Angry Birds Space is a physics-based puzzle game and the fifth game in the Angry Birds video game series. It is developed and published by Rovio Entertainment. Angry Birds Space was released in March 2012. The game was featured in a NASA video and the game features NASA spacecraft that when found unlock special levels.
Unlike the previous Angry Birds games, the stage is no longer flat, instead comprising several different planets, each of which has its own gravitational field that affects the trajectory of the birds after launch. There is an aiming system that makes it easier to aim the birds. Some pigs are in space bubbles, and when the birds break them, they will freeze and smash unless they get into a gravity field. Like in Angry Birds Rio, Angry Birds Space features boss fights.
In February 2012, Rovio announced a new game in the Angry Birds series to be called Angry Birds Space. Angry Birds Space launched on March 22, 2012, and features elements from the preceding Angry Birds games as well as new gameplay mechanics. The game initially contained 60 levels with additional levels available as free updates or with in-app purchases. For the launch of the game, Rovio partnered with wireless carrier T-Mobile to erect a 300-foot tall contraption, with a 35-foot tall red bird resting in it at the Seattle Space Needle to make it look like a slingshot.
On March 8, 2012, new footage of Angry Birds Space, presented by NASA astronaut Donald Pettit on board the International Space Station, was released. The video shows that the game’s stage is no longer flat, instead comprising several different planetoids, each of which has its own gravitational field that affects the trajectory of the birds after launch. NASA states that such collaboration with Rovio Mobile may share the excitement of space with the Angry Birds community, educate users on NASA’s programs, and create interactive educational experiences for the public.
The game features variations of the existing bird character and one new character that each carry their own unique abilities. As of June 1, 2012, Angry Birds Space has been downloaded a total of 100 million times since launching on iOS, Android, PC and Mac.
In April 2012, the first update for Angry Birds Space was released and contained “Fry Me to the Moon”, a new episode with 10 new levels. In May 2012, a further update was released with the first 10 levels of the next episode “Utopia”. In June 2012 an update for the Android version included “Danger Zone”, an in-app purchase with 30 challenging levels that had previously been available for iOS and the Space Eagle. In July 2012, Rovio released an update unlocking the rest of the levels in “Utopia”, as well as 10 new Bonus Levels. On August 23, 2012, an update containing the first 20 levels of the next episode, entitled “Red Planet”, was released, in conjunction with the landing of the Curiosity Rover, which the Space Pigs hijack for their own ends. On November 1, Angry Birds Space was updated to complete “Red Planet” and added one Space Eagle Bonus Level for each episode. These are unlocked by getting 100% on each level using the Space Eagles. On January 10, 2013, an update added “Pig Dipper”, that featured water physics, and includes a boss fight against the King Pig’s submarine. The update also introduces new power-ups: the Flock of Birds, which launches four small versions of the bird with the power-up active, the Pig Puffer, which inflates certain pigs in the level, and the Space Egg, which is an egg that destroys whatever it lands on. On March 7, 2013, rock legendaire Slash made his own music for the Angry Birds Space theme. On September 13, 2013, Rovio released “Cosmic Crystals”, which adds crystals and breakable crystal planets. On June 5, 2014, Rovio added “Beak Impact”, which adds 40 levels and 10 bonus levels. On January 21, 2015, Rovio released “Mirror Worlds” and Brass Hogs”, which adds mirrored levels of every level (Except Eggsteroids and Danger Zone) and 30 levels of brass planets. This update also introduced a new power-up, Wingman from Angry Birds Friends, with a pulling ability, and Froot Loops Bloopers episode which has 5 themed levels and Toucan Sam instead of Mighty Eagle for advertising by Kellogg’s. It also adds 5 levels for trying power-ups and daily missions everyday, 3 each day to unlock Brass Hogs levels.
Mattel have made board games based on the game. These are called Angry Birds In Space and Angry Birds Space: Planet Block Version. Angry Birds Space: Planet Block Version featured pigs with satellite helmets.
The game has received generally favorable reviews with a Metacritic score of 83/100 based on 30 reviews. Justin Davis, writing for IGN, gave the game a score of 8.5/10, calling the pricing and physics disappointing but concluding that “neither issue detracts from the game’s overall quality or fun factor.” GameSpot gave the game an 8 out 10. PC Magazine rated the game 4.5 out of 5 stating the game was “Easy and fun to play” but the Android version lacks some of the levels that are included on iOS. Harry Slater of Pocket Gamer thought the game was “as much fun as its predecessor” adding that it had “enough new concepts to keep even the hardiest fans entertained”.
The game was downloaded 50 million times in 35 days. According to Rovio it made the game the fastest-growing mobile game ever.