March 28, 2012

In Three Days, Angry Birds Space hits 10 million downloads, and work is suffering


Have you noticed that your office has been less productive lately? Does it seem like whenever you approach a co-worker on a smartphone, he or she plays the “quick flick” so he or she doesn’t show you what has been on the screen? This is because Angry Birds Space has come to the mobile platform.

Yes, I’m sure all of us can recall our glory days when we were first flinging avians with a slingshot to kill green pigs. Angry Birds is one game that will not change its basic formula in its four integrations. Angry Birds Seasons just changed the backgrounds, and Angry Birds Rio removed the pigs, but you’re still trying to hit some things.

Rovio realized that the only way that they could change the Angry Birds formula is to alter the gravity component. Yes, in Angry Bird Space, you are required to shoot around a planet to kill the greedy green pigs.

Sure, I have played it, because it is free on an Android phones. If I wanted it on my Kindle Fire, I would have pay $2.99. That is the price for any Android tablet. As for the iOS version, it is $0.99 for the iPhone/iPod Touch, and $2.99 for the iPad.

Okay, I am going to have to address a subject that is going to make some people call me a blasphemer. When is Angry Birds going to flop?

Seriously, we all know that every show or movie series just plain “jumps the shark”. So when will the Angry Birds jump that shark, or stop being angry.

After all, Angry Birds is huge. I was at the Wal-Mart toy aisle the other day and saw that Angry Birds has its own rack of merchandise. Just today, GEAR4 has announced some Angry Birds Space Cases and Headphones. My sons think that Angry Birds is the greatest thing since Donkey Kong.

Speaking of Donkey Kong, I think we all know the success of Mario with Super Mario Brothers, Mario Kart, and the Mario Party games that weren’t so hot. Mario can still put his face on a game, and it will guarantee sales. He, like other video game characters, are now iconic, as are Lara Croft, Link, Sonic the Hedgehog, and other characters who have become a franchise.

However, I see Angry Birds as something like Pac-Man. I remember how fun it was to play in the early eighties, but then they killed it with a TV show and various other knock-offs like Ms. Pac-Man and Super Pac-Man. There is nothing more you can really do with it now.

Especially when Angry Birds is slated for a TV series. All I can think of is that someday we will look back and remember when we used to play Angry Birds. So when will Angry Birds jump the shark? The answer is in Seattle on the Space Needle, to the right.


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