Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system isn’t the first place users would expect to find the next installment of the Angry Birds franchise exclusively, but it’s the only place users found Angry Birds Star Wars 2 yesterday.
According Microsoft, only Windows Phone users were able to purchase the game from today. Meaning users of iOS and Android devices had to wait just a bit longer before they can destroy bricks and complete levels with special Star Wars themed birds and opponents.
Users can download the game right now for just $.99. While that price is consistent with add-free versions of Rovio’s past games in the franchise, it’s considerably lower than what Windows Phone users are used to. That’s especially true since Angry Birds Star Wars 2 comes complete with Xbox LIVE achievements. Typically, Xbox enabled games cost as much as $6.99 on Windows Phone. Users can give the game a try with a free trial before buying too.
As for the game itself, developer Rovio has opted to not fundamentally change the game in huge ways. That is, the object of the game is still the same: to eliminate the pigs using good timing and unique character abilities. Users have 30 distinct different characters at their disposal this time around, including franchise legends like Yoda, Anakin Skywalker, Mace Windu and more.
Those who prefer to choose their own destiny also can play as a member of the Pork Side; that is the Dark Side as Darth Vader or Darth Maul.
While Windows Phone users enjoyed early access to the game, their reason for celebration was short lived. Rovio launches iOS and Android versions of Angry Birds Star Wars 2 today, September 19th.
Rovio first showed off a trailer for Angry Birds Star Wars 2 in mid-July. At the time, the company also announced that users would be able to use a new telepod feature to add exclusive characters to the game. Whereas Angry Birds Star Wars followed the timeline of Star Wars Episode 4 through Star Wars Episode 6, the second installment of the game follows Star Wars Episode 1 through Star Wars Episode 3