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Angry Birds attack the Web, work hours at stake

Soumyadip | http://soumyadip.com

Updated: May 12, 2011, 4:29 PM IST
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Angry Birds attack the Web, work hours at stake
The pop culture sensation 'Angry Birds' is now available on the Web browser.

New Delhi: Bosses beware! Gaming sensation Angry Birds is now available on the Web browser. This could very well mean that employees, who till now played solitaire or switched tabs to move to other gaming sites at work, now have a killer of a game to kill their time with.

The game featuring birds destroying the pigs who stole their eggs, with the help of a slingshot is addictive and has been, according to the developer, Rovio Mobile, downloaded over 140 million times.

When Google celebrated the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man game with an interactive doodle, that allowed users to play Pac-Man right on the Google home page led to, according to analysts, a loss of $120 million to the British economy. Wonder the damage Angry Birds can do?

At the Google I/O developer conference Rovio Mobile announced the web version of Angry Birds which is now available on Google's Chrome Web Store. But that doesn't prevent users on other browsers from enjoying the Angry Birds experience. We have tested the game on Mozilla Firefox 4, Opera 11 and on Internet Explorer 9. While it plays smooth on Firefox and Opera, it's buggy on Internet Explorer. The game can be played in two formats, standard definition and high definition.

The Chrome app has been downloaded over 100,000 times and has an average 4.7 star rating.

The Chrome version of the game is a beta release and includes 63 levels out of the 120 in the original game and an additional seven special Chrome levels. But not everything is going right with the release. "Those nasty pigs don't want you to proceed past Level 1-20. We are flying fast and are working on the fix," says the description on the Angry Birds page on the Chrome Web Store.

While the mobile phone is the hot platform for game developers, but the Web is still thriving as a platform for gaming and this appearance of a popular game from an app to Web avatar further establishes the fact.

The Web version of the Angry Birds game is available at chrome.angrybirds.com

First Published: May 12, 2011, 4:29 PM IST
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