16 Dec '11, 12am

Angry Birds are set fly from the virtual into the real world next year as they get their own theme parks

Screenshot of Angry Birds, the top paid iPhone app around the world. -- PHOTO: ROVIO MOBILE HELSINKI (AFP) - The Angry Birds are set fly from the virtual into the real world next year as the cartoonish birds from the popular smartphone game get their own theme parks, a playground company said on Thursday. 'The idea is to to create a different concept for gaming by integrating the virtual and physical worlds ... so parents can spend more time with their kids,' Finnish playground maker Lappset's managing director Juha Laakkonen told AFP. Lappset and the developer of the game, Rovio, have agreed to build the first Angry Birds-themed play parks in Espoo, near Helsinki, and in the northern Finnish city of Rovaniemi, which are expected to be operational in April 2012. But the goal is to bring the activity parks to other venues worldwide, Laakkonen explained.

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