Angry Birds, one of the best-selling smart phone apps ever, with a reported 36 million copies downloaded, looks to be using its success to catapult itself into the world of heavy-duty gaming consoles.
That means the game will appear sometime next year on the Microsoft X-Box 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii sytems, according to a report from the BBC, which quoted Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka.
The addictive game, where the player fires birds out of a slingshot in an effort to obliterate their piggy adversaries, has been a hit both on Apple Inc.'s iPhone and the many phones powered by Google's Android operating system. It generally costs 99 cents to download, and users are entitled to frequent updates that add new levels.
In October, game giant Electronic Arts bought Chillingo, the company that publishes Angry Birds on the iPhone and iPad, for $20 million. But the creator of Angry Birds, Rovio, was not part of the acquisition.
If you're curious what the game looks like, check it out being played on an iPad in our recent review of tablet computers.
-- David Sarno
Photo: Angry Birds on the wing. Credit: Rovio.