Rovio's global takeover
Angry Birds Star Wars is a predictable affair and isn't anywhere novel enough to tempt me into spending my journeys to work engaged in another Rovio outing. It's good, but as someone with minimal Star Wars enthusiasm and too many hours under my belt playing Angry Birds already, it didn't hold my attention for long.
I do look forward to fresh games from Finland's biggest developer, though, after enjoying its less-successful Amazing Alex app, released earlier this year. And Rovio says there are plenty more in store.
While numerous new titles are promised, it's clear where the moolah really comes from, so who can blame Rovio for focusing firmly on the growth of its feathered franchise?
The influence of former-Fox employee Andrew Stalbow - who jumped aboard the Rovio ship after thrashing out a deal for the Angry Birds Rio tie-in - appears to have no bounds.
In the past 12 months, the Angry Birds franchise has shot through the roof, rocketing into space and leading to comparisons being drawn with the likes of Sanrio's Helly Kitty as a pop-culture brand with mammoth merchandise potential.
There has been steady market penetration too. Rovio raked in roughly €23m (£14.4m) from merchandise in 2011 alone and with the bombardment of plush toys and increased popularity, that figure could easily double in 2012.
We've long heard about the Angry Birds cartoon series and following Rovio's acquisition of an animation studio, a collection of 52 shorts are on the way soon. Stalbow says discussions with broadcast partners are ongoing and apparently Hollywood is "very hot" for Angry Birds right now.
As Yoda said "once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny," yet the force is certainly with Rovio right now. ®
Angry Birds Star Wars
Re: I really really really...
its a silly time killer of a game. It just happens to be one of the really good ones. It went viral a few years ago ( I sentence myself to 30 lashings for using viral ) when it gained critical mass and also had a movie tie in created for it.
Re: Exponential growth
If you know O-notation, you should know that $O(n^2)$ is not exponential, it is polynomial. $O(2^n)$ is exponential.
Ok, ok, i will now crawl under my stone again.
Written from my latex-vim.
Well sod you lot
you all may be miserable bastards but I love it. They've even got the dodgy screenwipes between levels that the original films had between scenes.
The game has run its course..........
I'm guessing you're an accountant, or with some other well-paid, dismally dull and boring job. Ant-eater tamer might fit the bill (no pun intended) better.
Try: http://www.kulfoto.com/funny-pictures/23463/what-really-happened-to-stonehenge and see if you can laugh. If you can't, I've 6' of rope in my garage. (They outlawed pistols awhile ago)
I'm holding out for
Angry Birds Lego Star Wars Kingdom Hearts MLP.