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If you thought the bird-flinging game Angry Birds couldn’t get any more popular, think again. The game designed by Rovio has now surpassed 350 million downloads.
The game has put the Finnish game designer on the map. With Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, and Angry Birds Rio put together, the game was downloaded more than 350 million times. Other than the game’s sales, it has made a fortune selling other merchandise such as lunch boxes, school kits, backpacks, t-shirts, socks, flip flops, and toys.
Not only is the game downloaded numerous times around the world, it is also played a lot. According to Andrew Stalbow, Rovio General Manager, if you combine the amount of time users around the world play the game, this would amount to 300 million minutes each and every day.
With this amount of downloads and the amount of time people spend playing the game, there’s no way for Rovio to go but up. With Angry Bird’s success, are you still wondering why mobile gaming is killing console gaming?
Compared to console games, Angry Birds can be purchased at a fraction of the price. However, this doesn’t equate to less profits. Form all the revenue generated by the game and Angry Bird-themed products, Rovio is estimated to be valued at $1.2 billion. Not bad. Not bad at all.
The Moon Festival update has just rolled out to the ever-popular game Angry Birds Seasons. This comes as a huge surprise, since everyone expected something different. After western festival themes such as Valentine’s Day and Easter, most expected yet another western theme to roll out such as a Thanksgiving or Harvest Festival theme. Apparently, this wasn’t the case.
Honestly, no one expected a Chinese Moon Festival theme. Although unexpected, it does offer more bird-flinging action to this globally popular mobile phone game.
This new update to the already popular game by Rovio offers 30 more levels of pig-killing fun. There will also be new achievements and hidden moon cake pieces to obtain. Once all the moon cake pieces are gathered, you will be able to play additional bonus levels.
The new Chinese festival-inspired theme adds a different flavor to the bird-flinging game. Although unexpected, it does add more to the Angry Birds addiction.
The game update is available across platforms. It has rolled out to iOS, Symbian, and Android versions. If you haven’t tried the game out yet, it is available on iTunes for 69p, on the Ovi Store for £1.50, and free on the Android Market. If you’ve purchased the game in the past, you will not have to pay for the update.
There are a lot of Windows Phone 7 users that have been eagerly waiting for the extremely popular Angry Birds to be flung over to their platform. The game has flung itself over to Android and has now made its way towards Microsoft’s mobile platform. However, to get the game, users would have to pay 5 times as much compared to how much iOS users pay for the download.
The news came from the Windows Phone Blog’s Michael Stroh. On the blog he wrote, “At last. Angry Birds is now available in the Windows Phone Marketplace—a few hours ahead of schedule and so fresh it hasn’t even been rated yet!”
“Be the first—or just hunker down with your phone and get dem pigs.”
“The game, the last in Xbox’s Must Have Games series for Windows Phone, is free to try and $2.99 to buy.”
In the US, Windows Phone 7 users would have to pay $2.99 to enjoy the popular game. In the UK, Windows Phone 7 users would have to pay £2.49 to enjoy more from bird-flinging action. This is almost 5 times more expensive compared to what iPhone users have to pay for the same game, which they can play for only 59p.
In addition to the extreme price difference, they pay this much for levels found on the original game. There is no news if the Seasons version will be available on the Zune app store. Is this game worth £2.49? Well, you can always try the game out first for free and decide to purchase it, if you really want to play the additional levels on the paid version.
Is this how Microsoft plans to win the hearts of the consumer? We’re not sure why Angry Birds is 5 times more expensive on Zune compared to the App Store. Hopefully, they drop the price to attract more WP7 gamers.