Angry Birds

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Angry Birds Goes Free for the First Time

If you’re new to iOS, or if the global Angry Birds phenomenon never piqued your interest enough to make you shell out a buck or three for Angry Birds or Angry Birds HD, then you’re in luck: Rovio has made both games free. We don’t know how long it’ll last, so grab them up if you haven’t yet.

And while you’re at it, you might as well pick up Angry Birds Rio, which the company started giving away for free back in January and still hasn’t raised the price yet.

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News via Gamesindustry:

Rovio to Cut Another 260 Jobs

The developers of Angry Birds continue to slim down by slashing 260 jobs.

The cuts will have an impact on every part of Rovio’s organisation, except for the Angry Birds movie currently in production in North America. With 260 fewer people to pay, the company will then restructure around three “primary business areas”: games, media and consumer products.

Via Gamesindustry

News via Kotaku:

So That’s What a LEGO Angry Bird Looks Like

A big budget Angry Birds movie is slated to release next year, and LEGO is already starting to ramp up the marketing machine by releasing a teaser poster for a LEGO set based on the iOS game franchise. From Kotaku:

Earlier this month LEGO and Rovio announced LEGO Angry Birds, a series of playsets coming in 2016 to coincide with the big budget CGI movie. Now we’ve got our first look at Jason Sudeikis’ Red in LEGO form.

In case you missed it, Sony and Rovio amassed quite a cast for the Angry Birds movie, including Sudeikis as the red bird, Josh Gad as the yellow one, Danny McBride as black bird (singing in the dead of night), David Hader pulling pig duty and Peter Dinklage as the Mighty Eagle.

Via Kotaku

Interesting via AppAdvice:

Is the Angry Birds Phenomenon Starting to Cool?

Rovio’s Angry Birds are still household names as far as mobile mascots go, but the brand isn’t bringing in the money it used to. AppAdvice’s Brent Dinks looks into the issue further.

While anything Angry Birds-related is still a big hit at my house, I can see how the global phenomenon is fading – just a bit. In the long term, Rovio will need to come up with other popular game franchises to thrive. But with the obsession over freemium titles in the App Store, can the company compete?

Via AppAdvice

Rovio to Release ‘Angry Birds Toons’ Series Right in their Games

Soon, Where’s My Water? won’t be the only iOS gaming franchise to have launched a cartoon series. Rovio is planning to debut their weekly Angry Birds Toons show on March 17. They had previously been vague about how the show would be distributed, but they’ve just announced that you’ll be able to watch the series from within their Angry Birds games.

The company plans to update their Angry Birds games to add a video channel to the menus. Rovio CEO Mikael Hed says, “With over 1.7 billion downloads, we can reach a far wider and more engaged global audience than traditional distribution would allow.” The company plans to release 52 episodes, once a week, starting March 17. The pilot episode, however, will be available for early viewing starting March 16.

And if you’re one of the rare people who haven’t downloaded an Angry Birds game yet, you can grab up the original for free, right here.

Angry Birds Launches on Facebook

Ladies and gentlemen, Angry Birds is finally available to play on Facebook. All you have to do is click here, install the app, and you’ll be wrecking pigs’ houses in no time. For the most part, this is still the game you’ve probably already played, but the Facebook version includes 15 exclusive levels, a handful of limited-use power-ups, and the ability to gift power-ups to your friends.

The power-ups include things like a pig-shaking earthquake and the ability to increase the size of your birds. Of course, if you’re struggling to complete a level and you’re out of power-ups, you can spend real-life money to stock back up. The packs range from $1 to $40.

Peter Vesterbacka, the head of development at Rovio Games, has said that they plan to sell merchandise for Angry Birds that comes with codes you can redeem for in-app power-ups. He says the Facebook version of the game will also be expanded to include a multiplayer component of some sort. (Our guess is the ability to challenge your friends to beat your score, but we’ll have to wait and see.)

With all of the platforms Angry Birds has already been available to play on, it’s hard to believe it’s just now coming to the largest social network in the world. But hey, it’s free to play, and it’s still a very fun game. Install it the next time you’re bored at work, and watch the time flutter away.

[Via The New York Times]

Angry Birds Hits Half A Billion Downloads

Developer Rovio announced yesterday that Angry Birds has been downloaded half a billion times. That’s billion, with a B. Since the world’s population reached 7 billion just the other day, that means that a major chunk of humanity has flung at least a few cartoon birds at little green pigs.

They’re counting all versions of Angry Birds, including the original, Angry Birds Seasons, and Angry Birds Rio. And they’re counting downloads across all platforms, which means iPhone, iPad, Android devices, PC, Mac, etc. Still, for a franchise that first appeared in December of 2009, racking up 500 million downloads is an astounding accomplishment.

For reference, Wii Sports, the best-selling console game of all time, has sold 76 million copies. Across all platforms, Black Ops has sold 15 million copies, and Halo 3 has sold 14.5 million copies, according to Wikipedia.

Rovio CEO Mikael Hed said, “This is a fantastic landmark achievement for us, and we’re extremely delighted to see such an incredible amount of people enjoying our games.”

According to Bloomberg, Rovio is considering going public in 2012. The company is valued internally at over a billion dollars.

[Via Gamasutra]