Angry Birds For Android – A Quick First Look at the Full Version [VIDEO]

We’re getting close, guys. Rovio promised a release of Angry Birds would be up in the Android market by the end of this week. While we’re not sure about the status of that window, we do know that they are very close to a final release. They’ve given us the opportunity to take an early look at the game ahead of launch, and it’s mind blowing. Angry Birds is still Angry Birds, of course, but the amount of content to be had here is insane. Perhaps I’m just used to games on Android not coming with much substance, but there’s enough here to keep me busy for a lot longer than I’d like.

They made a few changes to the main user interface – notably on the start and level select screens. While the old interface was nowhere near bad by any means, things look a lot more polished here. For instance, instead of putting all of the Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and other buttons on the bottom, everything is grouped into two collapsible buttons for easy access. It isn’t the biggest change in the world, but it makes for a cleaner look and feel.

Going beyond that menu gives us the level select screen where you can find three sets of levels. In the first set – dubbed Poached Eggs – you can get a possible 189 stars out of 63 levels.

There’s also another menu called Golden Eggs. As I’m not familiar with the iPhone version, I’m not sure what this menu is for. I’ll do a bit more digging around later, but for now just know it’s there. Other notable additions include better multitask support compared to the beta version. This is the reason the game was delayed in the first place, and I’m so grateful they’ve taken the time to add it. It was so annoying to leave the game before as you’d have to start from scratch every time. Now, you’ll be taken back to wherever you left off (the game simply pauses if you’re in the middle of launching one of those angry feathered fellows.)

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Look out for the full version of Angry Birds to hit the Android market sometime this week, and we’ll be back with a better look at the game after we’ve had some more time to play with it. For now, go ahead and download the beta if you haven’t already by searching for “Angry Birds” in the Android market.

[Update]: As another commenter pointed out, I mistakenly counted an extra three levels for the Poached Eggs set. After correcting my mistake, the number of possible attainable stars do match up.

[Update]: After doing a bit more research – as any ill-informed person should – I’ve learned that the Golden Eggs are basically easter eggs. You simply find special eggs hidden throughout the game to unlock them in that menu. Awesome. Now I’m off to actually play this game thoroughly.

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  • Joost

    On their twitter account they tell people who ask about that it will be released tomorrow (friday october 15th).

    How large is the app and does it support app2sd?

  • hector

    are you kidding me? ads in a full version?

  • Android Addict

    dude cut your nails and there had better not be ads in the version we all have to pay for

  • JoAnn

    We need to find the biggest amplifier in the world and blast the Angry Birds music throughout the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan for about 3 days. That will undoubtedly cause Osama bin Laden to surrender.

  • Quentyn Kennemer

    The app is 14.66 MB large, and I couldn’t see if Apps2SD is supported because I’m using a 2.1-enabled Samsung Fascinate. My EVO is currently out of commission.

  • Simon

    I’m not bothered about A2SD (rooted) or ads (AdFree) but I’d assume the application size wouldn’t be too different from the beta. I guess most of the size is taken up by the game’s images and engine, so more levels will just be sets of variables and the odd image.

  • Simon

    Oh. Quentyn responded! Sorry!

  • joedon3

    @Quentyn, just throw a I9000 2.2 ROM on that thing. it should run it. :-)

  • Craz

    The first level is Poached Eggs, not Poached birds… And it has 3 themes of 21 level each. That’s 63 levels. 63 multiplied by 3 is 189. But I’m sure Rovio corrected your math already…

  • Slick

    cut cho’ nails dude.

  • Lun

    Still would choose the iPhone version purely because it has more levels (4th box) is out on the iOS version :))

  • Lewis

    Ummm…if I’m paying money for an app, I don’t expect there to be ads. Simple as that. Still, I’ll buy this tomorrow if it does indeed launch.

  • jerbear

    Sure hope those ads are for a free version.

  • charlie

    “um… I’m not real sure what these golden eggs are for… um, I haven’t really played this at all, but ummm, uhh”

    Worst review ever. Jesus 6min of babbling. Dude, you need to quit smoking.

  • seriously

    what a great HALF ASSED review.

    seriously, why even bother??

  • Quentyn Kennemer

    This was supposed to be a quick look, not a review. It says that in the title of this post.

  • Conor

    as long as there is only an ad at the home screen, who cares if there is ads then. now if they pop up all over the game than that is different.

    i use plenty of apps that are free and only have an ad at the main page, it is not that big of an inconvienence

  • murkin

    Seriously why are there more and more arrogant comments from people on these boards, this site is about android, not whether or not you enjoyed the review or reviewer. Or the that someone should clip their nails? Seriously someone took the time to write that? G stop being a bunch of fucking pussys and stop coming here if that’s alll you are going to do, talk about android or get the fuck out

  • Brad 2

    sorry but those ads suck and are in a terrible place…\

  • ToastnJam

    IMO Quentyn does an excellent job posting reviews and other topics of interest. And give em another point for doing it all on a Galaxy S phone. Most excellent indeed! Keep up the good work.

  • fredphoesh

    I would NEVER buy an app that has ads.

    What a cheek!
    Boooooo…..

  • Alexander

    There’s probably ads in this version in case someone leaks the apk. I highly doubt the full version that can be purchased will have ads, the idea just sounds too dumb.

  • joedon3

    @murkin… +10

  • Jubbs

    Edit: They replied to my tweet inquiring whether there will be ads in the full android version or not, and I was given a pretty vague answer:

    @Jubmasterflex we will have several versions, with and without

    Whatever that means!?

  • JoeDirt2217

    I would bet that the limited beta version will be the lite version w/ads offered for free and then the full blown game at a price.

  • Slick

    Yeah once I got over the reviews talon’s, I realized the full-paid-game has ad’s. WTF?

  • gotandroid?

    But what is the price going to be?

  • Chris93036

    Your nails are nasty!!

  • Usman

    The BETA supports App2SD, so I suspect the full version will as well. I also expect the full version to be substantially larger than the BETA’s roughly 14.5mb size.

  • Shaun

    I also have the full version on my Desire, and i was able to move to SD card on 2.2

  • http://www.blueblogger.net derfreddy

    they told us via twitter that the App is Smaller than 20mb and supports app2sd automatically

  • http://www.blueblogger.net derfreddy

    edit: got the screenshot concerning that App2SD thing in my blogpost

    http://www.blueblogger.net/2010/10/angrybirds-fur-android-kommt-am-freitag/#more-802

  • Chuck

    That’s gotta be the coolest freaky/retarded music ever !!
    I love it !!

  • http://www.matmoo.com Matthew Augier

    Any idea what spec phone we need for this? Will it work on HTC Hero?

  • JohnFL

    Looks like it’s going to be free according to the Rovio email I just got! They said it’s not on app store yet, but should be soon. Get it here http://www.getjar.com/angry-birds