Angry Birds Star Wars II
|Angry Birds Star Wars II|
|Publisher(s)||Rovio Entertainment (in conjunction with LucasArts)|
|Platform(s)||iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Microsoft Windows|
September 18, 2013 (Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8)October 24, 2013 (Windows PC)
Angry Birds Star Wars II is a puzzle video game, a crossover between Star Wars and the Angry Birds series, that was released on September 18, 2013. The game is the seventh Angry Birds game developed by Rovio Entertainment. The game is a sequel to Angry Birds Star Wars and is based on the Star Wars prequel trilogy, as well as the television show Star Wars Rebels.
In Angry Birds Star Wars II, players must destroy targets fortified in or out of their created fortresses including various bosses, depending on the side they are in (Bird or Pork side). Players also earn up to 3 stars, as of other games in the series. The game features over 56 playable characters. The game differs from the other Angry Birds games because the player can summon a specific bird/pig instead of the pre-determined selection. This summoning can be done to replace each bird/pig.
The game is compatible with Hasbro Telepod technology, which is similar in concept to the "Portal of Power" from the Skylanders video game series, allowing the player to summon a specific character into the game via its QR code; this summon is once per level, but the player can use multiple Telepod summons per level. Each Telepod can be used on up to 15 separate devices and one must rescan the Telepod to get access to the particular bird/pig if the game is fully closed.
The player can via in-app purchase or through achievement rewards, have the use of a certain birds or pigs during gameplay. With the Rise of the Clones following up with the revenge of the pork and the tv show Rebels update, former Watto's shop, which was a separate area of the game to buy birds/pigs, was removed and was merged within the character swap menu.
In Angry Bird Star Wars II, birds and pigs play the roles of characters from the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Characters from the original trilogy and the television show Star Wars Rebels also make appearances in bird/pig form. In official books and annuals, characters' names are changed to fit whether they are portrayed by bird or pig. (e.g. Boba Fett becomes Boba Fatt).
- Qui-Gon Jinn - Qui-Gon Jinn features a single swipe of a lightsaber. While not the most powerful, it is effective enough to slice through chains and wooden blocks with ease.
- Obi-Wan Kenobi - Obi-Wan Kenobi is strong with the Force. His ability features a single strong push directed by the user.
- Yoda - Yoda features a lightsaber spin attack, causing him to pinball around the level for several seconds. The ability must be activated manually before contact.
- Jar Jar Binks - Jar Jar Binks can use his tongue to grab nearby objects and swing via his tongue. Aiming his tongue is done manually by the user, as is releasing his tongue upon a second tap/click.
- Anakin Skywalker, Episode I (Podracer) - Anakin features an aloud racer, which can be directed in a relative straight line toward a user-selected direction. Anakin himself will trail behind, swinging into blocks.
- Captain Panaka - Captain Panaka carries a special laser blaster which fires a spray of three lasers at a time. He fires twice in quick succession, for a total of six lasers.
The game was released on September 18, 2013. PC and Mac OS X versions of the game were announced and the Windows PC version was released on October 24. The Mac version's release plan was discontinued, and on November 13, 2014, the Windows PC version was no longer available for purchase or download and will not be updated.
The game has received generally favorable reviews with a Metacritic score of 77/100 based on 24 reviews. While the game continues the gameplay of its predecessor with fun new ideas, some reviewers have noted that the increase in the number of playable characters may make the levels unbalanced due to characters having different powers. Some reviewers did not like the numerous microtransactions but found the game fun.
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