Angry Birds, 'Star Wars' Unite: Rovio Empire Sits Atop World of App Games

Friday, 09 Nov 2012 05:01 PM

By Dale Eisinger

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Angry Birds are flying into deep space — and the top of the digital sales charts thanks to a combined effort with Star Wars.

Angry Birds Star Wars is the newest version of the wildly popular mobile game and it’s as viral as ever.

The game’s Swedish developer Rovio announced Thursday that less than three hours after the game’s launch, it was atop the U.S. app charts. It also made it to the top of the U.K. app charts for both iOS and Android systems.

The game pits the familiar, colorful birds of the series as the Rebel Alliance, battling the evil Imperial force of galactic pigs. Here, the birds get light sabers and the use of the force in battling their new cosmic foes.

It’s not a total stretch from the game’s original premise, where the wingless birds were flung from slingshots into the pigs’ shelters.

“Angry Birds Star Wars made the jump to hyperspace yesterday with a phenomenal launch. Within 2.5 hours of launch, the app soared to #1 in the US iOS App Store, blasting away all of our previous records,” the company wrote in a blog post.

It’s not the first time Angry Birds has partnered with a film franchise to increase visibility.

In 2011, Rovio launched Angry Birds Rio, to coincide with the release of the animated movie Rio. It still is one of the top-downloaded apps available. Other versions of the game include holiday, seasons, and space.

As for Star Wars, the release of the game seems be a happy accident, next to news that the film franchise will soldier into yet another trio of films.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
[Error loading the WebPart '']
Value cannot be null. Parameter name: virtualPath
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Baby Jesus Stolen From Church Nativity, Replaced by Severed Pig Head

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 18:40 PM

Sometime between Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, someone stole baby Jesus from a Massachusetts church's nativity sc . . .

Transit Officers Help Deliver Baby on Philly Subway on Christmas Day

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 18:03 PM

Two Philadelphia transit police officers helped to deliver a baby on Christmas day after the mother's water broke on a s . . .

Mall of Georgia Flash Mob Wedding Takes Bride by Surprise (Video)

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 17:39 PM

A bride planning to take photos was surprised at the Mall of Georgia with a flash mob and a wedding, all arranged by her . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved