Angry Birds has finally arrived for handsets powered by Windows Phone 7, after a lengthy gestation period likely to have made WP7 gamers even more testy than the game’s titular avians.
The iOS, Android and Symbian casual gaming phenom is now available in a paid-for version at the Windows Marketplace at £2.49 for 165 levels and a slimmed down free trial edition.
Its long-awaited arrival on Microsoft’s platform comes amid signs that it has somewhat fraught relationship with publisher Rovio, which has tacitly blamed the delay on problems with the tech giant’s legal eagles.
Acknowledging the delay, Michael Stroh of Microsoft stated: “At last. Angry Birds is now available in the Windows Phone Marketplace—a few hours ahead of schedule and so fresh it hasn't even been rated yet.
"Be the first—or just hunker down with your phone and get dem pigs. The game, the last in Xbox's Must have Game series for Windows Phone, is free to try and $2.99 to buy."
In a real sign of changing times and the increasing clout mobile gaming publishers are wielding in the entertainment sphere, Rovio yesterday announced it has hired Marvel Studios main mover David Maisel as special advisor to oversee Angry Birds’ debut on the silver screen.
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