If you or any of your family, friends or work colleagues has a smartphone or iPod, the chances are that you have come across the game Angry Birds.
The game, which started life as a single episode game on the iPhone and iPod, has achieved almost cult status in barely over 12 months, with various versions of the game currently installed on around 50million mobile phones and MP3 players worldwide.
The game’s popularity came following its release on iTunes back in December 2009. A staggering 12million downloads later and the game soon made it to other platforms. The version for Google’s Android phones, released with a huge fanfare, was downloaded more than one million times in the first 24 hours alone.
The story is simple. The green pigs have invaded the Angry Birds’ habitat and are attempting to steal their eggs. You need to help the birds defend their nests and get back the eggs from the pigs, who have barricaded themselves in with all manner of objects and obstacles, by launching the birds at their intruders.
The success of Angry Birds, critics say, is the combination of its incredibly addictive game play, comical graphics, ease of use and low selling price – the paid versions in the iTunes Store are only 59p each.
The Finnish developers of the game also know that they have come across a potential classic with Angry Birds, with various special editions, console versions and merchandise to match. There is even talk of a Hollywood movie.
The merchandise has come about, quite simply, because fans of the game have been crying out for it. That means that toys such as this Angry Birds Plush are set to be massively popular. Featuring sound effects from the game itself, this 5in plush allows you recreate the game for real!
If you’re a fan of the game, you’re going to love these gifts. If you’ve never tried it, give the game a go and then tells us that it isn’t incredibly addictive!