During Google IO 2011, Google annouced that even their own App Store would have the platform invading Angry Birds game from Rovio. If you hadn’t heard of Angry Birds, you must have been living under a rock. With the deployment of Angry Birds to a bigger platform, Google Chrome, it’s now possible to not only play on your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, a morass of Android handsets, your Mac, your PC, but also now in your browser. In fact, I think my list is missing a few.
I first played Angry Birds about eight months ago in October of 2010 when I bought my first iPod touch 4G. I played more recently when Amazon open their own Appstore with Angry Birds Rio as the free-app-of-the-week for Android. It’s always been a lot of fun, either smashing pigs or release fellow birds. That said, I like the simple improvements they made in the new Chrome version.
Let’s start out with the obvious. It’s huge. I can see everything because it’s not sitting in a 3.5 inch screen anymore – it’s on a 21′ monitor running at 720p. It’s fantastic.
One gripe I always had was that the restart control was hidden in a slide out menu instead of being on the mainscreen. That made the price of restarting higher because it took two taps/clicks instead of one. In the new Chrome version, the restart button is now aligned to the left of the game screen and it’s much easier to try something, hate your choice, and quickly restart before someone else looking over your shoulder notices. It’s just that easy.
Controlling the birds angling and firing is a nice change. Using your fingers was a great way to draw people in but the accuracy and precision wasn’t always there. Or maybe I’m just clumsy without my mouse.
Finally, there are some special Chrome-extras. For instance, on various levels, you’ll see a little Chrome-logo floating around or sitting somewhere. Once you hit it, you’ll get your points and it’ll disappear from the level entirely. It’s a one-time bonus. They’re not always easy to get to either.
I give Angry Birds a 5 of out 5 for the simplest of improvements that just come naturally for being on the big-screen. Great work, Rovio, and of course, Google, for making Chrome excellent. Finally, I offered a shorter review on the Chrome Web Store for Angry Birds. Oddly, there is no way to link to individual review. Here it is.
It’s hard for the same game to get better every time it’s remade and put on a different platform. This edition of Angry Birds actually puts the restart button on the game screen so experimenting is encouraged now. I’ve officially played Angry Birds on more platforms than any other game, ever. It’s really fun and I really hate games.