It's been three and a half years since Angry Birds was first released and you thought it was finally over. You disconnected your internet, set up your shack in the woods, and you're living off the land without ties to the metal world. It's over, right? There are no more birds to be flung. They can't touch you here. At last, you can relax, send a carrier pigeon to the two friends who still talk to you and invite them over for a tree bark barbecue.

"Hey, Hermit Dan! Have you seen this? Angry Birds Friends! It's like Angry Birds, but you compete with other people. You should really get on Facebook!"


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Yes, Angry Birds Friends is now on the Play Store. If that name sounds like something you've heard it in a fevered nightmare before, it's because it's been available on the Facebook App Center (remember that?) for a while. Technically, the app itself is nothing new. It's just grown a new tendril that has now spread to the Play Store. Which means that, unless you've carefully curated your social circle to exclude people who pressure you to play casual online games, there's one more way that people will be bugging you to play Angry Birds.

You might be thinking to yourself "Mr. Ravenscraft, this is just a port of a game that already existed. Surely the buzz has died down by now!" First off, please, Mr. Ravenscraft  is my father. Secondly, with Facebook's web version you had the excuse that without a touch screen, Angry Birds sucks. Which you are completely right about. However, now that it's on Android, it's not unreasonable to expect a resurgence. For reference, Facebook's version has about 5 million users. Meanwhile, the least popular (and newest) Angry Birds on the Play Store (the Star Wars version) has between 10 and 50 million installs. All of the others are well over fifty million.

Yes, someone is going to ask you to play this game with them. This has nothing to do with whether or not the game is good. It's just a matter of the numbers. At this point, Rovio is as unavoidable as hearing Call Me Maybe. Consider this a PSA.

Angry Birds Friends is free on the Play Store. It requires a Facebook login, and includes the in-app currency and purchases for buying special power ups.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

    I don't see what the title has to do with the article here. Is Rovio forcing anyone to click a button that invites all your friends?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Social games, by their nature, encourage people to invite their friends, whether there's a system in place or not. Have you never had someone try to get you to play Draw Something or Words With Friends?

      • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

        I know, but where does "Rovio Thinks The Best Way To Improve Angry Birds Is To Let Your Facebook Friends Bother You With It" fit?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

          With...the game? This game is Angry Birds, but with Facebook. A *required* Facebook login.

          Pretty sure you're overthinking it, dude.

          • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

            Well I clicked to read this news because I thought I'd see a report on how Rovio is forcing users to invite their friends in the new version or something similar...

        • Danny Dodge


          Deal with it. Lol

  • NexusKoolaid

    Best way to improve Angry Birds is to cut down on the barrage of repetitive banner and full screen ads.

  • Matthew Fry

    Oh Mr. Ravenscraft, you are hilarious.

  • http://www.geekchoice.com/washington-dc Dagmar Schneitz

    Angry Birds is going to be around for a very long time. Look at how long Mario and Sonic have been around. I'm sure the demand is big enough they'll have enough creative power to play with Angry Birds. Look at Angry Birds Star Wars.

  • ScottColbert

    "First off, please, Mr. Ravenscraft is my father."

    You owe me a new keyboard for that one.

  • http://twitter.com/PhaseBurn PhaseBurn

    One more argument for not having a Facebook account: nobody can bug me to play Angry Birds Friends with 'em over something I don't have...

    • Frettfreak

      I really wish everyone would just jump on the google+ bandwagon. I SO much a better platform... except there is no one there. at least the majority of my friends and family anyway.

  • Tee

    If you lived in Finland (maybe somewhere else too), you'd know AB even if you haven't used internet or TV in your life. There are AB-flavoured bicycles, kickboards, helmets, skateboards, swimming pools, caps, t-shirts, socks, jackets, shoes, boots, soft drinks, candy bars, fishing lures, headphones... You name it, it's there.