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?
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.
Rovio Mobile is showing off its latest incarnation of the Angry Birds Seasons franchise today with a new video. The video gives us a nice glimpse at the green and gold aesthetic that adorns this new iteration along with a copious abundance of clovers and leprechauns. We also get to see a few of the new levels that will be releasing with this new holiday update.
Rovio Mobile's head of business development, Peter Vesterbacka, made some intriguing comments today about Rovio's ambitions for the future of the company. Rather than offering up the standard, humble public relations comment of "right now, we're just focused on making great games," Vesterbacka instead gave us a quick glimpse into their long-term vision of the company. Rovio definitely isn't resting on their laurels. From recent comments it seems they're intent on growing their business into a major player in multimedia.
Just before the weekend, Doodle Jump developer Lima Sky announced a partnership with a major film studio to cross-promote a new upcoming children's flick. Perhaps feeling left out of the party, today Angry Birds developer Rovio Mobile has made a very similar announcement. The company will release 'Angry Birds Rio' to coincide with the release of the latest talking-animals CG movie, Rio.
Last Halloween, Rovio Mobile released Angry Birds Halloween to coincide with the holiday. That eventually gave birth to Angry Birds Seasons for the December holidays. Now, we have word that the next edition will be Angry Birds Valentine's Day.