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Rovio Entering the Publishing Game

By , on May 14, 2013
Last modified 5 years, 1 month ago

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.

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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.

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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.


nagash 5 years, 1 month ago

I'm a big fan of Nitrome games and I'm eagerly waiting for Icebreaker to be release... in fact, I hope they port all their games to IOS someday

thar Rovio Star move was a welcome surprise, hope it speed things up! Tiny Thief looks adorable too, btw