It’s no secret that Rovio has a line of hits on its hands with the Angry Birds franchise, and the latest instalment in the series is a downhill racing game. Any Birds Go! is not unlike kart racing games of the past like Mario Kart, with side-by-side racing taking you through difficult obstacles, collecting coins and taking out opponents along the way.
Two of my favourite things: Star Wars and Angry Birds have combined to create the latest game from Finish game developers Rovio.
The fifth Angry Birds game is out for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Mac platforms meaning unless you have a Blackberry you should be catered for.
Angry Birds Star Wars mixes two styles of gameplay meaning it’s some of the original Angry Birds where you simply fling birds at pigs and Angry Birds Space where you had to navigate gravity and fling your birds around planets. There are currently two episodes set on Tatooine (complete with two suns) and the Death Star.
Rovio have been clever with the new birds and making the pigs into stormtroopers, TIE fighters and even Darth Vader pigs that can manipulate the force.
The birds have had a massive makeover as well with the red bird being played by Luke Skywalker and now wielding a lightsaber that you can use to reflect blaster shots and slice the piggies with.
Today, Samsung Electronics South Africa announced the availability of the Angry Birds App for Samsung Smart TV. Developed by Rovio Entertainment, a Finnish entertainment media company, Angry Birds is one of the top smartphone apps worldwide.
The game’s fun and colourful characters and engaging game play have made it beloved by fans around the world. Since its launch in November 2009, Angry Birds has been downloaded more than 1 billion times, across multiple platforms and all versions of the game. Utilising Samsung’s Motion Control technology, consumers can now play Angry Birds on the large TV screen for the first time ever, and enjoy a maximised, immersive and interactive gaming experience. With just the wave of the hand, fans can control game play features including; initiating the slingshot and activating the unique skills of each bird.
“Samsung Smart TV will become the first TV to offer the world’s most popular game and set a new standard in the industry by offering a game for smart TVs controlled by hand gestures,” says Justin Shaw (more…)
We all know the deal on Facebook – you get people who use it for simple social networking, and those that click on just about any app or game and become hooked on the platform (much to the dismay of others who have to deal with constant invites). Now Google is also using this method of hooking people to the platform, although it does seem a lot more polished and organized.
Although it is not yet live for everyone (I checked this morning and I am not yet that lucky), Google+ Games will be placed in a fifth button on the top of the screen, and the current catalogue looks pretty great. Most significantly, these games are focussed on sharing your accomplishments within your circles, and the user can cleanly just from the games view to the other Google+ views. You can of course disable games invites in your circles – if you are not yet familiar with Circles, click here to get a proper explanation. As Google puts it, the games are there when you want them, and gone when you dont. Take a look at this video to see how the games interface will work – very impressive actually.
Google+ Games will have quite a few titles on launch (currently around 16), and includes Angry Birds, Zynga Poker and Sudoko as well. Zynga is the gaming company that has made its fortunes on Facebook with games like Farmville, so its interesting to see them embrace this new platform as well. Google is also inviting developers to jump on board, so expect the platform to grow very quickly. If you happen to be lucky enough to have Google+ games already live on your account, give us your impressions in the comments, OK?
Update: Looks like Google+ Games has made Facebook sit up and take notice – they have now announced updates to Facebook Games as well, including a new fullscreen view with a ticker screen on the right to monitor your friends and their gaming activity.