There comes a point in the life of every great gaming franchise where all original gameplay ideas have been exhausted. And right after that point, the developers give up and make a kart racer. For Rovio's omnipresent Angry Birds, the game is Angry Birds Go, a racing game that travels down the same well-trodden path as Mario Kart and a million also-rans. It comes out December 11th.

As cynical as that opening statement is, I have to admit that Angry Birds Go looks like a pretty amazing kart racer. First of all, it's a full 3D game - the first in Rovio's history, as far as I know. And even though the gameplay trailer is almost certainly running on iOS hardware, the graphics are good enough to make me do a double take. Even the design of the environments and the karts themselves are interesting, incorporating the whimsical nature of the parent franchise. The game includes weapons, power-ups, and various environmental hazards in typical kart racer fashion.

Angry Birds Go will be fully free-to-play, with the usual mobile racer staples of upgradeable cars and unlockable goodies. You can count on some kind of in-app purchase system for those who want an extra edge. The game will incorporate Hasbro's Telepods, the Skylanders-style physical toys, for upgraded characters. There will be a countdown app that lets you scan in your toys before the game even releases, just in case you can't wait that long to part with your money.

There's one thing that isn't mentioned in the video or Rovio's first official post: multiplayer. Here's hoping they don't forget it.

Source: Rovio

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Régis Knechtel

    OMG! Can't wait til december!

  • TY

    Freemium multiplayer = highly likely to be imbalanced. Let's see how it goes.

  • André

    In December for Free? Will be Freemium for sure

    • runderekrun

      Yep color me disappointed. .

  • Joshua Bailey

    That actually looks like a lot of fun. Good deal.

  • ivsu

    It isn't the first 3D game from Rovio. It was Bounce Revolution for the N900 with Maemo. ;)


    • Jeremiah Rice


      • ivsu

        My first mobile review was for the N900. I knew the Rovio topic because of it. ;)

    • Various For

      That's not true. There's Bounce Boing Voyage for N-Gage 2.0 too! :P

  • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

    Please let this have multiplayer!

  • Sir_Brizz

    Looks interesting. So far there isn't a lot of competition in Kart Racers on Android. The few that exist either aren't very good, aren't really kart racers, or haven't had any post release support. Although if this game ends up being pay2win, it won't be much better.

  • DarthPugz

    That looks like a blast. I like the idea of physics having a much greater affect on the karts than in games such as Mario Kart. Hopefully that won't translate into insanely difficult kart control.

  • nebula

    Hopefully with the play games services. This looks really good.

    • Thomas’

      Unlikely. They prefer their own system.

  • spydie

    You really liked the graphics? Either it's a low resolution game or it was a low resolution video... it looked awful. And those spinning wheels/tires? terrible animation right out of the 80s.

  • szabox

    So, its free app... mmmh.... i suspect with in-app purcheses.... awesome, i cant wait to buy coins(or points, or etc) to upgrade my ride and be the first in an awesome and entertaining game! :) cool!

  • http://twitter.com/phonecount StalkyTheFish

    1. Would love to see a PS3 version of this!
    2. Please support Bluetooth/USB controllers.

  • Chad

    Yea hopefully they use Google Play services real-time multiplayer.

  • Marcell Lévai

    I love how they have the same powers like in the original game. When I saw the title I was like meh... But the gameplay looks great for sure! They got me excited.