Platform reviewed on: Xbox 360
Also available on: PlayStation 3, Wii U
Developed and published by Rovio Entertainment, Angry Birds: Star Wars has finally made its way to consoles. While the series has indeed made a success with past titles… do the quirky, high flying and charismatic Birds fit into their new found home on the console? Or should a pack of Stormtroopers carry them back to their handheld home? Well, lets find out!
Angry Birds: Star Wars on console adds 20 never-before-seen exclusive levels – in addition to the existing 200 from the original Angry Birds Star Wars mobile game. Additionally, the game now features an online multiplayer section for the first time. Players will also have the opportunity to play alongside family members or friends in two-player co-op mode to achieve a combined high score or against them (up to four players) in competitive mode. In addition, the game delivers achievements and trophies, leaderboards, high-definition graphics, well if you have an high-definition TV that is, as well as unlockable bonus levels, items and content.
Angry Birds: Star Wars loosely follows the original storyline of the entire Star Wars trilogy. The storyline is spanned across an array of levels and features various memorable locations that include: Tatooine, the Death Star, Hoth and various levels that will see your Birds floating around space and beyond. While this title is, as stated above, loosely based around Star Wars it is still fun, charming and an absolute pleasure to experience. When it comes to gameplay, you will notice that each Angry Bird has received a well-deserved Star Wars make over:
Red Bird: Luke Skywalker (Red Skywalker): Red begins as the standard Red Bird, but gains a Lightsaber early in the game that allows him to inflict greater damage in a wider radius by swinging the Saber. The Saber can also be used to deflect laser shots directly back at the Pigs.
Pink Bird: Princess Leia (Princess Stella Organa): Sacrificing her bubble-blowing power for a new pull beam, Stella can use this to tug out objects from their original position, causing the structure to become less stable.
Yellow Bird: Han Solo (Chuck “Ham” Solo): At the cost of losing his ability to dash, Chuck becomes armed with a laser pistol. Tapping any part of the screen will cause Chuck to fire three lasers in that direction, which damages objects; however, also ricochets off metal blocks, while still causing minor damage.
Big Brother Bird: Chewbacca (Terebacca): Terrance still remains one of the stronger Birds, but now causes small tremors where he lands, which can misplace and damage nearby objects.
Black Bird: Obi-Wan Kenobi: No longer being able to explode, Bomb is now given the power of the “Force”, which allows him to use telekinesis to launch blocks and debris at enemies. Later on, this ability is upgraded, allowing Bomb to Force Push objects further.
Blue Birds: Rebel Pilots: The Blues retain their original ability to multiply from other games in the Angry Birds series, with no additional enhancements.
Rovio has certainly brought the force to Angry Birds: Star Wars and upped the gameplay intensity of each and every level. While earlier levels tend to be rather easy to beat… later levels can become rather insane and introduce players to challenges that will truly test their skills. The levels themselves are skilfully designed within Angry Birds: Star Wars and additionally contain various quirky references towards the Star Wars theme. This can be seen when you are introduced to a Pig that has been kitted out to look like Darth Vader… this sort of thing really gives this title such a nice touch as well as character and class. Furthermore, Darth Pig tends to give certain levels a puzzle-like feel to them, which makes you wonder if you should either attack him head-on or try for an alternative approach.
One thing I will note is that the fact that playing Angry Birds: Star Wars with a controller was a bit of an awkward experience at first. This was due to the fact that I have always played Angry Birds on a touch-based device. Luckily, the controls are simplistic enough for anyone to get the hang of within minutes of starting the game.
When it comes to graphics, Angry Birds: Star Wars looks fantastic on consoles! The artwork is beautiful, quirky and graphically appealing. Furthermore, the character models, environments and lighting look absolutely stunning in HD. On another note, during my review I did not manage to come across any notable graphical errors.
When it comes to sound, Angry Birds: Star Wars features some really memorable sound clips from the original Star Wars trilogy… it is just unfortunate that while in-game the repetitive nature of the Angry Birds sounds can be a bit of a turn-off. It would be great if future games had a variety of sounds for each every Bird.
Angry Birds: Star Wars is a great addition to consoles; however, it does come with a much higher price tag than its mobile counterpart. Thankfully, if you do not own a mobile device that can run the game, but do however have a console then you are definitely in for a treat as Angry Birds: Star Wars is well worth checking out.
Lasting Appeal: 9.5/10