Rovio to release Bad Piggies later this month

Bad Piggies releaseYahoo got the scoop on the upcoming Angry Birds Bad Piggies, the latest game for Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise. Instead of playing the birds, this game will make use of the pigs who were the previous targets.

Instead of flinging birds to dismantle the course, players will be able to build contraptions to protect the pigs and enable them to steal more eggs from the birds.

According to the Yahoo exclusive, Bad Piggies isn’t a spinoff of the Angry Birds game. Instead, Bad Piggies is a brand-new franchise.

According to EVP of Games at Rovio as told to Y! Games, “As far as the gameplay goes, Bad Piggies and Angry Birds are complete opposites. Angry Birds smash things up, Bad Piggies build stuff. The pigs are all about making plans and building things, even – and especially – when they don’t work.”

Vice president of franchise development for Rovio Ville Heijari added, “This is a long term commitment. This is the sibling of Angry Birds, and it will get a lot of push over time.”

The Game Bad Piggies will be released this coming September 27 for Android and iOS users. Plans for bringing the game to Windows Phone and PC users are in the works.

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Freddie Mercury to become an Angry Bird character!

Freddie Mercury is considered by many as one of the best vocalists that has ever lived. He has energized stadiums the world over due to his stage presence and great vocal range.

Being the frontman of Queen, Freddie Mercury became the face of a generation. Together with his bandmates, they helped revolutionize the music scene and helped usher a new breed of bands.

Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds, has decided to turn Freddie Mercury into an Angry Bird character in time of his birthday on the 5th of September.

Rovio is teaming up with the “Freddie for a Day” campaign, which celebrates the late singer’s life and helps raising fund for his charity, the Mercury Phoenix Trust.

Freddie Mercury died in 1991 due to complications of him having contracted the deadly AIDS virus.

In a statement by Rovio CMO peter Vesterbacka he said, “Freddie for a Day is such a great way to honor Freddie’s fun and flamboyant spirit while delivering an important message. ”

“Queen’s music has endured for a reason, because its creativity and contagious fun appeals to fans of all agaes, and we’re happy to help keep Freddie’s memory and music alive for new generations.”

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Super Angry Birds: Kill ’em pigs with this external device

Two students from Europe developed a prototype device that can make Angry Birds’ fans lives easier, as they were able build a USB slingshot controller for the game.

Called Super Angry Birds, this device calculates the distance and the angle the bird goes in the game, by pulling back and adjusting the angle of incline of the controller.

Students from the Cophenhagen Institute of Interactive Design, Hideaki Matsui and Andrew Spitz, developed the Super Angry Birds as their project.

The Super Angry Birds controller is currently a prototype and won’t be available to the public anytime soon. They said the device is the only one of its kind as the two has only produced it for last Saturday’s project presentation.

According to Spitz, “We definitely play in the exploration/prototyping realm. And hopefully can make these ideas into reality.”

The Super Angry Birds project was initially designed as study in Haptics or tactile feedback technology.

This device, if it can be mass produced, could surely come as a big boost to Angry Birds fanatics, since it could make life easier for them. Though the Super Angry Birds might be too bulky to tag with you along, it can definitely replace your mouse and make playing the game more real for desktop and laptop computers.

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Rovio: Amazing Alex on top spot for iPhone and iPad

A day after Rovio launched its latest game, Amazing Alex notched the top spot in the top paid app category for iPhone and the iPad.

Rovio, which is also responsible for developing the popular Angry Birds franchise, is back at the pedestal after Amazing Alex became a huge success last week and it doesn’t seem to look like slumping.

Amazing Alex topped the best seller for the iPhone app in at least 35 countries, while its iPad app reigned supreme in about 50 countries.

On the other hand, the Android version of Amazing Alex climbed at the 5th spot in the top paid apps category on Google Play.

Rovio seems to have the Midas touch, as everything that they seem to touch turns into a huge success. With Amazing Alex, Rovio has once again proved that they are here to stay. The company will still be releasing new Angry Birds games in the future, so it seems like the cash inflow for the company won’t likely end sometime soon.

Amazing Alex is a chain-reaction style-game. Your job is to help Alex solve puzzles in his bedroom.

Reviews for the game weren’t good at all. But if we gauge success with the number of times it has been downloaded, then Amazing Alex surely is a very successful game.

Have you played?

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Rovio to release new version of Angry Birds, Pigs edition?

This sounds interesting.

After falling in love with the Angry Birds game and feeling happy whenever your pet birds successfully tackle a stage in the game, a new development has come to rise by Rovio and would eventually reshape the famed again once and for all.

According to Pocket-lint, Rovio has plans to launch a new version of the Angry Birds game later this year that would pit the pigs against the birds in a way that you never imagined before.

In this version of the Angry Birds game, you have to help the pigs fend off the attacks of the birds that try to reclaim their eggs.

Pocket-lint said that they have screenshots of the new game in action, but they failed to leak those images.

Rovio and Angry Birds just recently tied up with NFL team Philadelphia Eagles to develop a game that will be based on them.

It was only a few weeks ago when Rovio released an updated version of the Angry Birds Seasons. In this game, you play in a new world called Piglantis where you try to reclaim eggs in the water and air.

Would you like to exchange positions with the pigs and help them protect the eggs that they stole from the birds? Hit the comments box.

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Angry Birds Seasons updated with Piglantis

 

The popular and addicting game Angry Birds has received an update to their best-selling Android and iPhone game in time for the summer season.

Angry Birds Seasons will dive into the depths of Piglantis, where users will battle it out with new underwater enemies.

Piglantis is set underwater, much like the famed Atlantis. Here you and your birds battle it out with a new breed of pigs.

The update is available for both iOS users and Android users. The game recently took you to the outer space with their Angry Birds Space edition. This was the first Angry Birds game set on a different dimension or environment.

Angry Birds Space involved gravity as one of the major factors that you fight with. Unlike previous Angry Birds versions, where you only need to knock out the different pigs and obstacles that blocked your way, the Angry Birds Space edition included the latter and at the same time the forces of gravity, which made the game even more difficult and challenging.

Angry Birds Seasons Piglantis, however, brings you to another dimension and a few more different obstacles and challenges.

Rovio has been very successful with the Angry Birds franchise. The company has been setting records on their way to smashing rivals games.

Have you updated Piglantis then?

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Angry Birds Space hits 100 million download mark

Rovio has hit the jackpot once again, after their latest Angry Birds edition hit the 100 million download mark, 76 days after the company released it.

In a tweet, Rovio claimed, “100 MILLION Angry Birds Space downloads!! SQUAWK if you’re in space!”

Launched last March 22, Angry Birds Space is Rovio’s latest baby, after previously launching a number of successful Angry Birds games.

It is also good to note that Rovio is going to release another version of Angry Birds sometime this month.

According to The Next Web, Angry Birds Heikki is coming to various app stores this month. The former also said that Angry Birds Space enjoyed brisk sales in the first three months since its launch.

Angry Birds Space was able to reach 10 million downloads just three days after Rovio released it to the public and was able to gather 20 million downloads just a week after the company made it available to fans.

35 days after it hit the market, Angry Birds Space was downloaded 50 million times.

The Next Web also said that, according to Peter Vesterbacka of Rovio,  Angry Birds titles were downloaded a total of 1 billion times. Half of these were done in the past six months.

Have you downloaded the Angry Birds Space yet? Do you prefer the original Angry Birds game?

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Lumia 610 problem: Can’t run certain apps

The Nokia Lumia line of devices may be Nokia’s key to salvation. But it seems that the company and Microsoft are having trouble with their Lumia 610 device, as CNET reported that the latter is having difficulties running several popular apps.

Nokia’s entry level Lumia is the company’s first Microsoft powered smartphone with a 256MB of RAM can’t seem to run Angry Birds and Skype, which by the way is owned by Microsoft.

Other apps that won’t run on the Lumia 610 are Plants vs. Zombies, Assassin’s Creed and PES 2012. When someone’s tries to download these games, an error message would appear.

The popular Android platform doesn’t have any problems with running these apps, so what happened to the Nokia Lumia 610?

According to CNET, Microsoft has set standards for the hardware on smartphones that would want to run on the Windows platform. With the Android, this is not a problem because the software of the latter is open sourced and apps can be tested in a wide range of devices.

Microsoft on the other hand, the company lowered their standards for phones running on Windows Phone. This process may have caused the problem. By lowering the standards of the phones, this allowed companies to develop cheap smartphones for the budget strapped individual.

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Angry Birds helps Rovio earn $106.3 million

The popular and viral Angry Birds by Rovio is a massive hit that resulted to the latter being considered as one of the top mobile game developers in the world. Individuals from all ages got hooked to their seemingly ridiculous but entertaining creation.

On Monday, the company announced that they were able to amass $106.3 million in sales based on their success of their Angry Birds game and merchandising from the latter. This figure doesn’t include sales from all their other games.

According to Rovio CEO Mikael Hed, “The strong growth in revenue clearly demonstrates the popularity of the Angry Birds brand. The heavy investments made in 2011 to all business areas will be seen in future products. To ensure continuous success we need to be creative and stay focused on entertaining our millions of fans by continuously developing new and innovative products and services.”

The company has released three Angry Birds games last year namely, Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio. These games were downloaded about 648 million times and have roughly 200 million active monthly users.

They are expecting to continue to grow their business this year.

Hed added, “We are very optimistic about 2012 due to significant investments in product development, cutting-edge branding, brand protection and corporate infrastructure.”

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Free apps drain smartphone battery faster

Saving a few bucks by downloading free apps have been very ideal for spendthrift individuals. Unfortunately, your free app downloading hobby may turn your device into a battery eating machine.

Researchers from Microsoft and Purdue University teamed up and used a special profiling tool to find out the connection between free apps and a smartphone’s battery life. In one case, 75 percent of an app’s power requirement was spent not on gameplay but on operating third-party ad services.

Those pesky ads are the culprit for this.

The research team used six smartphone applications to study. These include Angry Birds and Facebook. They compared the results on three HTC handsets the Android powered Magic and Passion, TyTN II running on Windows Mobile OS. The iPhone wasn’t tested due to the restrictions built into the OS.

With free versions of the Angry Birds, only 20 percent of the power is being consumed by the game. Forty-five percent of the power is being consumed finding out the player’s whereabouts so that a specific ads can be served.

They also found out what they call a “3G tail”. This is when a battery’s energy continues to be sapped even after a particular action. They found out that this “3G tail” accounts to more than 25 percent power consumption.

So don’t be frugal and spend some hard earned bucks for your favorite apps.