Angry Birds hatches 200 million downloads

Rovio biz dev head confirms massive milestone for mobile-to-console puzzler; Angry Birds Rio tops 36 million.

Rovio's Angry Birds has proven to be the goose that laid the golden egg since its release for Apple's iOS in December 2009. In addition to greasing the wheels for EA's purchase of the game's publisher, Chillingo, gamers continue to flock to it. As part of PaidContent.org's PC Mobile 2011 conference today, Rovio business development head Peter Vesterbacka said that Angry Birds has now accrued more than 200 million downloads.

On the App Store, Angry Birds is available in a $0.99 paid version as well as a limited-content free version. Having already seen release on the iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, and PlayStation Network, versions of the game are also reportedly in development for the Xbox 360, Wii, and Facebook. A Windows Phone 7 edition is planned for release on June 29.

After laying 200 million copies, these birds are understandably angry.

As for the game itself, Angry Birds follows the exploits of its titular enraged birds as they attempt to destroy fortresses built by undesirable pigs. The strategy puzzle game sees players launching the birds from a massive slingshot, attempting to topple the fortresses in as few shots as possible.

An Angry Birds follow-up, Angry Birds Rio, tied in to Fox's filmic release of Rio in March 2011. According to Vesterbacka, that game has now been downloaded 35 million times.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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ale_gamr
ale_gamr

@psx_warrior I simply played it all day as it seemed addictive... until I finished it and collected the eggs.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

This game just owns me. Simple yet addictive as the dickens. I'm suprised that more people haven't commented on how much they've enjoyed trying to figure out how to hit the structures with the birds for maximum damage..

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

@ale_gamr How could you have beat it so quickly when there are so many levels to it? You had to have beaten them all in one shot after another. There's loads upon loads of levels to play. Maybe you only played one part of it.

zatorys
zatorys

ooh god this is so overrated

rocka_
rocka_

Nice for them. Now that you made a huge profit, Rovio, would you mind fixing the freakin' game on the PSP?! Some levels are completely unplayable! The least you could do it is fixing the game to run normally...since, you know, I(or we) paid for it!!

GravyCrazy
GravyCrazy

This type of thing is for killing time while in a waiting room, on a bus, taking a dump, or anything else where you're sitting around not doing anything but can't get to a console or pc. I don't want big games on a phone, keep them silly and short so they serve their purpose. Phones are not the future of gaming they are just a small part of it.

Kenshiro_Kenoh
Kenshiro_Kenoh

wow it sold THAT much? that game is overrated more than call of duty seriously its not that good

amirzaim
amirzaim

Simple yet popular game, no wonder how many people are being crazy about this casual games.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@ FoeCrusher Took the words right off of my post.

Dkilley
Dkilley

It's a great game for what you pay. Considering it has how many levels...

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

200 million downloads and I am not one of them.

final_brawl
final_brawl

I will admit to buying Angry Birds for my iPod. ;)

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

@Tony-Baxter Except of course Angry Birds is only a small fraction of the price of Pokemon and Super Mario Bros 3 meaning the latter games have made more money for their developers.

ManiacKawaii
ManiacKawaii

boring crush the castle ripoff game..don't even know why so many sells

Tony-Baxter
Tony-Baxter

Sold more than Super Mario Bros 3 and All versions of Pokemon COMBINED!

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

It doesn't deserve to sell more than any video game. It's a "mini game", seriously. I've played it, yes it's fun. For an hour:P

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

What's with all the casual gamer comments? It's a phone game! I appreciate these type of games to kill 10 minutes waiting in the subway. I don't want or need an 80 hour RPG on my phone. That's what consoles are for...

shkar
shkar

I actually spent hours with this game inside the boring lecture rooms ..........

daabulls23
daabulls23

That's impressive, but I wonder what the breakdown is of free and paid?

ale_gamr
ale_gamr

I don't usually play these things but I played it yesterday and beat it quickly. It's fun but finishes quickly and gets old fast. When you win you get nothing for your wasted time. Why would you spend on that?...

unreal_master
unreal_master

The mentality of people never ceases to amaze me. 200 million downloads really? This type of game has been out for years and all of a sudden they put birds that are angry so it shoots through the roof. This is as sad as playing farmville.

metalkid9
metalkid9

I got all my angry birds versions for free. I would never pay for a phone game.

hush404
hush404

I gots it on android... and don't see the huge appeal... Its a good time waster... but w/e.