Contributing to that will be the possibility of Angry Birds Theme Parks or Angry Birds rides coming to a theme park near you! Although, they may be a ways off for big territories like the USA and Europe.
But Finland? They’re up first!
Rovio, maker of Angry Birds, has announced that the Finnish theme park Sarkanniemi has inked a deal with them that will section off a part of the themepark into “Angry Birds Land”. This area of the theme park will be themed around the Angry Birds characters and will feature traditional amusement park rides themed with the look and style of the videogames. These include the “Red Bird” spinning flyer ride, a multilevel Angry Birds themed playground for kids (complete with Climbing Walls made to look like the Pigs’ fortresses, tube-slides included) and a “Pig Shooting” shot gallery where kids use real-life slingshots to shoot the evil Pigs. People won’t actually get to become living Angry Birds though and be slingshotted around the park themselves… much to our dismay.
Coming soon may be the United Kingdom, followed by China and the United States, and then, one imagines, the entire world. At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if the White House erected an Angry Birds statue to honor the franchise and the likely-nearing billion dollars it has pumped into President Barack Obama’s economy since it’s debut in 2009.
Angry Birds went on to become one of the biggest selling, fastest growing game franchises of all time after it humbly hit the iTunes store and blew up, topping the $70 million dollars mark easily, which was 600 times the cost of the original game’s development! And each subsequent game has topped all the charts and remained there for months on end. And the franchise shows no signs of slowing down in the slightest. The latest game is Angry Birds Space, which was released for iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad), mobile (Windows Phone, Android), PC and Mac on March 22nd, 2012. Angry Birds: Space became the FIRST EVER videogame announcement FROM SPACE! We are not kidding, Rovio teamed up with NASA and had NASA astronaut Don Pettit announce the game while aboard the International Space Station!
As you can see in this awesome trailer, which also showed the first gameplay footage of Angry Birds: Space, the first true sequel to the original Angry Birds game from 2009.
The original Angry Birds debut in December 2009 was followed by Angry Birds Seasons (a series of holiday-themed expansions) soon after. The first “Seasons” update was Angry Birds Halloween in October of 2010. That was followed by Angry Birds Christmas in December of 2010 (entitled simply “Angry Birds Seasons”). Further expansions included Angry Birds Valentine’s Day (February 2011, entitled “Hogs & Kisses”), Angry Birds St. Patrick’s Day (March 2011, entitled “Go Green, Get Lucky”), Angry Birds Easter (April 2011, entitled “Easter Eggs”), Angry Birds: Summer (June 2011, entitled “Summer Pignic”), Angry Birds Autumn (September 2011, entitled “Mooncake Festival”), Angry Birds Halloween 2 (October 2011, entitled “Ham’O'Ween), Angry Birds Christmas 2 (December 2011, entitled “Wreck the Halls”), Angry Birds New Year (January 2012, entitled “Year of the Dragon”) and Angry Birds Japan (March 2012, entitled “Cherry Blossom”). Angry Birds Rio, based on the hit animated film, was also released in March of 2011.