Rovio continues with surprises for fans of Angry Birds. Following the February 14th launch of the über popular game on Facebook, the game is now being launched into outer space. Yes, a new version of the game is soon to be released and this new version is dubbed Angry Birds Space.
What’s new in this version, apart from the fact that it is based in outer space, is that it has the full support of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration agency of USA). Rovio’s Saara Bergstrom told ABC News, “NASA wants to educate about all things space, and they think this is a great tie-in with a game that shows off gravity in space”.
NASA’s administrator for communications explained how the collaboration between the two began via a simple Twitter exchange regarding birds and pigs in space, which then evolved into a ‘tremendous outreach and education opportunity.’ The basic purpose of the game is to engage people and create interest in NASA’s exciting missions of exploration and discovery. This would, in a way, lead to interest in careers in science and technology.
Angry Birds Space isn’t all about education though. The game will come chock full of fun, naturally. Fans can also look forward to the addition of a new bird, the Lazer Bird.
However, Rovio has made certain things exclusive to a certain device. This is not the first time that Rovio has done this. Previously, the Mighty Eagle was kept solely for the Nook Tablet owners whenever they were playing the game inside a Barnes and Noble store. The web version of the Angry Birds offered exclusive weapons/unlockable levels, but only to people playing on Google Chrome. This time around, certain aspects of the Angry Birds Space are being kept exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy Note.
To celebrate the launch of the stunning new device and the game, Rovio has partnered with Samsung and only Galaxy Note owners will have access to select content. This includes the aforementioned lavender Lazer Bird, a special level and the game’s first 30-level DLC pack free of charge.
The special level is designed especially for the ‘phablet’ and it’s stylus. The gameplay, even when using the stylus, is said to be really smooth and fluid. A cool combination of physics and gravity is used in the game to accurately hit targets.
Rovio has made public a demo video in which an astronaut, Don Petitt, shows how both a stuffed Angry Bird and a balloon flow in a straight path because of the lack of gravity in space.
That is not to say that non-Galaxy Note owners will not be able to get their hands on the game at all. The game will be made available for iOS, Android, PC and Mac on the 22nd of March. Of course, owners of devices other than the Galaxy Note will be deprived of the exclusive content. The game will be available in Apple’s app store and Google’s Android Play store once it is released.
This will be the first Angry Birds title by Rovio in a year. The company is hoping that the phenomenal success gained by Angry Birds continues with the release of this game. So far, the game has been downloaded 700m times (across all platforms), and the company has sold some 25m plush toys and signed deals for more than 20,000 licensed products.