May 10, 2012
Yesterday, Rovio announced that its immensely popular Angry Birds games have topped 1 billion downloads across multiple platforms. It did so with an animated video that ultimately revealed a familiar-looking boy playing the phenomenal physics-based puzzler. Taking the Rube Goldberg mechanism on the wall behind the boy as a clue, astute pundits recognized the boy as none other than Casey from Casey's Contraptions. And today, Rovio confirmed that it has indeed acquired the rights to Casey's Contraptions in hopes of making the game its first non-Angry Birds title. A mildly successful iPad game released a year ago by co-developers Snappy Touch and Mystery Coconut, Casey's Contraptions presents a modern take on the classic video game series The Incredible Machine. Casey's Contraptions challenges players, with the young Casey as their guide, to assemble Rube Goldberg devices from everyday objects in order to arrive at simple goals. "The gameplay is a perfect fit in our arsenal with its approachable, fun, and highly addictive take on the physics puzzler genre," said Rovio's VP of franchise development Ville Heijari in an interview with Gamasutra. "We are currently reworking the title to enhance it, and getting ready to reintroduce it in a true 'expect the unexpected' Rovio style launch to an even larger audience." To that end, Casey's Contraptions has been pulled from the App Store. But you may not have to wait too long to witness the return of Casey, who appears to have grown up a bit. That's because the game is already set to be relaunched by Rovio this summer. Let's just hope its journey to the App Store won't be as complicated as one of Casey's contraptions.