Angry Birds lands on Facebook

Angry Birds lands on Facebook

Summary: Angry Birds has finally come to Facebook. Although Rovio was supposed to release the game this Valentine's Day (February 14, 2012), the gaming company pushed it out a day early.

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As expected, Finnish game developer company Rovio today announced Angry Birds for Facebook. Actually, the game has launched a day early: the Facebook Event titled "Angry Birds coming to Facebook!" is still scheduled for between 6:00 PM EST and 9:00 PM EST on Valentine's Day (tomorrow). You can play it now over at apps.facebook.com/angrybirds/. By the way, the game has known issues on Internet Explorer 8 and earlier browsers on certain systems, but Rovio says it is working on fixing them.

Angry Birds has been expected to arrive on Facebook for almost a year. Back in March 2011, a rumor suggested the Facebook edition will be more "collaborative" and have "new aspects" that "just haven't been experienced in any other platform." Furthermore, "the pigs will have a more prominent role."

Now, we're being told the game has "new, enhanced special effects like lighting, smoke and explosions" and offers "amazing new power-ups like Sling Scope, Birdquake, King Sling, and Super Seed." The game is free, but those four new powerups will cost you $1 for 20 uses. Here's the official description from Rovio (and corresponding YouTube links for each of the new powerups):

In addition to the Mighty Eagle, we have great new power-ups to help you pop even the peskiest piggy. In Angry Birds Facebook, you have the opportunity to earn power-ups by playing the game, receiving them as a “mystery gift” from a friend, or purchasing them. To begin, there are four amazing power-ups available:

  • Sling Scope - Looking for the perfect shot? Use Sling Scope laser targeting for pinpoint precision!
  • King Sling - Fling your birds with style AND speed. Upgrade to the almighty King Sling for maximum power and velocity!
  • Super Seeds - Supersize your bird! Super Seeds turn any bird into a pig-popping giant.
  • Birdquake - Rattle the battle! Use the Birdquake to bring pigs’ defenses crashing to the ground!

You get the first power-ups free, but more uses will cost you. This is a smart move on Rovio's part: instead of charging a one-time fee for the purchase of Angry Birds, the company could potentially make much more money per Facebook user, assuming enough of them are willing to pay for the virtual items in the game.

You can earn coveted gold, silver, and bronze crowns for the top three scores in any level. As for social-specific features, you're either going to love them or hate them. Through the game's sidebar, you can see high scores of friends, brag about them, and invite others to compete against them. You can also send power-up gifts to friends that appear as Facebook notifications. Like I said, you'll either love sending them, or you'll hate getting them.

The game uses Flash Player 11 with support for 3D graphics. Adobe refers to it as "the most social version of Angry Birds yet" that "takes advantage of hardware accelerated graphics in Flash Player to bring a silky smooth gaming experience to a wider audience than ever before."

Before Facebook, Angry Birds was released on the following platforms: iOS, Microsoft Windows, Symbian, Mac OS X, Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS, Windows Phone, WebOS, Maemo, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, WebGL, and Google Chrome. Rovio has delayed the Facebook game many times, in part because it still wanted to tweak things but also because it just wanted to build a bigger following on the platform before launch.

The game's Facebook Page has over 15.4 million Likes. The number is likely to explode as Facebook users who have never played the game (like myself) start playing the game (I probably won't).

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Topics: Mobility, Social Enterprise

Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • RE: Angry Birds lands on Facebook

    It is already Valentines' Day in other parts of the world :-)
    Wakemewhentrollsgone
    • RE: Angry Birds lands on Facebook

      @Habiloso
      Right, but you'll note the event said EST...
      Empro
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    pjckmen
  • I love this game

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    farshad_xix
  • RE: Angry Birds lands on Facebook

    Could someone explain me why they did choose Flash ? I have heard a billion times that HTML 5 was so much better than Flash. Could that be false?
    JB5645
    • RE: Angry Birds lands on Facebook

      @JB5645 Unfortunately there has been alot of flase information spread on HTML5 and FLASH. One is not really better than the other as a whole ,You must look at each as tools,and depending on what your building,choosing the right tools.<br><br> As it stands , for any immersive experience,animation,steady video,right now Flash ( for desktop users ) is the right choice ( games in particular,considering flash player 11 has 3d capabilitie,and as a plugin its a build once and deploy everywhere ).<br>

      For websites and website elements,flash is not needed and HTML5 ( which in reality javascript/jquery) is what would be the better set of tools.<br>In this case,using Flash player 11 is the right choice,because for devices you go native,and for desktop you go flash,you cover all ground, using javascript for this considering browser issues,more than likely wouldnt have been an efficient choice ( final product,animation,feel,development time)
      king2jz
  • RE: Angry Birds lands on Facebook

    Yes, I need too play angry birds on my quadcore desktop with a brand new amd video card. I knew Crysis wouldn't push it, but maybe angry birds can!
    trust2112@...
    • RE: Angry Birds lands on Facebook

      @trust2112@...

      And what is wrong with the millions of people that like to play a simple game? Just because it is not 3D and requires a $400+ Video card does not mean it is not a fun game for many to play. People like you is what is wrong with the gamer community. You get focused on graphics and computing power and ridicule those that play simpler games or a variety of games.
      bobiroc