Rovio’s Angry Birds Will Become Available On Consoles
Angry Birds is one of the most addictive little games that were ever invented for mobile phones. According to Rovio, its developer, the game is or was at one point in time the number one paid app for the iPhone in a huge selection of countries including the US and the UK. People are playing it for hours on end and few of them report getting bored. That’s saying something since all people fond of games know very well that most titles will get you bored within hours or days, in the best case scenario.
If you’re the kind that loves Angry Birds on mobile and you happen to own a gaming console as well, then you may be extremely happy to hear that this popular game will soon be released to all gaming consoles that count, namely Nintendo’s Wii, the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. PCWorld mentions that Peter Vesterbacka, chief executive at Rovio announced during the Virtual Goods Summit in London that this very popular game will be released on the previously mentioned consoles. While other information regarding the release date or any additional features the game will have wasn’t revealed, it’s exceptionally interesting to realize that popular games on mobile platform will become available for gaming consoles at a later date. Usually, it was the other way around. The news was spread through Twitter as well and multiple users believe that Angry Birds’ multiplayer mode will be a lot like “old school worms”. Apparently there won’t be an Angry Birds 2 but Vesterbacka mentioned that there might be a surprise version of the game in the future that might tell the story from the pigs’ point of view. He also chose to mildly pick on Zynga and it’s well known game Farmville by declaring that ‘Instead of selling 100 crappy farm animals we decided to create one Mighty Eagle’.
So, moving back to what we were talking about, the general rule to gaming was: titles that were quite popular on PC, Xbox or Playstation would eventually be re-designed and released for mobile. Starting from now, what you’ll get to see and enjoy on your Android handset might become available for your Playstation 3 if it records enough downloads on mobile. Angry Birds isn’t the first game to have this fate. Another game called Flight Control that made its debut on the iPhone has already become available for Playstation 3. A game called Plants vs Zombies had an even more interesting evolution. It started out on PC, moved to iOS (both iPhone and iPad) then headed on to Microsoft’s Xbox 360.
This new trend possibly means that developers release a less elaborate game for mobile and check out the feedback of consumers as well as the popularity of the game (how much it’s being downloaded). If it becomes a hit, all the more reason to release it for more demanding platforms, such as gaming consoles. What I’m left wondering is just how fun Angry Birds will be on console. While the title is an extremely addictive little game for mobile, selling over 10 million copies so far, I’m not sure it’ll be equally appealing on, say, the Xbox 360. That’s because it’s competing with some pretty amazing titles. Titles that aren’t available for the iPhone. I mean, could some people really spend time playing Angry Birds on Microsoft’s console when they could at the same time play Call of Duty or Mass Effect? I guess only time will tell.
For those who aren’t familiar with how Angry Birds works, it’s pretty easy to explain it. On their mobile phones players will get control over a flock of birds whose main goal is to retrieve eggs that were stolen by evil pigs. The pigs are now hiding out on or in structures made of wood, glass or stone. The main idea behind the game is to terminate all of the pigs found in a level. By using a slingshot players will get to launch birds at the various housings which keep the pigs safe. All pigs should be defeated before the last bird is used, for the player to pass the level. As soon as a level is completed, the next one will be unlocked, but assuming players want to play any level again, they can do so as many times and they please and even record a higher score.
Expect to have the same fun with the angry yet funny little birds on Wii, Xbox 360 and Playstation. While we’re not sure when the game will be released on multiple platforms, we’re expecting to hear more from Rovio soon and we’ll definitely keep things updated.11