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October 22, 2010

Angry Birds a cut above the rope

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by Darren Allan

Chillingo, the publisher of Angry Birds bought up by EA yesterday, was boasting about the sales figures of its latest big mobile game launch, Cut the Rope, earlier in the week.

Angry Birds is actually the property of developer Rovio, not Chillingo, and Rovio has now published the latest Halloween special edition of the game itself. We had previously speculated about whether Cut the Rope can match the success of the furious flappers.

Chillingo boasted that Cut the Rope managed to clock up a million downloads in just 10 days. However, Angry Birds took flight on Android just a week ago, and has stormed to over 3 million downloads inside a week according to Rovio. Apparently 2 million of those came through in the first weekend, putting Cut the Rope firmly in the shade.

In total, Angry Birds has whipped up some 7 million paid downloads, and 11 million downloads of the free version across 60 countries. Cut the Rope has a long way to go before it can match that sort of success.

If you’re wondering what Cut the Rope is all about, it’s another title which falls into the simple but addictive puzzler mould. The game challenges the player to feed a monster by the name of Om Nom. As the name suggests, this is done by slicing a rope with your finger so the candy suspended from it lands in the beast’s mouth.

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