Flappy Bird could return, creator says!

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Flappy Bird could return, creator Dong Nguyen told Rolling Stone .

The free-to-play mobile phenomenon launched last September on iOS and this January on Android. By early February, Nguyen said that Flappy Bird was generating more than $50,000 a day in ad revenue. In mid-February, Nguyen pulled the gamebecause he was concerned that it had “become an addictive product.” Feedback from those who either played or knew of Flappy Bird contributed to his concern. He’s kept messages from people who criticized him for “distracting the children of the world.” He heard of people breaking their phones and losing their jobs.

“At first I thought they were just joking,” Nguyen said, “but I realize they really hurt themselves.”

Those who downloaded it can still play Flappy Bird, and he continues to earn “tens of thousands of dollars” from the game. Asked whether he might reintroduce Flappy Bird at some point, he said it’s a possibility.

“I’m considering it,” he said.

If Flappy Bird does return for sale, its creator also said it would do so with a warning imploring players to “Please take a break.”

Since its takedown, many Flappy Bird clones have appeared in mobile app stores. One report pegged 95 similar games that launched on a single day in February. Its lack of retail availability didn’t stop a crowdfunding campaign from launching for Flappy, a wireless plush toy controller for the game.

Even though the game was free to play with only the in-game ads being the source of revenue, Nguyen was said to be earning close to $50,000 per day from his game.

Rovio teases new Angry Birds “adventure” and announces new Angry Birds Stella game debuting this Fall

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Rovio has started teasing a new Angry Birds game, tweeting the above image out from its official Twitter account yesterday. Along with the photo, the game-maker says that a “big adventure with new birds” is coming soon and added the hashtag #NewAngryBirds.

The consensus here is that Rovio is finally going to introduce new characters to its franchise, after using the same birds and pigs in many of its popular Angry Birds titles. The ‘big adventure’ comment also suggests that this isn’t going to be its typical bird-slinger…

Here’s the tweet (via MacRumors):

Big adventure with new birds coming soon! #NewAngryBirds pic.twitter.com/DWdZ7fBrXq

— Angry Birds (@AngryBirds) February 12, 2014

Rovio released a handful of new Angry Birds game last year, including the kart-racer Angry Birds Go! and Angry Birds Star Wars II. It also enhanced its franchise by introducing interactive TELEPODS! action figures and its very own Accounts cloud-syncing service.

There’s no word yet on when this new Birds title will be available, but we’ll be sure to let you know when we have more info. I know a lot of people are probably rolling their eyes at yet another Angry Birds game, but I’m interested to see if Rovio can strike gold again.

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After teasing its brand new Angry Birds “adventure” game on Twitter, Finnish games maker Rovio today formally announced that a new game named Angry Birds Stella is arriving this Fall. The game has been named after its protagonist, the pink, female Stella thing described as a “fierce and a feisty character with a great group of friends”.

Angry Birds Stella will open a door to a part of the Angry Birds universe “you’ve never seen before,” the blurb promises. If a media release is an indication, Angry Birds Stella will indeed combine the familiar bird-slinging action with some new adventure elements. I’ve included some additional information below the fold…

Rovio writes:

Angry Birds Stella will open a door to a part of the Angry Birds universe you’ve never seen before!

There will be plenty of fun and adventure, but the bunch of passionate pals will also have to deal with some serious issues in order to protect their friendship and the environment they live in.

Luckily, Stella and her friends are good at finding creative solutions!

The release, a full-on assault across various platforms, will span all Rovio’s offerings, so expect a ton of merchandize as Rovio’s properties include not only games, but animations, books, toys and more.

Talking Tom Cat apps are bigger than Twitter!

Earlier this month, Twitter revealed that it now has 184m monthly active mobile users. That puts it 46m behind the antics of a cartoon cat and his animal friends.

App developer Outfit7 says its Talking Tom and Friends apps now have 230m monthly active users across iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The apps have been downloaded more than 1.5bn times since the launch of the first, Talking Tom Cat, in June 2010.

The company says its monthly active user count is up 35% in the last four months, which is likely due to the release in November 2013 of My Talking Tom, a free-to-play game starring the squeaky feline character. That game was downloaded 27m times in its first month on the app stores.

Outfit7 has released 14 of the apps, recently rebranding the series from Talking Friends to Talking Tom and Friends, to reflect the popularity of its main character. The series reached 100m downloads in April 2011,360m by March 2012, and 1bn by June 2013, at which point the apps had 170m monthly active users.

The developer has also followed a similar strategy to other character-based mobile game hits like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope by expanding into toys and online video. Outfit7 worked with Disney on a series of 12 Talking Friends videos that have been watched more than 408m times on YouTube, including 151m times alone for music video You Get Me.

“Talking Tom and Friends is one of the only global brands to achieve download billionaire status, while also being strong in both entertainment and games,” said Outfit7 chief operating officer Alessandro Traverso in a statement, following the new milestones. “The development of our TV series demonstrates the global appetite for a property that is, at its core, true interactive entertainment.”

The company’s apps have courted controversy in their rise to success, however. In October 2012, ads for payday lender Wonga were found in the Talking Ginger app, while in February 2013, an ad promoting a contest to win an iPad led users to a £4-a-week mobile content subscription service.

Meanwhile, My Talking Tom upped the ante on Outfit7’s use of in-app purchases, selling virtual coins in quantities worth up to £69.99 at a time. The Talking Tom and Friends apps aren’t just for kids, but they have a massive audience of children – the key target for the company’s video and merchandise activities.

“There are a lot of things changing from the legal perspective, in the US and EU, and our plans are to be the leaders and not the followers in terms of implementing all the changes requested by COPPA and the EU,”chief executive Samo Login told The Guardian last year.

“We will be one of the first companies that will be prepared for that, because we believe we should be an example. We have a huge user-base among kids, and we can’t afford to take that lightly.”