Angry Birds Go! is a kart racing free-to-play game and is the eighth game in the Angry Birds video game series. The game was co-developed by Rovio Entertainment and Exient Entertainment, sponsored by Red Bull’s mobile games and was released on December 11, 2013. The game is compatible with Hasbro Telepods that will allow the player to summon a specific kart. The game’s tracks are located on the 3D-rendered Piggy Island. The game also features upgradeable karts and unique powers for each character.
As of November 2014, Go! has been downloaded over 100 million times and team multiplayer was added.
In Angry Birds Go!, players can choose how they want to move their kart. If players choose “tilt”, they must the tilt the device into the direction they want the kart to move into. If players choose “touch”, players must then tap on either the left or right part of the screen to move the kart to the left or right respectively. To start the race, they must pull the kart back from a large slingshot, then release when the “GO!” text appears. If players release it early, all other opponents will also launch early, but the player’s kart will spin, slowing it down. Players can collect coins while racing. Players can also use a character’s special power, depending on the bird or pig they selected to race. But instead of collecting it on the track, they instead charge up, and be reusable in a race for 3 gems. The races, however, has no laps whatsoever and when finished with the race one energy unit, shown as cupcakes, is lost and is slowly regained with time. When players are not racing, they can use the collected coins to upgrade their kart. This feature is essential on progressing for certain race types may only be repeated if a kart’s CC or “Cake Capacity” is high enough, which can be increased by upgrading. Players can also change characters when not racing, for each character has their own unique special power, that can greatly help players on certain race types, and most importantly if the chosen racer is out of energy.
On 12 June 2013, developer Rovio Entertainment posted a teaser trailer website showing the Red Bird speeding into the distance after a “Ready, Set, Go” countdown. The teaser fueled speculation by journalists and fans that the game would be either a racing game or an endless running game. Rovio decided the kart racing was a good fit due to supply and demand – there were calls on various forums for a mobile karting game.
Angry Birds Go was one of the first apps ever released simultaneously on the four major smartphone platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10. This app supports Rovio accounts so players can sync progress between different devices on the same operating system.