Rovio’s taking the Angry Birds out of the air and into… cars? Yes, it’s time for Rovio’s famous characters to make the natural leap for any popular character – star in a kart-racing game – with Angry Birds Go. While conceptually it makes perhaps a bit more sense than, say, Sonic the Hedgehog as the birds have generally needed the help of mechanical contraptions to get anywhere in the past, it’s still a bit silly on paper. However, what’s not silly business is that this is Rovio’s first free-to-play launch of an Angry Birds game, as this has been soft-launched in New Zealand ahead of a global launch. So, I take Angry Birds Go for a spin in this edition of It Came From New Zealand!
The racing has been tremendously simplified to where players really only need to concern themselves with steering, not even needing to brake, much less accelerate. Each racer has a special ability that helps them get to the finish line before their opponents, such as a floating bubble or a speed boost. Prepare to grind and become familiar with the game’s tracks. Each track has a variety of events to play on it, such as races, time trials, and a fruit smashing mode where points are earned for running into fruit strewn across the track. There goes the idea for a Fruit Ninja kart racing game, eh? Each event has a certain performance minimum, forcing players to upgrade and buy new cars.
The game steadily introduces the ways in which it intends on making money. First, there’s coins for upgrades. Then there are gems for boosts, though these can be collected in the game itself. There are IAP for better cars, including some rather expensive prices for the best ones. It’s possible to use Telepods to unlock cars, too. There’s an energy system where different racers must be used as their energies run low. Each racer has a different special ability, though the car stats remain the same.
Angry Birds Go feels like a highly-polished product right now, and it’s likely that how the game monetizes is what’s under major scrutiny here as it should be out in a couple of weeks. Just how free it is will take some time to see – and this game succeeding or failing could have a big impact on Rovio’s future releases as well. This should be an interesting one to keep an eye on.
Angry Birds and Puzzle & Dragons! Angry Birds and Puzzle & Dragons!!! ANGRY BIRDS AND PUZZLE AND DRAGONS! OH MY! Yeah, sorry, anyway…
GungHo Online Entertainment, the publisher behind the rocking Puzzle & Dragons, announced that it’ll be collaborating with Rovio Entertainment to bring an Angry Birds-themed event to their Puzzle & Dragons game. Starting Monday, November 18, and lasting until Sunday, December 1, fans will be able to enjoy the Angry Birds characters in a special dungeon event within Puzzle & Dragons.
“We are excited to announce the collaboration of Puzzle & Dragons and the Angry Birds games from Rovio Entertainment,” said Daisuke Yamamoto, Producer and creator of Puzzle & Dragons, in a press release. “Angry Birds is one of the most recognizable entertainment franchises in the world, and we are thrilled to be working alongside Rovio to give our fans a look at what it would be like if Angry Birds characters invaded the world of Puzzle & Dragons.”
Posted by Andrew Stevens on November 2nd, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Angry Birds Star Wars II comes flying in with a new update that adds 8 secret levels. Users must find hidden maps throughout in order to unlock the new secret levels. The levels also add 4 new characters which include Hologram Darth Sidious, Silver C3PO, Red Battle Droid, and Shadowtrooper.
Now go use the force to locate those secret levels!
The birds are back (again)! Not content with simply hurtling avian critters into pork-filled structures, Rovio has changed things up significantly for their next offering. Angry Birds Go! is a fully 3D kart racer featuring a bunch of recognizable series characters, loads of special powers, and upgradable vehicles. Yes, you read that correctly; it’s a kart racer.
Angry Birds Go! will be hitting the App Store on December 11 for free, and I have to admit the video makes it look pretty interesting despite the severe change in direction (and genre). What do you all think? Is it too ridiculous to fathom? Are you anxiously waiting to get behind the wheel? Did the video sway you either way? Feel free to chime in below!
Posted by Rob Rich on September 18th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Beware the pork side. Rovio’s sequel to their spin-off based on one of the most popular movie franchises of all time is here!
Angry Birds Star Wars II follows (loosely) the events in the “Star Wars” prequels, and even lets players decide whether they want to be good, or play for “The Pork Side.” It’s more of the same great Angry BIrds physics mayhem you know and love but with two sides to play, over 30 playable characters, the ability to swap characters in the slingshot as you play (finally!), and Telepods integration.
We are just under a week to go before Angry Birds Star Wars II launches on the App Store, coming September 19th. To get everyone excited, Rovio has released a new gameplay trailer that shows all the light and dark side action that will be available in the game. Will you fight with the birds or join the pork side? Check out the trailer!
Rovio has teamed up with Red Bull to release a new video that answers some of our questions about what type of game Angry Birds Go will be. It showcases what an Angry Birds endless runner would look like, which ultimately hit a snag and fell over. So, they went one step further to show us what it would be like with birds behind the wheel! Check out the trailer below!
I wonder how much road rage there will be in Angry Birds Go? I mean these are Angry Birds after all.
Get ready to join the pork side of the force as Angry Bird Star Wars II draws even closer by receiving an official release date of September 19th. Along with the release date comes a new trailer for the game that features the voice of Ian McDiarmid who played Emperor Palpatine in the original Star Wars films, reports Pocket Gamer.
So who’s ready for “UNLIMITED POWWWWAAAHHHHHH!!” when joining the pork side of the force? Check out the trailer below!
Each and every week, we take a look at the top twenty apps as recommended on Powerslyde. Once installed on your iOS device, Powerslyde detects the apps you have installed, then recommends apps you may like and may not be aware of. Think of it as a way to get App recommendations from somewhere other than the App Store itself.
Looks like casual games made a strong showing this week, with Rovio’s Amazing Alex possibly returning due to interest in the two new Rovio Stars games that have recently hit the App Store: Ice Breaker and Tiny Thief. Ruzzle made an impression on reviewer Ruari O’Gallchoir, who says, “Ruzzle has several tricks up its sleeve to differentiate itself from it’s more established competitors.” Two of the five are lesser-known games that follow fairly standard formulas: Chasing Yello is an endless runner, and Flow Free is a color-matching game. As for Plumber Crack, we’ll leave that one up to your imagination. If you’re wondering if someone could build a game around that particular anatomical gem, it seems like they can and did.
What apps do you recommend this week? Drop us a comment below, or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter.
Rovio Entertainment announced Angry Birds Star Wars II, which will follow the story of the three prequel Star Wars movies. Things are in place to take a twist towards the dark side in the upcoming game as well as players can choose to “join the pork side” and play as one of the evil piggies.
Angry Birds Star Wars II is set to get even more interesting as Hasbro is adding an interactive capability to the gameplay and content of the game by releasing Telepods. Think Skylanders; Telepods are physical toy characters that players can place on their iPhone or iPad camera and scan it into the game. There will be over 30 physical characters at launch for players to teleport into their games, Skylanders style.
Being a fan of Skylanders myself, I’m highly interested in checking out this new Angry Birds experience, which will launch on the App Store this September, 19th.
“Angry Birds Star Wars was a blockbuster hit for us and Lucasfilm with over 100 million downloads since its release. We are thrilled to be able to introduce the exciting next chapter in the Angry Birds Star Wars saga to our fans around the world,” said Jami Laes, Executive Vice President of Games at Rovio Entertainment, in a press release. “Some of the most amazing character additions are versions of young Anakin, Mace Windu and Darth Maul. Hasbro’s TELEPODS technology also provides a great way to extend the experience beyond the app and bring a whole new dimension to the gameplay.”
Rovio posted a new blog that says they will announce a brand new Angry Birds game on Monday, July 15th. The teaser image (below) that accompanied the blog post resembles Star Wars Episode 1, the image that shows a young Anakin with the Vader shadow in the background. Rovio also mentioned that the new game will feature the biggest character line-up ever, awesome new powers, and more surprises.
What can we say about Rovio that you didn’t already know? Rovio are the developers of the Angry Birds phenomenon which has translated into a business that reaches well beyond just software into real world goods, movies, and even theme parks. Those damn birds are everywhere. You see them on clothes, toys, shoes, hats, even in TV commercials. The game itself was miraculous in that it hit number one a few months after release and pretty much stayed there for over a year. We took a look back when Angry Birds had been number one for 250 days back in 2011.
With the Angry Birds franchise games now downloaded over 1.7 billion times, it’s all because of a little game launched on the App Store in 2009. Let’s talk with Saara Bergström, VP, Marketing & Communications for Rovio about their history on the App Store.
148Apps: How has the App Store changed the way Rovio does business?
Saara Bergström, VP, Marketing & Communications for Rovio: Angry Birds was Rovio’s first title that was published and marketed directly to the audience. App Store was the obvious way to go about it, which was of course a totally different process from doing business with contractors and operators. App Store was a game changer for the whole mobile industry. App Store made independent publishing mainstream for developers for the first time and apps easily available for consumers. Downloading new software became easy and commonplace.
148Apps: At what point were you sure that the App Store would be a success?
Saara Bergström: A single point is hard if not impossible to pinpoint since there were many contributing factors to it also outside of the App Store. However, it was easy to see the growing popularity of the App Store and how the ecosystem around it started to form very quickly. App Store offered people an easy, one stop shop to get apps, and it levelled the field for independent publishers to get their material out – side-by-side with big publishers. The market has matured from those days and become more professional. The emergence and growth of the whole mobile gaming industry is partly thanks to the ecosystem Apple created with the App Store.
148Apps: What led to Angry Birds being such a success? What made it resonate with users so soundly?
Saara Bergström: The success of Angry Birds is a combination of many factors. First of all, the characters have personality and are immediately recognizable. The whole Rovio team liked them right off the bat. Secondly, from the early days we have had a very fan-focused approach resulting in massively engaged fans which has helped us tremendously to expand our business into other areas outside of games. The third contributing factor is the polished, intuitive gameplay which we achieved through a merciless process of honing and iteration. Finally, the game offers hundreds of hours of fun for a wide demographic.
148Apps: In the five years since launch, the App Store has gone through considerable changes. The number of users has skyrocketed along with downloads, prices for paid apps has stabilized way lower than many expected, free to play has dominated the top grossing charts. If, knowing what you know about the App Store now, you could go back and influence Rovio five years ago, what would you say?
Saara Bergström: I don’t think there’s that much we would change in how we have done our business in the past years. Maybe I would just say: “keep dreaming big!”.
148Apps: Any predictions for what the App Store will be like five years from now?
Saara Bergström: Getting attention was and is of course one of the number one priorities for any developer. When the mobile industry is growing rapidly that challenge prevails. There will probably be new mechanisms and ways for people to find what they are looking for, and for the publishers to reach their target audience and fans.
Rovio Entertainment, creators of Angry Birds, has a new publishing initiative called Rovio Stars that will see its first titles Icebreaker and Tiny Thief released soon. Kalle Kaivola, Senior Vice President of Product & Publishing at Rovio Entertainment, took the time to answer some of my questions about Rovio Stars.
Why launch a publishing initiative? What advantages will Rovio Stars have over other mobile publishers out there?
Expanding into publishing games was a pretty logical step for Rovio Entertainment to take. In the course of our work we run into a lot of interesting, fun and creative game projects – things we know our fans would love. Why not help the developers of these games to give them the final polish, and let our massive, dedicated fan base know of them? Right now it’s a huge challenge to get your game known in the avalanche of games and apps that are flooding the different app stores – it’s not enough to have a good game if you can’t get the word about it out there.
Rovio Entertainment is in an unique position to do exactly that. We communicate with our fan base directly on a daily basis, and they know they can expect quality fun from us. We also have a huge amount of know-how in creating mobile content, and we have a lot to offer to the developers in terms of helping them put the finishing touches to the project. Under Rovio Stars we do a bit more than a traditional publisher does in helping with the game project, things such as lending our expertise in QA and marketing.
When looking for titles to publish, what are you looking for in these games? Rovio has been one of the chief faces of casual gaming–will Rovio Stars largely focus on casual titles as well?
We are looking for games that have engaging gameplay, memorable characters, offbeat humour, and which are fun and addicting to play. The term casual is a bit tricky in the sense that traditionally it has connotations of simplicity and a lack of challenge, but as everybody who has tried to three star their way through Angry Birds games knows, that certainly isn’t true. It’s safe to say that we won’t be publishing FPS shooters or survival horror in the future, so the Rovio Stars games will casual games in the sense of being suitable and fun for all ages, from kids to grandparents.
Why should people ultimately care about the titles that Rovio Stars will be publishing?
The sheer amount of games on the app stores is a challenge not only for the developers, but also for the gamers – how to find the great game amongst the multitudes? This is where Rovio Stars comes in. It’s the stamp of quality that tells the gamer that the game they are about to buy has the same level of polish, engaging gameplay and quality fun as Rovio’s titles.
A new Angry Birds update is on the way as Rovio posted an image on Twitter, teasing a new level pack that will be released soon, reports Pocket Gamer. The tweet reads, “This just in: Red Bird will have a special power soon. #BeakingNews #NewSquawkTimes #DailyQuail” and comes with the following image.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on June 13th, 2013 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Angry Birds Star Wars enters Cloud City with 20 levels, including all-new flying steam vents. Lando Bird joins the Rebellion against the Pig Empire, giving fans the opportunity play as him and fire his weapon that shoots three lasers at once. Also, get ready to take on the evil Lard Vader in a new boss fight mode.
Now, go return to the city in the clouds and use Lando’s three shot laser to defeat the Pig Empire!
Angry Birds continues to show its brand in new areas, this time as lures and fishing rods thanks to Finnish manufacturer, Rapala. Now, fishermen can use lures like Rattlin’ Red Bird, DT Fat Bomb Bird, and Skitter Pop Bad Pig, while kids can use beginner Angry Birds style fishing poles and float sets, reports TUAW. Currently, the equipment is only available in Finland and Denmark but will hopefully make it to our shores soon.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 23rd, 2013 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
You can now freely travel into space! For a limited time, the space-themed Angry Birds game can be downloaded for free, reports Touch Arcade. Angry Birds Space has over 160 levels on different planets and in zero gravity, which creates unique gameplay that includes slow-motion puzzles and lightspeed destruction.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 16th, 2013 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
The Abra-Ca-Bacon update is now available for Rovio’sAngry Birds Seasons, bringing portals and 30 new levels of gaming to your devices. Pocket Gamer reports that the levels are carnival themed and feature magic hats and secrets to uncover. There is also a magic box that explodes whenever you hit it, a new power up that’s called AllakaBAM. Now, go fling your birds through portals!
Angry Birds developer, Rovio Entertainment, will begin publishing mobile titles under the name Rovio Stars. In a press release, Rovio’s EVP of Games Jami Laes says “Rovio Entertainment has positioned itself as one of the powerhouses of mobile entertainment, so moving into publishing is a logical step for us at this point”.
Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage will be the first game published by Rovio Stars. Pocket Gamer reports that Icebreaker has players slicing ropes and hacking big blocks of ice to help the Vikings return to their boat. Players will also face enemy trolls and traps throughout 95 levels. Release date has not yet been set, but it’s expected soon.
Birds will fly through portals in the upcoming Angry Birds Seasons update, scheduled to release next week on May 16th. Pocket Gamer reports that the update, named Abra-Ca-Bacon, will feature 30 new levels with an additional 6 stages for players to unlock. The new stages take full advantage of the portals as players will fling their birds into one end and watch them come flying out from another.
Check out the video below to get an idea of just how awesome this could be. Also, bacon.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 8th, 2013 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Bad Piggies receives an update and adds new tools to use in a quest to find chocolate cake. The Rise and Swine update adds new suction-cup tires and spring-loaded boxing gloves that you will use throughout the 15 all-new levels. The update also adds the ability to share replays with Everyplay, an app that allows you to record and share your best clips from over 50 games, including Bad Piggies.
Angry Birds Seasons looks to be visiting the circus in the nearing update, reports Pocket Gamer. An image has released (below) that shows one of the new levels, including piggies dressed up as magicians and clowns.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on March 14th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Rovio’s The Croods is now available and free to play! The creators of Angry Birds teamed up with DreamWorks animation to bring you this new game based on the upcoming motion picture. Players hunt, trap and tame their way through a number of landscapes as they come across never before seen creatures.
● Trap & tame 10 evolutionarily mixed- up creatures! You’ve never seen anything like the Girelephant or Molarbear! Think you can catch them all?
● Create wacky inventions with Grug to open and explore new areas!
● Decorate your pre-historic world with the latest in caveman fashion accessories!
● Meet your favorite characters from the feature animation film from DreamWorks Animation!
Posted by Jeff Scott on March 7th, 2013 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Angry Birds, the biggest selling game of all time with over 1 billion downloads has gone free on the App Store for the first time. On the off chance that you haven’t bought it yet, grab it now for guaranteed fun. Both the iPhone version and the iPad Version are free for a week week as the App Store App of the Week.
Posted by Rob LeFebvre on January 11th, 2013 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Angry Birds Space just updated with 30 new levels, all set in a strange water planet galaxy with Bad Piggies in boats. The physics is all watery in these new Angry Birds levels, and there are some new power ups, like Flock of Birds, Space Egg and Pig Puffer.
Make a splash in 30 NEW LEVELS!
Get ready for the ultimate underwater boss level!
Three-star levels for 3 new bonus levels!
Use Flock of Birds for a pack of destruction!
Create black holes with Space Egg!
Expand the pigs with Pig Puffer!
Check back daily for a free power-up!
Power-up specific leaderboards in addition to regular leaderboards!
Posted by Jeff Scott on November 8th, 2012 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
In case you missed it last night, Angry Birds Star Wars (iPhone $0.99), (iPad $2.99) was released at midnight. Carter gave it 4 stars and noted “Angry Birds Star Wars may not come from a galaxy far, far away, but it does add some interesting new variations on the famous gameplay, along with plenty of Star Wars references.”
Rovio has also released this killer cinematic trailer for the game.
Artist Kyle Lambert created a portrait of actor Morgan Freeman by using Procreate on his iPad Air. Below you can find the video of the entire creation process of the image as the artist uses only his finger to create the portrait.