Angry Birds Star Wars

I have heard of Angry Birds, but had never seen the game before, and certainly hadn't played it. After a two week marathon run of the Team Fortress Halloween event, I was a little sick of Team Fortress. Due to my dedication to all things Star Wars (except the prequels) I decided to give Angry Birds a try. I have been playing it obsessively for the last 3 or 4 days, all day long.

Since I haven't played the original version of Angry Birds, I don't know which features are unique to the Star Wars edition. It's fairly safe to assume that the lightsaber, blaster and force powers are unique to this edtion. The look of the game is certainly appealing to Star Wars fans, as it has all the appropriate characters and background settings. While it's enough to entice Star Wars fans to try this game, but it certainly does not make you feel like you are in the movie. Come to think of it, there has been a dearth of Star Wars games for a few years, but I don't think this really helps fill the void.

The game is fairly fun to play. It consists of using birds in a slingshot to try and knock down pigs and the fortifications that surround them. It's not as clear cut a it may seem, as each level has it's own complex configuration, so you have to think about how you can take out all the pigs before you run out of birds. Each level only takes about 30 seconds to play, but there are 40 levels per area, and so far three different areas, and a couple of bonus areas.

As long as you take out all the pigs, you have completed the level. You are also given a score and a ranking of 1 to 3 stars. Higher score will give you more stars.

The only real downside comes when you attempt to get all 3 stars for a certain level. First you have to figure out what method of attack you need to to win the level with as much damage to the pigs and blocks, while using as few birds as possible. But after that you will have to repeat your attack, and continually reset, until you get the perfect stroke of luck, with all the blocks toppling in precisely the correct way to maximize damage, and which results in more points. This may mean replaying the level in excess of 20 or 30 times.

While the game is fairly intuitive, there is no manual to speak of (I bought my from the Android Store: Google Play), so there are a few things that aren't quite clear. One is the role of the Millennium Falcon. You are awarded 5 Falcons after acquiring a certain number of stars. It seems that the Falcons are used in an alternative game mode, but I am uncertain how the Falcons are used up (you are given the option to buy more Falcons, for real money). Also, the birds attack mode can be deactivated once they strike an object. You are given a short grace period, but this was confusing, and required some on line consultation.

I had actually decide to buy the game, or to purchase the Path of the Jedi, to unlock those levels and to hopefully free the game the the annoying ads. But then I had finished getting 3 stars on every level, which unlocked the Path of the Jedi, so I don't need to do that. This is one other thing, there are some indications of what the stars will unlock, but other unlocks remain a mystery as to what you will unlock and how many stars are required.

As for the ads, there are some that are less intrusive, and even a little bit cute, when Artoo runs across the top of the screen, revealing an ad, or a lightsaber that reveals an ad by extending its blade. But there are other ads, that stop the game and block the entire screen. While these adds are closed with a simple tap on the "X", they are intrusive, and do irritate more than motivate me to buy those products. I am already well aware of the coming Hobbit film. Spamming me about it is making me less inclined to see it. The Campbell's Go ad is especially annoying, as it merely shows the name of the product, revealing nothing about the product, which I hadn't even realized was actually different product from regular Campbell's soup, until I saw Stephen Cobert belittling the product on his show.

Also, since I am using the free version (on my android phone) I had briefly entertained the idea of buying a tablet to play the game properly, but rethought spending $400 plus for a game that I have completed two thirds of on my phone. Still, I wonder if it is easier to play (and less frustrating) on a tablet.

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Posted by zanshin

I have heard of Angry Birds, but had never seen the game before, and certainly hadn't played it. After a two week marathon run of the Team Fortress Halloween event, I was a little sick of Team Fortress. Due to my dedication to all things Star Wars (except the prequels) I decided to give Angry Birds a try. I have been playing it obsessively for the last 3 or 4 days, all day long.

Since I haven't played the original version of Angry Birds, I don't know which features are unique to the Star Wars edition. It's fairly safe to assume that the lightsaber, blaster and force powers are unique to this edtion. The look of the game is certainly appealing to Star Wars fans, as it has all the appropriate characters and background settings. While it's enough to entice Star Wars fans to try this game, but it certainly does not make you feel like you are in the movie. Come to think of it, there has been a dearth of Star Wars games for a few years, but I don't think this really helps fill the void.

The game is fairly fun to play. It consists of using birds in a slingshot to try and knock down pigs and the fortifications that surround them. It's not as clear cut a it may seem, as each level has it's own complex configuration, so you have to think about how you can take out all the pigs before you run out of birds. Each level only takes about 30 seconds to play, but there are 40 levels per area, and so far three different areas, and a couple of bonus areas.

As long as you take out all the pigs, you have completed the level. You are also given a score and a ranking of 1 to 3 stars. Higher score will give you more stars.

The only real downside comes when you attempt to get all 3 stars for a certain level. First you have to figure out what method of attack you need to to win the level with as much damage to the pigs and blocks, while using as few birds as possible. But after that you will have to repeat your attack, and continually reset, until you get the perfect stroke of luck, with all the blocks toppling in precisely the correct way to maximize damage, and which results in more points. This may mean replaying the level in excess of 20 or 30 times.

While the game is fairly intuitive, there is no manual to speak of (I bought my from the Android Store: Google Play), so there are a few things that aren't quite clear. One is the role of the Millennium Falcon. You are awarded 5 Falcons after acquiring a certain number of stars. It seems that the Falcons are used in an alternative game mode, but I am uncertain how the Falcons are used up (you are given the option to buy more Falcons, for real money). Also, the birds attack mode can be deactivated once they strike an object. You are given a short grace period, but this was confusing, and required some on line consultation.

I had actually decide to buy the game, or to purchase the Path of the Jedi, to unlock those levels and to hopefully free the game the the annoying ads. But then I had finished getting 3 stars on every level, which unlocked the Path of the Jedi, so I don't need to do that. This is one other thing, there are some indications of what the stars will unlock, but other unlocks remain a mystery as to what you will unlock and how many stars are required.

As for the ads, there are some that are less intrusive, and even a little bit cute, when Artoo runs across the top of the screen, revealing an ad, or a lightsaber that reveals an ad by extending its blade. But there are other ads, that stop the game and block the entire screen. While these adds are closed with a simple tap on the "X", they are intrusive, and do irritate more than motivate me to buy those products. I am already well aware of the coming Hobbit film. Spamming me about it is making me less inclined to see it. The Campbell's Go ad is especially annoying, as it merely shows the name of the product, revealing nothing about the product, which I hadn't even realized was actually different product from regular Campbell's soup, until I saw Stephen Cobert belittling the product on his show.

Also, since I am using the free version (on my android phone) I had briefly entertained the idea of buying a tablet to play the game properly, but rethought spending $400 plus for a game that I have completed two thirds of on my phone. Still, I wonder if it is easier to play (and less frustrating) on a tablet.

Posted by Pezen

It's all about Bad Piggies over here. Never touched Angry Birds, but BP has me wondering if I should swallow my pride and try it out. It's just.. AB has turned into such a horrific cash-cow. Not just toys, there is candy (which is actually pretty decent) and today I saw Angry Birds shower gel.

Posted by ShaggE

I was surprised at just how good AB:SW is. It'd be easy for Rovio to phone it in at this point, but they really haven't yet.

Posted by JCGamer

Yea--I sort of like Angry Birds but some of the changes they implemented makes the game way more playable (that tracking line to give you an idea of where to bird is going to go). Really like this game.

Posted by TheSouthernDandy

I have been pretty against Angry Birds ever since I heard the head dude say it was the new Super Mario. That may be a dumb reason but whatever, I'd played that game before in other versions anyway. For some reason though I picked this up to and it's actually kinda fun. I like how each character has his Star Wars powers to use and the space stuff is pretty interesting. I still think it getting as big as it got was kinda dumb but also thinking that is dumb is kinda dumb so whatever. I'll keep playing it.

Posted by AgentofChaos

For the price, Rovio could absolutely mail it in every year. They still make incremental changes though, and they keep the price right. I can think of worse games to buy/companies to support.

Posted by zanshin

Thanks for all your comments. I learned a little more about the game, in part from your comments. But still there are a few more things which I would like more explanation on.

There are times I too didn't want to jump on the band wagon, and some times I find out I was really missing out. I just thought I would give it a shot due to the Star Wars angle, and found it's a pretty good game. I didn't know there was candy, nor bath gel, but I have seen they have Star Wars plush animals, as well as some kind of physical game, ie, sort of a board game.

Posted by jdh5153

I've been enjoying Angry Birds Star Wars HD on the Kindle Fire HD. Fun game, well worth the $4-5 (whatever I paid for it...don't even remember, just saw Angry Birds and hit purchase). Bad Piggies was fun at first but it started to get pretty frustrating because I usually don't have the time to devote to trying to figure out a level. I play Angry Birds in very short bursts, and it's good like that.