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Angry Birds Star Wars

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.

Angry Birds Star Wars
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Developer(s)Rovio Entertainment
Exient Entertainment (consoles and handhelds)
Publisher(s)Rovio Entertainment (in conjunction with LucasArts), Activision (consoles and handhelds)
SeriesAngry Birds
EngineBox2D
Platform(s)Android, iOS, BlackBerry 10,[1] Windows Phone, Microsoft Windows, OS X, Facebook, BlackBerry Tablet OS, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS
ReleaseNovember 8, 2012
Genre(s)Puzzle

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

GameplayEdit

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, Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker's home desert planet, moves to the Death Star, travels to Hoth, then Cloud City, and eventually ends up with Endor and Death Star 2. 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. Players can replay previously completed levels with the upgraded abilities.

Differences from other games are 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 the player manages 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]

ReceptionEdit

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
MetacriticiOS: 88/100[9]
PS3: 49/100[10]
X360: 59/100[11]
PS4: 47/100[12]
XONE: 53/100[13]
Review score
PublicationScore
TouchArcadeiOS:      [14]

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".[15] 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.[16]

In a 2013 poll on the Rovio website, the game collected the most votes for favorite Angry Birds game.[17] The Facebook version has garnered a lot of positive response as well.[18]

At the 2013 Webby Awards, the game was awarded as the "Best Game" from both the Judges and as the People's Choice.[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BlackBerry shows off some of its 70,000 new third-party apps, including Skype, Rdio, Kindle, and Whatsapp". The Verge. Archived from the original on 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2013-01-30.
  2. ^ Sid. "Meet the Angry Birds Star Wars Characters". AngryBirdsNest. Archived from the original on 2013-10-16. 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. Archived from the original on 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2013-09-12.
  4. ^ Stuart Dredge. "Angry Birds Star Wars II to launch for iOS, Android and Windows Phone". theguardian.com. Archived from the original on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  5. ^ "Facebook Angry Birds Photo Announcement". Facebook.com. Archived from the original on 2005-04-08. 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. Archived from the original on 2013-09-17. Retrieved 2013-09-12.
  7. ^ "FAQ - Angry Birds Star Wars on Facebook". Rovio. Archived from the original on December 10, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  8. ^ Robert Nelson (December 17, 2013). "Angry Birds Star Wars reaches "explosive conclusion"". AndroidCommunity.com. Archived from the original on December 19, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Angry Birds Star Wars for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  10. ^ "Angry Birds Star Wars for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 2018-08-10. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  11. ^ "Angry Birds Star Wars for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 2018-10-18. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  12. ^ "Angry Birds Star Wars for Playstation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 2018-10-03. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  13. ^ "Angry Birds Star Wars for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 2018-08-07. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  14. ^ Ford, Eric (2012-11-16). "'Angry Birds Star Wars' Review – The Force Is Strong With… You Know The Rest". TouchArcade. Archived from the original on 2018-08-06. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  15. ^ Mark Brown (2012-11-08). "Angry Birds Star Wars Review". PocketGamer.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2017-05-18. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  16. ^ Justin Davis 7 Nov 2012 (7 November 2012). "Angry Birds Star Wars Review". IGN. Archived from the original on 16 July 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  17. ^ "Angry Birds – Google+ – Agree or disagree? And why?". Plus.google.com. Archived from the original on 2018-09-15. Retrieved 2013-09-12.
  18. ^ "Angry Birds Star Wars for PC". Archived from the original on 2013-08-31. Retrieved 2013-08-27.
  19. ^ "2013 Webby Awards". Webbyawards.com. Archived from the original on 2014-04-18. Retrieved 2014-04-29.

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