Angry Birds is coming to the web. Rovio's popular mobile game can soon be played on a browser, with special levels available only for Chrome.
At the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, Rovio head Peter Vesterbacka took the stage and demonstrated the popular game played in the Google Chrome browser.
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".
Vesterbacka said Rovio liked Chrome in particular for the browser-based version of the game. Building web apps with high-end graphics is tough in a browser, CNET's Stephen Shankland noted in his live blog of the event. But Chrome offers the experience that can handle it, according to Vesterbacka.
"We didn't want to compromise on performance," he said. "We haven't been able to bring this to the web. It hasn't been possible until today. We are bringing Angry Birds to the biggest platform out there, the web."
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 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 per cent of the sale price of their apps.
"We're all for lower taxes," he said. "And 5 per cent 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.
Here are some shots from within the new title:
The new and exclusive "Chrome dimension", which is opened up after users finish the first set of levels. (Credit: Josh Lowensohn/CNET)
The Chrome version of Angry Birds features the same first level pack from the original title, but not the other four just yet. (Credit: Josh Lowensohn/CNET)