Rovio Entertainment has announced today that it will be gradually rolling out a new feature called Accounts across its lineup of games.
The Rovio Accounts feature will eliminate the frustration of having to play any of Rovio’s games from start to finish for a second time after getting a new device or even reinstalling a game. In short, Rovio’s new Accounts feature will allow you to save your game on one device and continue playing it on another.
This feature will no doubt save a lot of heartache when upgrading your device(s). It’ll no doubt be a godsend for those who enjoy flashing custom ROMs too. As you know, flashing a ROM basically wipes your data, and manually backing up a save can be a huge pain.
Rovio Accounts will also be handy for families that share a tablet. Apparently the new feature will allow multiple users to save their hard work on a shared device. While this is all great news, there is a downside. At the time being, the new Rovio Accounts feature only works in The Croods and on the iOS variant of Angry Birds for those who live in Finland and Poland.
We don’t know when we’ll see the new feature expand, but Rovio did say they will “gradually introduce Rovio Accounts into more areas.” Regardless, it’s quite surprising that Rovio is finally implementing this. It would have been handy to have it two years ago. Let’s just hope more people begin to take advantage of the Cloud with their games.
On the other hand, I’d personally like to see the Finland-based games giant allow people who have signed up for Rovio Accounts export their save files off of the cloud. Sure, you could always dig for the save files in the game’s file directory, but it’d be nice to have a more elegant and easy way to save a backup for yourself.
In addition to Rovio Accounts, the game developer recently expanded its Angry Birds Friends game, which was originally only available on Facebook, to Android and iOS devices. If you’re interested, be sure to check out our full review of the game by Android Authority’s Joseph Hindy (video below)!
What do you think of developers using the Cloud to store saved game files? Popular PC platforms like Steam and Origin implement it quite well, and I’ll admit it, by having that feature turned on, I’ve been able to save myself from having to start over multiple PC games. Let us know what you think in the comments!