Angry Birds Space Hits 10 Million Downloads Already

Angry Birds Space was unleashed on the gaming public just last Thursday, yet already it has gathered massive momentum in terms of downloads.

Rovio tweeted a simple message informing all and sundry of the magic download number achieved over the end of last week: "Angry Birds Space: 10 million downloads in 3 days!"

Even for the huge selling mobile gaming franchise, those are spectacular numbers. In comparison, when Angry Birds was first released on Android in late 2010, it managed 3 million downloads in the first week, over double the time period (though that was for just a single format).

More recently, the last version of Angry Birds, Rio, took 10 days to hit 10 million downloads, so three times as long as the latest Space version.

Angry Birds Space puts a new spin on the game, using planets and gravity which challenge the player to slingshot their colourful birdies into the enemy pigs. There was controversy on Friday, though, when Peter Vesterbacka, chief marketing officer at Rovio, told Bloomberg that the Space version wasn't going to come out on Windows Phone.

However, just a matter of hours later in what appeared to be some swift damage control, Rovio's CEO had reassured Reuters that it would indeed be out for Microsoft's mobile platform. He wouldn't be drawn into giving a timeframe for release, though.

Incidentally, a new update for Angry Birds Rio on Android is now available, introducing 12 fresh levels.