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Angry Birds Space: Highly-Anticipated Game From Rovio Released Thursday (VIDEO)

Posted: 03/22/2012 11:39 am Updated: 03/22/2012 12:30 pm

Angry Birds Space

Angry Birds fans: The wait is finally over.

Angry Birds Space, the highly-anticipated newest addition to Rovio's Angry Birds franchise, is now available for download. And according to Business Insider, it's already the number one paid application in the Apple App Store on Thursday morning, kicking out OMGPOP's sudden smash hit Draw Something.

Angry Birds Space is like the original game in that the player launches birds at pig-built fortresses using a slingshot, AFP reports, but in the space-based new version, the gravitational pull of planets affects the path of the birds.

There are 60 levels in the new game, and Rovio says in the game's description that with "a whole galaxy to explore, the sky is no longer the limit!"

Angry Birds has not only been downloaded over 700 million times, according to Reuters, but it's also "the fastest-growing game on Facebook." AFP calls it "the most successful mobile game in history."

USA Today reports that the ridiculously popular franchise has partnered with NASA, Walmart and National Geographic for the launch of the new game.

Rovio, which is privately held, is purported to be worth as much as $9 billion, according to Reuters.

The game is available on Apple's iOs for iPhone and iPod Touch as well as Android phones for $0.99. The iPad version costs $2.99 and the Mac version goes for $4.99. Angry Birds in Space will set PC users back $5.95

According to a tweet from the company, Angry Birds In Space is among the first games to support the new iPad's Retina display.

LOOK: Screenshots from the new release:

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WATCH: Engadget Demo of Angry Birds Space from SXSW:

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