Angry Birds is becoming one of the senior members of the mobile game club, with the first version rolling out almost three years ago. So, how does a company keep interest in a game high, while not changing the game-play dynamic so much that it becomes something else? A mashup with Star Wars would seem to fill the bill.
The Star Wars element is injected through costumes and settings, as well pairing abilities and weapons to birds assigned specific characters. For instance the bomb birds are now Obi-Wan Kenobi-esque with Force powers. There are also new dynamics such as attacking a structure that’s defended by blaster fire that you have to time your way through.
The game starts out with very simple levels that make it a fine introduction to the way of warring pigs and birds for new players. The initial setting is Tatooine, where you do battle with piggish stormtroopers and Tusken Raiders for 40 levels. Path of the Jedi is a $1.99 in-app purchase that takes you to Dagobah for instruction from a Yoda-bird, and 40 more levels. And if you thought birds that exploded were good fun, you must try a bird wielding lightsaber. Also included in the initial release is a Death Star environment, and Hoth is teased as a future free update.
If you’re an Angry Birds fan, there’s no reason not to pick this game up. It carries on the familiar game play with some new twists that keep it fresh. If you’re a Star Wars fan who has never tried a Birds game before, you might consider picking this up. It’s a good entry point into the world of birds and pigs, and the Star Wars elements are handled with charm and humor.