Fans of Angry Birds on the Windows Phone platform are not happy due to a decision made by Rovio, the creators of Angry Birds. There's a new version of the most popular mobile game out, called Angry Birds Space. This version is the most innovative one among all the previous versions of the game that Rovio has been churning out on a regular basis. As you might have expected, Angry Birds Space takes place in space, but while the gameplay mechanics are the same, there are some changes that will make this one a lot different from the Angry Birds you have come to love.
Seeing how different the new game is, along with some new gameplay mechanics to keep things fresh, it is sad to come to terms with the fact that the game might never make it to the Windows Phone platform. Windows Phone market share is smaller than Android and iOS, so we knew that some developers would favor the more popular platforms since it makes more business sense, but never did we guess that Rovio would abandon Windows Phone so early, considering that Angry Birds in the most popular game in the marketplace.
Peter Vesterbacka, chief marketing officer of Rovio, claims the reason why Rovio is shying away from Windows Phone is due to the difficulties of porting the new Angry Birds over to the platform.
We're the No. 1 app in the Windows Phone app store, but it's a big undertaking to support it, and you have to completely rewrite the application.
That's the company's reason, and a valid one at that. Windows Phone application development is highly dependent on Silverlight. Things would have been easier if native code was supported for developers, but such is not the case. However, the big question is, should you care if Angry Birds Space is available on Windows Phone or not? We say, it shouldn't matter because despite it being the most popular application on the platform, it is not the best.
There are countless other games available for Windows Phone that are more fun than Angry Birds. Games like Call of Carlos, Gravity Guy, Kinectimals, and Shuffle Party are just a few of the games that are miles ahead of Angry Birds Space when it comes to having a fun-filled gaming experience on your Windows Phone. We also don't think this should change your mind from buying a Windows Phone either. Angry Birds Space may not be available now, but according to Rovio CEO Mikael Hed, Angry birds will eventually come about.
We are working towards getting Angry Birds Space to WP7.
He also went on to talk about working closely with Nokia to bring all the company's games to Nokia smartphones. Both Rovio and Nokia are based in Finland, which could mean that Angry Birds Space first outing on Windows Phone could be exclusive to Nokia Lumia Windows Phone devices, if even for a short time. This might be the real reason for Angry Birds Space omission from Windows Phone for the time being.
(reported by Vamien MacKalin, edited by Surojit Chatterjee)