Two of my favourite things: Star Wars and Angry Birds have combined to create the latest game from Finish game developers Rovio.
The fifth Angry Birds game is out for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Mac platforms meaning unless you have a Blackberry you should be catered for.
Angry Birds Star Wars mixes two styles of gameplay meaning it‘s some of the original Angry Birds where you simply fling birds at pigs and Angry Birds Space where you had to navigate gravity and fling your birds around planets. There are currently two episodes set on Tatooine (complete with two suns) and the Death Star.
Rovio have been clever with the new birds and making the pigs into stormtroopers, TIE fighters and even Darth Vader pigs that can manipulate the force.
The birds have had a massive makeover as well with the red bird being played by Luke Skywalker and now wielding a lightsaber that you can use to reflect blaster shots and slice the piggies with.
The yellow bird is now Han Solo who can shot three blaster shots in a direction of your choice and his furry friend Chewbacca replaces the gigantic red bird that smashes into anything you fling it against.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is the replacement for the black bird and his power involves using the force to push pigs and blocks in any direction you choose. The classic blue bird that splits in three remains and you also get C3-P0 and R2-D2 birds that explode and shoot lightning respectively. These changes make a huge difference to introducing some needed gameplay differences to the classic Angry Birds setup.
You get eighty levels to start off with and the promise of more levels coming in an update set on Hoth. There is also an in-app-purchase of $1.99 for an extra forty levels set on Dagobah which puts the cost up to $5 on an iPad but you‘re looking at around five to six hours of entertainment with the promise of free updates to come. Finishing a level gives you one, two or three stars depending on your score and you‘ll get a lot more hours of gameplay if you try to make sure you finish each level with three stars.
All in all it‘s more of the Angry Birds games you know and love. By combining some of the Angry Birds Space levels with the traditional gameplay you might be turned off slightly but these levels simply require a different approach. You might be further turned off by the in-app-purchase of the extra levels however these are optional and these extra levels aren‘t that exciting.
If like me, you‘ve got a folder on your device specifically for the various Angry Birds games you own then this is a no brainer purchase. If you want to keep yourself or your kids busy for a few hours with some puzzle solving I can‘t recommend a better way.