According to USA Today, the ever popular physics-based social mobile game Angry Birds is spreading its wings beyond the iPhone and Android, expanding to Playstation 3 and PlayStation Portable this week. This move indicates just how serious this entire operation is about its growth; for a mobile social game, it manages to accomplish something not many others succeed in pursuing—and that is spreading from mobile apps to gaming consoles. Many puzzle games go the other direction or simply spread from the PC onto smartphones.
No word on what the physics-based puzzle game will cost. It’s currently free on Google’s Android platform and 99 cents in Apple’s App Store.
The game features a group of birds attacking green pigs who have stolen their eggs. Using a slingshot and the birds’ special abilities, players fling the creatures at structures made of wood, stone and other materials to take out the pigs. The PS3 and PSP release will include 63 levels, says the blog.
Becoming as accessible as possible among as many game platforms as possible is a very important strategy. The puzzle game, which features birds bombarding green pigs who stole their eggs with a creative use of a slingshot and special abilities, will be released to PlayStation with a 63 levels version.
Details here are very sketchy and the claim that it’s free on Google Android makes me curious (there is a free limited version). The game is already extremely popular and many people have bought it for their smartphones just to play the game and discover themselves sucked into the amusing graphics and puzzles. They’ve had several releases of new puzzles, including an expansion recently, right before Christmas, called “Ham ‘em High”.
In our previous coverage of Angry Birds, we covered Electronic Arts’ acquisition of Chillingo, Angry Birds’ publisher, for $20 million. In more recent news, mobile payments solutions provider Fortumo‘s added offline Android in-app payments; the same Fortumo who were behind the Angry Birds “Bad Piggy Bank”, the app’s very own payment system.