Original 'Angry Birds' re-released for Windows Phone, free until May 15


The original "Angry Birds" is now available for Windows Phone and is free for a limited time.

Is the age-old adage "better late than never" true? Rovio hopes so, as the smartphone game developer has released the original "Angry Birds" for Windows Phone more than three years after it was first released on the iPhone. To entice users to pick it up, the game will be free until May 15.

Though "Angry Birds" was originally released for Windows Phone 7 in June 2011, the game was never updated to include additional content that was released for the app's iOS and Android counterparts. The game is now available for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7 users, however, with the latter version replacing an outdated copy of the app and bringing all the content that was released for the game's iOS and Android versions.

The Angry Birds franchise is one of the most popular smartphone games across all platforms, with the game even being the all-time best-selling app in the iOS app store as of last year. Rovio has been somewhat slow to bring the franchise's games to Microsoft's mobile platform, however, as "Angry Birds Space" was released for Windows Phone about seven months after it hit Android and iOS devices. "Angry Birds Star Wars" launched on the same day for Android, iOS and Windows Phone, however.

Rovio's spinoff of the franchise, "Bad Piggies," was released for Microsoft platforms after launching on Android and iOS.

Source: Windows Phone Store

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Hm... What IS odd is that this was released without XBox and the original XBox game appears to have been removed... Or am I missing something?

M_Lyons10 said,
Hm... What IS odd is that this was released without XBox and the original XBox game appears to have been removed... Or am I missing something?

Oh, looks like the XBox version is WP8 exclusive? WP7 got a non XBox version? Odd...

M_Lyons10 said,

Oh, looks like the XBox version is WP8 exclusive? WP7 got a non XBox version? Odd...
All of Rovio's latest WP7 games are non Xbox. WP8 versions still contain Xbox.

If you want to understand the full and horrible history of Angry Birds on WP, head over to Windows Phone Central's post on the subject http://www.wpcentral.com/original-angry-birds-wp8-free. But I warn you, you might come away understanding less than when you started. The original versions have been removed from the Phone Store but you do not lose them if you already have them installed.

I now have both versions on WP7 and WP8! The new WP7 version no longer has any XBLA achievements or leaderboards but the new WP8 version does. But at least the new versions are finally on a par with the other two platforms and best of all, you can now fast resume from where you left off!

Yeah, they pulled the Xbox Live (with achievements) version of the original on Windows Phone 7. So you can only get the achievements if you still have it installed. I don't know if there is a way to retrieve previously purchased/downloaded items like on the Xbox 360 though...haven't seen that on Windows 8 either.

Edited by Thief000, May 2 2013, 4:56pm :

Reading more than the headline of an article before commenting will prevent you from looking ignorant of said article.

John S. said,
Reading more than the headline of an article before commenting will prevent you from looking ignorant of said article.

To be fair - the released is misplaced in the headline

John S. said,
Reading more than the headline of an article before commenting will prevent you from looking ignorant of said article.

Though I would generally agree, this headline was clearly written to be misleading.

John S. said,
Reading more than the headline of an article before commenting will prevent you from looking ignorant of said article.

I did read it: "the smartphone game developer has released the original "Angry Birds" for Windows Phone more than three years after it was first released on the iPhone." WTF

MeowPurr said,

I did read it: "the smartphone game developer has released the original "Angry Birds" for Windows Phone more than three years after it was first released on the iPhone." WTF

You're selectively quoting. The game was released again, replacing a previous version that is mentioned in the paragraph directly after what you quoted.

Anthony Tosie said,

You're selectively quoting. The game was released again, replacing a previous version that is mentioned in the paragraph directly after what you quoted.

I think his point though is that it was "updated", not released... It's a bit more than semantics when the implication is that the game is just now being released...

"Though "Angry Birds" was originally released for Windows Phone 7 in June 2011, the game was never updated to include additional content that was released for the app's iOS and Android counterparts."

M_Lyons10 said,

I think his point though is that it was "updated", not released... It's a bit more than semantics when the implication is that the game is just now being released...


Exactly. The first version of the article implied that this was the first time Angry Birds was released for WP after being available on iOS and Android for 3 years, which is completely false. They have now updated the article's title and content, though.

M_Lyons10 said,

I think his point though is that it was "updated", not released... It's a bit more than semantics when the implication is that the game is just now being released...


Except it's not updated. It's a brand new version.

MeowPurr said,

Exactly. The first version of the article implied that this was the first time Angry Birds was released for WP after being available on iOS and Android for 3 years, which is completely false. They have now updated the article's title and content, though.

You're incorrect. The only thing that was changed was the title because you guys complained, so I changed it to "re-released" even though this isn't an update and isn't the same version released. The content of the article is literally the exact same as it's always been -- check Google's cache.

I can see the headlines on Neowin next week:

"Windows Phone 8, a great success. Rises .5% with tons of quality games."

JHBrown said,
I can see the headlines on Neowin next week:

"Windows Phone 8, a great success. Rises .5% with tons of quality games."

If you could please refrain from trolling every article it would be very much appreciated Thank you.

Trolling is purposely looking to post in order to cause chaos. I post my personal opinion regardless of what any Windows fan may feel. I do not post personal attacks. I will however post on products from companies which ever way I please. The same can be said for a number of people on here who post when an article is about Linux or Apple. This is an open forum with many different points of view.

JHBrown said,
Trolling is purposely looking to post in order to cause chaos. I post my personal opinion regardless of what any Windows fan may feel. I do not post personal attacks. I will however post on products from companies which ever way I please. The same can be said for a number of people on here who post when an article is about Linux or Apple. This is an open forum with many different points of view.

Your posts NEVER add anything worthwhile to the discussion, they are merely flame bait. Sad to say, but you DO troll every news story about Windows Phone, Windows, and most other Microsoft products. Both trolling AND flame baiting are against Neowin's policies.

I've often wondered how trolls such as yourself even find the time. Must be a pretty boring life...

Well, between working 12 hour shifts protecting your ass while in the military, I guess I can squeeze time in. My life is far from pathetic. I can almost guarantee you that my life is more fulfilled than yours.

JHBrown said,
Well, between working 12 hour shifts protecting your ass while in the military, I guess I can squeeze time in. My life is far from pathetic. I can almost guarantee you that my life is more fulfilled than yours.

LMAO 12 hours shifts yet you have a lot of free time trolling here. You're just a waste of taxpayers dollars.

JHBrown said,
Well, between working 12 hour shifts protecting your ass while in the military, I guess I can squeeze time in. My life is far from pathetic. I can almost guarantee you that my life is more fulfilled than yours.

lol @ justifying a life where no skills are required. Good on you champ.