Our favorite bird flinging pig poppin' game Angry Birds [99¢ / Free / HD] hardly needs an introduction anymore. Everyone from friends of mine who staunchly consider themselves non-gamers to random people of all types I end up waxing iPhone games with either have heard of, played, or in some cases, are even working on clearing the whole game with 3 stars. Of course, the game still has a little way to go before it eclipses Doodle Jump, as I haven't seen an angry bird on stage at a Lady Gaga concert yet, but the upcoming plush toys are a good start.

The latest update might be the best one yet. Game Center integration supplements Chillingo's Crystal adding achievements and even online leaderboards, giving a whole new purpose to revisiting old levels to beat the scores of your Game Center friends. Crystal achievements seem to transfer over, so be ready for some huge achievement spam the first time you launch the game after updating.

Angry Birds has been high up on my list of favorite iPhone games for quite a while now, but I hadn't been playing it much since I got my iPhone 4 as the game looked worse than most when upscaled to the resolution of the Retina Display. The game pulls a complete 180 with this update, as the new high resolution graphics makes Angry Birds one of the best looking 2D games I've played on the iPhone, and the amount of detail you can see when zoomed out now is really amazing.

Of course there's 15 new levels to plow through, adding even more content to a game that is already stuffed to the brim. Don't waste any time updating Angry Birds, and if you haven't downloaded this game yet, you're really running out of reasons to hold off, as the amount of entertainment you will get out of this 99¢ purchase is mind boggling.

  • Salsamd

    Apparently only the icon, birds, and pigs received retina display updates, not the menu and scenery. If so, this is rather disappointing.

    • Salsamd

      blocks appear update as well, but not the scenery...

  • Abu

    where's the Mighty Eagle?

  • Turnipfarm

    Why is there a premium for iPad users? do they get extra content and better graphics that take the developer x amount of extra time to code?

  • Aer2

    2 thumbs down for sticking it to the iPad owners, not buying.

    • Anonymous

      iPad price is more because they figure anyone idiotic enough to blow money on such a turd is most likely glad to pay more for games as well.

      • Silverfist

        I'm assuming, then, you drive a piece of crap bicycle, wear no-name clothes bought at Wal-Mart, and eat only generic food.

        GOOD for you.

        .

      • Anonymous

        No. I don't. I just don't act surprised when I'm charged a premium for something that's overpriced. Using your analogy, it's like complaining about the high price of a new side mirror when you take your Mercedes to the shop. HUH?!?! WHAAA?!?! A new Mercedes S Class side mirror is $1200? A Fiat side mirror is only $110!! iPad is an overpriced, featuring lacking iPhone. It's the "it" tech gadget. You look cool sitting on the plane or in the coffee shop using it but it's not nearly as useful as an equally priced laptop.

      • http://www.apple.com Steve Jobs

        LOL easy tiger. No need to get so worked up about an electronics device. You'll be complaining about cars that are capable of breaking the speeding limit next.

  • Mr Damien

    I am the only one to have a LOT of freeze now.

    • Docddmartins

      I am getting a lot of freeze as well.........i never had any problems until i updated to the latest version!!
      Whats up with that!!

      • Zangin

        I've had lockups from time to time, and resetting (holding down the power button, then sliding the screen button to the right) and then powering it back on seems to fix the problem.

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this games. The amount of content and updates alone make it easily worth 5x as much. I can't believe how often I play and replay this game. The physics are just plain fun, the graphics are excellent(3gs owner) and 99 cents is a ridiculous price.

    If I had ONE wish it would be for a replay feature. Sometimes I make a truly amazing shot and would like to watch the hit, the pieces falling and everything pertaining to the shot again.

  • Stan Winstone

    Yeah this is only a partial update on Retina Display- lot of parts like Score, buttons and certain cutscenes are still low resolution. We need some standard for evaluating games and their retina display graphics quality.

  • Benjaminvickery

    This is probably a really dumb question but...
    Where are the additonal levels?
    I have had the same four worlds for a few updates now.
    Do I have to finish them to unlock the new levels?

    • Dylan1696

      Not Dumb. No there were no additional levels in this update. Just the other stuff. I still have only the 4 levels which I completed all with 3 stars and all eggs done, no additional levels appeared in this update.

  • Benjaminvickery

    Great cheers.
    I've just been reading about the 15 new levels for a while now...

  • Pamluper

    15 new levels, plus two new golden eggs. Mine doesn't freeze at all. I've already gotten 3 stars on each new level, and starred the golden eggs.

  • Julsclub

    There's One at the leaderboards for episode 1, which has nearly 5 Million Points, His Name is hille11

  • Pen_sq

    Oh god, I just got past World 2. There is absolutely no hope of me seeing the extra worlds.

    The other way for the devs to go would be a world set that lets you choose bird pitching order. Maybe throw in an extra slingshot, too, and it could be a brutal puzzle. Nah, save it for the sequel.

  • Anonymous

    This update makes the game freeze on me whenever i complete a level :( Touch 4g. The bonus points pop up for any unused birds then FREEZE.