updated 09:05 am EDT, Mon March 26, 2012
Rovio hits record app milestone
Rovio iPhone; $3, iPad) and the ad-sponsored Android version (Google Play) along with desktop versions. The company didn't give a breakdown of which versions were most popular, although iOS has historically outperformed Android, even with the paid versus free split.
Space is considered by many to be more of a sequel to the original Angry Birds as it introduces genuinely new game mechanics rather than primarily adding new levels, as with Seasons. The difference may have been key to boosting early adoption. Rovio also helped its chances through heavy promotion, which among other tactics included dressing Seattle's Space Needle as one of the game's distinctive bird slingshots.
The series is consistently one of the most popular apps on any platform and, similar to Doom, is now considered virtually mandatory by some. HP, Microsoft, and RIM all went to extraordinary lengths to get Angry Birds ports on their platforms, and even Google used a web-based port as a centerpiece of its Chrome Web Store launch.