Angry Birds Space
|Angry Birds Space|
Nordic Games GmbH (Windows)
|Release date(s)||March 22, 2012|
Unlike the previous Angry Birds games, the stage is no longer flat, instead comprising several different planets, each of which has its own gravitational field that affects the trajectory of the birds after launch. There is an aiming system that makes it easier to aim the birds. Some pigs are in space bubbles, and when the birds break them, they will freeze and smash unless they get into a gravity field. Like in Angry Birds Rio, Angry Birds Space features boss fights.
In February 2012, Rovio announced a new game in the Angry Birds series to be called Angry Birds Space. Angry Birds Space launched on March 22, 2012, and features elements from the preceding Angry Birds games as well as new gameplay mechanics. The game contains 60 initial levels with extra levels available as free updates and in-app purchases. Angry Birds Space launched on iOS, Android, PC, and Mac, with a Windows Phone release to follow. For the launch of the game, Rovio partnered with wireless carrier T-Mobile to erect a 300-foot tall contraption, with a 35-foot tall red bird resting in it at the Seattle Space Needle to make it look like a slingshot.
On March 8, 2012, new footage of Angry Birds Space, presented by NASA astronaut Donald Pettit on board the International Space Station, was released. The video shows that the game's stage is no longer flat, instead comprising several different planetoids, each of which has its own gravitational field that affects the trajectory of the birds after launch. In April 2012, the first update for Angry Birds Space was released and contained Fry Me to the Moon, a new episode with 10 new levels. In May 2012, a further update was released with the first 10 levels of the next episode Utopia.
NASA states that such collaboration with Rovio Mobile may share the excitement of space with the Angry Birds community, educate users on NASA's programs, and create interactive educational experiences for the public.
The game also features new bird characters that carry their own unique abilities. As of June 1, 2012, Angry Birds Space has been downloaded a total of 100 million times since launching on iOS, Android, PC and Mac. In June 2012 an update for the Android version included Danger Zone, a in-app purchase with 30 challenging levels that had previously been available for iOS and the Space Eagle. In July 2012, Rovio released an update unlocking the rest of the levels in Utopia, as well as 10 new Bonus Levels. On August 23, 2012, an update containing the first 20 levels of the next level pack, entitled "Red Planet", was released, in conjunction with the landing of the Curiosity Rover, which the Space Pigs hijack for their own ends. On November 1, Angry Birds Space has been updated to complete Red Planet and added Space Eagle Bonus Levels, 1 for each planet. This is unlocked by getting 100% on each level using the Space Eagles. On January 10, 2013, an update was released which featured 30 new levels in a new episode "Pig Dipper". This level pack features water physics, and includes a new boss fight against the King Pig's submarine. The update also introduces new power-ups: the Flock of Birds, which launches four small versions of the bird with the power-up active, the Pig Puffer, which inflates certain pigs in the level, and the Space Egg, which allows the use of the Space Egg in normal levels. On March 7, 2013, rock legendaire Slash made his own music for the Angry Birds Space theme. On September 13, 2013, Rovio released the Cosmic Crystals update, which adds crystals and breakable crystal planets.
Mattel have made board games based on the app. These are called Angry Birds In Space and Angry Birds Space: Planet Block Version. Angry Birds Space: Planet Block Version featured pigs with satellite helmets.
|Level pack||Levels||Release date|
|1. Pig Bang||30||March 22, 2012|
|2. Cold Cuts||30||March 22, 2012|
|3. Fry Me to the Moon||10||April 25, 2012|
|4. Utopia||30||May 31, 2012|
|5. Red Planet||30||August 23, 2012|
|6. Pig Dipper||30||January 10, 2013|
|7. Cosmic Crystals||30||September 13, 2013|
|8. Danger Zone||30||March 22, 2012|
|9. Eggsteroids||14||March 22, 2012
The game has received generally favorable reviews with a Metacritic score of 83/100 based on 30 reviews. Justin Davis, writing for IGN, gave the game a score of 8.5/10, calling the pricing and physics disappointing but concluding that "neither issue detracts from the game's overall quality or fun factor." GameSpot gave the game an 8 out 10. PC Magazine rated the game 4.5 out of 5 stating the game was "Easy and fun to play" but the Android version lacks some of the levels that are included on iOS. Harry Slater of Pocket Gamer thought the game was "as much fun as its predecessor" adding that it had "enough new concepts to keep even the hardiest fans entertained".
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