No Angry Birds Space for you!
When the newest edition to the popular game franchise, Angry Birds, was released last Friday, a segment of customers who purchased the game from the iTunes App Store were horrified, disappointed, and downright angry because second and third generation iTouch devices won’t run Angry Birds Space.
Houston, we have a problem
Up until now, all Angry Bird versions were able to run on older second and third generation iTouch hardware. The third generation iTouch made its appearance in September 2009. Angry Birds Space will only run on the fourth generation iTouch, which was released on September 2010.
Rovio, the game developers for Angry Birds, states that Angry Birds Space will run on the iPhone 3GS (released in 2009), the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iTouch 4th generation, and any iPad running iOS 4.0 or later. So why the exclusion of 2nd and 3rd gen iTouch models?
The official reason
Although Angry Birds Space has garnered a respectable score of 4.5 stars out of 5 on the iTunes App Store, the individuals who own older iTouch models were very upset over the inability of the game to run on their devices.
Rovio replied to an email from a dedicated Angry Birds fan about the snafu:
“…thanks for contacting us. A 3rd generation iPod Touch of 8, 16 or 32Gt is actually a 2nd generation device so unfortunately it does not fulfill Angry Birds Space’s system requirements. Luckily the game is available for other devices too, like for a PC or a Mac computer. Hopefully one of those alternatives will work for you!”
Of course it should be pointed out that those who play the Angry Birds games on their portable iTouches aren’t interested in desktop versions.
Is it a conspiracy?
For diehard Angry Birds fans, it seems as though the only solution in running Angry Birds Space is to upgrade their devices to a more recent iTouch or buy an iPhone. But Angry Bird customers are angry and won’t stand for this so-called solution.
“Chutybuty,” a reviewer from the iTunes Store seemed to voice the frustration of many 2nd and 3rd gen iTouch users when he said:
“Rovio shot themselves in the foot by not allowing this app to play on 2nd and 3rd gen iPods. So unless I fork over a few hundred dollars for either a new iPhone or 4th gen iPod or iPad, I’m out of the game.
Not a very nice way for rovio to say thanks to faithful subscribers.”
In App purchases
A new Rovio policy where extra content from within the game is only made available through an in-game purchase (extra money) did not go unnoticed by Angry Birds Space customers. Up until now, additional levels were always free. Some loyal Angry Birds customers expressed outrage over this “nickel and dime” move by Rovio.
In the end, hundreds of thousands of dollars will be lost by Rovio because it didn’t make Angry Birds Space compatible with older iTouch hardware.
If the momentum of angry customers continues, you can be sure that Rovio will release a “patch” to accommodate the forgotten iTouch owners.
Bottom line: Customers will walk and (lost) money talks.
Via iTunes Store
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Written by: Frank Ling on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 – 12:36 PM