Finnish game developer Rovio – creators of the wildly successful Angry Birds - has acquired the rights to the game “Casey’s Contraptions” with plans to launch a re-worked version under a different title this summer.
The acquisition was first reported yesterday in PC Magazine, and confirmed in the Helsingin Sanomat today by Rovio director Ville Heijari,
“It is an easy-to-approach, funny, and addictive physics puzzle game,” Heijari said. Heijari implied the company would enhance the title to give it more of a Rovio-feel, possibly something like “Amazing Alex.”
The original game was developed by small studio developers Snappy Touch and Mystery Coconut, and centers around a character who must manipulate various objects to build contraptions to solve puzzles.
The game will first be published as applications compatible with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms, with other versions to follow.
Meanwhile, Rovio this week reported 1 billion downloads of the Angry Birds game so far. In March, the company announced it had teamed up with playground developers Lappset to create Angry Birds Activity Areas, with the first one opening in Tampere, Finland last month. The company has plans to develop several similar activity areas in China.