Posts Tagged ‘ Angry Birds ’

Rovio is run by a bunch of daft cocks

by Dave Loft

GetJar or Get Lost
Rovio’s first mistake came with the release of the original Angry Birds on Android. On the day it was supposed to be launched everyone hit the Android Market to get the famed iOS game. Unfortunately Angry Birds was not on the Android market and after a search on Google it was found to be only available from GetJar. I hit GetJar and tried to download Angry Birds only to find their server was unresponsive. It took hours before I could get the game downloaded and installed on my Android device. it wasn’t till the next day that Rovio finally woke up and just put the game on the Android market.

You Can Get Angry Birds Any Way You Like, as Long as it has Ads
Rovio’s second mistake was making the decision to only offer a free ad supported version of Angry Birds on Android. I would have gladly paid a dollar or two for an ad free Angry Birds but that option was not made available. Anyone who hated ads had to turn to other solutions to get rid of them and that solution turns out to be a rather simple one, an application that blocks ad. With that installed on a rooted device you get an ad free version of Angry Birds and Rovio get’s nothing for it.

Rovio and Intel’s App Up Slip Up
Rovio’s third mistake came with the release of the PC version of Angry Birds. Instead of choosing a major digital distributer like Steam they instead chose Intel’s AppUp store. Another store I had never heard of before so I hit Google to find it and begin the sign up process. Unfortunately the demand of Angry Birds was too large for Intel and the site gave errors every time I tried to register. It wasn’t till the next day that I was able to do so and get in the store to download the game.

Everything the Original Had and More (the More Being Price)
Rovio’s forth mistake was pricing the PC version too high. Five dollars for a game that went for one dollar on iOS and free on Android was quite steep. Not to mention gameplay that just wasn’t as exciting when played with anything but a touch screen. As it is now the price is too much, but if Rovio had made Angry Birds available on Steam and included achievements, leaderboards and Steam cloud support it may have been a reasonable price.

Finnish Birds From Rio only Found on Amazon in the US?
Rovio’s fifth mistake was the decision to release Angry Birds Rio exclusively on the just released Amazon Appstore. When I heard the news I went and setup an account as well as a one click payment to my credit card. I then downloaded the app to my phone and launched it looking for Angry Birds Rio. I clicked on the get app button below only to be greeted with ‘The Amazon Appstore for Android is not yet available in your region‘.  After Googling Amazon’s Appstore availability it appears it’s only available in the US. It’s rather odd that a Finnish company would choose to limit their game only to people in the the US.

Conclusion
It appears that Rovio’s bottom line is to milk Angry Birds for all it’s worth. They will go as far as taking millions of dollars from Amazon and locking out the majority of Angry Birds fans around the world just to line their pocket books. It’s for all these reasons that I think Rovio is run by a bunch of daft cocks.

Favorite Android Games of 2010

by Dave Loft

16. Drop 7 (Area/Code Games)
Drop7 is a very unique game that’s fairly hard to describe. The best way I can try to explain it is to say it’s like Sudoku meats Tetris.  Each turn you get to drop a circle with a number ranging from 1 – 7. Your goal is to remove as many of these circles as you can by making a row or column with the same number of circles as the number on the circle. Once mastered you will have a hard time putting it down.
Android Market link


15. Fruit Ninja (Halfbrick)
Fruit Ninja is one of the best selling games on Android and iOS games. It has style, buttery smooth animation and simple entertaining game-play that anyone can get into. To make things more fun your best scores will be compared with your friends using the Open Feint social gaming network. This will keep you coming back long after the clones fade away. At $0.99 this game is hard to not slice into.
Android Market link


14. EVAC HD (Hexage)
EVAC at it’s surface may look like a simple game of Pac-Man but instead requires a serious amount of strategy to master. It takes the simple pellet eating game-play and gives you the ability to hide, trap and block your enemies. The games difficulty serious ramps up in the later levels and will require quite a few attempts to master the given level.
Android Market link


13. Wordfeud (hbwares)
Wordfeud is the best scrabble game on Android and it’s available for free. What makes this game great is the ability to play with friends. But unlike most multi-player games you don’t have to play at the same time. After each turn a notification is sent and the player has three days to play. Some games can take hours and some can last weeks. This set your pace game-play is perfect for the smartphone.
Android Market link


12. Flight Director (Camel Games)
There are plenty of games available with this exact game-play but I think  Flight Director got the formula just right. While the satellite shots of air bases are somewhat cheesy to use as your backdrop. It’s far superior than the cartoon graphics from the competition. This game provides a very fun, intuitive and challenging game-play that will keep you coming back to improve your high score.
Android Market link


11. Flick Kick Football (PikPok)
Flick Kick Football is by design the simplest game on Android. You simple flick your finger over the ball towards the net to score a goal.  The precision of the controls is what makes the game brilliant and lacks other games frustration. The comic book style graphics are simple yet beautifully designed. The brilliance in Flick Kick Football is it’s devilishly addicting game-play.
Android Market link


10. Asphalt 5 HD (Gameloft)
Asphalt 5 is the closest thing Android currently has to Hot Pursuit. Collecting and using nitrous is the name of the game mastering that and using the shortcuts is the key to winning. The game goes beyond most arcade racers by offering various car performance enhancements. This game will keep you coming back for just one more car unlock. Needless to say this game is addictive and fun.
Official website


9. Everlands HD (Hexage)
Everlands cute visuals hide a very deep and satisfying turn based strategy game. The game starts simple but ramps up the difficulty in later levels. The fit and finish of the games user interface is only equaled by Rovio’s Angry Birds. This game begs for multi-player and the lack of it has kept me from rating the game higher. But even without it, it’s still the best strategy game available.
Android Market link


8. Real Football (Soccer) 2011 HD (Gameloft)
Unlike Flick Kick Football, Real Football is a full fledge console quality game for Android. Every aspect of the game has been improved over the 2010 version from visuals to game-play. The controls couldn’t be simpler, with three action buttons for shoot, pass and run and an analog stick for movement. This has to be on any football fans must have list.
Official website


7. Modern Combat: Sandstorm HD (Gameloft)
Modern Combat is a great fps that provides Android gamers a Call of Duty like experience. Not surprisingly Modern Combat offers the best multi-player fps combat available. The game excels in many areas with sharp graphics, smooth animation, quality audio and intense gun play. The game provides a challenge and an arsenal of weapons to accomplish them.
Official website


6. Homerun Battle 3D (Com2uS)
Homerun Battle 3D is at it’s surface a simple game, but truthfully it’s just a streamlined experience tailor made for mobile devices. What really makes it a great game is the fantastic control, beautiful visuals and competitive online play. Another key to it’s success is the level of character customization. This is simply the best baseball game on Android.
Android Market link


5. Need For Speed Shift (EA Mobile)
Need for Speed Shift is hands down the best looking racing game on Android. Combine the tightest controls of any racer, deep game-play, the best sound production and you have a near perfect racer. The only thing keeping this game from a higher spot on the list is lack of multi-player. Yet even without it, EA has crafted the best simulation racing game available.
Android Market link


4. N.O.V.A. HD (Gameloft)
This ain’t no rail shooter, it’s the real deal and it provides some of the best visuals of any game on Android. The games pulls many influences from Halo so fans of the series will want to check it out. Controls are intuitive and the combat is intense. A great soundtrack, superb visual effects and challenging multi-player truly makes this the best FPS on Android.
Official website


3. Angry Birds (Rovio)
Angry Birds will most likely make everyone’s list, there isn’t a person who doesn’t like this game. Wither your a hardcore or casual gamer the simple concept with a surprising deep will keep you busy for months. For a free game it provides a surprising large amount of game-play. The fit and finish from user interface to game-play is well beyond most of the competition.
Android Market link


2. Let’s Golf 2 HD (Gameloft)
Let’s Golf 2 is an improvement over the first with more courses, characters and better graphics to boot. This game provides many hours of enjoyment especially for those who enjoy unlocking everything. The addition of online multi-player extends the games life infinitely. It all comes together making this, the best sports game on Android.
Official website


1. Ultimate Spiderman: Total Mayhem HD (Gameloft)
Spiderman provides a surprisingly steller gaming experience. With fast frantic combat reminiscent of Batman Arkhan Asylum and smooth control that makes you forget your playing on a touch screen. It provides a near console like experience with it’s smooth animation, fast frame-rate, fantastic visuals and stellar sound production. This isn’t just the best Action game on Android, it’s the best game.
Official website

%d bloggers like this: