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Angry Birds
Angry Birds logo.svg
Creator Rovio Entertainment
Original work Video game series
Print publications
  • Bad Piggies' Egg Recipes (2011)
  • Angry Birds: The Big Green Doodle Book (2011)
  • Angry Birds: The Big Red Doodle Book (2011)
  • Angry Birds Space: Colors (2012)
  • Angry Birds Space: Numbers (2012)
  • Angry Birds Space: Sticker Book (2012)
  • Angry Birds Space: Poster Book (2012)
  • National Geographic Angry Birds Space: A Furious Flight Into the Final Frontier (2012)
  • National Geographic Angry Birds: 50 True Stories of the Fed Up, Feathered, and Furious (2012)
Films and television
Television series Angry Birds
Animated series Angry Birds Toons
Video games
Spin-offs Bad Piggies

Angry Birds is a video game franchise created by Finnish computer game developer Rovio Entertainment. Inspired primarily by a sketch of stylized wingless birds, the first game was first released for Apple's iOS in December 2009. Over 12 million copies of the game have been purchased from Apple's App Store, which has prompted the company to design versions for other touchscreen-based smartphones, including the Android, Symbian and Windows Phone operating systems. It has since expanded to video game consoles and for PCs.

Angry Birds has been praised for its successful combination of addictive gameplay, comical style, and low price. Its popularity led to versions of Angry Birds being created for personal computers and gaming consoles, a market for merchandise featuring its characters and even long-term plans for a feature film or television series. With a combined 1.7 billion downloads across all platforms and including both regular and special editions, the game has been called "one of the most mainstream games out right now", "one of the great runaway hits of 2010", and "the largest mobile app success the world has seen so far".

Game series

Angry Birds

The initial version of the game was released on iOS in December 2009. In the game, players use a slingshot to launch birds at pigs stationed on or within various structures, with the intent of destroying all the pigs on the playing field. As players advance through the game, new types of birds become available, some with special abilities that can be activated by the player. Rovio Mobile has supported Angry Birds with numerous free updates that add additional game content, and the company has also released stand-alone holiday and promotional versions of the game. There have been free upgrades released by Rovio:

  • "Poached Eggs"
  • "Mighty Hoax"
  • "Danger Above"
  • "The Big Setup"
  • "Ham 'Em High"
  • "Mine and Dine"
  • "Birdday Party"
  • "Bad Piggies"
  • "Surf and Turf"
  • "Golden Eggs"

Special editions

Angry Birds Seasons

This game contains several holiday-themed episodes:

  • "Trick or Treat": Halloween-themed levels
  • "Season's Greedings": Christmas-themed levels
  • "Hogs and Kisses": Valentine's Day-themed levels
  • "Go Green, Get Lucky": St. Patrick's Day-themed levels
  • "Easter Eggs": Easter-themed levels
  • "Summer Pignic": Summer-themed levels
  • "Mooncake Festival": Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival-themed levels
  • "Ham'o'ween": Halloween-themed levels
  • "Wreck the Halls": Christmas-themed levels
  • "Year of the Dragon": Chinese New Year-themed levels
  • "Cherry Blossom": Japanese-themed levels
  • "Piglantis": Summer-themed levels
  • "Back to School": School-themed levels
  • "Haunted Hogs": Halloween-themed levels
  • "Winter Wonderham": Christmas-themed levels

Angry Birds Rio

Angry Birds Rio was launched in March 2011. The game is based on the 20th Century Fox animated film Rio. There are several episodes included:

  • "Smuggler's Den"
  • "Jungle Escape"
  • "Beach Volley"
  • "Carnival Upheaval"
  • "Airfield Chase"
  • "Smuggler's Plane"
  • "Golden Beachball"
  • "Market Mayhem"
  • "Trophy Room"

Angry Birds Space

A new game in the Angry Birds franchise called Angry Birds Space was launched on March 22, 2012, The game features elements from the preceding Angry Birds games as well as new gameplay mechanics. 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. The episodes included are:

  • "Pig Bang"
  • "Cold Cuts"
  • "Fry Me to the Moon"
  • "Utopia"
  • "Red Planet"
  • "Pig Dipper"
  • "Eggsteroids"
  • "Danger Zone"

Angry Birds Star Wars

Angry Birds Star Wars was announced in October 8, 2012, and was released on November 8, 2012. Merchandise related to the game was released on October 17, and October 28. The game is a crossover with the Star Wars original trilogy, and casts the Angry Birds as the Rebels and the Bad Piggies as the Empire. The chapters included are:

  • "Tatooine"
  • "Death Star"
  • "Hoth"
  • "Cloud City"
  • "Boba Fett Missions"
  • "Path of the Jedi"
  • "Bonus"


A spin-off to Angry Birds, called Bad Piggies, was released on September 27, 2012 on Mac, Android and iOS platforms. The game is from the Pig's point of view, and involves building vehicles in order to reach a goal point.

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