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iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
We’ve been working on a review and will have that out in the morning.
May the birds be with you.
Take a look below for the recording of a Google+ hangout that took place earlier to discuss with Rovio how the game came about and reveal a few more details on the game.
Angry Birds Star Wars launches later this week and Rovio has just released a full gameplay trailer. Here it is for your viewing pleasure.
Rovio revealed the first Angry Birds Star Wars gameplay trailer today. More to come next week as we lead up to the launch.
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Those Bad Piggies are at it again, this time with a pan-load full of delicious egg recipes. It’s like they’re rubbing it in those Angry Birds’ faces. So rude. I bet the Piggies are just laughing.
- 41 delicious egg recipes
- Animated illustrations that brings the birds and pigs to life
- Step-by-step photo instructions
- Funny and surprising photos of the finished recipes (those piggies are at it again!)
- Social media integration and built-in album to share photos of your creations
- Real egg timer built into the app
- Full index for quick and easy access to your favorite recipes
- Easy virtual bookmarks for your favorite recipes
- Option to switch between metric and imperial units
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Angry Birds Space got a big update today adding a new level, the red planet, to honor the NASA Curiosity rover.
“We’re huge NASA fans, and we were all cheering the Mars Curiosity rover as it touched down,” said Peter Vesterbacka, chief marketing officer of Rovio Entertainment. “So, working together on the Mars update was a perfect fit, especially since we got such an amazing response to our previous collaboration, the ‘Angry Birds Space: NASA announcement’ video, which quickly surged to the top of 2012′s viral video charts. We’re thrilled to continue working with NASA. Stay tuned for even more great fun and educational content coming up.”
We know that the game is based on Casey’s Contraptions, developed by Snappy Touch and Mystery Coconut. Rovio officially licensed the game from the developers, and it is no longer available on the App Store. Also, Rovio renamed the game to Amazing Alex and added a new art style. It should play similarly to Casey’s Contraptions, where players try to build Rube Goldberg contraptions to complete a goal and collect stars. There will be 100 levels in 4 different environments with 35 different types of objects in total. The video below also mentions free updates.
The level creation and sharing aspect is going to return to Amazing Alex – and it’s likely that the sharing will be more integrated than it was in Casey’s Contraptions, where it was a browser-based solution. Will the sharing be cross-platform, though? We do know that the game will be multiplatform, with a launch on iOS and Android worldwide on July 12.
May the App Store deities have mercy on anyone who decides to release a game of their own on Thursday, as we also know that Tiny Wings 2.0 comes out on that day.
The biggest thing to speculate on is if this will launch as a paid game, or if Rovio will try to go the free-to-play route. Angry Birds Space launched a free ad-supported version alongside premium versions for Android, though the iOS releases were solely paid versions at launch. Truly, the biggest speculation is what will Rovio change in the game? Will it still be as enjoyable as Casey’s Contraptions? Possibly even better when given the Rovio touch? That is the one thing that cannot be answered until the game is finally in players’ hands.
Update 5/11: In an interview on Finnish YLE TV this morning, Rovio CEO Mikael Hed talked a bit about Rovio’s next game, based on Casey’s Contraptions IP. The game will be called Amazing Alex and will be released in July of this year. Casey has been renamed Alex yet remains a curious young boy who loves to build things.
We mentioned yesterday that we believed that Rovio had bought the rights to Casey’s Contraptions. While neither the original developer or Rovio could confirm it yesterday, today we have gotten official word from Rovio that this was indeed the case.
Rovio’s VP of Franchise Development, Ville Heijari commented on our story from yesterday “We can confirm that we have acquired all rights to Casey’s Contraptions IP from Snappy Touch and Mystery Coconut. We are currently reworking the title to enhance it, and getting ready to re-introduce it in a true “expect the unexpected” Rovio style launch to an even larger audience”.
Ville further commented on what makes Casey’s Contraptions a perfect fit for the Rovio brand. “Working with Noel and Miguel has been fantastic, and this is a game that we all fell in love with from the first play. The gameplay is a perfect fit in our arsenal with its approachable, fun and highly addictive take on the physics puzzler genre.”
We also asked Noel Llopis, the developer half of the games creators and the face behind Snappy Touch how this deal happened. He commented “We didn’t create Casey’s Contraptions with any thoughts of ever selling it. We just concentrated on making the best game we could and infuse it with as much personality as possible. The fact that Rovio came along and wanted to buy it was a happy accident that happened along the way. We’re really excited to see it get a second chance and to have it reach a much larger audience than we could have ever dreamed of.”
It will be interesting to see what changes Rovio makes to the excellent game. Will they keep the innovative sharing features (in Casey’s Contraptions, you could share your solutions, many times very unique, with other players)? Will the art style change? Will it be simplified or more complex? What about crossovers — will we see Angry Birds show up in the game? All questions we’ll have to wait to find out. As the game gets closer to release, we will undoubtedly find out more.
Expect Rovio to release the game for iOS and Android this summer, with other platforms to follow after that.
And now that Casey’s Contraptions in the capable hands of Rovio, what’s next for Snappy Touch? Again, Noel comments “I’m working on my games full time. I haven’t decided what my next game will be yet. I do know that it will be focused primarily on creativity and player expression, just like Casey’s Contraptions or Flower Garden. At the same time, it will be quite different from those games. That seems to be a theme with me so far: After doing one game, even if it’s successful, there’s a lot less creative challenge to make something very similar, so I rather move on and explore something different.”
For a look back at what was, here’s the excellent gameplay trailer from the original Casey’s Contraptions. Now that the game has been removed from the store, it will have to do to hold you over.
We’ll let you know as soon as we find out more about this, the next game from Rovio.
Only a month after its release, Rovio has released its first update to Angry Birds title, Angry Birds Space. This new update includes levels and Space Eagles for everyone!
The game now has ten new levels set on icy planets. In addition to the free new levels, all iOS players will be receiving free Space Eagles. These avians are a bit different from the Eagle in the previous Angry Birds games. Instead of destroying all pigs on a level, the Space Eagle creates a large explosion in a set area of a level. While still incredibly powerful, it doesn’t instantly finish a level for players. Now all updated iOS players will receive twenty of the mighty birds. Also, each daily login will grant one free Space Eagle for players.
Angry Birds Space puts a new spin on the popular phyiscs-based sling-shot game. The birds are now flinging themselves at pigs in a zero gravity atmosphere. These new, slow-motion puzzles with competing gravity from various planets puts a new spin on the familiar Angry Birds gameplay.
This week at 148Apps.com, writer Jennifer Allen launched her review of Angry Birds Space, saying, “There’s a temptation to declare that Angry Birds Space is more of the same. That wouldn’t be a bad thing by any means. While there’s no doubt that marketing has played a big role in its success, Angry Birds is still one of the best casual gaming experiences out there. It benefits greatly from that “just one more go” mentality and a lot can be achieved in a short amount of time. Angry Birds Space ups the ante in that respect by introducing a sufficient number of new features to ensure that it’s not just more of the same, while still retaining the original game’s charm.”
Amy Solomon, at GiggleApps.com, also wrote about birds this week, but these took the form of her review of Draw and Tell HD by Duck Duck Moose. Solomon writes, “Draw and Tell HD – by Duck Duck Moose is a creative and fun art app that allows young artists to record personal narration to their finished pieces, including a multitude of art supplies to work with. Both iPad as well as iPhone versions are available.
Children have a choice of expressing themselves by choosing a blank page to begin their art work or choosing a coloring page to work on. Another wonderful function of this app is the ability to choose a photo from the device’s camera roll to use as a background as well.
Released: 2012-02-29 :: Category: Education
Finally, 148Apps.biz featured a report by Kevin Stout about the astonishing growth of iOS and Android activations in China. Stout writes, “China has recently become the leader in new iOS and Android device adoption (phones and tablets). It’s also finished the year in 2nd for application sessions, only behind the U.S. Specifically, China’s app session growth between last year and this year is 1126%. That’s nearly double the closest country (Argentina).”
And that’s the week that was. Join us next week for a full recap of the activities across the 148apps-verse. Until then, keep track of our latest contests, news items and reviews by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook. See ya!
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.
Released: 2012-03-22 :: Category: Games
Not the Angry Birds Space Preview
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.
Fans of the combat racing game Death Rally already know that this is truly the game that keeps on giving. After snagging tons of acclaim upon release, the title has seen a remarkable SEVEN free updates. Move over Rovio, because Remedy Entertainment is gunning for the crown of best fan service.
Here is a laundry list of some of the new features included in this well timed holiday present:
- ROAD WARS MULTIPLAYER: Experience the complete multiplayer campaign. Unlock cars and weapons by destroying your opponents. Advance your career. Claim the crown.
- FRIENDS PLAY: Round up your friends on your own Friends Game Channel. Use auto match and never get lost.
- BATTLE MODIFIERS: Turn the odds in your favor. Use Shotgun Blues to make your auto machine gun shoot shotgun shells, or start your race using nitros with Quick Start.
- WAR PAINT: Unique paint job for Shrieker and Vagabond that brings these cars’ performance to a whole new level!
- NEW RANK SYSTEM: From Roadkill to Battle-Hardened Captain, track your progress more accurately than ever before on your way to becoming the Adversary. Carry your shield with pride!
Easily the most remarkable piece of this announcement is the addition of a complete campaign focused entirely on multiplayer content. This kind of support, especially in the arena of multiplayer gaming, is rarely seen this far after a launch. Plus, all of the added features such as the new ranking system and battle modifiers show an added dedication to keeping the game as balanced as possible.
If you have yet to check out Death Rally, it is well worth a look. In celebration of the update the game’s price has been dropped to ninety nine cents, so now is certainly the opportunity to take advantage. Fire up the throttle and gear up for one hell of a race.
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!
Released: 2009-12-11 :: 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.
Angry Birds Seasons now answers the question – what becomes of these games after they’ve done all the major annual Western holidays? Answer – they go global.
In this season’s update, the birds take their egg-avenging pig-killing quest to China to celebrate the Moon Festival. To commemorate the 3000-year-old harvest fete, Rovio added 30 new levels with the pigs hiding in thematically appropriate settings, all lit by the harvest moon. This update has eight pieces of Mooncake hiding for players to collect, and a special Mooncake level as well.
Rovio also unleashed the Mighty Eagle into Seasons. For those who haven’t met him, he’s like a super-bird that can be purchased in-app and used periodically to blast through the trickier levels. With all three Angry Bird titles getting recent updates, the franchise continues to be both a good bargain and a best seller. Now the question remains – what will they do for Halloween?
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!
Released: 2011-03-22 :: Category: Games
Released: 2009-12-11 :: Category: Games
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!
Released: 2011-03-22 :: 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.
Rovio is giving you quite the Christmas present this week, as an update to Angry Birds HD has just been released. Among the new content is Game Center support, the mighty eagle who has come to bring vengeance against those filthy swine and a golden egg. Perhaps the most important update, though, is the inclusion of 15 brand new levels.
We haven’t tried out the new stages for ourselves yet but if previous levels in the game are any indication then they’re filled with tricky shots that will make you want to pull out your hair right up until the moment you finally take out the last pig. For those who are tired of the frustration Rovio has finally made the mythical mighty eagle available, a bird which can clear an entire level in a single shot. There’s a catch though, as you must pay real money in order to buy a can of sardines to activate the eagle, and each activation counts as a separate transaction. The good news is that if you manage to return to a level you used the eagle on and clear it via the standard compliment of birds you get your sardines back and can use them again later without having to pay for another can.
Right now the update is only available for the iPad version of the game, but we have every reason to believe that the iPhone update should become available before the App Store closes down shop for the holiday break. Just make sure to keep an eye on the updates section of your iPad or iPhone over the next few days and be sure to grab this update as soon as you can. Personally I plan on not telling my wife about this update until after Christmas, because once she finds out there are more Angry Birds levels and a way to pass the stages she can’t clear I’ll probably never get my iPad back.
We all knew there would eventually be an Angry Birds sequel, the only questions were how long would it take and what would it look like? While we don’t have any new information about the former we may have learned a bit about the latter, as Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka provided us a hint on the direction the franchise may be taking. Vesterbacka stated that “We are not going to do a [traditional] sequel. We want to surprise people. No one has told the story from the pigs point of view.” Interesting. Would an “Angry Pigs” game consist of the same physics-based puzzle system wherein players try to snatch the birds’ eggs from their nests, or might Rovio be considering a complete spin-off of the franchise with entirely new gameplay.
For those more interested in the traditional Angry Birds experience Vesterbacka has also confirmed that the team is working on a multiplayer version of the game. “Multiplayer Angry Birds will be like old school Worms games”, he said. “Multiplayer is a priority, but we have not determined the best way for our players to experience it yet.” In our mind an Angry Birds multiplayer would consist of a game where two players go back and forth trying to knock down an opponent’s fortress while protecting their own. In addition to attack birds maybe the game would include some defensive birds as well which could shield your castle from damage. Who knows what the final version will look like though, we’ll just have to have faith in Rovio’s vision and see what they can come up with.
At any rate, one of the biggest franchises on iOS is inevitably going to get even bigger and we’re quite excited. All this on top of the fact that Angry Birds will soon be invading consoles, leaving no one safe from their addictive, physics-based gameplay. Anybody else suddenly have birds on the brain?
It seems people just can’t get enough of flinging birds at pigs, especially if those birds happen to be dressed up in Halloween costumes. Rovio has stated that the Halloween edition of Angry Birds has sold a million copies in just six days, one of the fastest trips to a million we’ve ever seen. The physics puzzle game is clearly far from dead on the iPhone.
“We’re delighted to see such fantastic reception for Angry Birds Halloween,” said Rovio CEO Mikael Hed. “We intend to continue creating more and more quality products and updates, and keep exceeding the expectations of our fans worldwide.”
Of course the massive success of Rovio’s first post-Chillingo offering raises an interesting question, did EA buyout the wrong company? Though Chillingo published Angry Birds, all ownership rights remained with Rovio in light of the EA sale, and therefore the developer retained all rights for future expansions, sequels and spinoffs. Even though EA spent $20 million on Chillingo the deal didn’t include the very game that made the publisher famous. The same is true for the recently released Cut the Rope, which, as far as we know, remains the property of ZeptoLab. Could it be that EA spent top dollar for an iPhone developer and then missed the forest for the trees? It would seem unlikely, but then again the world of developing and selling apps is still in its infancy, and no one truly understands the relationship between studios yet. Chillingo is undoubtedly working on titles of its own to publish under the EA banner, but can they live up to the successes set by earlier games?
In spite of all the drama surrounding EA and Chillingo we do want to congratulate Rovio on selling so many copies of Angry Birds Halloween so quickly. Truly one of the great success stories of the Wild West of app development.