When Windows Phone 7 was first announced, Microsoft caused some bad-water between themselves and Angry Birds developer, Rovio. I admit, we were somewhat afraid that this would lead to Angry Birds never being ported to Windows Phone 7, but fortunately that isn’t the case. As we mentioned in last week’s wrap-up, Microsoft and Rovio have made their peace and Angry Birds is officially under development for the Windows Phone 7, and now we have the release date.
Why were Microsoft and Rovio on bad terms?
What happened was Microsoft used the Angry Birds icon to promote their new platform without permission. In fact, Rovio had never even mentioned any intention of developing on the Windows Phone 7 platform, so Microsoft was not only stealing their logo, they were also misleading potential customers (though if Angry Birds is the deciding factor in whether you buy a particular phone or not, then that brings up a whole different set of concerns…). Anyhow, it just happened to coincide with about the same time that Nokia signed on to make Windows 7 phones that Rovio wanted to forgive Microsoft and make friends.
Not just Angry Birds, but 6 total hit mobile game titles!
Now that things are good between them, today Microsoft announced the official release date will be April 6, 2011;not only for Angry birds, but for 5 other popular titles as well. The other games are:
- Doodle Jump
- Plants vs Zombies
- Hydro Thunder Go
- Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I
Do you have an Windows Phone 7 device? Drop a comment below! We’d love to hear what you think about the OS and if you think there are any games that can stand up next to the above titles.