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Tiny Thief Review

Tiny Thief Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There's a lot to love in this clever and adorable point-and-click puzzler.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hopefully we’ll know more soon!

via: Angry Birds Twitter source: Pocket Gamer

Angry Birds Star Wars Enters Cloud City, Lets You Play As Lando Bird

Posted by 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!

via: Our Review

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.

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via: Rapala World source: TUAW

Angry Birds Space Launches You Into Space For Free

Posted by 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.

via: Our Review source: Touch Arcade

Angry Birds Seasons Adds Portals In Abra-Ca-Bacon Update

Posted by on May 16th, 2013
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

The Abra-Ca-Bacon update is now available for Rovio’s Angry 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!

source: Pocket Gamer

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.

via: Pocket Gamer source: Rovio

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.

source: Pocket Gamer

Rise and Swine, Bad Piggies, With 15 New Levels And Replay Recording

Posted by 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.

via: Our Review
Angry Birds Friends Review

Angry Birds Friends Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
They've conquered the Piggies, and now they're after your friends. Will you succumb?

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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.

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via: App Page source: Pocket Gamer
The Croods Review

The Croods Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's tough not to be cynical when confronted by such an uninspired freemium town building sim such as this. It hardly uses the movie license well.

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Rovio’s The Croods – Now Available and Free To Play

Posted by 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!

Angry Birds Goes Free For the First Time

Posted by 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.

Get 30 New Water-Based Levels, New Power Ups, In Angry Birds Space Update

Posted by 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!

via: TouchArcade

Angry Birds Star Wars – App Out Now; Cinematic Trailer

Posted by 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.

Angry Birds Star Wars HD Review

Angry Birds Star Wars HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
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.

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Angry Birds Star Wars Now Available for iOS (iPhone and iPad)

Posted by on November 7th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Angry Birds Star Wars has been released for iOS a few minutes early. It’s now available for iPhone/iPod touch ($0.99) and iPad ($2.99).

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.

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Rovio revealed the first Angry Birds Star Wars gameplay trailer today. More to come next week as we lead up to the launch.

New App: Rovio Wants You To Get More Protein With Bad Piggies Best Egg Recipes

Posted by on October 12th, 2012
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.

FEATURES
– 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


The most popular iPhone game pulls in the most popular western film for a dazzling chance at another sure thing for Rovio, this November 8.

We’ll just leave this trailer right here.

source: YouTube

Bad Piggies Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Rovio puts players in the "bad guy" shoes, unleashing their inner Wile E. Coyotes in order to help the bad piggies steal the angry birds' eggs. And it's a lot of fun!

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New App: Bad Piggies, Spin-Off from Angry Birds Now Available

Posted by on September 27th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Can games, like television shows, have spin-offs? I guess so. Bad Piggies from Rovio is now available for both iPhone / iPod touch and iPad. It’s a physics puzzle game, similar to a mash up of Angry Birds and Amazing Alex. We’ll have a full review up soon. Until then, here’s a gameplay preview:

Rovio’s next game, Bad Piggies is coming out on September 27th, just 10 days away. We finally, through an exclusive at Yahoo! Games, get to see some gameplay.

Quick summary, looks like a machine building puzzle game. Sort of a mashup between Angry Birds and Amazing Alex perhaps?

source: Yahoo! Games

App Update: Angry Birds Space Update Adds Red Planet With Help From NASA

Posted by on August 23rd, 2012
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.”

source: NASA
Amazing Alex

Amazing Alex

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Rovio has finally moved away from the comfort zone of Angry Birds to try something completely different, but are we already missing the little green pigs?

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Rovio’s got a “new” game coming out this Thursday, as announced in another short teaser trailer (below). Here’s what we know about Amazing Alex so far.

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.

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