Angry Birds Star Wars Achieves Critical Acclaim
Find out what reviewers are saying about Rovio's latest effort.
There was no doubt in our minds that Rovio's Angry Birds Star Wars would become a commercial success, what with Luke Skywalker bird lightsaber-spinning across the screen, and Obi-Wan Kenobi bird Force Pushing Pigtroopers into oblivion. The real test would involve pleasing critics, especially ones that may have grown tired of the same, rehashed formula. As it turns out, they're quite fond of the studio's collaboration with Lucasfilm, praising the developers for weaving the Star Wars license into the game, while at the same time enhancing the play mechanics with new and exciting character abilities. On that note, here's a look at what reviewers had to say.
Although it doesn't stray too far from its pick-up-and-play roots, at its best the game contains real challenge and surprisingly clever twists. Gamers will come for the Star Wars references, but they'll stay for the huge variety of perfectly-tuned stages. Bring on more Angry Birds collaborations! Justin Davis, IGN
So yes, there are new Angry Birds Star Wars plush toys and heaven knows how many other bits of merchandise, but the game is also an imaginative evolution of the core bird-slinging mechanic, just as Angry Birds Space was before it. Little touches, the new weapons, really do make a difference. Stuart Dredge, theguardian
The music and sound effects never get old, and the gameplay and humor is something any 'Angry Birds' or 'Star Wars' fan could easily enjoy. Dave Smith, International Business Times
Rovio could have easily (and probably lucratively) placed new Angry Birds levels in front of a handful of static backgrounds inspired by the settings of Star Wars films and called it a day. They wouldn't be the first to do as much with the Star Wars brand. Instead, they have in Angry Birds Star Wars a respectable sequel, one that both incorporates the fiction of the brand, but also improves on previous games, progressing the franchise. Chris Plante, Polygon
It feels very much like Star Wars. Most importantly, it uses its setting to introduce new gameplay elements; the default red bird as Luke has a lightsaber to cut through blocks, the black bird as Obi-Wan has Force push, and the yellow bird as Han Solo shoots lasers. There's also turrets shooting lasers that often come in to play. Carter Dotson, 148Apps
You might think this is a merchandising opportunity too far, or brand synergy you could do without, but once you get this game in your hands even the most hardcore defenders of the empire will likely be won over. Mark Brown, Pocketgamer
We don't know if the initial wow factor will wear off after several hours of play, but at present even the opening title music still makes us want to run around like kids with our coats over our heads. The sound presentation throughout, it must be said, is incredible. Rik Henderson, Pocket-lint
Although it's one of several licensed video games on smartphones and tablets (Disney's Where's My Perry? springs to mind), it is by far the most important, not only because it blends two intellectual properties so beautifully, but also because this is one of the few examples where unique elements from a big-time franchise like Star Wars enhance an already proven formula. Chris Buffa, Modojo