Angry Birds has been a mega-hit on the App Store for about as long as the decade-old service has been around. They even got two movies out of this thing. That’s why it’s cool to see them partner with Resolution Games for Angry Birds: Isle of Pigs, an augmented reality game and the first traditional 3D mobile Angry Birds game available now for preload.
The App Store is the largest video game store in the world in terms of revenue, and yet the vast majority of that revenue comes from games that are initially free but then try to get money from you later. Every other game I’ve mentioned so far besides Florence follows that free-to-play, in-app purchase-laden model. Apple can hire all sorts of former games journalists to recommend cool premium games in the redesigned App Store interface. Current games journalists like me can continue to beg for folks to please pay for mobile games. But ultimately the audience and publishers have decided that this inherently exploitative model is the future, and that’s a shame for game design and players alike.