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Angry Birds go tropical...but still top the charts


The Angry Birds are at it again; but this time, it's tropical...

  Angry Birds Rio

There is one particular memory from my third and final year at university that I cannot shake. Picture the scene – I have just finished a three day binge of work and assignments and, as the saying goes, 'all work and no play' were beginning to turn me into a quivering, drooling mess. However, with a house of four young males – and Matt Davies – I was confident of a good night out. So, imagine my surprise when said request was met with distant and blank stares, issued from redundant souls who were so indulged in a certain 'app' that everything from basic hygiene to dietary requirements had gone right out the window. As they sat there – firing bird after bird at meaningless pillars – I cursed the name of 'Angry Birds' under my breath, seeking comfort in the fact that this was merely a 'fad' and would soon fade wrong I was.

With over 100 million downloads across all platforms, Angry Birds is not only the best selling app of all time, but has also been labelled as "one of the great runaway hits of 2010" - not bad for a game that was created as a side project. After making its debut on Apple's App store in December 2009, Angry Birds went on to dominate both the apps market and a subsequent number of console marketplaces; remaining at the top of a number of said charts to this day.

Now, to mark the upcoming release of Rio across the UK on the 8th April, Angry Birds developers Rovio Mobile have teamed up with Twentieth Century Fox to create a special edition based around the locations and characters from the upcoming film. Angry Birds Rio sees the original Angry Birds cast kidnapped and taken to the magical city of Rio; where they eventually escape their captors and set out to save their friends, Blu and Jewel – two rare macaws and subsequent stars of the upcoming Fox motion picture. The latest release – which, despite being available for just one day has already topped the App Store Chart – has promised fans hours of new gameplay, physics-based demolition challenges and loads of replay value...some claim.

If you're still not convinced, why not have a watch of the film/game trailer:

If, like myself, you do not own any piece of Apple software then this news bulletin will be of no interest. However, for the millions of iPhone, iPad and iPod owners across the globe, this is sure to become the latest must-have app; and who knows, if this game is anything like its predecessors, it may even translate into a half-decent gaming release.

See also:

Minecraft's custom worlds continue to beguile jaded gamers

The Sims: How Long Can It Last?

Let's go to Rio: Preview Event

Rio 3D Review


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