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Can new Angry Birds game ease your Flappy Birds pain?

With an Angry Birds stable that already features Rio, space, seasons, Friends, Star Wars, and Star Wars II -- not to mention the spinoff Bad Piggies -- you wouldn't think there'd be much room left to fit in more feathers. Alas, the company seems committed to keeping its promise "to continue expanding Angry Birds to make it a permanent part of popular culture."

This time, a lady bird will take center stage in a game called Angry Birds: Stella, due to be released this fall. The developers seem to be taking a bit of an "empowering women" approach to the game, with Thursday's statement noting that "Angry Birds Stella is all about inspiration, empowerment, and other real issues, without forgetting entertainment and quirky fun." … Read more

Angry Birds maker Rovio: We don't share data with NSA

Angry Birds maker Rovio found itself in the middle of another NSA kerfuffle on Monday, leaving the company on Tuesday to try and clear the air.

Several reports cropped up on Monday, saying that popular mobile apps, like Rovio's Angry Birds, are being used by the NSA and other intelligence agencies to cull user data. The agencies are, in some cases, using "leaky" data collected via ad networks to obtain information from the programs, papers leaked by Edward Snowden and reported on by The Guardian and The New York Times on Monday, suggest.

In a statement on … Read more

Juice Cubes: Rovio's cute take on a familiar puzzle game

So, you've completed every level of Angry Birds known to man and now you're looking for something else to while away your free time. What's next, Candy Crush Saga? For many casual gamers, that answer is yes. But, before you go down that road, take a look at Juice Cubes, a matching game from Rovio, the developers behind the wildly popular bird-flinging franchise.

Game-makers have been putting their own spin on match-three games for years. While some require players to move tiles or icons around to match up three or more like designs, others have them drawing … Read more

Mario, Coke -- Angry Birds? Rovio eyes pop culture pantheon

Finland-based game maker Rovio is looking to Japan-based Nintendo for its inspiration in the gaming market, the company's chief marketing officer told The New York Times in an interview published Wednesday.

Speaking to the Times, Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka said that his company's plans revolve around Angry Birds spinoffs and finding ways to leverage that brand to branch out into other areas. It's a model, he says, Rovio learned from Nintendo.

"It's just like Nintendo and its series of Mario-based games. We want to continue expanding Angry Birds to make it a permanent part of … Read more

Angry Birds Go! brings the hit franchise to the world of 3D racing

Angry Birds Go! (iOS|Android) is the latest game from Rovio's popular Angry Birds franchise, but this time the birds are hitting a downhill racetrack for a Mario Cart-style arcade racing game. It's important to note right away that this latest Rovio title is a freemium game, with no cost to download, but there are time limits and micro-transactions that become apparent not far into the game.

Racing really is for the birds Before I get into the freemium model, let's talk about gameplay. Angry Birds Go! is a downhill racer, so rather than driving around a … Read more

Mario Kart-like Angry Birds races into iOS

Rovio, the mobile developer behind the wildly popular Angry Birds franchise, has launched a Mario Kart-like racing game for iOS.

The title, dubbed Angry Birds Go, puts some of the franchise's characters into soapbox cars, allowing gamers to kart-race around different tracks. The game is somewhat of a milestone for the franchise. All previous titles have been 2D. Angry Birds Go is the first 3D world for the franchise.

According to Rovio, gamers can play as either pigs or the birds, and the title includes everything from racetracks to stunt roads to air courses. Some special powers have been … Read more

Rovio lets fly with new Angry Birds Go

Rovio is planning to launch a new title that could take aim at Mario Kart.

The company on Tuesday posted a video to YouTube teasing a new kart-racing game, called Angry Birds Go. The video didn't provide any in-game footage, but teased what gamers might expect from the title when it's eventually released.

With this latest revelation, Rovio appears to be taking a decidedly Nintendo-like path. Nintendo had its major franchise, Super Mario, but soon branched out to other genres. One of its most popular affiliated franchises over the years has been Mario Kart. Angry Birds Go appears … Read more

Angry Birds trilogy to swoop onto Nintendo Wii and Wii U in August

A flock of Angry Birds is heading for Nintendo this summer.

Starting August 13, the Angry Birds trilogy of Angry Birds, Angry Birds: Seasons, and Angry Birds: Rio will take off for the Nintendo Wii and Wii U consoles.

Angry Birds maker Rovio revealed the news in a promotional video posted on YouTube on Wednesday. The promo dives into the usual angry gameplay but caps off by displaying boxed sets of the trilogy for both of Nintendo's game consoles.

Rovio promises 140 hours of gameplay across 30 episodes, while the promo touts 40 hours of "bonus" gameplay. … Read more

Malware masquerading as Bad Piggies found on Google Play

Heard of the game Bad Pigs? Or is it Bad Piggies?

Some clever hacker decided to create a malicious app deceivingly similar to one of the top games in the Google Play store. And, it was downloaded more than 10,000 times before people took notice.

Security company F-Secure wrote on Wednesday that it had located Bad Pigs -- which had the same artwork and app description as Bad Piggies -- and let Google know. The only apparent differences between the two apps were the names of the app and the developer -- who was "Dan Stokes" rather … Read more