May the birds be with you!
The birds strike back in this brand new release from LucasArts, Rovio Entertainment, and published to the PC by UK publisher, Focus Multimedia.
The phenomenon that is Angry Birds had great success with its release of Angry Birds Star Wars last year. The merging of these two entertainment behemoth seemed a bit odd on paper, but when we got a chance to fling a lightsaber wielding Luke Skywalker bird at an AT-AT piloted by Storm Trooper pigs, there was no doubt that the force was strong with this one. This time around the series tackles the prequel trilogy with a whole new cast of recognizable characters, with all new powers to unleash.
Angry Birds Star Wars 2 offers an impressive roster of over 30 playable characters (birds and pigs alike). Launch Qui-Gon-Jin with a familiar lightsaber attack or smash through structures with young pod-racing Anakin, the biggest line-up of characters to date gives you many different ways to knock out those pesky sith piggies. For the PC version, players will be instantly rewarded for stars earned with coins that can be used in the in game to store to unlock new characters with their own unique powers. You can use the coins to buy characters for a limited number of uses, or save up your coins and get them permanently in your arsenal.
While in game, you can swap out your currently loaded bird (or pig) for another character you may feel is better suited for the level you are facing. Having a hard time using young Obi-Wan’s force power to knock down a structure? Swap him out for young Anakin and drive your racing pod right through them. You can also purchase and use non-prequel characters. Blast some clone trooper pigs with a Han Solo bird. Why not, right? Through the various levels you can also find hidden collectible items and maps to bonus levels. These strategically places items will force you sacrifice one of your birds or pigs and use their powers to collect.
Also new to the series is the ‘Join the Pork side’ levels that, for the first time, lets you take control of the pigs. Wield Darth Maul’s double-bladed Lightsaber, rule the galaxy with emperor Palpatine, or unlock classic characters such as Darth Vader and Boba Fett. Finally it’s time for the revenge of the pigs.
Angry Birds Star Wars 2 is not only Angry Birds fans, or Star Wars fans. This is a game that everyone will love and spend hours playing trying to feel that immense satisfaction you get when taking out all pigs in 1 hit and getting those 3 stars. The addition of the prequel trilogy levels brings a whole new generation of fans, whose first encounter with Star Wars was the prequels.
The Angry Birds and Star Wars formula has proven itself a recipe for success, and great entertainment. From the extensive character line up, sharp graphics, and classic Star Wars music done in the fun, lighthearted Angry Birds way, this all adds up to yet another exciting addition to the ever growing Angry Birds family. The addition of the “Join the Pork side’ game play only solidifies this game as a #1 hit and changes the dynamic of future of the series. I hope to see this mechanic in more Angry Birds games.
This is a must play for any fan of either series.
+ New powers
+ New Characters
+ High replay value
- Prequel trilogy storyline