Peter Vesterbacka, head of Rovio, introduced the popular Angry Birds game for the Chrome browser at the Google I/O developer conference yesterday. Angry Birds is a point-and-click strategy game. It took off on iPhone, before moving to a range of other platforms, including Android, and in the year and a half since launch, it has been downloaded tens of millions of times.
Rovio has built some special levels available only for the Chrome browser and the game includes some Chrome-specific tidbits like Chrome rocks, flowers, and clouds.
Rovio is using the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) to build the Web-based app. And it’s hosted on the Google App engine. The game is available free of charge in Google’s Chrome Web Store in “beta.” Link
“Lemme tell ya, these ain’t no ordinary finches we’re talkin’ about. These here are the Angry Birds, the ones that’s gonna kick you in the ‘nads. And they’re the ones on your side. They must be from Galapadapados, or sumptin’.” – Col. Angus, Bird Expert.
Rovio will use the new in-app payments from Google to allow users to get to premium levels. And Vesterbacka said he is happy about the price point. Google is allowing developers to keep 95 percent of the sale price of their apps.
“We’re all for lower taxes,” he said. “And 5 percent is fair.”
Angry Birds in Chrome joins other desktop implementations, including a paid version on OS X through Apple’s Mac App Store, as well as on Windows Machines through the Intel AppUp store.