Rovio releases Angry Birds Go! kart racing game

In keeping with its promise to release a new game on December 11, Finnish games developer Rovio Mobile on Wednesday posted Angry Birds Go! on the App Store.

The kart-racing game is reminiscent of Nintendo’s Mario Kart in that you’ll be racing through speedways, canyons, stunt roads and air courses and enjoying a variety of racing modes like Race, Time Boom, Fruit Splat, Champion Chase and Mega Match.

As Angry Birds Go! is set in Rovio’s Angry Birds universe, expect to see the familiar Piggy Island rendered in nice 3D graphics and a selection of familiar (and playable) Angry Birdscharacters, including the iconic pigs like King Pig and Mustache Pig.

There are over 50 soapbox karts to ride, and you can upgrade them by collecting bird coins. The game is available on a free-to-play basis, with in-app purchases available for coins, gems and various power-ups. I’ve included a launch trailer and some pretty screenies after the break…

From the blurb:

Welcome to downhill racing on Piggy Island! In the NEW Angry Birds Go! launch trailer, see those birds and piggies go head-to-head in a fast and furious race to the finish line.

Check out the trailer.

I love that the game lets me teleport characters from Hasbro’s TELEPODS figures.

This “important message for parents” section from iTunes release notes has definitely caught my attention.

It would be nice if other developers followed suit and made important notices like this front and center in their apps’ description.

Here’s the full list of features:

FIRST-EVER 3D ANGRY BIRDS WORLD See the birds and pigs from every angle as Piggy Island comes alive in this rich and colorful 3D world!

RACE AS THE BIRDS OR PIGS Jump behind the wheel and race as Red, Chuck, Terence, Stella, King Pig, Moustache Pig and many other favorites!

MASTER THE TRACKS Plenty of racetracks, stunt roads, air courses and off-road races – each throwing big and unexpected challenges your way!

AWESOME SPECIAL POWERS Smash your opponents off the road and take that winning position thanks to unique special powers for each character!

MANY GAME MODES Test your skills with super-fun and surprising game modes: Race, Time Boom, Fruit Splat, Champion Chase and Mega Match!

UPGRADE YOUR RIDE From a homemade soapbox car to a super-fly supercar, with tons of karts and awesome ways to upgrade – yours to earn or purchase!

MUCH MORE TO COME The race has only just begun – so look out for many more fun things coming your way!

TELEPODS A groundbreaking new way to play! Now teleport your favorite characters into the race by placing your Angry Birds Go! TELEPODS* figures on your device’s camera!

ToonsTV READY TO GO The home of the hugely popular Angry Birds Toons animated series, plus many other top-quality videos!

The game is available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 and Blackberry 10 platforms.

To learn more, visit the official Angry Birds Go! website.

Rovio is promising both local and online multiplayer experiences, coming via a spring 2014 update.

Angry Birds Go! is available free in the App Store.

The 97.7MB download supports iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices natively and requires iOS 6 or later. The fourth-generation iPod touch isn’t currently supported due to unexpected crashes and performance issues.

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