Rovio’s new Angry Birds Star Wars is now available on iOS, Android, Windows 8, and OS X.
The new Angry Birds game is Rovio’s second movie tie-in game, but unlike Angry Birds Rio the Star Wars version adds a number of new features and a more recognizable set of characters. In Angry Birds Star Wars every bird from the series dresses like a character from George Lucas’ sci-fi universe.
Angry Birds Star Wars tells the story of the movies in the short cut scenes before each new world. The game skips the prequel trilogy and starts the story at Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope where R2-D2 and C-3PO escape from Darth Vader by taking an escape pod to Tatooine.
The game picks up with the red bird dressed as Luke Skywalker trying to get past the Bad Piggies dressed as Sand People. Like most Angry Birds games, the first few stages just focus on shooting the birds at the pigs’ structures with no special abilities. Later in the game the Luke Skywalker bird gains a lightsaber which he can use to deflect blaster shots and destroy structures.
The game also includes Angry Birds dressed as Princess Leia, Obi Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Carlissian. The pigs play the role of all of the bad guys from the aforementioned Sand People and Darth Vader to the Storm Troopers.
Angry Birds Star Wars mixes gameplay from all previous games in the series. Stages that take place on planets like Tatooine follow the traditional rules of the series. Other stages are more akin to Angry Birds Space stages with fields of gravity around planets.