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It's tough to pinpoint exactly why two of the App Store's biggest original sensations recently embarked on outer space-set new releases, but within the last few weeks, both Flight Control Rocket and Angry Birds Space were released for iPhone and iPad. Despite the obvious parallels in setting, the two apps couldn't be more different in the way they approached this fresh terrain, and it has nothing to do specifically with galaxies, spaceships, or colorful fowl. It's all about business.
Angry Birds' remarkable success has made it an easy target for snide remarks and copycats alike, but it's been difficult for other creators to successfully mimic its beguilingly appealing formula – and it must be harder still for Rovio to try and expand its own design without losing the magic that made it such a smash. That's part of why it's so pleasing to see Angry Birds Space launch as a carefully considered and well-designed extension of the brand, rather than a quick attempt to draw some easy cash from the legions of series fans.
March is winding to a close and our attention turns to April and beyond, wondering what exactly Apple might have up their sleeves for us in the coming months. Meanwhile, competitors like Nokia and HTC are ramping up their Windows Phone initiative with two highly anticipated devices arriving on the same day (!?!) as the kingpins of the cell phone market duke it out over a proposed “micro-SIM” standard that promises to shrink our handsets even further. If you missed today’s news, sit back and soak in what’s happening on this Monday, March 26, 2012.
There is almost always a plethora of new titles that hit the App Store every week, but this go-round seemed a little sparse. That said, there's no shortage of games worth checking out--especially if you're looking for some heavyweights. From blockbuster games to blockbuster movie tie-ins, and a few under-the-radar hits, this week might be light in number of releases but its no slouch in quality.
If your co-workers don’t seem to be getting much done today, you might want to take a peek at their smartphone or tablet -- Angry Birds Space has touched down in the App Store, promising to jettison your productivity like so much space junk.