Rovio unleashes Amazing Alex

A puzzler previously known as Casey's Contraptions
Darren Allan

July 12, 2012
Amazing Alex

Rovio is, as you’re no doubt aware, the creator of the Angry Birds franchise. So what do you follow a behemoth of a mobile game like that up with?

Amazing Alex, apparently. Rovio has just unleashed its new game on iOS and Android, with versions for other platforms to follow later.

A physics-based puzzle affair, Amazing Alex challenges players with 100 levels (set across four environments), with some 35 fully interactive objects involved in solving the game’s various conundrums.

It’s Rude Goldberg wacky machines type stuff, with a level designer incorporated so that players can build their own levels, and share them across the community.

EVP of Games at Rovio, Petri Järvilehto, commented: “We’re so excited for our fans to meet Amazing Alex. We’ve taken our time polishing a fantastic game and believe we’re created something fun and accessible for all ages. We’ve had a lot of fun with the game, and we can’t wait to see what our fans come up with!”

Strictly speaking, however, this isn’t a Rovio creation, but a property the firm bought up by the name of Casey’s Contraptions. Rovio has polished the game – and presumably applied a lot of polish, there’s a lot to live up to here – and then unleashed it in fairly short order.

Initial reaction seems a little muted in some corners of the internet, and we’ve seen some complaints that Amazing Alex doesn’t support the Game Centre (even though the icon is in the HD version of the game, it doesn’t work, allegedly). It’s early days yet, though.

In other Rovio news, Angry Birds is apparently set to flap onto the Xbox, PS3 and 3DS in the form of Angry Birds Trilogy later this year. The package will contain the first three games (the original, Seasons, and Rio).

Both the Kinect and Move motion controllers will be supported by the title.






 

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