Just about everyone who has a smartphone has probably been aware of Angry Birds, therefore it is no surprise this game is one of the top mobile games available up to now for almost any smartphone operating system including Android and iOS. So what is this game causing all the rage?
What's Angry Birds?
The game, produced by Rovio Mobile, is just a puzzle style gaming where players launch birds with a slingshot at evil green pigs or the structures that those pigs occupy. The structures on each level are constructed of materials such as ice, wood, and stone. The item of the Angry Birds game is for the gamer to eradicate all the pigs in each level by either hitting the structures using the slingshot to damage them, that causes them to collapse and kill the pigs.
In numerous degrees of the game, special objects such as explosive crates and rocks are observed, and works extremely well to simply help destroy pigs and structures. The game is split up into several episodes, each containing multiple levels. The initial episode is named "Poached Eggs," which begins the birds'quest to follow the pigs who stole their eggs. Rovio also released Halloween and Christmas themed editions of the Angry Birds game in 2010.
The game was initially released for Apple's iOS in December 2009, which made the game designed for most iPhone, iPad and iPod users, and Rovio has said they've sold over 12 million copies, with many downloads attributed to the iPhone app. This success has led the organization to design versions for other smartphones such as those using the Symbian or Android operating systems.
The Android version is free and depends on advertising based revenue. In its first 24 hours of availability, the Android version was downloaded 1 million times, inducing the server to crash at one point. The business has seen over 30 million downloads from its free app versions, including "lite" versions for other systems. Versions of Angry Birds have now been released for both PCs and gaming consoles as well and is likely to be in the same way popular while the iPhone app.
Why so Popular?
The combination of good deal using its addictive action and humorous tone has led the Angry Birds iPhone game to be downloaded over 50 million times in total across all systems. According to recent statistics, Angry Birds sees over 200 million gaming minutes per day!
For a casino game that cost approximately $140,000 to produce initially, it now earns over $2 million each month with half from sales and half from advertising. The game has additionally received reviews that are positive and Conan O'Brien has even mentioned Angry Birds on his night time television show. The overwhelming popularity has generated cross merchandising, which has included t-shirts, plush toys of the birds and the pigs, in addition to an impending board game version.
In March 2011, Angry Birds Rio, will tie in with the release of the 20th Century Fox animated movie "Rio," that will be scheduled to be around for iOS and Android. The Angry Birds characters can look in Rio de Janeiro and attempt to rescue other birds, including those from the film. There has been some talk of an animated feature film for the birds themselves, but such a movie is likely to be further off in the future.