'Angry Birds': Game returns to app stores

Apr 1, 2022 - 14:49
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 'Angry Birds': Game returns to app stores

Did you happen to miss it? Probably not, but the original Angry Birds game is a historical title that hasn't been seen in either of the two major mobile app stores, Google Play or the App Store, in a long time. Until now, that is, when Rovio has decided to bring it back… with a few changes.

When we talk about Angry Birds, we're talking about one of the first hits that a game offered on the then-beardless smart mobile platforms, Android and iOS. You have to go back to 2009 to remember the first Angry Birds game, which was not launched for Android at the time, but only for iOS and Maemo, a Nokia-developed operating system.

It would eventually make its way to Symbian, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and, of course, Android.

As an example, Rovio chose to make Angry Birds free for iPhone after more than 12 million dollars in sales, and the game remained the most downloaded program on the App Store when it was introduced for Android in 2012.

Needless to say, the Finnish Rovio Entertainment, which was previously just another independent studio, developed like wildfire and laid the groundwork for Angry Bird to become a profitable franchise with several versions of all types and conditions, as well as television shows and even movies. And, while they attempted it with different IPs and it wasn't a disaster, they never repeated the original's and the occasional installment's bombshell.

However, it was claimed that Angry Birds vanished from app stores around a year ago because the game's design and technology had become outdated. "The world of mobile technology and games today has advanced to the point where continuing to support them was unsustainable," Rovio's choice was justified. Basically, you had to maintain providing support to ensure that they didn't lose compatibility, and it didn't pay off.

The original Angry Birds game was not the only one to suffer this fate, but it is the most important in recounting the story… and the first to return in a new form and substance. In essence, Rovio has just introduced a new line of games called Rovio Classics, with the original Angry Birds serving as the spearhead.

In a word, Rovio Classics: Angry Birds is the company's first and final game, a recreation that lives true to the original but with a new aesthetic owing to the Unity game engine. Furthermore, Rovio Classics: Angry Birds is not a free game, but it does cost a whopping 99 cents, a price that is only fit for nostalgic folks.