The popular (and addictive) mobile game Angry Birds has found its way into the Android Market. Angry Birds is one of the most popular apps available for the iPhone, and beta versions have been available for Android for a few weeks.
This morning, mobile app store GetJar announced an exclusive deal with Angry Birds developer Rovio, allowing users to download an ad-supported version of the app for free. There’s just one problem: GetJar’s servers basically melted under the pressure. I tried to download the app at least half a dozen times this morning with no success.
Fortunately, Rovio has pushed the ad-supported version of the game into the Android Market, so you can now download it for free from Google’s servers.
The ads pop up at the beginning of each level and then quickly disappear, so they’re really not all that intrusive.
Angry Birds for Android supports devices running Andoid 1.6 or later with OpenGL ES 2.0 support and high resolution displays. Support for QVGA displays will be available in a future release. Rovio also plans to launch an in-app purchase feature that will eventually allow users to remove the ads.
Angry Birds for iOS is available from the App Store for $0.99.
Oh yeah, the goal of the game? Shoot birds from a slingshot at smug pigs. Knock down the pigs and the structures protecting them to pass each level. It sounds simple, and it sort of it… but it gets more difficult as you go, and it’s kind of hard to stop playing once you get started.