From angry birds to bad piggies

For everyone who has been wondering what to do with their lives now that they have finished all the Angry Birds levels, we have the answer.

The strategy puzzle video game Angry Birds has become one of the world’s most unlikely successes. After all, who could possibly have imagined that a game in which you launch birds at pigs would become so popular?

Since it was first released for Apple’s iOS following its development by Finish firm Rovio Entertainment, Angry Birds has become the most popular mobile game of all time.

Now Rovio has come up with the official follow up for all those Angry Birds addicts looking for their next fix.

Sequels have taken the Angry Birds to Rio and into space, so the creators decided it was time to give the pigs the chance to show gamers the battle from their point of view.

The game maker, which was on the verge of bankruptcy before releasing Angry Birds, has revealed that Bad Piggies, described as Angry Birds’ “sibling” by its developers, will be released later this month.

Whereas the pigs may have been the villains of Angry Birds, gamers are now tasked with trying to help them by collecting eggs in what Rovio says is the launch of a brand new franchise.

So far, Rovio is keeping fairly schtum about the actual game play involved, except to say it won’t involve slingshots, but it has released a statement explaining it wanted to give the pigs the chance to “tell” their story.

The statement described the new game as “innovative”, adding that it turned the current franchise “on its head”.

“There’s a lot of empathy towards the loveable enemies from the Angry Birds games,” said a spokesman, “and we’ve been constantly asked: ‘what about the pigs’ side of the story?

“There’s so much more to these pigs than what is seen in the Angry Birds games and Bad Piggies is the first glimpse into what’s going on in the imaginative and ingenious minds of the pigs.”

Bad Piggies will be released first for iOS, Android and Mac on September 27 with a separate version for Windows 8, Windows Phone and PC following on shortly.

Rovio has launched a new website, www.badpiggies.com, in advance of the game launch, but so far there is no further information there, although you can click through to like Bad Piggies on Facebook, follow them on Twitter or take a look at a fun video on YouTube which shows green pigs raining down on an Angry Bird before the slogan “something pig is coming” appears.

The Finnish developer will be hoping for even a fraction of the success it has enjoyed with its hit title Angry Birds which has now been downloaded an incredible one billion times and has given birth to spin offs including soft toys, cartoons and theme parks.

Angry Birds has given Rovio incredible rewards with the company now valued at up to £5.5bn. It has grown so large, it has increased the number of staff it employs to 300 from 50 and has moved out of central Helsinki to new bigger headquarters, next to the mobile phone giant Nokia.