It’s hard to believe that in just a few short years, mobile gaming has evolved into what it is today. With the advent of Apple’s App Store, it has never been easier for gamers to satisfy their gaming itch on the go for such a reasonable price. While console gaming may seem intimidating to some or the cost may be off-putting, mobile gaming is something that’s accessible to just about everyone whether you’re young or old.
If there was one game that was to be heralded as the king of mobile gaming, few would argue against Rovio’s Angry Birds taking that title.
It doesn’t matter who you are, odds are, you’ve heard of Angry Birds in some capacity. Not only has it become one of the most profitable games ever, but it’s also become a modern pop culture icon, inspiring real world recreations, a spoof live-action movie trailer, and a cover by popular internet musical duo Pomplamoose.
Whether you want to or not, there’s no escaping the grasp of Angry Birds. It’s everywhere and it’s constantly expanding. It doesn’t matter which platform you prefer, there is a good chance that Angry Birds is already available for it or on its way, even going so far as to be available on the Google Chrome browser. It is for this reason that it is not surprising to hear that Angry Birds has officially hit 200 million downloads across all its platforms.
For a game that saw its humble beginnings as a product of a small independent development team from Finland for iOS devices, it’s an admirable feat to reach so many downloads. If it wasn’t already, this sales milestone cements the fact that the gaming industry is currently seeing a large shift as mobile devices such as the iPhone are being recognized as legitimate gaming platforms.
What does the future hold for Rovio and the Angry Birds series though? While the company will continue to support the current iterations of the series with new content for the time being, what new projects could they be working on? With the immense success of the Angry Birds series, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a proper sequel, but it will be interesting to see what new things the Finland-based developer chooses to tackle in the future.
What would you like to see in the future from Rovio? Which platform do you prefer playing Angry Birds on?