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Angry Birds Teams Up with NASA for Space Venture 

Tim Whitby/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Those Angry Birds have their work cut out for them. Not only have they been destroying those green pigs in celebration of Valentine’s Day and every other major holiday, but they’re now being launched into outer space.

Rovio, the maker of the cult game Angry Birds, recently announced at SXSW 2012 that its next version will be Angry Birds Space.

But this isn’t just another iteration of the game. This one has the full support of NASA.

A demo video, released by Rovio, features astronaut Don Petitt on the International Space Station, where he shows how a stuffed toy Angry Bird and a balloon fly in a straight trajectory because of the lack of gravity in space.

Of course, the masses won’t be playing the game aboard the space station, but the entire game has been redesigned with that weightless element. I got a chance to play it here at Samsung’s Lounge in Austin, and the birds do in fact fly in straight lines. I only played a few levels, but it sure did seem to make the game a bit easier.

“NASA wants to educate about all things space, and they think this is a great tie-in with a game that shows off gravity in space,” Rovio’s Saara Bergstrom told ABC News.

Rovio has also teamed up with Samsung to offer some exclusive levels on the company’s Galaxy Android devices. The game will be available March 22 in Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Play store.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Angry Birds Opens First Store

Tim Whitby/Getty Images(HELSINKI, Finland) -- Angry Birds fans in Europe are about to get less angry. The world’s first official Angry Birds store opened Friday in Helsinki, Finland, complete with an oversized slingshot and shelves of plush pigs, perched much as they are in the Angry Birds game.

Why Finland? Rovio, the bestselling game’s developer, is based 15 minutes outside of Helsinki, so the new store was a natural Finnish fit. People were camping outside of the store for days to be the first in line to purchase merchandise.

Rovio next plans to install an Angry Birds outlet in China, its fastest-growing market. The popularity of Angry Birds in China is so huge that an unauthorized amusement park attraction popped up at The Window of the World theme park in the Chinese city of Changsha. Rovio was apparently more amused by the park than angry; it may be cutting a deal with Window of the World to officially authorize the real-life version of its slingshot game.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


'Angry Birds' Publishers Launching Trivia Game

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The publishers of the phenomenon Angry Birds are bringing their signature animation to a new trivia game, Quiz Climber, available for the iPhone and iPad for $2.'s Rachel Fishman Feddersen says she enjoys both the look of the game and the competitive elements.

"It's a fun, pretty addictive little game. The graphics are so cute that it's just fun to watch the little guy climb up, and you can see your friends and how high you are, and when you get a question right, you go up past them. And that's cool, too."

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