screen1136x1136-38Ever since Kim Kardashian: Hollywood [Free] turned into a money printing machine for Glu, it seems like the latest App Store trend (for developers who can afford it) is celebrity tie-ins, regardless of how much (or little) sense they make. We posted about the announcement that Shakira was teaming up with Rovio earlier this month, which was revealed through a teaser video.

Since then, Shakira has popped up in Angry Birds POP! [Free] along with the just-released Love Rocks starring Shakira [Free]. The game is filled with "shimmering jewels" each apparently having their own "symbolism and unique power" along with "exotic locales" selected by Shakira herself. It seems really weird, but the App Store is a really weird place, so maybe a match three starring Shakira is exactly what the market is hungry for.

Either way, Shakira has 35 million Twitter followers, so really, all she needs is to fire off a few tweets about the game and it'll go rocketing up the charts.

Perhaps that was the plan all along. Hell, it has worked before.

  • pokah

    Damn I'm not a fan of match 3.. But for Shakira I'll do anything, even download this

    • fearlesskk

      Eww

  • Anonomation

    My eyessssss

  • http://deadjam.co.uk AKA James Bolton

    It's a shame that all the big players have to stay safe and keep churning out Match 3 games. It does mean indies can experiment and innovate so that;s a positive. Maybe one day all the Match 3 gamers will move onto other games. Surely there's only so much Match 3 one person can take before their head explodes 😀

    • kinnth

      match 3 retains. simple.

  • skylined87

    The apocalypse is nigh

  • fabianb

    Jezus christ Rovio..

  • sivad

    Mars has water on it, surely we can risk living there to get away from games featuring Shakira and Kardashians on Earth...

  • Bliquid

    Hell is frozen.
    Those gems are flames.

  • macish79

    Welcome to the truth about mobile "gaming". Gentleman please start your downloads.

    • spsummer

      The convenience factor is off the charts.

  • Quazonk

    Damn, I was hoping Rovio was going to make a new game starring Paula Abdul or Rick Martin. Maybe they'll come through with a Tiffany-themed game, fingers crossed.

  • Milotorou

    Ummmmm, how bout no?

  • http://adamsimmersive.com Adams Immersive

    Any time a headline ends in a question mark, the answer is No.

    This must be the exception that proves the rule. Weird is right.

    (Really don't like that art style. Errr... two art styles... three art styles?)

  • matyou98

    Being this is aimed at little girls, I bet the IAP is totally reasonable.... Also the character looks more like Barbie than Shakira.

    • Corey Wolfe

      Haha.. Have you looked at the IAP on this game? These kids games scalp people the worst..

  • Corey Wolfe

    Someone is just fishin' for hate talk and drama up in this forum thread.. Hmm.

  • snowbro6

    Yup, you're so right. Mobile is producing so many high quality experiences that will definitely win over console gamers.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      You realize this argument is like pointing out the popularity of McDonalds as part of an argument on how fine dining will never go anywhere, right?

      • LordShad0wz

        Umm McDonalds IS fine dining.

  • nicoper

    Well crap, now even Rovio has gone down the path of "I'll release free shit with celebrities that nobody actually wants and get money"

    • Milotorou

      This is kind of contradictory, i mean if no one would want it it would not make that much money...

  • SwEDISH GuY8G

    Rovio wtf Why??

  • http://zonear.com Bobster

    But it's not match-3...it's a completely different mechanic.

  • Adsinjapan

    Can they maybe release a physical copy? That way I can douse it in gasoline and set fire to the thing.

  • Jigglypuff

    How low can Rovio fall?

  • rewind

    Wow. They're really putting that agreement with Shakira to use. I liked Rovio better about 4 years ago.