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The day after we learned that Zynga has purchased OMGPOP, the developers of Draw Something, we are reminded what a real franchise on the App Store is. Angry Birds with it’s 600+ million users is expanding.

Angry Birds Space is now available on just about everything with a screen. This of course includes iOS devices both large and small. Angry Birds Space is available now for $0.99 [App Store] and $2.99 for the iPad [App Store] version. Both versions includes 60 levels in the initial release. For a quick round-up of Angry Birds Space, see the post from Carter on the game from yesterday.

Talking yesterday with Peter Vesterbacka, CMO of Rovio, we can expect to see regular updates to Angry Birds Space over the coming months — much as we have seen with the other Angry Birds games.

We also learned from Peter today that we can expect four additional Angry Birds games this year. Rovio will also be launching a brand new franchise this year, separate from the Angry Birds brand. Something to look forward to!

We’ll be posting our review of Angry Birds Space in the morning. But we’re guessing if you are Angry Birds fans, you won’t wait for our word on the game.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-03-22 :: Category: Games

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iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-03-22 :: Category: Games

Not the Angry Birds Space Preview

Gravimaze Review

Gravimaze Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Superb puzzle game that ticks almost all of the boxes.

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The latest version of Angry Birds will be displayed to public for the first time at the South by South West Interactive conference being held in Austin, Texas. Even before the first demo, details about the upcoming game have been released.

The newest Angry Birds game will be titled Angry Birds Space, and as the name implies, the game is space themed. The biggest space themed addition will be zero gravity levels that should add an interesting twist to the game play.


Rovio, the developers behind the popular franchise, has even partnered with NASA. Don Pettit, who is an astronaut aboard the international space station, will introduce the game. Pettit has already made a video talking about some of the physics in the game. NASA hopes that the game will encourage children to learn more about physics and inspire them to pursue careers in technology and science fields.

The app will be released on March 22 for the iPhone, iPad, Android platform, PC, and Mac. Other platforms will be receiving the app too, but at an undisclosed later time. At the South by South West Interactive conference the game will be demoed on a Samsung Galaxy Note, since Rovio has a partnership with Samsung. The launch of the app will occur in tandem with the launch a slew of Angry Birds Space themed merchandise.

Angry Birds Space will have 60 levels at launch, with more levels available later for free or as in-app purchases. The game will also include 6 new birds and super-powers. The app will be launched with an unprecedented amount of other Angry Birds themed merchandise, such as toys, books, and candy. Rovio is even working with National Geographic to publish an Angry Birds Space book. According to Rovio, it has licensed their characters for more than 20,00 products and has sold over 25 million Angry Birds toys.

Bird flingers have a month to get their space-gear ready because Rovio just announced the next Angry Birds game is blasting off on March 22 for the final frontier. Rovio has been teasing press and fans alike with a vague note on their blog saying the 4th game in the franchise, Angry Birds Space, is “a completely new game with innovative new gameplay, but with some of the familiar Angry Birds elements that fans already know and love — plus some surprises! “

The blogsphere is awash with best guesses, including that aliens, not pigs will be the enemy and that gravity will (or won’t) play into the physics. The only non-speculative information comes from VentureBeat. They report that the new game based on uber-hit Angry Birds – which passed 700 million downloads recently and launched last week on Facebook  – “will have numerous new characters and players can expect the science part of the game to be physically accurate … On top of launching birds at pigs in zero gravity, the game will have a variety of other gameplay elements, including slow-motion, lightspeed destruction.”

Rovio put out a teaser with a menacing space-faring cardinal and promises more information in early March. It’s a safe bet that this will be even bigger that the Angry Birds Rio movie tie-in from last year, or anything we’ve seen from the Finnish game company so far. We’ll keep you posted as details land here on Earth.

Spongebob’s Super Bouncy Fun Time Review

Spongebob’s Super Bouncy Fun Time Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Colorful and charming, this is a great amalgamation of Peggle and Angry Birds.

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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
iPod touch.

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 ($4.99, 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!!!

Turn the Tables with Misunderstood Pigs


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.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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!

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-12-11 :: Category: Games

$2.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-04-01 :: Category: Games

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.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-21 :: Category: Games

Catapult Fun With Castle Clout

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.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-09-08 :: Category: Games

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iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-09-08 :: Category: Games

Contre Jour Review

Contre Jour Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Add one part Limbo, one part World of Goo and a dash of Cut The Rope - get Contre Jour.

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Melon Truck Review

Melon Truck Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Melon Truck isn't the most ambitious, but it does a serviceable job as a fun and simple physics-based puzzle game.

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Hungribles Review

Hungribles Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Cutesy visuals belie a strong puzzle game with some unusual physics-based play

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This Week at 148Apps: July 18-22

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.

Read the full review on GiggleApps.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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.

Read Sharon’s full report on 148Apps.biz.

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.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-12-11 :: Category: Games

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2008-07-11 :: Category: Games

That’s it for this week. Check out our full page of lists and our ongoing community conversations on Twitter and Facebook.

Mogo the Monkey in Operation Jungle Bungle Review

Mogo the Monkey in Operation Jungle Bungle Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Australian retailer Gametraders' debut iPhone game is a physics puzzler with potential but the first episode is far too short; this monkey needed more time to evolve.

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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.

$5.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-12-09 :: Category: Games

Angry Birds Updates Aplenty!

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!

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-03-22 :: Category: Games

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-12-11 :: Category: Games

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-21 :: Category: Games

Siege Hero Review

Siege Hero Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
The pioneers of the fling and smash genre have something fresh on their hands, but can it best the staunch competition?

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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!

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-21 :: Category: Games

Chicken Balls HD Review

Chicken Balls HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Chicken Balls manages to combine several mainstream game experiences into one polished package.

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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!

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-03-22 :: Category: Games

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-03-22 :: Category: Games

Angry Birds Rio Review

Angry Birds Rio Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
The Angry Birds return in another addicting and challenging game that promises to please its fans as well as newcomers to the series.

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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!

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-03-22 :: Category: Games
FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-03-22 :: Category: Games
FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-03-22 :: Category: Games
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iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-03-22 :: Category: Games

Splitter Pals Review

Splitter Pals Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Splitter Pals could well be the next big thing physics puzzler wise, and deservedly so.

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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.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-21 :: Category: Games

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 at 148Apps: February 13-20

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.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-12-11 :: Category: Games

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.”

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
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!

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The Portable Podcast, Episode 72

Unlike buying tickets to SDCC, this podcast works!

On This Episode:

  • We talk about various conventions happening this year, and what iOS’ presence among the normal gaming features at various conventions will be.
  • We discuss NBA Jam for iOS, and why the game has been getting rave reviews from both press and players alike.
  • We also talk about Street Fighter IV dethroning Angry Birds on the App Store, why this happened, and what it could mean long-term for the App Store.
  • Who We Are:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Brett Nolan, AppAddict
  • Contact The Show: Email | Twitter

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    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.

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