The offshoot brand of the ultra-popular iOS game Angry Birds has spawned its first update which will be released sometime this week. Angry Birds Rio was released in March as a tie-in to the children's movie about wacky birds, Rio. It was an appropriate product tie-in if ever there was one. But Angry Birds Rio is becoming a whole new game of its own.
The Angry Birds phenomenon is clearly unstoppable. While in the past the seminal iOS title was rivaled by other classics like Cut the Rope and Flight Control, the bird-flinging sensation has sling-shotted completely off the map. While other iPhone successes are measuring their success in the thousands and millions, Angry Birds is in the tens and hundreds of millions. Is there no end to the anger?
The second Spring seasonal update to Angry Birds Seasons has arrived today just one month after the previous update released for St. Patrick's Day. If somehow you're not yet sick of Angry Birds and are craving even more obnoxious squawking and snorting you can get fifteen new levels in the update along with some new Game Center achievements.
We've seen some weird stuff on the App Store over the past couple years, but this one is right up there at the top of the weirdness list. Someone over at the WWE has masterminded a new iOS game that combines the gameplay of Angry Birds with the superstars (as they like to refer to them) of the WWE wrestling organization.
Today iOS gaming giant Chillingo announced a slew of new games that they're calling their Spring releases. Like a fashion company announcing their latest seasonal collection, Chillingo has chosen to bring them all into the public eye at once. What's surprising is that the release list looks like the same-old Chillingo we've seen for years. Even after the Electronic Arts buyout, it doesn't seem like Chillingo's direction has been changed very much.
Let's face it: Monty Python and the Holy Grail has a special place in my heart. And the scene where King Arthur and his knights approach a French-occupied castle only to be insulted, pelted with objects and then have a rather large cow hurtled at them, only more so.
Thus it stands to reason that an iOS game centered around both the attack and hurling a very large animals to repel the attack would come into existence. Enter Monty Python's Cow Tossing HD, a title in which you take control of the French catapult and must fling assorted animals at King Arthur's forces before their battering ram destroys your gate and the invasion is complete.
Some writer's opinions here notwithstanding, Angry Birds is clearly a gaming phenomenon. While Plants v. Zombies, Peggle, and other app store hits may have their loyal fan base, the avian slingshot game has spawned toys, has been parodied as a Michael Bay film, is being used as inspiration by Ohio union members fighting for their jobs, and copied to death endlessly by app after app after app.
So if you've grown tired of the birds, if you've finished every level and await thirstily for an update, or if you're interested in twists on what is clearly destined to go down as a classic, come fly with us.
If you've spent any time amongst console gaming communities you may have heard the name Rooster Teeth tossed around once or twice. Or, more likely, you may have heard the name of their renowned comedy series, Red vs Blue, an ongoing web show based on the Halo games. Now those filmmakers have turned their eye to iOS gaming to spoof the Angry Birds phenomenon.
Angry Birds is the most overrated game of all time. I mean it. It’s true that I’ve always been something of an anti-Angry Birds evangelist, but my reasons are honest: it just isn’t that good. If I heard as much critical acclaim for an Xbox game as I do for Angry Birds, I would punch myself in the face, throw away my controller, and join up with Jack Thompson for tea. Hit the break to read the seven reasons it's the most overrated game of all time.
Amazon is taking on Apple on yet another front, launching their own Appstore for Android-based devices, offering the new Angry Birds Rio as their “free app of the day” -- but the launch is shadowed by an Apple lawsuit over the bookseller’s use of the term “Appstore.”