Angry Birds Star Wars Review
Is the Force strong enough to survive a collaboration between Star Wars and Angry Birds on iOS and Android?
Angry Birds is most definitely part of the mobile gaming canon these days, so every time a new version appears there is much fanfare. However, you would have been forgiven if the news of Angry Birds Star Wars brought a slight grimace. The idea of two franchises successful in their own fields coming together is not always a guarantee of further success – a gimmick, some have said.
To a large sigh of relief though, it looks and feels as if this latest incarnation of Angry Birds is more than just a stop-gap between new projects. While there is an element of fun in seeing the main, iconic characters from the Star Wars series immortalised in the form of Angry Birds, there is more to the game than that.
For starters, there are a few new skills and traits to unleash upon the unsuspecting Pigtroopers (yes). You can use your lightsaber to break through various barriers that stand in your way when equipped with the standard red bird. Once you’ve unlocked Obi Wan Kenobi, you can use the Force to push and pull objects in order to wreak havoc among the Pig Empire stations. The most satisfying element to all this is that the game isn’t just old Angry Bird puzzles on stylish Star Wars-themed backgrounds – real effort has been made to bring the two universes together, incorporating aspects from both.
The gravitational pull first introduced in Angry Birds Space is back again this time around, and when combined with the new attacks that you have, as well the defences of the pigs that now include lasers, you have some very entertaining levels. These are set across iconic parts of the Star Wars universe; Tatooine and the Death Star for now, with more levels promised in an update.
If you’re a fan of either series you will find plenty to love about this game, with the new features drawing a smile. Don’t expect a completely new game – it’s still Angry Birds – but the Star Wars brand and added manoeuvres make it feel new.
Plenty of fun courtesy of the Star Wars theme, but you always feel you like you’ve seen it before.
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