Rovio has given its latest game, Sugar Blast, a global launch today for Android and iOS.
Sugar Blast is a puzzle game. More specifically, it is a “tap-to-match” puzzle game, meaning you tap on groups of connected orbs of the same color to make them disappear. It is a free-to-play title with in-app purchases.
Rovio is best known for the Angry Birds franchise, which started in 2009 on mobile. It soon spawned sequels, spinoffs, and even animated movies. Rovio has made non-Angry Birds mobile games before, but none of them have matched the prominence of Angry Birds. That franchise has helped Rovio become a company that was worth $1 billion in 2017.
In fact, Sugar Blast’s tap-to-match gameplay was already done by Rovio earlier this year with Angry Birds: Dream Blast.
“The mission with Sugar Blast was to create a compelling visual theme that introduces our proven gameplay to an even wider audience,” says Alex Pelletier-Normand, Rovio head of games, in a press release sent to GamesBeat. “As a result, the team has done a fantastic job creating a cute and vibrant world that fits perfectly with the game’s satisfying and stress-free feel. I’m pleased to say we now have two games in our portfolio which, while leveraging the same novel core gameplay, co-exist happily through their appeal to different audiences.”
Of course, the whole candy-themed puzzle game is ground well-covered by another popular mobile franchise, Candy Crush. But at least Sugar Blast isn’t also a match-3 puzzle game.