May 11th, 2012

A few days ago, Angry Birds creator, Rovio, uploaded a video onto their YouTube page celebrating over 1 billion downloads accumulated across their entire Angry Birds franchise. At the end of said video, the Finnish developers also teased their next title, showing a boy with complex contraptions along the wall of his room. If you were expecting more high-flying fowl, you may be disappointed. It turns out that Rovio is working on a completely new game, sans birds of any kind.

Dubbed “Amazing Alex,” the game closely resembles the Rub Goldberg-style gameplay of another game called “Casey’s Contraptions” — an intellectual property Rovio recently purchased. In that game, players build contraptions (ala Apparatus in the Play Store) and attempt to complete various tasks like getting a ball from point A, to point B. Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong. For a good idea of what to expect from Amazing Alex, check out the video from the now App Store-pulled, Casey’s Contraptions below.

In an interview with YLE, Rovio CEO Mikael Hed revealed Amazing Alex will maintain Rovio’s “high quality standard” that Rovio fans have come to expect from the 1 billion download and counting Angry Birds team. He also mentioned the word “educational,” but I’m sure that had more to do with the amount of creativity and brain power required to solve the puzzles in the game.

No word on a release date for Amazing Alex, but we imagine it wont be too long. Any of you burnt out on Angry Birds? Think Amazing Alex shows some promise?