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Angry Birds Comes to Facebook for Valentine's Day

Feb. 14, 2012

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It's not enough that you can play Angry Birds on your iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, Android tablet, Google+, and through a Chrome app. Now Angry Birds has come to Facebook--the official launch is today (though it was available one day early due to someone letting the bird out of the bag). Content-wise, the Facebook version looks similar to the original iPhone version out of the gate, with the multi-part levels called "Poached Eggs" and "Mighty Hoax," with an additional Facebook-exclusive level, "Surf and Turf."

Angry Birds has proven extremely popular since debuting on the iPhone in 2009, with more than 500 million downloads (cross-platform). While undoubtedly lots of crossover exists between folks who've downloaded Angry Birds on other platforms, Facebook's user base of 800 million worldwide (estimated) represents an opportunity to have more people playing the physics-engine-based game than ever.

Facebook's version of Angry Birds includes 99-cent upgrades that players can pay for if they wish to enhance the experience (past examples of upgrades include The Mighty Eagle bird, which can crush a difficult-to-solve level; new power-ups include Bird Quake, Super Seeds, and King Sling). The game actually allows users five uses of each upgrade (the proverbial "free taste") before players are forced to spend a buck for 20 uses. Angry Birds on Facebook also includes social media aspects such as "sending free gifts" to Facebook friends and comparing top scores among circles. Personalized avatars for the game are "coming soon."

To play Angry Birds on Facebook, check out the fan page at, or jump straight to the app here:

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