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The next Super Mario

entertainment Updated: Feb 14, 2011 18:36 IST
Sharin Bhatti
Sharin Bhatti
Hindustan Times
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First there was the Nintendo, then PlayStation, X-Box and Wii and now there is Twitter. Not just a micro-blogging website and a covert celeb stalker space, Twitter is also facilitating the rise of a new game, Angry Birds.

A miniscule iPhone app at one point, Angry Birds is fast becoming a new-age addiction. Fans on Twitter share pictures of cakes they decorate with the Angry Birds characters and live tweet their Angry Birds score.

Closer home, former iPhone users like musician Ankur Tewari have often tweeted about their Angry Birds addiction. “It is a great way to kill time. I think the Nokia age had Snake and now we have Angry Birds,” says Tewari.

Fellow gaming enthusiast Parag Thankur, who works as an illustrator, hosts network sharing on his website to make time to play Angry Birds. “It’s almost shameful. But for an hour, I play Angry Birds and wish that the pigs would stop appearing. I consider it my meditative hour,” says Thakur.
College student Jharna Verma wants to design the Angry Pigs (the objective victims of the Angry Birds) game soon. “It would be the ultimate face-off,” she says.

Internationally, the game is on its way to becoming the next Pac-Man and Super Mario Brothers game from the ’90s. The game won top honours at the annual Mashable Awards where tech applications and softwares are awarded each year, and its creators on Friday announced a new game, Angry Birds Rio, based on a movie made by Fox, Blame It On Rio. Now also available online for free download by Microsoft and Mac users, Angry Birds is ready to make waves.

“Earlier you needed an Android phone or an iPhone, now you only need a regular PC. It’ll be bigger than Farmville,” says Zapak.com’s Mahesh Vijayakar, who tracks trends on online games and apps.

About Angry Birds
Angry Birds is a puzzle video game in which players use a slingshot to launch birds at pigs, with the intent of destroying all the pigs on the playfield.

First released in December 2009, over 12 million copies have been purchased.