Angry Birds Spin-Offs

One of the most popular mobile apps is the addictive game Angry Birds.  Even if you've never played it, you've likely seen the cartoonish fowl and villainous pigs in the extensive merchandising that has creeped into pop culture, and you'll see more of it when they eventually make a big screen movie out of the franchise soon. I've had some guest posts about it and have even written an entry defending it against its detractors.  It has been so popular that it has spawned a number of spin-off games -- Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Rio (my three-year old daughter's favorite), and Angry Birds Space. There's even a spin-off starring the hated hogs, Bad Piggies, showing the story from their point of view. Now, prepare yourselves for the greatest spin-off game so far -- Angry Birds Star Wars!

Two great marketing behemoths united in one game for your mobile devices -- who can resist? The same gameplay that a billion fans have grown to love will now feature the famous characters of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and all the rest. 

Best of all, even though there are paid versions, the Angry Birds franchise has succeeded because it offers terrific free versions supported by non-intrusive advertisements without skimping on graphics, usability, creativity, and fun.  It's a model that other game developers need to emulate.