Back at E3 we first heard rumblings from Rovio regarding finally updating the iPad version of Angry Birds [iPhone: 99¢ / Free - iPad: $4.99]. It landed on the App Store not too long ago, bringing a bucket full of content that owners of the iPhone version have already been enjoying.

These additions include the new boomerang bird, 45 new levels across 3 different themes, golden eggs, some new menus, and Crystal updates with new achievements. Of course, we've still yet to really see any iPad specific feature that makes the HD version worth picking up other than higher resolution graphics, but we're always keeping our fingers crossed for something cool coming in the future.

If this is the first you've heard of Angry Birds, and haven't been curious enough to download it after seeing it at or near the top of the iTunes top ten charts for quite some time now, take a look at our review. Angry Birds is a catapult game where you fling one of an array of different birds, each with a unique ability, at a set of pigs on the opposite side of the screen. With an excellent physics engine, Angry Birds is a game of precision and planning as you fling each bird to decimate the opposing pig forces.

The iPhone version is highly recommended, but until they implement some iPad-specific feature set that set it apart from its 99¢ counterpart aside from higher resolution graphics, I'd just stick with running the iPhone version at 2x. Of course, if you already own the HD version, don't waste any time mashing "Update" in iTunes. There have been some reports of the new update crashing in the Angry Birds HD thread in our forums and Rovio posted suggesting to reboot your iPad if you have issues. I haven't run in to any problems myself, but it's just something to be aware of.

  • eev

    well, this is an excellent game, however i would not say "excellent physics engine". there are some flaws, but it's mobile game so it does not really matter.

  • eev

    well, this is an excellent game, however i would not say "excellent physics engine". there are some flaws, but it's mobile game so it does not really matter.

  • psyc

    What's this crystal crap? Just go OpenFeint until Game Center comes out.

  • psyc

    What's this crystal crap? Just go OpenFeint until Game Center comes out.

  • rolfwaffles

    omg i feel so bad for the mosquito xD

  • rolfwaffles

    omg i feel so bad for the mosquito xD

  • http://appsnail.com/ipad/ thrinlog

    niceeeeeeeee, angry birds is the best! gonna get it fot my ipad no doubt!

  • http://appsnail.com/ipad/ thrinlog

    niceeeeeeeee, angry birds is the best! gonna get it fot my ipad no doubt!

  • bc

    New HD version for the Ipad locks up and you have to completely dump it and start the game over. The version prior to the recent level (etc.) additions worked fine but once you get to unlocking level 2, the game locks. You cannot relaunch it once you've closed the app and must dump it (rebooting the Ipad has not resolved it for me). Kind of a bummer since you can't get past the first level.

  • bc

    New HD version for the Ipad locks up and you have to completely dump it and start the game over. The version prior to the recent level (etc.) additions worked fine but once you get to unlocking level 2, the game locks. You cannot relaunch it once you've closed the app and must dump it (rebooting the Ipad has not resolved it for me). Kind of a bummer since you can't get past the first level.

  • Longhornfan

    I have an iPad and downloaded the .99 HD version Angry Birds in June which was the only one besides the free one available at the time. The end of June there was an update and I downloaded that. I needed some guidance on a few of the golden eggs so I looked on line to see if I could get help and I noticed a lot of people talking about level 4 The Big Upset. I do not have that level. Do I need to purchase the $4.99 version or should level 4 have been in with the update back in June?

  • Longhornfan

    I have an iPad and downloaded the .99 HD version Angry Birds in June which was the only one besides the free one available at the time. The end of June there was an update and I downloaded that. I needed some guidance on a few of the golden eggs so I looked on line to see if I could get help and I noticed a lot of people talking about level 4 The Big Upset. I do not have that level. Do I need to purchase the $4.99 version or should level 4 have been in with the update back in June?

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