One of the major criticisms often thrown Rovio's way is accusing the studio of being a one trick pony with its extensive array of very similar Angry Birds games. Recently, they've broken this trend a bit through the release of games that don't involve flinging birds at pigs like Angry Birds Epic [Free] and Bad Piggies [Free] and per the Mighty Eagle eyes of the dudes over at Angry Birds Nest, Rovio is getting even further away from the textbook Angry Birds formula by soft launching two incredibly safe puzzle games.

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The first is Angry Birds Stella POP! which as you can tell from the above screenshots is your textbook bubble shooter. If you've ever played Bubble Witch 2 Saga [Free] and really wish it had Angry Birds in it instead... If you've got a Canadian iTunes account today is your luck day.

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The second puzzler is Angry Birds Fight!, which sounds a lot like 10000000 [$2.99] but with Angry Birds and PvP mechanics. It's currently soft launched in Thailand, which seems like an exotic place to tweak your monetization.

It's kind of disappointing that Rovio's upcoming games really just feel like they looked at two popular game types on the App Store and said:

But, hey, whatever, I'm sure the production value of these two games by the time they officially launch will be off the charts. I've got room in my heart and on my iPhone for another bubble shooter and match three RPG... Even if all they're doing is putting birds on things.

  • gaymerX

    Who knows these might actually be good games. Time will tell.

  • fabianb

    So original. I expected more from Rovio to be honest. At least a BIT of creativity. Basically any studio can create this, but when you have a portfolio like Rovio..

    • Touchmint

      Anyone can create this but slap the angry bird characters on this and you are going to make a killing. Imagine if Nintendo put their characters on this game.

      • Cirnol

        Well they do have Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition coming out on the 3Ds.

  • Edwin Ramirez

    "It's kind of disappointing that Rovio's upcoming games really just feel
    like they looked at two popular game types on the App Store and said:"

    And said what, Eli? Don't leave us hanging.

    • Intendro

      And said: [embedded YouTube video called "Portlandia - Put a bird on it!"]

      • Edwin Ramirez

        For some reason my browser (Firefox 35.0.1) is just rendering blank space instead of that embedded YouTube video.
        Looking ok on Chrome though.

    • Adams Immersive

      "Put a bird on it!"

      (The video actually ends a lot like classic Angry Birds.)

  • Papa Deuce

    I yawn at the thought.

  • bigL

    Why are people surprised? They put a bird on crush the castle to make angry birds, that's why we know about them. I don't understand why people don't acknowledge this.

  • HelperMonkey

    Bad Piggies was actually excellent. It's fun to be creative. Rovio seems to have forgotten this.

  • Queues

    can someone patent match-3 so we don't get anymore clones...