Angry Birds Star Wars is a fun new addition

Andrea DeBauche, Arts Editor

“Angry Birds Star Wars” is a fun new addition to the Angry Birds family. And while we already expect every game to be more or less the same as the previous, this time the feathery fellows are combined with another pop-culture hit. The makers have cleverly adapted the game with a “Star Wars” theme, even loosely following the progression of the original 1977 film.

The clever references and visuals will tease a chuckle out of any “Star Wars” fan. The birds and swine have even gotten a makeover as different characters from the movies. The pigs, of course, are dressed as Darth Vader or Stormtroopers, while the birds are the protagonists.

With new characters come new abilities. The red bird is no longer a lame duck, but rather Luke Skywalker equipped with a lightsaber that slices through obstacles. The Obi-Wan Kenobi/bomb bird can push piles of blocks where the player wants. Han Solo/yellow bird can fire three pinpoint blaster rounds. The well-known Star Wars characters look pretty cute in the form of round little birds, and the creatures’ new abilities are congruent to their new characters. While the actual game will always remain about the same, the new theme and abilities made the game seem fresh.

The levels and playing style are the same as have previously been used – point and fling. Gravity bubbles and slingshot effect introduced in “Angry Birds Space” is used a lot in the new game. One twist is that the pigs can now sometimes shoot new obstacles to avoid, but that’s about the extent of the change in gameplay.

New to this game is it being adapted for the PS4, Xbox One and Wii U, along with the usual option to be downloaded as an app for a smartphone or tablet, etc. While some might like using the manual controls of a controller, some might find it irksome compared to the usual ease of touchscreen.

“Angry Birds” has long been played for a couple of minutes to maybe an hour as a time killer, but as a legitimate game on a legitimate system, sitting and playing tons of levels on end might get a little tedious. It should also be noted that the game costs $50 on the new systems, while having no extra features compared to the app. So unless you’re committed to seeing those flying fowl on a big screen, I’d suggest saving yourself $49 and just downloading the app. Other than that, “Angry Birds Star Wars” was a fun combination of a classic game and classic movie, and worth a distracted hour or two of your time.