Those pesky, thieving pigs adamant on stealing eggs will once more suffer a brutal retaliation courtesy of our charming catapulting birds. We’re talking about Angry Birds, of course, a phenomenon that has taken handheld gaming by storm. UK-based publisher Chillingo has just pushed the latest, holiday-themed update to Angry Birds aptly named Angry Birds Seasons. From the release notes:

The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake – even in the jolliest of seasons! Dish out revenge on the green pigs who stole the Birds? eggs. Use the unique destructive powers of the Angry Birds to lay waste to the pigs? hideouts and unwrap all Christmas gifts in the process.

The new episode titled Seasons’s Greedings brings 25 new levels for you to count down the remaining 25 days before Christmas. In addition, the updated game packs in all 45 levels from Angry Birds Halloween. Combined with a new fun wintery element, new achievements, full Game Center support, and "a very merry golden egg," Angry Birds Seasons will get you in that dreamy holiday mood in no time. If you haven’t taken the plunge yet, I highly advice you do yourself a favor and pick a copy of Angry Birds Season – it’s a no brainer.

If you already own Angry Birds Halloween for your iOS device, you’ll get the Seasons as part of the free Halloween update, now available on the App Store. Everyone else gets to purchase Angry Birds Seasons for just 99 cents (a dollar premium for high-def iPad version).

If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, pick a free try-before-you-buy version of the original Angry Birds for the iPhone/iPod touch (no lite iPad version, sorry). On Android, Angry Birds Seasons is available through GetJar and Android Market for free, funded by advertising.

Angry Birds has amassed nearly ten million downloads on Apple’s iOS platform alone since its introduction in December of 2009. Incredibly, it’s the #1 paid app on the App Store of all time. Such a huge success in barely a year prompted Rovio Mobile, the team behind the game, to port this physics puzzler to other smartphone platforms, including Symbian, the Nokia N900, and Android.

But the team is thinking big and is now in the process of turning Angry Birds into an entertainment franchise that spawns plush toys, comics, and even an animated series. Yes folks, Angry Birds is coming to Hollywood. Need more proof that this puzzler is a cultural phenomenon? Check out the below clip from an Israeli comedy show that satirised the game in which the birds (almost) make peace with the pigs.