Although Angry Birds (see review) is still the top game in the Marketplace right now and it is a lot of fun, lots of folks are still shaking their head at the $2.99 price tag versus our competition where it is either free or $0.99. Putting aside for the moment the eternal debate about Xbox LIVE titles and their value (we're actually okay with $2.99 games, sorry), lets look at another related issue: Angry Bird levels and updates.
For those familiar with the Angry Birds universe, you'll know it's not a static game. Both on the iPhone and Android it receives frequent updates in the form of new levels. Currently, the Windows Phone version comes with a seemingly ample 135 levels on it and to be honest, it is keeping us busy. But our version is based on v1.4.2 whereas the iPhone/Android version is at 1.6.1.
Windows Phone Daily compared and contrasted the two versions and found that ours is missing about 105 levels on it, which...well, is a lot. Of course to cut Rovio some slack, they did have to get the game out by a certain time and matching updates is like shooting a moving target. Interestingly, when you max out all the levels in Angry Birds on Xbox LIVE for Windows Phone, you get the above "Coming Soon" screen. So that's a least promising as it looks like Rovio (or more likely their outsourced partner who made our version, Innogiant Ltd.) are planning on adding those levels in the future.
Unfortunately, neither company was willing to go on record about when to expect those new-old levels and knowing the update record of Xbox LIVE titles, we're hoping it won't be too long. In the meantime, we'll be busy trying to complete the current 135 challenges.
Update: Saad Hashmi of Windows Phone Daily just commented that they heard from Rovio, although it was not very informative. You can read his comment below.
Source: Windows Phone Daily
Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.
Just noticed this today.
Hello everyone, this is Saad Hashmi from Windows Phone Daily (author of the source article). We actually just received a response from Rovio Mobile earlier today, but sadly it's not very helpful:"Thank you for contacting Rovio Mobile and for your interest in Angry Birds. Unfortunately, our company policy is not to give out any information regarding updates or release dates. This is to make sure we can finalize the updates without external time pressure and because we do not want to give out release dates that we cannot guarantee we will make."We just updated the article as well. Thanks for reading the site! :)
Thanks Saad! Appreciate it.
That's a really long-winded way of saying no comment. From my own experience and yours, I believe Rovio could be a lot nicer and more forthcoming to the press.
Oh! You guys didn't know this already? I posted this in the forums awhile back too. I guess I'm an AB nerd so it was common knowledge.After the 135 levels are three starred, you'll still be playing to get all 200 gamerscore! The Smash Maniac achievement (destroy 250,000 blocks) took forever. I hope more WP7 levels come out soon though.
I got 3 stars but I still can't seem to get the 250.000 block achievement......is it all block types or just certain block types...ex-- glass or block
Get the best of Windows Central in in your inbox, every day!
Thank you for signing up to Windows Central. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.