Casualgaming.biz has an excellent post-mortem and analysis on the development of Angry Birds and why it’s successful. They offer a variety of reasons: the low price point, the addictive game play, loads and loads of new levels posted all the time, and Rovio’s years of experience as a mobile game developer for Nokia. In the words of Will Freeman of Casualgaming.biz, it’s not rocket science why Angry Birds is a hit.
Or maybe it is rocket science. Over at Wired, they have posted a scientific analysis of the physics behind the game play of Angry Birds, including videos and actual mathematical formulas (I kid you not).
If you are an Angry Birds fan, a physicist, or have a kid that hates science but loves to play games, this is an article worth reading (or sharing with your kid).