So this was how the Angry Birds phenomenon started…according to Robot Chicken anyway.
After posting several video teasers over the past month, Rovio has released the official gameplay trailer for Angry Birds Star Wars. In partnership with Lucasfilm, the Star Wars themed Angry Birds includes your favorite characters like Han Solo, Chewie, Luke Skywalker and more. The classic and beloved catapult gameplay is all there (even the physics from Angry Birds Space), and adding to mix are lightsabres, blasters, jedi powers and so forth. Judging from the video, fans of both Star Wars and Angry Birds should be in for a treat. The game releases for iOS and Android (as well as other platforms) on November 8th and you can check out the official tumblr page for more info.
Just when you thought you were done with Angry Birds on your iPhone/iPod Touch, Rovio keeps finding ways of sucking you right back in. With an update that got pushed through this morning, the first in the bird-slinging franchise has received 15 new levels in the tropical theme that was introduced in the previous update. In addition, the game now includes the use of power ups, which were first introduced in the Facebook version. Four have initially been brought over and they include:
Rovio has just announced that Angry Birds has reached the 1 billion mark for downloads – this includes all 4 games across multiple platforms: Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Space.
Angry Birds games have now been downloaded more than a billion times – THANK YOU to all of our incredible fans! This is only the beginning of our story, keep your eyes peeled for what’s coming up next from Rovio!
A little over a week ago, Angry Birds Space became the fastest growing mobile game as it hit 50 million downloads in only 35 days. And to put the 1 billion into perpective, the Apple App Store with its 600,000+ apps reached 25 billion downloads back in March. Despite the fact that it does include the Windows, Mac, Android and other platforms, that’s still 4 games with 1/25 of all iOS downloads! Check out the Angry Birds 1 billion downloads video after the break.
After only 3 days of release, Angry Birds Space can officially be deemed a major hit. Through Twitter, Rovio announced that the latest space-themed Angry Birds game saw 10 million downloads over its initial launch weekend.
10 million Angry Birds Space downloads in less than 3 days! Thanks to our fans, stay tuned for more! #angrybirdsspace
What’s not known at this time is the breakdown between the different platforms, though its probably safe to assume that a large chunk of the downloads are from Android users (it’s free on Google Play, unlike iOS App Store). And with all the hype and publicity surrounding Angry Birds Space, don’t be surprised if the game surpasses the 100 million mark within a few weeks time.
You can play Angry Birds with your fingers or use a mouse on Facebook, but what about with an actual slingshot? mBed, a company that makes microcontrollers and accompanying software, has created a usb slingshot that can connect to a PC or Mac, which in turn can be used to play Angry Birds. Once plugged in, the slingshot is recognized as a usb mouse, and the accelerometer and rubber stretch sensor help translate these motions into mouse movements. Since the project was inspired as a demo to see how easy and inexpensive it is to build your own USB devices, you probably won’t be seeing this cool gizmo in stores anytime soon. But if you’re up to the challenge, you can check out the full instructions on how to build your own on their website. Video demo right after the break.
In the event that you’re still not sick of slinging helpless birds into those pesky piggies, you can now simultaneously do your favorite two things in the whole wide world: Facebook stalking and playing Angry Birds. Earlier today, Angry Birds officially made its way onto Facebook, where 800+ million of its users can play the mindlessly addictive game for free. The Facebook version features the same gameplay we’ve all come to love, but with more of a social aspect thrown in, plus several all-new power ups.
Another year older and still as popular as ever, Angry Birds officially turns 2 today. The franchise continues its rapid growth worldwide, with over 500 million downloads to date and is even featured in the recently released The Greatest Video Game Music album. So to celebrate this occasion, Rovio has updated the Angry Birds games on the iPhone and iPad to 2.0, giving us 15 brand new birthday cake levels, and all 300 levels are now unlocked.
No, this song wasn’t made was with just iPad apps, but Aussie group Hey Geronimo’s music video does feature some of the most popular iOS games…in the real world. Their video for the single Why Don’t We Do Something? plays tribute to Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Cut the Rope, Plants vs. Zombies and Flight Control. The song doesn’t actually have anything to do with these games, but it’s pretty cool seeing these easily recognizable characters come to life. Check out the full music video below and see for yourself just what’s it like when zombies invade your backyard.
The Angry Birds train just keeps on chugging along. After the countless mobile downloads (it hit the 500 million mark earlier this month), merchandise sales and rumoured movie deals, the rapidly growing franchise can add another achievement to its resume. The recently released The Greatest Video Game Music album, played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrew Skeet, features the Angry Birds main theme as one of its tracks. It’s surprisingly well done and even a delight to listen to. In fact, the entire album is fantastic. I picked it up over the weekend and listening to the Super Mario Bros and Legend of Zelda theme music brought back lots of good memories. The entire album can be purchased on iTunes for $9.99 ($7.99 on Amazon) and individual tracks go for $0.99 each.
If you’re an Angry Birds fan, I highly suggest you check out the 1:30 long preview of the song on iTunes. And even if you’re not a hardcore gamer, the orchestra performed soundtrack is still worth the price of admission.