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"Angry Birds Star Wars"

, Rovio

ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS

★★★ 1/2 out of four stars

Publisher: Rovio.

Systems: Mobile devices.

Price: Free-$2.99.

Rating: 4+.

'Angry Birds Star Wars' soars in fun crossover

  • Article by: RICCI KEARNEY
  • GamerHub.TV
  • November 30, 2012 - 12:10 PM

Rovio's "Angry Birds" is one of the most popular games on the market. "Angry Birds Star Wars" brings one of the most successful franchises to mobile devices everywhere.

"Angry Birds Star Wars" gives you two worlds from the "Star Wars" saga to begin with. You can choose from Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine or begin the Path of the Jedi on Dagobah. You can also explore Hoth when the free download becomes available. The level of Tatooine is beautiful. While it might not be the most accurate representation of the world from the movie, the dusty landscapes will make you feel right at home. Dagobah's first level is playable, but the other levels are available only through a paid download.

The characters in "Angry Birds Star Wars" are feathery interpretations of your favorite "Star Wars" characters. Each character has a power that alters the way the game is played. Each bird has been outfitted with a costume that makes it look like one of your favorite characters. It is easy to point out Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and others.

"Angry Birds Star Wars" tells the story of the first three original movies in the "Star Wars" franchise. The story is told in animated scenes that blend the moments from the films with the charm and humor the "Angry Birds" franchise is known for. The audio of the game sounds as if it were ripped straight from the movies. Every lightsaber and laser sounds authentic. The music used in the game is also impressive and would make John Williams proud.

The game play starts as you would expect. You fling your screaming birds toward the pigs to try to take them out. The game play changes when you learn to use the force. Every character has its own power that changes the game play. Luke has his lightsaber; Han has his laser pistol, and Obi-Wan uses force push to take out the portly Stormtroopers. There are even bonus levels where icons R2-D2 and C-3PO take center stage. This attention to detail brings fresh strategy and replay ability to the franchise and is a welcome edition.

"Angry Birds Star Wars" is a fun game. It's a true love letter to the famous franchise.

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