To celebrate two complete orbits of the Sun since the interstellar launch of Angry Birds Space, we’ve got a brand-new update called Beak Impact! In its lifetime the game has been downloaded over a hundred million times and we’ve partnered with NASA in some exciting ways, like announcing the game from space and celebrating the Curiosity Rover landing safely on Mars with the Red Planet episode. Seriously epic science stuff!
And now we have even more out-of-this-world Angry Birds Space and NASA action for you! In Beak Impact we’re heading for NASA’s next target for exploration – asteroids! Cold ones, hot ones, radioactive ones – those crafty piggies are trying to mine them all for precious minerals, but can the birds stop them? There are 40 new interstellar levels across two parts, packed with weightlessness, gravity fields and strange piggy contraptions (here’s a tip: try giving the gas tanks a nudge...). The update is now out on iOS and Android - get it here!
But what’s extra special, is that we’ve hidden hi-tech NASA spacecraft throughout the levels. Play the game and find the Orion Crew Vehicle, OSIRIS-REx, Deep Impact and Dawn spacecraft hidden among the levels. When you discover them, you’ll get direct links to NASA where you can find out more about the gear, what it does and where it’s all headed.
But wait! That’s not all – there’s a new bird in the orbit, and he’s ready to help out if you have a bit of trouble with those hogs. It’s the Mighty Buzzard! Buzz Aldrin, the legendary astronaut and Apollo 11 moonwalker has his own bird – and he’s in the game! If you’re stuck, send him in for a bit of destruction. Go Buzz!
If you want to know more about asteroids - and who wouldn’t! - head over to angrybirds.com where we have a guest post from our friends in NASA. In the blog post Lindley N. Johnson from NASA’s Planetary Science Division will tell us about NASA’s plans to capture an asteroid, future manned missions to these spinning space rocks and why dinosaurs would agree that studying asteroids is a really good idea indeed...
And if this still isn’t enough space-based action for you, take a look at National Geographic’s Angry Birds Space book (available as a futuristic ebook or a good old-fashioned paperback). It’s packed with fun and interesting information about planets, moons, stars and galaxies!