The excellent Angry Birds Space is only a few months old, and Rovio recently treated us to its Bad Piggies spin-off, so the last thing anyone was crying out for was another 80+ Angry Birds levels. But wait; they’re dressed up in Star Wars clothing, woohoo!
Angry Birds Star Wars – surprise, surprise – isn’t exactly a radical departure in terms of gameplay, but it’s incredible the difference that coat of Star Wars-flavoured paint makes.
The Angry Birds Star Wars action is set across familiar locations such as Tatooine, the Death Star and, er, space. An update “coming soon” will add Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back.
There’s also Return of the Jedi’s Dagobah, though the Path of the Jedi levels will set you back a further £1.49. More of the same really, but they look quite nice.
As for the protagonists in Angry Birds Star Wars, we have Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi (“I wonder if he means old Ben Kenobi…”), and bonus levels featuring R2-D2 and a suitably camp C-3PO.
Luke has a light saber, Han Solo wields a blaster, Chewie is the obligatory heavyweight who can barge through scenery, Obi-Wan has a Force push, R2-D2 shoots little bolts of electricity, and C-3PO kind of explodes into bits. Excellent.
However, as with many Star Wars tie-ins, it’s the sound effects providing the icing on the Angry Birds Star Wars cake. Among others we have the whoosh of light sabers, ricocheting blaster fire, and the unmistakable call of the Sand People (sorry, “Tuscan Raiders” if we’re being politically correct) – all taking us back to 1977.
You’re looking at maybe 7-8 hours to slog through Angry Birds Star Wars (including Path of the Jedi), and a good few more if you’re the kinda guy who needs to get three stars in every level. Good luck with that.
In any case, you’ll know exactly what to expect. It’s Angry Birds; it’s Star Wars; it’s Angry Birds Star Wars. That might sound like a hellish alliance or a marriage made in heaven to you. Personally, I loved it.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to watch Episode IV…
- It’s Angry Birds
- It’s Star Wars
- The sound effects
- It’s more – yes more – Angry Birds
- £1.49 for Path of the Jedi is a bit cheeky
- Gets hard pretty quick
Summary: Angry Birds Star Wars is Angry Birds Space in Star Wars clothing, and it’s every bit as awesome/terrible as that sounds to you.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.