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It's been nearly two years since Angy Birds landed on Android and a mere nine months earlier the most popular game in mobile launched on iOS. Rovio has certainly done well for itself, what with hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue from game and merchandise sales. Angry Birds can't last forever, though. So, what's next from the agents of avian assault? Amazing Alex, a game that promises to be more educational than its predecessor.

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The game will feature a kid named Alex who enjoys building things. So expect a lot of the puzzle aspect, with much less destructive catharsis. The game is going to be based on intellectual property for Casey's Contraptions, which Rovio recently acquired. The mobile gaming giant says that the new game is expected to launch in a couple months. In the meantime, here's a video of what Casey's Contraptions looks like:

Of course, it's impossible and silly to say that this is exactly how the game will look when it's released, but it should give us at least a decent idea of what to expect.

So, what do you think? Is it time to give Rovio a fresh start? Or does the idea of an "educational" game leave you as nervous as it does me?

Source: YLE via CNET

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://twitter.com/SoWhy SoWhy

    Anything that's not a new AB is a huge risk for Rovio but some day they need to diversify their portfolio. This looks like a radical change, so they are at least not trying to clone AB. I'll wait and try it myself - educational does not always mean bad after all ;-)

  • TheKaz1969

    This is just their rebranding of Casey's Contraptions, no?

    • Todd

      This. They bought Casey's Contraptions.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Yes. I even mentioned so in the article. With a video. Check it out!

  • j.

    This seems like a cheap copy of The Incredible Machine...

    • http://twitter.com/Mexnoob Mexnoob

      Agree, its nothing new.

      • Dave Sleep

        My thoughts exactly. But I loved that game :(

    • Blacksmith

      Indeed. When I was young (in the 90's) there was a DOS version of this game (TIM) that looked exactelly like this. 

    • Yes

      falls right into rovio's game.
      angry bird was also a cheap copy of an old game.

    • Travis Jennings

      I loved incredible machine

    • Dipish

      Anyway, since there's no better version of The Incredible Machine on Android... I'm downloading it as soon as it's released :)

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    Rovio is a one-hit wonder. They got lucky with Angry Birds, but I'm not expecting the same popularity from this title. Then again, Rovio surprised me with the popularity of Angry Birds, so who knows.

  • wolfkabal

    Just a update / port / rip-off of The Incredible Machine.. of course the same could said about those "other" games they make as well..

  • http://twitter.com/Mexnoob Mexnoob

    This game reminds me and old game called Incredible Machine.

    It seems they lost their creativity.

  • Sketaful

    Woow. Everyone sound so hostile. Yes. The game is hardly original, but lets hope they make it fun as hell.

    I wouldnt call it the incredible machine thought. I'd say Bill's Tomato Game. :P

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

     I wonder if it will be launched on both iOS and Android at the same time.

  • Goldenpins

    reminds me of apparatus. They should expand on Angry Birds .. maybe beyond catapult based pig killing. Rovio is Angry Birds like Nintendo has Mario. 

  • Greg Neiheisel

    INCREDIBLE MACHINE!

  • http://twitter.com/MrBouche MrBouche

    It will be great for all those 10 year olds who just bought their own cell phones. ;)

    Or for parents who got their kids tablets and smartphones. Guess we'll see!

  • http://twitter.com/MrBouche MrBouche

    It will be great for all those 10 year olds who just bought their own cell phones. ;)

    Or for parents who got their kids tablets and smartphones. Guess we'll see!

    • Eye4Detail

      Or parents who let their kids play on their phones in supermarkets, waiting rooms, etc. There are already a ton of games for young children on both platforms because of it.

  • fixxmyhead

    hahaha love that headline

  • Lou

    If this is anything like The Incredible Machine I might take a look at it.

    I enjoyed the game very much as a kid, having it on my portable would be very nice.