The popular bird hurling game, Angry Birds, is now available in the Chrome Web Store, announced on Wednesday at San Francisco's Moscone West, the Google I/O 2011. The browser version of the game is now available and can be played here, but you are not limited to using just Chrome, it can also be played in Firefox and IE 9.
The web version taps several new Chrome capabilities to ensure smooth experience one would expect from a native version. "It's one of the best we've built to date," Vesterbacka quipped as he cut through several levels of Angry Birds with ease. The game has new levels that are exclusive to the Chrome version, he said. These are based on familiar elements, like Google colors and Chrome graphics. For example, in one level Chrome buttons become rocks.
The game can be downloaded for offline execution so you don't have to worry about losing your Internet connectivity in the middle of gameplay. Moreover, it uses WebGL for smooth graphics and delivers full HD experience "provided your browser supports hardware-accelerate graphics" (Note: Chrome does). If your browser doesn't support WebGL, the game falls back to using CSS Canvas elements, Vesterbacka noted.
And thanks to the latest in-app purchase Google unveiled for web apps with five percent flat fee, you can buy a Mighty Eagle for 99 cents inside the web app to clear the level that has been ticking you off.
Angry Birds for Chrome is totally free because it's ad-supported, like on Android.
You can download it here.