What does it take for a game to hit a half-billion downloads? Here's how Angry Birds breaks it down.

  • No. 1 in 79 Countries
  • 266 billion levels plalyed
  • 400 billion birds shot
  • 44 billion stars collected
  • The equivalent of  200,000 years played
  • 300 million minutes played daily

Say what you will about the longevity of Angry Birds -- that's a bunch of downloads.

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Angry Birds hits 500,000,000 downloads

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Umm, 500,000,000 downloads and only 400,000,000 birds shot? so 100,000,000 got it and never actually played it?

500,000,000 downloads and 400,000,000,000 birds shot.
Bit of a difference, 400 billion, not million. So 800 birds shot each :)

I haven't downloaded it at all. Shooting birds into pigs makes for a lame premise for a game. I guess people couldn't find any more games and latched onto this one.

I still never got into it - so I don't play it (or even have it on my device). It reminds me of simple web flash games.

I believe the game is popular because it offers a quick diversion while waiting in line, while out with the children, or during a quick break at work. The early levels were not that hard, but if you have kept up with the new episodes, they can get pretty challenging.

I work to finish each level. Then get all 3 stars. Then to find all the hidden items. This is similar to how I used to plat A Mario Bro's Game back in the day and Zelda.

OT, new Zelda game on 11/20/11!!

Me too. I just wish there was a way to export your progress from one platform to another. Moving from WebOS to Android means I have to replay all those levels again. (argh! MUST COMPLETE!!!!)

Here's the thing, though - the game is free. How many downloads would it have had if it was $5 or $10? Sure, I downloaded it, and played it, about three months ago, and I haven't played it since.

I know they have ads, and I guess they make some money from ads. But is this game so good that you would actually put some or your hard-earned coin down?

The success of a good software is measured by the money it makes you, not how many people downloaded it for free.

Signed, a software developer

Android Birds serves ads, these ads generate money. Also some people have paid for Angry Birds to get an ad-free version. 25% of the 500 million downloads are paid apps, so 125 million dollars there.

Soon Angry Birds will have a movie and cookbook, and it already has stuffed animals and have sold 30 million t-shirts. It is wildly successful.

Congrats to them on having a wildly successful product (though I'm sure the money is praise enough) but I'm another one of those that got bored of the game after a week or two. I don't get the appeal but the masses do and that's what matters.

"bored of the game after a week or two" is actually good for a casual game. Most games you download, play for five minutes, get bored and either uninstall or don't bother touching it again.

All games have a shelf life. However, that period of use gets repeated for all those 500 million downloads. If every person was bored after a week, that's still 500 million weeks worth of play.

It is a great game and perfectly designed for its niche. The I still play it fairly regularly, but I was never really obsessed with it. My popular casual game of choice is Cut the Rope.

Congratulations Angry Bird Developers! Well deserved. It is a Great Game, and the sound effects still make me smile Big time! Though I only play it now about once a week. To keep my stress level down. Cheers to the next 1/2 Billion.

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