Angry Birds Star Wars

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Angry Birds Star Wars
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Developer(s) Rovio Entertainment
Exient Entertainment (PS3/PS4/PS Vita/X360/Xbox One/Wii/Wii U/3DS)
Publisher(s) Rovio Entertainment (in conjunction with LucasArts), Activision (PS3/PS4/Vita/X360/Xbox One/Wii/Wii U/3DS)
Distributor(s) Disney Interactive Studios
Series Angry Birds
Engine Box2D
Platform(s) Android, iOS, BlackBerry 10,[1] Windows Phone, Microsoft Windows, Windows 8, OS X, Facebook, BlackBerry Tablet OS, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS
Release date(s) November 8, 2012
Genre(s) Puzzle

Angry Birds Star Wars is a puzzle video game, a crossover between the Star Wars franchise and the Angry Birds series of video games, launched on November 8, 2012, first for Windows, iOS and Android devices, later also to Mac and BlackBerry. The game is the sixth Angry Birds game in the series. The characters are copyrighted from George Lucas's double-trilogy.[2] On July 18, 2013, Rovio announced that Angry Birds Star Wars will be heading for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS on October 29, 2013 in conjunction with Activision.[3] As of August 2013, the game has been downloaded over 100 million times on its various platforms.[4] The game is a launch title for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

On July 15, 2013, Rovio announced a sequel, entitled Angry Birds Star Wars II. It is based on the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Angry Birds Star Wars II was released on September 18, 2013.[5][6]

Gameplay[edit]

The game combines elements of both Angry Birds and Angry Birds Space, featuring levels that take place on both standard terrain and in outer space. The game begins on Tatooine, Luke Skywalker's home planet, moves to the Death Star, travels to Hoth, and with an in-app purchase (or earning 3-stars on Tatooine/Death Star) goes to Dagobah, and ends up in Cloud City. With the exclusion of Blue Bird, all the Birds are given new powers not yet seen before in a canon Angry Birds title, some of these that are upgraded as the game progresses further. You can play previously completed levels with the upgraded abilities.

Differences from other games is that Birds may still perform their chosen abilities a split second after colliding with an object. The Millennium Falcon is used instead of the "Mighty Eagle" found in previous games. When a certain number of stars are earned, the player gets a reward. It can be either 5 Millennium Falcons (an item that may be used during normal levels to try to earn badges) or access to a Golden Droid level. There are additional bonus levels if you manage to hit golden droids in selected levels. On June 13, 2013, power-ups were added.

There was a Facebook version of Angry Birds Star Wars that included weekly tournaments in addition to some story levels. It closed down on March 3, 2014.[7][8]

Episodes[edit]

# Level pack Levels Release date Special Features
1 Tatooine 40 November 8, 2012 Introduces Luke, Obi-wan and Han, new power for Luke, and Space Physics
2 Death Star 40 November 8, 2012 Introduces Rebel Pilots, and Chewbacca, Lasers, Boss levels, and improved power for Obi-wan
3 Hoth 40 November 29, 2012 Introduces Princess Leia, Walkers, Snow, Ice, and Hovercrafts
4 Cloud City 40 March 28, 2013 Introduces Lando, Steam
5 Moon of Endor 30 September 12, 2013 Introduces Bunkers, Breakable Logs, and Ewok Drums
6 Death Star 2 30 December 16, 2013 Introduces Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine Boss
B Boba Fett Missions 10 March 28, 2013 Special, Unlockable by finding five jetpacks
J Path of the Jedi 40 November 8, 2012 In-app purchase level pack, Introduces Dummy Pigs, and new lightsaber for Luke
S/D Bonus 12/11 November 8, 2012 Each level unlocks when finding Golden Egg Droids, only C-3PO and R2-D2 allowed.

Reception[edit]

The game has received favorable reviews with a Metacritic score of 88/100 based on 22 reviews.[9] Mark Brown of Pocket Gamer gave the title a Gold Award, praising the game for being "faithful to the source material" and "filled with content".[10] Justin Davis of IGN says it is a great game with Star Wars references and Force powers, and has a huge variety of perfectly tuned stages.[11]

In a 2013 poll on the Rovio website, the game collected the most votes for favorite Angry Birds game.[12] The Facebook version has garnered a lot of positive response as well.[13]

At the 2013 Webby Awards, the game was awarded as the "Best Game" from both the Judges and as the People's Choice.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BlackBerry shows off some of its 70,000 new third-party apps, including Skype, Rdio, Kindle, and Whatsapp". The Verge. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  2. ^ By Sid. "Meet the Angry Birds Star Wars Characters". AngryBirdsNest. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  3. ^ The Verge (2013-07-18). "'Angry Birds Star Wars' coming to every gaming console known to man October 29th". The Verge. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 
  4. ^ Stuart Dredge. "Angry Birds Star Wars II to launch for iOS, Android and Windows Phone". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  5. ^ "Facebook Angry Birds Photo Announcement". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  6. ^ The Verge (2013-07-15). "'Angry Birds Star Wars II' will follow the prequel trilogy and feature physical toys". The Verge. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 
  7. ^ "FAQ - Angry Birds Star Wars on Facebook". Rovio. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ Robert Nelson (December 17, 2013). "Angry Birds Star Wars reaches "explosive conclusion"". AndroidCommunity.com. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Angry Birds Star Wars for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  10. ^ Mark Brown (2012-11-08). "Angry Birds Star Wars Review". PocketGamer.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  11. ^ Justin Davis 7 Nov 2012 (2012-11-07). "Angry Birds Star Wars Review". IGN. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  12. ^ "Angry Birds - Google+ - Agree or disagree? And why?". Plus.google.com. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 
  13. ^ "Angry Birds Star Wars for PC". 
  14. ^ "2013 Webby Awards". Webbyawards.com. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 

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