Rovio Entering the Publishing Game
On the look out for the next Angry Birds, Rovio has decided to expand its company into a publishing wing called Rovio Stars. They already have two games lined up, and these are Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage, and Tiny Thief.
Icebreaker looks like your standard physics puzzler, and it certainly looks like the type of game that Rovio would publish, but the ice slicing mechanic looks to add a nice flavour to the gameplay, and the art style is pretty interesting.
Tiny Thief is a little more striking in the art department. It's also hard to pinpoint the actual gameplay from the trailer. It seems to be a puzzle game in which you interact with your enviroment in interesting ways to reach an objective. Almost like a 2D single screen Zack and Wiki.
Both games look really solid, but we'll have to wait till they're released before we find out if they're truly exceptional. Publishing is probably a step in the right direction for Rovio. We just hope they keep a certain level of quality with the games they bring on board. If this is indeed a move to find the next Angry Birds, they should be careful as well. Remember, Angry Birds was first published by Chillingo, and while they most likely made a nice profit from that release, the franchise was strong enough for Rovio to not need their partner anymore. History might repeat itself.