Angry Birds hatches 200 million downloads

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

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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.
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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