Apple has a lot of great apps to offer in their very popular App Store. I have played a wide range of games, and have really narrowed my favorites down to a select few in each app category. In the case of games, “Angry Birds” is right at the top. Rovio’s newest Birds release brings us into the world of Star Wars, which we are all very familiar with. What I loved about “Angry Birds” from the beginning was that it is a very fun, and very simple game to navigate. That being said, there are a lot of very challenging levels. It’s one of those games like “Super Mario Bros.” that looks innocent, and then as you make your way deeper into the game, you want to throw your iPhone (or console) across the room because the game is so tough. So, the challenge factor definitely exists, even for hardcore gamers.
They do a very good job on bringing the world of Star Wars to iOS. I appreciate how creative they got in assigning the Birds and Pigs we are used to playing with, to different Star Wars characters. Above, we see Luke Skywalker as the bird that we start out with in the game. Aside from Luke, we have really every character that should be in the game. We have Luke, Han, Leia, Chewy, C-3PO, R2-D2, and then on the dark side we have Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, Tie Fighters, X-Wings, and we get to play in various locations such as Tatooine, the Death Star, and soon they will be updating the app to bring us the ice planet of Hoth.
One aspect that I find challenging that we do also find in the Space version of “Angry Birds” is where you are slinging the birds into different bubbles that carry their own gravity. You really have to aim just right to get the job done. It can get frustrating, but that is part of the challenge of the game that users enjoy.
I have always enjoyed the design of the characters as well. These are what I would call “time waster” games, but they are very addicting. So, user beware! It is also a big battery drainer. I have taken my battery down from full charge to 50% in one sitting of playing this game. Ya, it is that fun. And this latest installment is not exception.
It’s fun to see all the different ways Star Wars manifests itself in the retail market. It seems that Star Wars products are available in every direction we look. This game is a great addition to the vast collection of Star Wars related material, and should be downloaded without hesitation, even for the most casual of gamer.
-David B. Harrington