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Rovio layoffs

Angry Birds studio Rovio sheds over 200 jobs

Company trying to get leaner, more agile
Oct 22
// Kyle MacGregor
Rovio Entertainment is parting ways with 213 employees, according to the developer. The announcement follows months of "employee negotiations," which began in late August, when the Finnish mobile game giant revealed plans to ...
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Shakira and Angry Birds developer teaming up for 'Love Rocks'

Oct 12
// Chris Carter
Do you love Shakira? How about Rovio, the developer of Angry Birds? Well I have a pitch for you -- it's a game featuring Shakira, created by Rovio. Whoa! Yes, this is not a joke or drill, Love Rocks is a real thing. You ...
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Angry Birds

This trailer for The Angry Birds Movie falls flat

'That's the joke'
Sep 23
// Jordan Devore
I'm sorry, parents. Your kids are probably going to want to see this. You have until May 2016 to break their spirits.
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Sonic on Piggy Island

Sonic's next adventure takes him to Piggy Island

NOT some messed up erotic fan-fic
Sep 02
// Steven Hansen
Something has happened to Sonic. It's been happening for years. Sonic is a weird porn figure, the subject of countless adolescent Deviantart drawings and erotic fan-fics by kids still figuring themselves out. Also, us, when w...

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Angry Birds 2

None of the Angry Birds 2 Angry Birds look like happy birds

Flippin' the bird
Jul 30
// Brett Makedonski
Like a story Alfred Hitchcock once told, our fine, feathered friends aren't in a good mood today. The aviary community is up in wings over the launch of Angry Birds 2 on Android and iOS. They're irritated, upset, pissed...
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Angry Birds 2

Angry Birds 2 is happening, whether you like it or not

July 30
Jul 16
// Chris Carter
Wait, Angry Birds 2? I thought that Rovio had made like, 15 Angry Birds games in the past few years? Well you'd be mostly right, but the full sequel is coming later this month on July 30, the developer has announced...
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Angry Birds

Angry Birds developer lays off some staff, but less than anticipated

The birds need to be angrier
Dec 05
// Chris Carter
Rovio has announced it is cutting some of its workforce. While the number was said to be 130 jobs, as of this week that number is now 110, with some employees going through renegotiations. The publisher is cutting down a bran...
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Angry Birds

The Angry Birds movie now has a star-studded celebrity voice cast

But is it actually going to be any good?
Oct 01
// Brittany Vincent
The Angry Birds movie is not only a real thing, but it seems as though production is well underway, with a cavalcade of celebrity voice talent just announced today. The Columbia Pictures film will be directed by Clay Katis of...
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Angry Birds Star Wars

Rovio announces Angry Birds Star Wars 2: Rise of the Clones

Extra levels in Stars Wars 2
Jun 02
// Chris Carter
I've always maintained that the Angry Birds series isn't bad from a gameplay perspective, but hot damn there are a lot of iterations of them at this point. The latest announcement is Angry Birds Star Wars 2: Rise of the...
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Flappy planes

Rovio tries its hand at capturing the Flappy Bird audience

May 06
// Brett Makedonski
The Flappy Bird developer pulled his game from the public marketplace because the copious sums of money weren't worth the stress of the spotlight. Angry Birds developer Rovio has no problem being in the spotli...
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Angry Birds Epic

See Angry Birds get their Final Fantasy on in this new trailer

Angry Birds Epic
Mar 17
// Chris Carter
Angry Birds Epic is coming, and it's going to be a turn-based RPG. Wait what? It has crafting, turn-based battles, magic, and of course, microtransactions. It also stands to reason that given the mass appeal of Angry Birds, ...
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Angry Birds Epic

Angry Bards: The next Angry Birds is a turn-based RPG

Angry Birds Epic
Mar 12
// Steven Hansen
If Angry Birds Stella was Rovio playing it safe (make the same game but the bird is pink, that way girls will know it's for them even though girls and everyone else already play Angry Birds), the newly announced Angry Birds E...
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More Angry Birds

Rovio announces Angry Birds Stella

A new chapter in the Angry Birds franchise
Feb 13
// Chris Carter
You didn't think Rovio was going to stop putting out Angry Birds games anytime soon, did you? Because the studio has just announced "a never before seen part of the Angry Birds Universe," titled Angry Birds Ste...

Great, now the NSA is using Angry Birds to spy on you

I'm serious, this isn't like a joke headline
Jan 28
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Both the National Security Agency and the British Government Communications Headquarters has been spying on us through Angry Birds. They're able to get personal data from phone apps, and Angry Birds is one app that's bee...
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Puzzle & Dragons

Sigh, Puzzle & Dragons now has Angry Birds dungeons

And I hate everything
Nov 18
// Kyle MacGregor
The plague that is Angry Birds is infecting everything. Even the cocaine-coated fusion of Pokemon and Bejeweled that is Puzzle & Dragons cannot resist the avian epidemic. The feverishly popular role-playing...
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Puzzles & Dragons

Angry Birds heads south to Puzzles & Dragons this month

This collaboration makes a little more sense
Nov 10
// Wesley Ruscher
Hot off their Batman: Arkham Origins crossover, GungHo Online Entertainment has landed another collaboration that makes a little more sense for their addictive dungeon-crawling puzzler. Beginning November 18, till December 1,...
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Angry Birds

Angry Birds Go! is a kart racer coming this December

And yeah, it's free to play
Oct 15
// Jordan Devore
If M&Ms are allowed to have a kart racer, surely Rovio can try its hand at the genre free of guilt. Those angry birds are certainly iconic, and I suppose that's what matters most here. Angry Birds Go! is exactly what you...
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Angry Birds Star Wars 2

Emperor Palpatine wants you to play Angry Birds Star Wars

Those angry birds won't quit
Aug 23
// Chris Carter
Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars films), wants you to "Join the Pork Side" in Angry Birds Star Wars 2. Set to drop on September 19 for iOS, Android, and Windows Phones, it'll be a $0.99 app -- on Android, th...

Activision bringing Destiny, Ghosts, more to gamescom

Plus Skylanders SWAP Force and Angry Birds
Aug 17
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Activision will be at gamescom and are planning to wave their giant wads of money around as they will have the biggest ever demo-theater ever built in gamescom history for Destiny. It comes in at 72ft in length, 43ft wide, a...

Review: Tiny Thief

Jul 23 // Chris Carter
Tiny Thief (Android, iPad [tested on an iPad Mini], iPhone [reviewed on an iPhone 5])Developer: 5 Ants GamesPublisher: Rovio StarsReleased: July 11, 2013 (Android, iOS)MSRP: $2.99 Tiny Thief is part point-and-click adventure, part stealth action -- in other words, an adventure game mixed with minor bouts akin to Metal Gear Solid. You play the part of the Robin Hood-esque Thief, who makes it his business to meddle in the affairs of the locals -- usually for the greater good -- with a small penchant for mischief. The way you conduct your trade is extremely simple: you touch an area to move there, touch an object to interact with it, and that's it. You'll use this simple control scheme to hide in barrels and slip past guards, grab and combine objects, and climb up ladders and slink about rooftops. You can't tap multiple zones in sequential order to quickly queue actions, but as a result you almost never move accidentally. For instance, say you're hiding a barrel. In most games, if you touch anywhere on the screen, you'd exit the barrel and go wherever you tapped, potentially blowing your cover -- but in Tiny Thief, you have to touch the button above the barrel indicating that you want to specifically pop out of it. It's a very small nuance, but it makes a big difference, as you'll never blame the precise touch -screen controls for blowing stealth or tapping the wrong area. I tested the game out on both an iPad Mini and an iPhone 5, and although the iPad has more screen real estate and perfectly fits each puzzle in the viewing area, the aforementioned control system prevents mistakes on the smaller iPhone screen. Each level has three objectives -- find the objects (which are usually unmarked, plentiful, and secret), find your ferret companion (a mini "Where's Waldo?" of sorts), and complete the main objective, which clears the level. Not every objective is explicitly cleared the same way, as certain areas, when tapped, open up to reveal a hidden gem, or the ferret -- so while a lot of the puzzles are fairly straightforward, you absolutely have to think outside the box to 100% the game. Like other Rovio titles, the difficulty is as casual or hardcore as you want it to be, as simply beating a level will earn you one star, and finding everything else will earn you three. If you get stuck, there's a clever hint system with visual clues that allows you to spoil each solution step by step, so you can work at your own pace without frustration. The adventure bits take inspiration from one of my favorite (and underrated) point-and-click franchises of all time: Gobliins. Objects and interactions employ what I like to call the "Gobliins" style of facilitation -- there's not much dialog, and there's a heavy emphasis on physical comedy/slapstick. As a result, you're not only engaging in ingenious puzzles, but you're getting a laugh or two along the way. It helps that Tiny Thief has adorable visuals and unique character designs that really make the title feel like it takes place in its own world. They could stand to be a little sharper and more pronounced graphically, but I love the style regardless, and want to see more of it. There are currently six "adventures" consisting five quests each to tackle, which range from a few minutes to brain-benders that will take you much longer to mull about in. The really cool thing about each adventure is that they tenuously link together to weave one large tale. Tiny comics help facilitate the story, which take no more than a few seconds to read, putting you back into the action instantly. Knowing how Rovio operates, there are probably going to be a heap of free updates on the way, followed by a potential $0.99 expansion or two. There are no IAP at the time of this writing, which is refreshing. The only real fault of Tiny Thief is that I wish there was more of it. I was glued to my screen, ready to see what the next area would be, and laughing all the way at the game's effortless charm. If you're a fan of adventure games, this is a no-brainer -- just don't be surprised if you spend an entire afternoon tearing through it, longing for more.
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Old and new-school adventuring
The mobile market never ceases to surprise me. Amidst a sea of heavy in-app-purchase exploitation, pay-to-win games, and clones, there are still a large number of modern classics that brave the choppy waters and come out on top. Tiny Thief is the latest example of this triumph. It knows its roots, it looks unique, and it executes the touch-screen setup flawlessly. It's also extremely adorable.

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Angry Birds

Angry Birds Star Wars II will use real-world toys

You can play as the pigs!
Jul 15
// Jordan Devore
Rovio's tease from last week has been unveiled and it's pretty much what we expected: Angry Birds Star Wars II. Releasing September 19 for mobile devices, this sequel will span the three prequel movies and even incorporate p...
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Angry Birds Star Wars

Rovio teases a possible Angry Birds Star Wars prequel

Anakin Birdwalker
Jul 12
// Chris Carter
Rovio has just teased a new picture today that hints at what's coming next for the Angry Birds franchise -- specifically, Angry Birds Star Wars. Pretty much everyone will recognize this as the iconic poster for Star Wars: A P...
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Tiny Thief

Rovio's Tiny Thief is out today on Android and iOS

I'm loving the art style
Jul 11
// Chris Carter
Developer 5 Ants Games and publisher Rovio Stars (Angry Birds) have released a new iOS and Android game into the wild, and it looks great on paper. Tiny Thief is described as a puzzle game with elements of point and click, a...

Rovio ain't angry: $194m in revenue, 45 percent from toys

A record year for the casual games company
Apr 04
// Dale North
Who says you have to make AAA console games to make money? While the big guys are shutting down left and right, Rovio flings off their financial results for 2012 showing that they're growing at an amazing rate. The Espoo, Fin...
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Angry Birds Space Steam

Angry Birds Space finally makes its way onto Steam

What platform is this freaking game not on?
Mar 07
// Brett Zeidler
Rovio has expanded their Angry Birds empire today, conquering the last foreseeable platform left with Angry Birds Space: Steam. It's weird to think about, but, yes, this is the very first time an Angry Birds title h...
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Angry Birds Wii and Wii U

Angry Birds Trilogy is coming to the Wii and Wii U

Set for some point in 2013
Feb 15
// Chris Carter
Although the Angry Birds Trilogy had a 360, PS3, and 3DS release last year, it looks like the Activision/Rovio/Nintendo partnership is seeing more action in 2013, as the trilogy is now set for Wii and Wii U release. Activisio...

Despicable Me producer attached to Angry Birds movie

Scheduled for summer 2016
Dec 11
// Jordan Devore
It's wild to think how successful Rovio has been in adapting Angry Birds to so many different areas -- in fact, a full-fledged animated movie seems relatively tame by comparison. The company has given another update on the An...

Angry Birds soda outsells Coke and Pepsi in Finland

Topsy turvy! Everything is upsy-daisy!
Nov 22
// Tony Ponce
WUT. No, seriously. WUT. The fact that there is Angry Birds soda isn't what shocks me. You can buy novelty Mega Man and Pac-Man energy drinks. I sampled some very sugary Mario-themed beverages back in the day. Hell, remember ...

The DTOID Show: SimCity, Retro City Rampage & Angry Birds

Plus: They still haven't finished that Unfinished Swan.
Oct 05
// Max Scoville
We weren't live today, but that's okay. We still love you. To prove it, here's some news about Sim City, Retro City Rampage, Angry Birds, and of course... The Unfinished Swan. So, different types of cities, and different types of birds. VIDEO GAMES.

Rovio exec: Kickstarter turns devs into circus animals

Angry Birds guy slams crowd-funding site
Oct 04
// Jim Sterling
Rovio Stockholm boss Oskar Burman has called out Kickstarter, claiming that the crowd-funding site turns game developers into high paid escorts and performing animals. The man from the Angry Birds camp specifically criticized...

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