200656_largerRemember that whole "Rovio Account" thing Rovio announced not so long ago? You know, the thing that would give players the ability to sync their progress in Rovio games across a range of phones and tablets? That thing. It's out now for Angry Birds [$0.99 / Free / $2.99 (HD) / Free (HD)] on Android and iOS devices.

While using the service, you can pick up and play right from where you left off, even if you've got an Android phone and an iPad -- provided you still haven't beat Angry Birds. What's with the hold up, man?

[via MacRumors]

  • thelastdisciple

    is it just for the original angry birds? what about star wars, space and any of the others?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Coming soon, apparently.

      • JJE McManus

        Is the set of people who have android phones and iOS tablets, and thus "need" this service, all that large?
        Even assuming all the permutations, such as 'droid tablet and iPhone, when is there a time when I just have my tablet and not my phone?
        I would dare say that AB/tablet is a different game from AB/phone mostly from all the additional info you get with more screen real estate. Wouldn't beating AB on just an iPhone be more skillful in a way?

        TLDR: this has the aroma of a data-mining scheme mishatched by Rovio and primarily aimed at users. Or maybe it's the heat wave. OFAP

      • toxiccheese

        Basically, you can play on your iPad at home and keep going on your iPhone when you are on the road or at work or anywhere you wouldn't take your iPad. Seems like a convenient no-brainier to me.

      • JJE McManus

        So what you are saying is you would chose to play on your iPad because its somehow better. That implies the phone AB is a lesser, perhaps inferior, experience. That doesn't explain where Rovio got all its millions.

      • dancj

        You're making a strange argument out of nothing.

        Most games play better on tablets than they do on phones. That doesn't mean they're bad on phones.

      • JJE McManus

        I agree with your assessment of gameplay on tablets vs phones. Why I'm saying, obliquely I apologize, is that Rovio's social scheme offers little benefit to a majority of users but tons of opportunity for them to harvest info from their userbase viewed as a mere commodity.

      • dancj

        I wouldn't call it little benefit. Any game that doesn't sync between devices is a game I'll only bother to play on one device.

      • JJE McManus

        But that goes back to my original point (rant, sry). I don't see how scores across devices are equivalent. Yes, I suppose it's convenient. If the heat gets to me today and I run out and buy a Galaxy it's somewhat comforting that I don't have to unlock all those levels again. OTOH I haven't played AB seriously since I got my iPad, so I should probably shut up.

      • dancj

        Yeah, for some games it's significantly easier on an iPad so the scores wouldn't compare exactly. I'm not convinced that Angry Birds is one of those games though.

  • BillyOceansBlues

    this'll be the next thing to get hacked, and then everybody will have to change their angry birds password.

  • jtfields

    Why not use Game Center too for those of us who only play on iOS devices? I hate signing up accounts with every company in existence.

  • pavarotti2007

    It doesn't transfer power up things though. They still remain different on each device :(

    • http://www.thebassman.ca thebassman

      Not does it seem to sync up achievements very well. Hopefully both are rectified.

  • Jake7905

    I liked this better when it was called ICloud.

  • VoodooVyper

    Or, you know, just offer universal support for your games and use iCloud
    like 95% of other (generous) developers. Offering a HD version and a SD
    version is considered greedy nowadays the only developer that still
    does it that comes to mind is Rovio.

    • Taclys

      Chillingo does it...occasionally.

  • Merkin

    "provided you still haven't beat. . ."

    The proper word is "beaten." Just saying.

  • Lerandir

    I have been using this service for 2 weeks, between android phone and ipad 2, and it works great.

  • svan11

    Is this not ready for the HD version of the original yet? I can't find anywhere to login on the iPad, but I do see it in the iPhone version.

    • svan11

      An update showed up tonight that fixed it. Yay. Now I don't have to use iFunBox to transfer the game data anymore - that was tedious.

  • rewyan

    C'mon, angry birds is over. It's the same concept every time, with a few twists here and there. Rovio needs to move on to something else.

  • fleshman

    Too late, waaay too late

  • one.sixty.four

    Now I can delete the 400mb file from my iPad without losing my progress! I'm not sure if I will though...

  • makitango

    Just note that if you don't sign up with Rovio's servers, they keep bugging you. Mostly between levels, sometimes at startup. I know why I prefer iCloud.
    Also, what's up with all the ads? I haven't updated this app for a long time (1.6.3->3.2.0) and besides this annoying Rovio mini icon, ads, signup bugging, bloating (16->197mb), IAP overload and overheating/battery draining, the game does not look as polished like at the start. I just downgraded to the older version...