Thanks to in-app purchases and ads, the “Angry Birds” games were money printing machines for years. Now developer Rovio is bringing back the original – without the pesky monetization.
In 2009, a flock of wacky birds captured the hearts of smartphone gamers. Finnish developer Rovio landed a worldwide hit with the skill game “Angry Birds” and triggered a pop-cultural phenomenon that continues to bear fruit today.
Numerous other games, film adaptations, and masses of merchandise around the angry flapping birds followed. However, the joy of the many sequels was marred by increasingly penetrating monetization measures. In addition to ads, it was primarily in-app purchases for additional content that robbed many fans of their fun. Now Rovio is doing a surprising about-face.
Angry Birds Remaster for a One-Time Price
As the company recently announced, a remaster of the first “Angry Birds” is now available for download in the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. Instead of financing the game through advertising and in-app purchases, as usual, Rovio is offering the title classically for a one-time price of 0.99 euros – without hooks and double bottoms. The scope of the title is the same as the original in 2012, with various additional levels and extras. Rovio had removed the game from the app stores in 2019. Since then, fans have repeatedly demanded to bring the title back under the hashtag #BringBack2012.
New From the Ground up and Yet Everything the Same
This wish has now been granted to the followers. According to Rovio, the game has been developed from scratch based on the Unity engine to ensure long-term compatibility with all current devices. At the same time, Rovio has taken great care to ensure that the gameplay and look of the original remain untouched. So if you want to relive the good old days of the “Angry Birds” early days, you can now do so without any restrictions. This is not the first remaster of the game: Rovio had already re-released the title in a revised form in 2021 with “Angry Birds Reloaded” – but exclusively for Apple Arcade.