Angry Birds have conquered a whole new platform – web browsers. Specifically, Google Chrome. The game was announced at Google I/O on May 11, 2011, and should be enough to make anyone who actually paid for Angry Birds cringe. That’s because on Chrome, the game is free. Yes, there are ads and you have to pay if you want to unlock and use the Mighty Eagle, but still. The fact that now anyone with a computer can play it for free is a blow to everyone who didn’t wait.
The Chrome version of Angry Birds even has a few special features. First of all, you can play it in standard or high definition. Most people will probably choose HD, but it is nice to have the option. Also, Angry Birds is stored in Chrome’s cache once the game has been loaded up, so you don’t have to be online to play it. It will also keep track of how far you’ve gotten, so you don’t have to unlock everything each time you play. Finally, there’s a Chrome Dimension section with new levels that will only be available to people who play the browser version of the game.
Actually, Angry Birds isn’t just a Chrome exclusive. As Geek.com points out, most web browsers are capable of handling it. Just try clicking on over to the browser-based version of Angry Birds and see what happens. I’m running Firefox version 3.6.16 right now and it played the browser-based version of Angry Birds pretty well. There are some hiccups and issues when there are too many items the bird is flying into, but I could still play.