Fruit Ninja from HalfBrick Studios was among the first iOS games to be available for Android. The game is among the top 5 best sellers in the Android Market, and costs $1.99.
Now, looking at its popularity, HalfBrick Studios has released a free version of Fruit Ninja, with ad-support. This move from HalfBrick, and Rovio’s decision to release Angry Birds for free on the Android Market, clearly shows that free apps with ad-support generate more revenue that their paid counterparts for developers. The free version of Fruit Ninja can be downloaded from here.
In other gaming related news, another popular game for iOS Falling Fred has hit the Android Market. The game has quiet a high amount of violence and gore, so weak hearted people should stay away. In this game, users need to dodge the falling Fred from obstacles, and try to keep him alive.
The game has a simple plot, yet it’s highly addictive. The graphics of the game are top-notch as well. The game is available for free on the Android Market. However, there are many more characters in the game, which users need to purchase via the in-app purchase option.
Falling Fred requires Android 2.2+ to work. The game can be downloaded from here.
We have all come to love Angry Birds and have been playing the game on Android, iPhone, PSP, Desktop, Chrome and most recently Windows Phone 7 devices. In fact, we are also so crazy about it that we have been buying some cool Angry Birds merchandise as well.
As you can see, those tiny little birds have taken the world by storm and are in every nook or corner possible. In fact, there are even movies being made on them. So will this be the end? Apparently not. Some school decided to actually use Angry Birds as a question in their physics paper.
The question was no joke and could fetch students 7 marks. This is definitely something. Incidentally, there have also been other instances where teachers have used Angry Birds to teach physics to students.
So what will these Angry Birds invade next?
Hurry! Angry Birds is now available in the Windows Phone Marketplace. After the initial announcement by the game developers, Rovio, in February and Microsoft in May, and later pushing the announced date in June to June 29, Angry Birds has finally landed. The game also ends the Xbox’s Must Have Game series for Windows Phone.
The best-seller game, inspiring merchandise, popular culture references, and rumors have it that a movie too, offers hours of challenging, physics-based demolition gameplay, and lots of replay value. Angry Birds is one of the most popular iPhone and iPad apps, ported to Google’s Android OS a few months back, and also released as a PC game recently. Last month, Rovio released an Angry Birds version for Google Chrome browser as a featured app on Chrome Web Store.
Instead of 255 levels available for other platforms, Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 offers only 165 levels. Each of the 165 levels require logic, skill, and brute force to clear. It’s just few games as yet, but I have a feeling that Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 is a little harder than on other platforms. I’m guessing additional levels will be made available as updates.
The game offers Xbox LIVE integration so killing pigs would add to your Xbox LIVE achievements. Angry Birds is free to try and $2.99 to buy. Get dem pigs!
Gameloft, which offers some of the most popular gaming titles on the Android Market, has released a new FPS based game N.O.V.A. 2 HD.
The N.O.V.A. 2 HD is the sequel to the original N.O.V.A. game, and like the original, features breath-taking 3D graphics. The game features more than 10 different maps, and also supports multi-player gaming over Wi-Fi as well as 3G.
At the moment, the game supports only a handful of Android handsets including the HTC Desire HD, Inspire 4G, Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab 7, and the LG Optimus 2X. The game does not support the older generation Qualcomm chipset powered handsets including the EVO 4G and the Nexus One.
Surprisingly, the game does not support two of the hottest Android phones at the moment – the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Sensation. The game can be downloaded from the Android Market for $6.99.
In other gaming related news, Rovio has updated Angry Birds Seasons with a new Summer Pignic’ episode. The new update brings 15 new levels, with a summer theme as backdrop. With this update, Angry Birds Seasons now has a total of 105 levels. 105 levels to kill your productivity!
The game is already available on the Android Market, and can be downloaded from here.
The Angry Birds addiction is now overflowing towards the Angry Birds merchandise. There is a variety of merchandise up for grabs at the Angry Bird store and elsewhere. Here is a list of some cool and great Angry Bird merchandise available at the online store.
Sesame Street Parody T-Shirt
Red Face Hoody
Laptop and iPhone Skin
Green Shoulder Bag and Black Shoulder Bag
Blue Key chain Collection and 3D Key chain
Red Flip-flops and Green Flip-flops
iPod Case and iPhone Case
Rovio Mobile ltd, the makers of Angry Birds have partnered with Chinese gaming site –D.cn to deliver Angry Birds on the Chinese land. The partnership will help deliver free-to-download version of Angry Birds in various editions.
D.cn of late has been focusing on the mobile gaming scene and wants to provide complete mobile gaming experience to Chinese users. While partnering with Chinese developers for the same, it is also looking to partner with developers overseas.
This will definitely turn out to be a good oppurtunity for Rovio Mobiles, who recently launched HTML5 version of Angry Birds on the Chrome App store. China has around 900 million mobile subscribers. Last Rovio announced that 10 million of its 140 million downloads of the game had come from China. Partnership wtih D.cn would boost those numbers further.
Rovio mobiles might even set up a team in China to oversee development in China.
Google I/O 2011 started yesterday, but the focus was almost completely on Android. You can check out the highlights of the Google I/O 2011 keynote here. Today, however, Google also showcased other stuff like the Chrome Web Store and Chrome OS laptops by Samsung and Acer.
Today, Peter Vesterbacka, CEO, Rovio Mobile announced that Angry Birds has now been launched for the web, on the Chrome Web Store. Angry Birds for the web has been built using WebGL and Canvas. It runs at 60 FPS, thanks to improvements in browser graphics. You can download Angry Birds Beta via the Chrome Web Store for free, and play it offline as well. It’s available in both, SD and HD versions.
Rovio will be launching some exclusive levels, available only in Chrome. It will also support in-app payments, so you can easily buy the Mighty Eagle to obliterate the pigs.
You can download and install Angry Birds on Chrome from the Chrome Web Store. Here’s the link:
Angry Birds – Chrome Web Store
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Angry Birds has been a phenomenal success for the folks behind Rovio Mobiles. The game is available on almost all smartphone devices including iPhone, Android and Symbian along with a PC edition. It will also be coming to Windows Phone 7 devices soon.
So what is the next step for Angry Birds? More platforms? That may happen, but before that this popular game will be featured in a movie called Angry Birds: The Movie.
Well, if it interests you, here is a trailer of Angry Birds: The Movie created by Rooster Teeth and is approved for All Audiences. The movie features real life Angry Birds who are used more than just for props. Have fun watching the video after the break.
Angry birds has gone from becoming a simple game to a success story that can pretty much show people how app development is done. The thrilling story of Rovio’s adventurous journey with Angry Birds has become a legend and this has given Rovio enough confidence to perform all sorts of experiments with its business.
iOS uses are extremely specific about the app experience on their devices. We had reported earlier how Angry Birds and Pocket Legends were using in-app purchases and payments to drive profits in the Android world. Apparently, in-game ads are not as welcome as in-game purchase notifications and Angry Birds faced some negative ratings recently, due to an unforeseen move.
Louisgray puts the whole fiasco in one beautiful sentence saying,
The result, the practically permanent high flier has crashed down in a fluff of feathers with a deluge of one-star rants.
Users on the iTunes store already hate the app for pushing ads into pause-breaks in spite of them paying for the app. Some users are even talking about retorting to an earlier version and because of this brewing hated, the app has landed itself into a 3-star rating on the iTunes store.
Angry Birds, has many angry comments to read at the iTunes page. We cannot ignore the fact that with that huge a user’s base, people will still use Angry Birds, ads or no ads. What matters is, whether Angry Birds will choose between lots of positive karma and give up on monetizing itself, or rely on its ever-growing user’s base and keep pushing annoyances like these.
Zynga better watch out! After conquering the iOS App Store and Android Market (as well as Nokia’s Ovi Store and Palm’s App Catalog), Rovio has set its sights on Facebook.
Rovio Mobile is being fairly tight-lipped about the game. “There will be completely new aspects to it that just haven’t been experienced in any other platform, teased Rovio’s CEO Mikael Hed. It will obviously tap into Facebook’s social features to broaden its appeal. In the past Zynga has very smartly encouraged users to invite their friends, and compete with them (directly or indirectly) to increase its viral factor. Rovio has also hinted that Angry Birds for Facebook will, for the first time, see the pigs in a much more prominent role.
Although Angry Birds is expected to land in Facebook soon, Rovio has confirmed that we won’t be seeing it before April.
Besides Angry Birds for Facebook, Rovio is working on numerous other Angry Birds related projects. A movie and its tie-up game are already under development. Angry Birds for PlayStation Network, Xbox 360 and Wii have also been confirmed. The much awaited sequel is also probably in the cards. Additionally, Rovio is keen to launch several Angry Birds spin-offs, including a racing and a sports game.
Peter Vesterbacka, the mighty eagle of Rovio, believes that, “Angry Bird will be bigger than Mickey Mouse and Super Mario”. With relentless updates, new ports and spin-offs, Rovio wants to broaden its appeal, while remaining fresh and relevant to its existing fan base. Will its strategy work? Or will we see Angry Birds losing its steam in the near future? Let us know what you think.