Google Chrome has truly arrived as an operating system. Why? It now has Angry Birds.
After Google demoed the web-based version of the ubiquitous game at its I/O conference Wednesday it went live in the Chrome Web Store. Angry Birds is currently a free demo that can be installed for the browser on Mac or Windows.
The gameplay is actually quite good. Adjusting to the mouse-based version is very easy, especially if you use a multi-touch trackpad. In most cases a click is the equivalent of a tap. To fire off the birds, just hold down the trackpad, pull back and then lauch away.
There are only two levels – the first being a repeat of what is available in other platforms. The second level is made especially for Chrome and features the logo throughout the animation.
The HD version looks great and there were only minor hiccups while playing. I was also able to multi-task from within the Chrome browser without any crashes or hangups. Angry Birds was ready to go once I moved back over to that tab (if you have a MacBook Pro, however, do expect it to reach approximately 100,000 degrees while playing).
Even if you have already downloaded Angry Birds on any of the multiple platforms it is available for, it is a fun experience to be playing inside of the browser. While web-based games are not new, the platform has clearly evolved to attract developers who want to make games that use strong graphics and complex movements.
Just like Chrome’s other apps, you don’t even have to use it inside of Google’s browser. Typing chrome.angrybirds.com into Safari, for example, brings up the game just fine.
Like most iPhone or Android users, it is likely that you already own a copy of Angry Birds. But there is nothing wrong with adding one more productivity killer to the workday.