updates to the main app and more creative endeavors. We won’t go into too many details, but here’s a small sampling of Angry Birds developments since the app’s initial peak.
- On April 4th, Angry Birds has sells its millionth copy. Soon, the 1.3 update delivers more updates and a total of five million sales.
- In fall 2010, Angry Birds goes to its first new platforms. Among the first are Nokia phones through the Ovi store and webOS. Angry Birds eventually heads to PSP, iPad, Android Marketplace, Mac, and Windows.
- Angry Birds Halloween is released with themed levels as a separate app. It eventually becomes Angry Birds Seasons, a companion app to the main Angry Birds app.
- Angry Birds plushies: So many people clearly loved the birds that Rovio decided to create some tangible plushies. The toy birds and pigs started shipping in December and can now be bought from Rovio’s online store.
- In celebration of the game’s one-year anniversary, the “Ham ‘em High” update introduces new levels and the Mighty Eagle. The Mighty Eagle, a one-time in-app purchase, allows players to blaze through one uncompleted level per hour. It’s the first in-app purchase from Angry Birds.
- Angry Birds Rio is announced. A tie-in with Rio, an upcoming movie from the creators of Ice Age, Angry Birds Rio will be an all-new game set in the Rio universe.
- Super Bowl commercial: During the 2011 Super Bowl, Angry Birds made an appearance in a commercial for the upcoming movie Rio. The ad included a code that unlocks an extra level in the game.
Where to Now?
No app has come close to Angry Bird’s grasp on the #1 spot. For comparison, the second-place contender is not Doodle Jump or Pocket God, but the Moron Test, with a (relatively) measly 38 days at #1. Angry Birds has single-handedly redefined App Store success. Will anyone else ever be able able to replicate this feat?
But having achieved such great success, how can Angry Birds become even more awesome? The upcoming Angry Birds Rio is mostly a mystery, and I think it’s a great opportunity for Rovio to reconsider, improve upon, and maybe even reinvent parts of Angry Birds. It should certainly contain some great new ideas, given the developer’s track record. We’ll also be seeing Angry Birds on a lot more devices in the future, as Rovio has already announced plans to port their hyper-popular game to the Wii and Xbox 360.
Regardless of where Angry Birds heads, its current success is richly deserved. Angry Birds is a great game with an amazing amount of replay value and an incredibly funny, if silent, cast of characters. Congratulations to Rovio for 250 days at the top!
Released: 2010-02-13 :: Category: Games
Released: 2011-01-05 :: Category: Games
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Released: 2011-02-10 :: Category: Games
Released: 2010-03-10 :: Category: Games
I don’t know if you are beginning to feel the same as me, but I am starting to wonder if the development team over a Rovio has something against sleeping. Between a Super Bowl update to the first installment in the Angry Birds series and a Rio themed sequel on the way, you would think that they would have their hands full. But with their third headline grabbing piece of news in as many weeks, there is more love coming to Angry Birds fans everywhere.
This time around, it is Angry Birds Seasons that is getting some love in the form of a Valentines Day themed update. Though it is significantly smaller than the Christmas update that brought an additional twenty-five stages, on top of the initial Halloween offering of forty-five levels, these additional eighteen challenges are sure to continue to whet your whistle for more disgruntled fowl fun.
As always, these updates come to you at no charge, as long as you have purchased the base Angry Birds Seasons application. Now this raises the next obvious question: what will be the next holiday that we get to explore through the eyes of these swine hating birdbrains? I certainly don’t think we will be seeing a President’s Day update and Ash Wednesday may be a bit too morbid, not to mention non-secular. If I were a betting man, I would be putting my money on a St. Patrick’s Day themed pack. That said, drowning the pigs in steins of beer might be a tad culturally insensitive.
What do you think will be the next holiday celebrated in Angry Birds Seasons? Now that I think aboutit , Mardi Gras seems just ripe for the picking – just remember you heard it here first. Let us know what you think in the comments.
We’ve got a new champion, Street Fighter IV!
By way of a price drop to $0.99, Capcom has taken over the much coveted number one overall app spot. Last I heard, this could mean $60,000 in sales per day or more. Angry Birds has fallen to number 2 currently. The first time in a while it’s been out of the top spot.
How long can Street Fighter IV hold on to the number one spot? What do you think, will Angry Birds attack and get it back? Will Tetris slide its way past both to number 1? We’ll keep an eye on it.
With an Angry Birds sequel already announced, it seemed odd this week when another unexplained Angry Birds update hit the App Store. There didn’t seem to be any specific rhyme or reason for this to happen, unless of course if you believed what TheHollywoodReporter had to say. In a supposed foreshadowing of Rovio’s partnership with the upcoming film Rio, they were actually planning an interesting cross promotion of sorts, the likes of which both industries had never seen.
Rio promo will air during the fourth quarter of the showdown between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers, which airs on the Fox Broadcasting Network.
During the spot, viewers will be invited to find the frame with the code, which in turns directs them to a special level of Angry Birds, which has entered into a first-of-its kind partnership with Fox. The level will take Angry Birds players to a Rio sweepstakes.
Lucky for us, the internet is never at a loss for people with too much free time, much like the good folks over at AngryBirdsNest. They managed to comb through the HD version of 20th Century Fox’s trailer and found the one frame that contained the code “13-12.” You can see a freeze frame of the image at left, if you are so inclined. But unfortunately, that is only half of the battle…
Along with the information of where the newly hidden egg is ever so slyly incognito, you must go through a very odd process in order to unlock this football shaped forbidden fruit. Once again the internet has come to our aid and provided us with just the information we need, in the form of a youtube clip, detailing the entire odd process.
It is neat to see cross promotions like this getting love from the mainstream media, as well as the viral advertising market. Honestly, I would have had no idea about this promotion had our own Carter Dotson not mentioned it to me on twitter during the game. Regardless, this shows the tremendous strides that iOS gaming has made in public acceptance. It will be exciting to see what the future holds for the industry.
Now get out there and take a kick at finding that golden football… you should have all the information that you need to split the sticks.
Have you finally managed to conquer all of the holiday goodness that was Angry Birds: Seasons? If you are anything like me, you have been eagerly awaiting the next proper entry in the series since completing the last festivus themed stage on Christmas morning. While the game was a present in and of itself, I have been left with a month long void, where everyone’s favorite bombadeering birds have been absent from my iPhone. It has been a dark time, indeed.
This is why I was thrilled to hear official confirmation from Angry Birds developer Rovio, by way of IntoMobile, that a proper sequel to the original phenomenon is not only in the works, but tentatively (not to mention vaguely) scheduled to crash land onto the iOS platform sometime in March. In another first for the series, the game will be simultaneously launching on not only iOS, but also Android and Symbian. It is hard not to have mixed feeling about this, given that the franchise was birthed on our gaming platform of choice, but if it helps funding expansions our favorite gaming addiction, who are we to really complain?
Though it is encouraging to hear that the game will be getting a newly christened graphical upgrade, forty-five new stages with the promise for more via update, and several new wrinkles to the game mechanics, it was surprising to learn that the developers have pared up with 20th Century Fox to help complement the launch of their upcoming animated film, Rio. Entitled the very original, Angry Birds Rio, the game will focus on melding the two worlds together in a way that will hopefully pass along little bit of Rovio’s secret sauce onto the cinematic release.
“In Angry Birds Rio, the original Angry Birds are kidnapped and taken to the magical city of Rio, where they eventually escape their captors and set out to to save their friends, Blu and Jewel – two rare macaws and the stars of the upcoming Fox motion picture, Rio. Angry Birds Rio will pair the physics-based gameplay of the original game with unique twists based on the highly-anticipated film.” — VIA Rovio Mobile BlogPost
I can’t help but feel like this is a slight betrayal of some of Angry Bird’s early “indie cred”, but that said, anyone else in Rovio’s position would be insane to not try to even partially cash in on the goodwill associated with the brand. If nothing else, the immense amount of free content patched into the original game has earned them a free pass in my eyes and honestly, even if I was offended, it wouldn’t stop me from gobbling this up the moment it becomes available.
We will leave you with a sneak peak of what we can all be looking forward to in March. Please attempt to keep your gleeful squealing to a minimum.
Thinking back as far as I can remember, I can’t even begin to recall a time where Angry Birds were not dominating the top position on all of the App Store’s Top 25 Lists. Regardless of whether you prefer the free or full version, it is safe to assume that is has graced the home page of virtually every iOS device in existence. For this simple reason, the application has had a choke-hold on the lists seemingly forever. Well, at least that was the case until last Thursday.
On that fateful day in January, a seemingly unknown app by the name of Bubble Ball rocketed to the top of the Free App List, bouncing Angry Birds Seasons Free from atop its lofty post. For any developer this would be a feat of momentous significance, but it is even more impressive when you further examine Bubble Ball’s developer, Nay Games. While big name studios have the budget to throw scores of experienced developers at one specific project, Nay Games is comprised of a mother/son duo, of which the lead designer and programmer isn’t even old enough to apply for a driver’s license.
At only fourteen years old, upstart programmer Robert Nay has managed to prove that as long as you have an original idea, you can become an overnight success as a developer on the iOS platform. So, how many downloads does it take to top the Free Apps list? How about 1.5 million downloads since the game launched on December 29th, and a staggering 400,000 on that special Thursday where the App Store stood still.
And don’t worry about the team over at Nay Games not seeing any profit from this Bubble Ball adventure, because Dean Takahashi of VentureBeat.com is reporting that they already have plans in the works for patching in monetized microtransactions soon.
This has to be one of the best “feel good” stories of the new year, so why not give Bubble Ball a download for yourself and see what all the hype is about? 1.5 million downloads can’t be wrong!
Released: 2010-12-29 :: Category: Games
Image Credit: Venture Beat