Last month, Rovio announced a major partnership with Lucasfilm to create Angry Birds Star Wars. The game, out this week, represents a hybrid of the two powerful brands, and provides enjoyable gameplay for fans of both franchises.
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For those unsure about the union, "I find your lack of faith disturbing." Rovio has shown in Angry Birds Star Wars that it can create a fun, challenging game that doesn't besmirch our favorite characters. Instead, laugh at images of Stormtroopers as pigs and Chewbacca as a giant, furry bird.
Creative Twists on Classic Gameplay
Angry Birds Star Wars doesn't deviate from the main concept behind the series. The slingshot is back, and you've got to propel birds towards their swine foe to knock them over and destroy their fortresses. This is Rovio's bread and butter, but it seems like each iteration of the game has been more creative, and asks more from players; Angry Birds Space added depth to the gameplay by including physics challenges, such as zero-gravity and planetary orbit.
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Likewise, Angry Birds Star Wars creates new challenges by adding Star Wars-inspired powers to all of the birds, based on which character they portray. Red Bird, a.ka. Luke Skywalker, can swing a lightsaber to destroy objects he's about smash into, or to take out an enemy. The bird version of Obi-Wan Kenobi can use The Force to push over obstacles while flying. Unsurprisingly, both of these powers are extremely fun to use (a lightsaber will always add entertainment value to whatever you're doing).
The entire main cast of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope is represented in bird form; each has their own power to master. Similarly, many of the films' settings are portrayed in the game by beautifully drawn backgrounds. The levels that take place on Tantooine feature the planet's two suns setting on the horizon.
Angry Birds also reenact classic Star Wars movie moments in cutscenes that appear between every few levels. While they may be corny, the scenes will bring a smile to any player's face, especially when encountering the Jawas or bounty hunter Greedo rendered as birds or pigs.
There are many other touches to Angry Birds Star Wars that clearly demonstrate the game's developers are passionate Star Wars superfans. For example, there are classic sounds that make nerd hearts flutter, such as the blaster noise that goes off whenever players hit a level's high score. The sound editing also incorporates the film's score with some cartoony remixes.
While Angry Birds Star Wars is playable on mobile, tablet and PC, it's a better fit for larger screens. Players won't be able to enjoy the tiny details of the world, not to mention the art and cinematics, as much when screen size is smaller. Targeting Angry Birds' powers to small, specific spots also proves more difficult.
This is a must-download for fans of either franchise, and Rovio has made it available on virtually every platform at launch. Angry Birds Star Wars is out now for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Mac, PC and Windows 8, for either $0.99 or $2.99.
The Angry Birds Star Wars title screen. The HD version is available for tablets, Mac, PC and Windows 8.
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