Angry Birds, first released in late 2009, is arguably the most successful downloadable mobile app game of all time... OF ALL TIME!! (thanks, Kanye). Over 12 million copies of Angry Birds have been purchased to date from Apple's App Store and if all platforms are taken into account, the game boasts a combined 250 million downloads across all platforms.
Yep, Angry Birds has really set a high bar for any other developers but that doesn't mean they're not shying away from the challenge of soaring even higher. Take Taiwan's Softstar Entertainment, for instance, who find themselves with a hit on their hands mere weeks after the initial release of Flying Piggy.
Flying Piggy was developed at a cost of just NT$2 million (US$69,400) and boy oh boy, are Softstar ever getting their money's worth. Since it was first released online in mid-June, Flying Piggy has become the most downloaded game in 8 Asian nations plus the Czech Republic... yes, it's spreading!
Comparisons between Flying Piggy and Angry Birds go well beyond market performance, however. Those familiar with the latter will recall that gameplay involves firing birds at pigs using slingshots.
Well, now the pigs get their revenge – and they don't mind taking to the air to do it. 'Nuff said for now, for more info visit one of the many Flying Piggy HD 1.0 download sites like Lisisoft.
Softstar's coffers are probably expanding as you're reading this (or even if you aren't), now that iPad users will pay a US$2.99 downloading fee moving forward. The revenue stream should switch to flood mode in September when Flying Piggy becomes available for iPhone users sometime in July.
Though it's perhaps too early to guesstimate how well Flying Piggy will fare compared to Angry Birds' enviable popularity over the long term, it can be said with certainty that the game is off to a roaring start: over 50,000 iPad users worldwide have downloaded Flying Piggy thus far.
Statistics released by Apple put that number into perspective, stating that game software programs that have been downloaded over 50,000 times by iPad users make up for a mere 6.6% of all products. Very impressive, as even Homer Simpson would agree. (via Want China Times)