Angry Birds Stella
The birds keep flying in this new Angry Birds spinoff.
The Angry Birds franchise has been going strong for roughly five years. The original is one of the highest downloaded apps and spawned numerous sequels and spinoffs. The newest entry, Angry Birds Stella, is targeted at a female audience, with all of the characters possessing feminine traits. Of course, it's still appropriate for all ages and both genders.
If you ever played an Angry Birds game before, Stella is more or less identical. If this is your first foray into the Angry Birds experience, the game plays like this: you shoot birds from a slingshot to kill their pig enemies. There are different kinds of birds, each with their own abilities. Stella, the main character, can be redirected after being fired to move around corners and obstacles. Another bird, Willow, can be used as a drill and sent downwards, while yet another character, Luca uses a sonic wave to destroy ice obstacles. All of these new abilities make for interesting new puzzle designs that utilize one or more of the birds' abilities to make for a fresh Angry Birds experience. With over 50 puzzles, there's plenty to see and do.
If you've played Angry Birds since its inception, you may grow tired of firing birds at pigs. Angry Birds Stella fails to truly advance the series to the next level, even with the new birds and abilities.
The game also has wait timers before or after certain boss levels. You can wait these out or pay in-game coins you collected. Of course, there's the option to make an in-game purchase.
Angry Birds Stella is a good title with solid gameplay and quality cartoon visuals. The problem is that the game is one in a long line of similar entries, and people have come to expect a lot out from the franchise. On its own, Stella is definitely a great pick up, but if you are getting sick of Angry Birds it won't do much to get you back into the series.