The new Angry Birds web app is technically for Google Chrome, meaning that it works on Linux, Mac and Windows computers. If you know what you’re doing though, you can get it working on most modern browsers. Keep reading to find out how, but be warned – you might not be able to stop once you do.
Using Chrome? Then head here to install the Angry Birds game on your browser. You’ll get a nifty new icon on your start page.
Click this to play. When you do, you’ll be able to start playing. If you’ve ever played Angry Birds before, you’ll find this immediately familar:
If you’ve never played before, the concept is easy. Use the slingshot to propel birds at structures. Make the structures fall onto pigs, so you can get the eggs.
The controls are pretty good, if not quite as fun as they are with a touch screen. Click and drag to fire your angry birds, and use the scroll wheel to zoom in and out. You might experience some lag, depending on your computer. If this is true for you, switch to the SD mode by pressing the button below the game; everything should speed up.
All current levels are free, though there will be paid additional levels soon. Most of the levels will be familiar to fans of Angry Birds, but there are a few Chrome-exclusive levels, which you need to unlock during the game.
The means of doing so aren’t obvious, but you just might catch on. Keep playing and you’ll figure it out!
Unlock All Levels
Of course, you could also just cheat. BrowserScene, the phoenix that recently rose from the ashes of Download Squad, explained how in a recent post. Basically, you need to copy some code into the address bar when you’re playing. The code is as follows:
Undoing the change is simple with this code:
Not a bad hack, if you just want to get to the Chrome-exclusive levels as quickly as possible.
Using Other Browsers
Being a web app, Angry Birds doesn’t necessarily require Chrome. It worked well for me, in Firefox 4 and Safari, for example. Other browsers may vary, but in general you’re going to need one that’s very up to date and supports HTML5.
Want to know if your computer will work? Head to chrome.angrybirds.com and you’ll figure it out quickly. If you can’t get it to work, it may simply be time to install Chrome.
Google’s web store had a good launch; it didn’t take us long to point out six Chrome web apps you should check out. Angry Birds though, is a big deal for Google’s promotion of the concept of web apps. Perhaps the most popular mobile app is now on the web, legitimizing the concept of web apps just in time for the commercial launch of Chrome netbooks.
Will this lead to more apps taking to the cloud? Only time will tell, but for now let’s just enjoy this game. Leave your comments about the future of web-based applications in the comments below, or don’t because you’ve been playing the Angry Birds game for the past six hours. It’s up to you.