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Review: Angry Birds Star Wars by Rovio on the Zeepad 7″ ICS Android Tablet

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In gaming it is customary to continue any series that is successful all the way to the point of being stupidly inane to the average gamer (how many versions of Street Fighter II has Capcom been peddling for the last 20 years that don’t advance the game at all?).  For some, Angry Birds has passed that point, the point where they simply don’t care anymore- for others, like me, the game is still fresh even after travelling the globe, covering major holidays and going into space once already, now they are licensed with Star Wars.

For many, this will be their first taste of the Angry Birds gameplay (Star Wars is quite popular and the recent purchase by Disney will only expand that fanbase).  The idea is that players use a slingshot to shoot birds at structures built by pigs, here these structures and backgrounds are based on Star Wars mythology.  The pigs stole eggs from the birds and plan on eating them but the birds, angry over the situation, take out their revenge- hence the name of the series.  The unique part here is that Rovio have quite a robustly accurate physics engine powering the whole affair which makes each level unique, even when replayed- you will have a hard time recreating the exact same effect.

That is Angry Birds for you.  Nothing has changed really, some new birds are introduced but nothing ground breaking or detrimental to the gameplay.  Slight changes to the backgrounds and how newly introduced birds interact and out the door it goes.  There is nothing wrong with this way of creating games, after all, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.  Right?

In Angry Birds Star Wars, we get birds based on Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Senator Palpoteen/Obi Wan Kenobi and even the Millenium Falcon makes an appearance (replacing the Eagle and other iterations of it from other games) to decimate the enemy, if you have the power up saved up for use that is (don’t worry, you can purchase various things in the app to make the game easier).

There are In App Purchases here, none of which are used in the effort to review this game- the score is based solely on what you get “out of the box”.  Star Wars fans will enjoy this new take on their favorite franchise while Angry Birds fans may discover they enjoy the Star Wars mythos (though it is not exactly “shoved in your face”).  Besides, this is light years better than Masters of  Terra Kasi on the Playstation One (a sad attempt at a fighting game based on Star Wars).

Angry Birds Star Wars by Rovio
Platform: Android
Rated: Low Maturity
Score: 90/100
Available now on Google Play (HD version here) and the iTunes App Store (HD version here).

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