500 Million Copies Of Angry Birds Downloaded

Game developer Rovio has announced that Angry Birds, the game which was propelled into stardom by mobile platforms such as Android and iOS, has been downloaded more than 500 million times, making it the most downloaded game in history.

Rovio said that users spend on average 300 million minutes (...collectively) playing Angry birds every day, (which translates into around 200,000 years for one person).

An astonishing 266 billion levels of Angry Birds have been played with 400 billion birds being launched and 44 billion stars collected in the process.

Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio, said "this is a fantastic landmark achievement for us, and we're extremely delighted to see such an incredible amount of people enjoying our games."

Angry Birds has spawned a whole merchandising industry that includes real life plush toys, books and even a movie. The game - which requires the user to launch birds at pigs - is now available on all major mobile platforms, on Windows and Chrome, and even on some smart TV sets.

An Angry birds toy even made it into space thanks to Nasa and the game has managed to become an informal benchmark tablet makers use to demonstrate their device's prowess.