Angry Birds tops 250 million downloads

Rovio's Angry Birds has crossed the arbitrary but nonetheless impressive marker of 250 million downloads across the full range of mobile platforms. That is almost as many people as there are in the continental United States. It's more than 10 times as many copies as Mario 3 ever shifted. 250 million is a lot of downloads is the point here. It kind of makes Angry Birds one of the most prolific games ever made. What is Rovio planning next for the title?

Product manager Ramine Darabiha says one of the next advances for Angry Birds is Magic, a platform upgrade that will unlock location-specific features for the title. There'll also be unlockable extras buried within Angry Birds soft toys and the like, if your phone can recognize the toys' NFC chips; and because this is a strange new frontier and nobody knows nothing about where to go next, there'll be an Angry Birds-themed cookbook with a variety of egg-based recipes in it. Because of course there will.

Above: A small selection of the Angry Birds-related doodads that are doubtless on sale near you

Of course, this being a serious website for serious gaming types to talk seriously about serious gaming issues (click here for our catalog of things in games that look like dicks), the issue must be raised of what this means for the old “casual/hardcore” schism thing. Angry Birds sold like twelve times as many copies as Black Ops! Hardcore gaming is dead! But Angry Birds costs like a thirtieth of Black Ops' pricetag! Casual gaming is a bubble! And if all the people playing Angry Birds were putting their dubious physics skills to real-world use, surely we'd have mastered time-travel by now, right?

What do you think of Angry Birds' undeniably impressive download figures? Are you a fan of the game?

Jun 15, 2011


  • taterboob - June 17, 2011 1:30 a.m.

  • Triscuitable - June 16, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    Angry Birds actually costs a sixtieth. It just needs to sell 15 BILLION more copies to be at odds with that game, and 20 BILLION to be at odds with Mario 3! Hooray, you guys at GR made these gloating morons look smart-ish.
  • AirickG - June 16, 2011 3:10 p.m.

    I cannot express how sick i am of seeing this game at the top of the app store list... ugh. eff this game
  • Unoriginal - June 16, 2011 7:32 a.m.

    Mario 3 still made more money and more importantly started, or at least, evolved a culture. 10 years from now I somehow think no one will be drawing Angry Birds fanart, making music remixes and so on.
  • Hellhog - June 16, 2011 4:34 a.m.

    After the dumbass high on the pedastal comments that the studio head made about console gaming because of their fluke, I will not buy any angry birds game or any game from this dev on principal. Neither for PC, Windows Phone, or Xbox as they all will inevitable arrive. At this point. Everyone downloads this game purely by hype and word of mouth. Good for them, but dont go making jack ass comments like you know the gaming industry just because you got lucky.
  • huntreilly25 - June 16, 2011 3:17 a.m.

    Angry Birds is a free download(on Android at least) really not that impressive considering I download free apps all the time to check 'em that end up being crap...this one just happens to be decent enough and apply to a large audience who don't realize that this type of game(Crush the Castle) has been around for ages...for free...and yet all the credit goes to these guys
  • SparkleDevon - June 16, 2011 3:06 a.m.

    Honestly, I love Angry Birds, but I don't think it's "the future of gaming." To me, it's just something fun to do when I don't have my 3DS with me. I don't see it as a threat to the real gaming market.
  • bigwill1221 - June 16, 2011 2:46 a.m.

    And how many times is it from the same person/Different versions/updating?.. not impressive imo
  • GamerTagsSuck - June 16, 2011 2:30 a.m.

    Congratulations for them. A fluke that happened to appeal to house-wives made lots of money. Thing is, these dollar games will never offer any serious threat to the industry, just like penny candy never seriously threatened the success of the meat packing industry.
  • TheCakeIsaPie - June 16, 2011 2:25 a.m.

    This makes me think about the future of gaming and weep.
  • AlphaAGENT144 - June 16, 2011 2:25 a.m.

    Crush the castle clone with birds. Yawn.
  • FunkyPickle - June 16, 2011 2:19 a.m.

    What a horrible game. It's a concept that has been done hundreds of times before.
  • Psylockerules - June 16, 2011 1:56 a.m.

    Wish I gory hat all the fuss was but just don't get it, cut the rope I get, peggle I get but this? Just not my cup of tea
  • chrisda - June 16, 2011 1:41 a.m.

    Downloading a dozen times on the same phone since it kept deleting it for no reason definitely helped that number XD

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