Angry Birds is now available to download in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.
The release signals the end of Microsoft’s Xbox “must have” games for Windows Phone marketing effort. Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 includes 165 levels compared to the 255 available for competing platforms. Microsoft’s offering includes Xbox LIVE integration with the support of achievements for Xbox LIVE gamers.
Rovio previously confirmed that Angry Birds was on its way to Microsoft’s new mobile platform in February. Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka blamed the delay on Microsoft’s legal team. “Let’s just say, Microsoft has a lot of lawyers,” he said. Microsoft originally ruffled the Angry Birds’ teams feathers when they accidentally posted an image suggesting an Angry Birds Windows Phone 7 app was on the cards. Rovio originally said ”Microsoft put the Angry Birds icon on their site without our permission.” Microsoft responded to the tweet claiming the image was a mockup, not meant to go live and that the Angry Birds icon was included by mistake.
Angry Birds is available immediately here, priced at $2.99.