Angry Birds Space: A NASA & Rovio Entertainment collaboration

WASHINGTON, D.C., March, 22, 2012— NASA is officially in the gaming business. Today, Rovio Entertainment released Angry Birds Space for iOS, Android and Mac Desktop marking the first collaboration between NASA and the Finland based Rovio Entertainment.

Angry Birds Space follows the similar theme of the Angry Birds franchise but is set in zero-gravity. The gameplay is more challenging as you trick shot your way around objects and planets using gravity from objects and planetary objects.

The graphical theme finds the birds themselves dressed in futuristic outfits. New powers and new birds are also found within the game. The mighty eagle, known for its complete destruction by crashing into objects now generates a black hole capable of collecting anything near it.

The game is very easy to pick up and with a little practice, you can master the gravational pull from the planets. Should you miss your shot, your bird will orbit and try again until making contact. There are multiple ways to win a level so even the most novice of users will have fun while the expert Birds players can still challenge for 3 star domination.

This is a smart move for both NASA and Rovio. The marketing engine behind the Angry Birds franchise and the social media power of NASA will almost certainly make this game #1 in the iTunes app store for several weeks.

For users who are tired of the Angry Birds brand, this may be enough to get them excited again, and is likely the closest to a new game you will see for a while. For NASA, who announced the game from the International Space Station, this is the first of many collaborations they will participate in with Rovio. For Rovio, its a do or die situation, with criticizisms that they continue to reskin and release new games with no new gameplay. This is their change to prove they aren’t just a one hit wonder.

Gameplay Description

Angry Birds Space: After a giant claw kidnaps their eggs, the Angry Birds chase it into a wormhole and find themselves floating in a strange new galaxy – surrounded by space pigs! Luckily the Angry Birds have super powers of their own…

Angry Birds Space features 60 interstellar levels on planets and in zero gravity, resulting in spectacular gameplay ranging from slow-motion puzzles to lightspeed destruction. With regular free updates, new in-app purchases, brand new birds, brand new superpowers, and a whole galaxy to explore, the sky is no longer the limit!

More Info and:

NASA’s Microgravity page with information on gameplay and a video from the International Space Station:

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Todd Stowell

Todd Stowell is a freelance writer, photographer, and the User Experience Developer for The Washington Times and Communities at Washington Times. He is also the web developer for the Space Tweep Society, an online property bringing together members of NASA’s Tweetup events to an open forum to share space related topics and stories.

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