Angry Birds (finally) available for Windows Phone: get it now

By Kip Kniskern | In Mobile | Posted June 28, 2011 8 comments

Officially, the long awaited (and long overdue) Birds vs. Pigs game from Rovio is now available on the Windows Phone platform.  You can download it, using the Zune software, from here.

angry birds zune

Angry Birds, the immensely popular and deceptively simple game that catapults “angry” birds at “house of cards” type structures containing a group of green pigs, has not come to Windows Phone easily.  A screenshot of Angry Birds in the Windows Phone marketplace surfaced last October, but Rovio was quick to deny that they had agreed to port the game to Windows Phone, tweeting:

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/RovioMobile/status/26940229275″]

The screenshot showing an Angry Birds icon was quickly pulled from the Microsoft marketing materials.  More speculation about the game continued on through the new year, and at Mix in March, Windows Phone Corp. VP Joe Belfiore announced that Angry Birds would come to Windows Phone on May 25th, but that date was pushed back again, as Microsoft bundled Angry Birds into a package of 6 “Must Have Games”, which did start on May 25th but featured a release per week for 6 weeks, culminating with what by now must be considered an anti-climactic Angry Birds.

Oh well, at least we’re getting the download a few hours early.  Have fun!

(update:) A couple of quick notes – Zune Software puts the release date as 5/27/2011, probably meaning that the game has been ready for a month but held back because of the “Must Have Games” marketing efforts; the app costs $2.99, with a free trial, and Major Nelson just tweeted that you can “play Angry Birds on Windows Phone 7 and … earn achievements and gamerscore”

(via Mobility Digest)

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 8:19 pm
Category: Mobile
Tags: Windows Phone
  • Sascenter

    yes! my life is whole again… /s

  • Sascenter

    yes! my life is whole again… /s

  • Anonymous

    About a year behind the other platforms.

    What about the newer versions of Angry Birds? Another year for them?

  • Crowd_Sorcerer

    About a year behind the other platforms.

    What about the newer versions of Angry Birds? Another year for them?

  • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe

    About freaking goddamn time!! The sad part? I’ve played already this on PC and Google Chrome … hmmm

  • http://josedmorales.net Josè Daniel

    About freaking goddamn time!! The sad part? I’ve played already this on PC and Google Chrome … hmmm

  • pocketDragon

    This is definately one of those games where I don’t get the broad appeal. I got bored with chix vs vixens a couple of months ago and was hoping this would show me what all the hype was about. I forced myself to continue till the first bird upgrade, but I just wasn’t having fun. And this is why I love trials. But hey, it’s always good to have a checkmark in the “yeah, we got that” column.

  • pocketDragon

    This is definately one of those games where I don’t get the broad appeal. I got bored with chix vs vixens a couple of months ago and was hoping this would show me what all the hype was about. I forced myself to continue till the first bird upgrade, but I just wasn’t having fun. And this is why I love trials. But hey, it’s always good to have a checkmark in the “yeah, we got that” column.