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According to Rovio, this makes Angry Birds the most downloaded game in the history of gaming

Back in September, Angry Birds developer Rovio was celebrating 350 million downloads of the popular mobile game, as well as film and merchandise deals galore. Now, Rovio has announced that Angry Birds has flung its way into 500 million total downloads.

According to Rovio, this makes Angry Birds the most downloaded game in the history of gaming. In fact, Angry Birds gamers around the world play 300 million minutes daily collectively, and have played a total of 200,000 years so far.

Also, Rovio reported that 266 billion levels of Angry Birds has been played total with 400 billion birds flung and 44 billion Stars collected.

"This is a fantastic landmark achievement for us, and we're extremely delighted to see such an incredible amount of people enjoying our games," said Mikael Hed, Rovio CEO. "We remain committed to creating more fun experiences and bringing exceptional quality to Angry Birds fans everywhere."

[Source: Forbes]

The 500 million total downloads has come across various platforms, including smartphones, tablets, PC, Mac and Chrome web browser.

Rovio started selling Angry Birds plush toys in December 2010, and sold about 2 million of them by March 2011. By September 2011, Rovio was selling about one million plush toys monthly. In addition, it was selling one million Angry Birds T-shirts monthly, and has made Angry Birds video animations and books as well.

With such wild success, Rovio will be opening its first official Angry Birds retail store in Helsinki.

Source: Rovio

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RE: Angry Birds
By CurseTheSky on 11/3/2011 10:08:43 AM , Rating: 4
Agreed. The main reason why the Angry Birds plush toys are selling right now, IMO, is due to their cliche nature. Not EVERYONE knows what Angry Birds is (are?), so by hanging one from your rear view mirror / backpack / etc., you're essentially looking for laughs or comments from other people that know what they are.

As soon as these things become totally mainstream, they'll lose their allure. After all, it's a fun game, but it's nothing game-changing. Unless they plan on really innovating with this stuff (think cartoon series or something similar) they'll be a thing of the past within a few years.

RE: Angry Birds
By Souka on 11/3/2011 6:18:31 PM , Rating: 2
What are Angry Birds? I've never heard of them....


RE: Angry Birds
By augiem on 11/4/2011 3:28:24 AM , Rating: 2
Angry Birds is a prime example of right place, right time. A HUGE new marketplace of phone users starving for anything halfway decent. It comes out and, simply because of difference in pressure, fills the vacuum and achieves super, mega, ultimo stardom overnight! Like a bigger star than Mario, Mickey Mouse, or all the rest at this point. I find it insulting and unfair that stuff like this takes the record so easily over the entire 30+ year history of video games. This isn't as insulting as FarmVille, but it's getting there. What's so freaking great about artillery with birds and pigs??

And don't get me started on the plush/merchandising. ONE freakin plush doll is $20-$50 (depending on size). The GAME costs $1!!! That's nonsense.

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