Rovio’s Angry Birds continues to be one of the most popular games on the market, and NASA’s Mars Rover has been a hot topic in its own right. Now the two are teaming up, and the well known NASA craft will make an appearance in an expansion of Angry Birds Space.
The expansion is titled Angry Birds Space: Red Planet and is an update of the existing Angry Birds Space game, according to the Christian Post. The game in which varieties of vengeful birds continue to seek retribution against pigs is currently available for download on both iOS and Android devices and, as ABC News reports, was designed to be an educational and entertaining game. NASA helped create the trailer by giving Rovio footage taken by the Mars Rover Curiosity from the planet’s surface, and the rover itself will appear in the game.
“Rovio is teaching huge new audiences about NASA’s missions to Mars thanks to this collaboration,” David Weaver, associate administrator for communications at NASA Headquarters in Washington, told ABC. “It’s a great way to introduce both kids and adults to the wonders of the planet in a fun and entertaining way.”
This isn’t the first collaboration between Angry Birds and NASA. NASA astronaut Don Pettit, while in space, used a toy Angry Bird and green balloons decorated as pigs to demonstrate the game’s physics.
The Red Planet update is free so long as a player already downloaded the original game. Otherwise, the game can be downloaded for $1. Rovio has announced plans to make the game available on other platforms as well.