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The original ‘Angry Birds’ game returns to app stores

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The original evil birds game is back† Sure, there are other, newer entries in the evil birds franchise out there – and even a few movies – but this one is for those who hold a special place in their hearts for the game that started it all. In a letter to fans published last year, Rovio . writes explained that it had to retire its older titles because they used outdated game engines and design. “The current landscape of mobile technology and games has evolved to a place where support for them has been unsustainable,” the company wrote. The developer also couldn’t leave them without updating them as they will soon be incompatible with the latest mobile operating systems.

Apparently there was a “great outcry” for Rovio to bring back the older games, especially the original, so it decided to work on bringing back the classic experiences. The company said at the time it needs to figure out “what’s possible and for which games,” so it’s unclear if other older titles will get remakes as well. Rovio rebuilt the original evil birds from the beginning with Unity, allowing the company to recreate the feel of the classic for newer devices. That’s a much more complicated process than just updating older graphics or updating game mechanics.

The new version of the game called Rovio Classics: Angry Birds, is now available at the Apple App Store and from Google Play† It will cost you 99 cents to download, but it has no in-app purchases and even makes the Mighty Eagle (an old in-app purchase) available at no extra cost.

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