Word that Rovio Mobile was stuffing its yuletide Angry Birds update into its Halloween version of the game [$.99, HD] struck us as odd. Sure, Halloween is a "seasonal" offering, but these two holidays are complete opposites.

This thought must have occurred to Rovio as well because the update, which does indeed add several new snow-laden levels to the game, adds more than just Christmas cheer: It also rebrands the Halloween to "Angry Birds: Seasons," killing the current confusion and thereby nipping all future hullabaloo in the bud.

The Christmas-themed episodes are packed within the App under the heading "Season's Greetings," while the Halloween stuff has been moved to another episode called "Trick Or Treat." Angry Birds Halloween is still $.99 for the iPhone and iPod, while the HD version for the iPad remains at $1.99.

Having spent a few minutes with "Season's Greetings," we can say that we fully endorse Rovio's attempt to get us in the seasonal mood. One note: in an attempt to manufacture a dramatic build to Christmas day, only one level Christmas level is unlocked per day. There's 25 total, but these are all free after initial purchase of the app, so there's no use complaining.

  • Adams Immersive

    This resolves my “iPhone vs. iPad?” version dilemma nicely. Regular Angry Birds on the iPad, and this version on the iPhone! Angry Birds on all my gadgets, without ever buying the same levels twice.

  • Brementer

    Can only play one "Holiday level" per day.

    • Zuzax

      That does take much of the fun out of it, but it is balanced by the fact that it was a free update. Looks like I will be revisiting this app every few days instead of consuming all the content as fast as I can.

  • Yo bro!

    Complete opposite? Your giving something on both holidays lol, candy and presents :D

  • Lam

    Looks great.

  • Frumius

    Opposite as in Christian vs Pagan, I think.

  • Anonymous

    Glad to see Rovio released it as a free update, they put their loyal fans first before profit. ^____^

  • iPhoneGamer

    Space Wolves (http://bit.ly/spacewolves) are already licking their lips! Christmas Birds! :)

  • EastsideStompers

    Do these seasoned versions on Angry Birds have different types birds / obstacles etc or are they re-skins of the same thing for people who just can't get enough?

  • EastsideStompers

    Do these seasoned versions on Angry Birds have different types birds / obstacles etc or are they re-skins of the same thing for people who just can't get enough?

    • http://twitter.com/lukestweets Luke K.

      There are new levels, but the birds are the same.

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  • Thomas

    It's free and without ads on Android :).

  • Geoarts2000

    However, the new levels are only playable via WIFI connection. Hope they change this as they are getting a lot of one star reviews on iTunes.

    • Jay

      Yeah. "There's 25 total, but these are all free after initial purchase of the app, so there's no use complaining." Except for the way they implemented it. Hopefully after December 25th they'll release an update that actually includes all 25 levels so we don't have to download them via WiFi. In fact, it sounds like most folks would like them to have simply done that from the beginning, despite the desirable marketing concept of one-level-per-day. Sometimes practicality wins out over marketing cuteness. Sorry Rovio.

    • Macwildstar

      I hope they change it too Geo, as The local vets home here, will not allow us to use our I-touches and I-pads on their internet. It sucks that I cannot download the levels, unless I go somewhere were there is free wi-fi..