August 23, 2012

Angry Birds Space Update Features Plenty Of NASA

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online

NASA's new Curiosity rover makes an appearance in the new update to the Rovio game Angry Birds Space.

The Angry Birds franchise unleashed its Space edition of the game earlier this year, taking the catapulting birds to a new level of physics with microgravity. The game was supported in partnership with NASA.

"Rovio is teaching huge new audiences about NASA's missions to Mars thanks to this collaboration," David Weaver, associate administrator for communications at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said in a press release. "It's a great way to introduce both kids and adults to the wonders of the planet in a fun and entertaining way."

NASA said it jumped into the Angry Birds partnership under a Space Act Agreement to share the excitement of space with the game's user community, educate players about projects and programs, and collaboratively create interactive informational experiences for the public.

The Angry Bird Space game includes links to NASA web content about its Mars exploration, and NASA missions that can be seen during the gameplay.

"We're huge NASA fans, and we were all cheering the Mars Curiosity rover as it touched down," Peter Vesterbacka, chief marketing officer of Rovio Entertainment, said in a press release. "So, working together on the Mars update was a perfect fit, especially since we got such an amazing response to our previous collaboration, the 'Angry Birds Space: NASA announcement' video, which quickly surged to the top of 2012's viral video charts. We're thrilled to continue working with NASA. Stay tuned for even more great fun and educational content coming up."

The new update is now available for iOS and Android devices, and Rovio said it will soon be released on other platforms as well.

The update includes 20 new levels, as well as two "antenna egg" levels. Rovio also features a new astronaut pig in the update as well.

Players can find three hidden rovers and landers during the game to unlock special bonus levels and find out more about the NASA missions.