Amazing Alex to be first non-Angry Birds game from Rovio

Rovio has made a ton of money with its Angry Birds game franchise but this week, the Finland-based developer revealed plans to branch out and release a game that has nothing to do with sending ball-shaped birds to knock over structures and killing pigs. On Friday, company CEO Mikael Hed told the Finnish TV station Yle that it will release Amazing Alex later this year.

Details about the game itself are still scarce but Hed did say it would involve a boy name Alex who likes to build stuff. It's also supposed to have an educational theme.

Amazing Alex will be based on Casey’s Contraptions, a previously released mobile game from developers Snappy Touch and Mystery Coconut. Earlier this week, Rovio revealed on Gamasutra.com that it had bought the IP rights to Casey’s Contraptions. The new Amazing Alex game will be launched for iOS and Android devices, with more platforms to be announced later.

Rovio can afford to take a little risk and do something different. The Angry Birds franchise has been a massive success and Rovio announced several days ago that over 1 billion Angry Birds games have been downloaded since the original was first released in December 2009.

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