Angry Birds was one of the first truly viral games ever to be released on handheld systems. Firstly developed in late 2009 by Finnish computer game developer Rovio, the game soared to global awareness and even become so popular, it made it into mainstream television shows like “The Big Bang Theory”, How I Met Your Mother and undeniably countless other pop culture films and tv shows that I have not yet seen.
The succes is based mostly upon the addictive nature of the game play, the comical style of the cartoon drawings, and the simple pleasure of annihilating pigs with flying, wingless birds. It’s a perfect mix, that caused an explosion of interest. Perhaps because the developer offered free versions of the game for non-iOS users, that showed advertisments and featured only part of the levels provided.
Now they’re ready with their new sequel, which you can read more about later in this post.
Plenty of Angry Birds to keep you entertained
There have been a few sequels to the original Angry Birds, which means that you now have hundreds of levels to go through. The later games also featured an introduction of new playable characters, each with their own individual special ability – much like the original cast. They have released a sequal to the Angry Birds franchise that’s called “Angry Birds – Seasons” which is basically an excuse for the developers to send out new levels based around popular holidays. It started out featuring Halloween, but since then it has basically featured all holidays you can think of, even Chinese New Year.
The Angry Birds Go to Space
Rovio Mobile just relased their latest sequel: Angry Birds in Space which is also, naturally, the theme of the game. Perhaps most remarkable about the launch that happened on the 22nd of march, which coincidentally is my birthday, is that they managed an astounding number of downloads.
The new game features 60 levels from two episodes, but the game developers promised to keep a constant flow of new levels, just like any other Angry Birds game. One of the new concepts is a variation of their Golden Egg concept, where you could find easter eggs in the levels, just to keep you even more entertained if thousands of difficult levels weren’t enough. They call them eggstaroids in the new game, which is pretty funny.
One new unique aspect of the game play is that the levels feature planets, which have their own gravitational fields. These gravitational fields can manipulate the trajectory of the birds you send away, and will present a larger challenge and reward for the players.
Angry Birds Breaking all Records
Angry Birds has cemented their position as a top game, when you consider the statistics. Downloaded over 36 million times across all the variations, it has stayed on top of the respective application stores for a record number of weeks, spending 275 days at the no 1 spot in the Apple iStore paid apps section.
The usage of Angry Birds completely blows my mind, it’s reported that the players play 3.33 million hours across all the Angry Birds games PER DAY. I mean I can’t even begin to fathom such a large number. 3 Million hours of game play, per day.
Obviously Rovio Mobile have become massive following this success, and future plans include maintaining the Angry Birds games by adding new games, levels and challenges. Furthermore the Rovio CEO has also been working on plans for an Angry Birds Cartoon show, a pilot of which has already aired. He also wants to do a feature-lenght film and is working on opening an official Angry Birds attraction in a finnish adventure theme park.
So Angry Birds is definitely showing no signs of stopping – What do you think of the game? Leave a comment below :-)