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There's so many Angry Birds games out there that listing them all would make for an incredibly obnoxious opening paragraph. Originally released in 2009, I'm not sure anyone could've predicted that Angry Birds would turn into the worldwide empire it has since become. It's been a long road, and Rovio is no stranger to sequels, spinoffs, and movie tie-ins at this point so I'm not sure anyone was surprised when Angry Birds Star Wars II was announced. Regardless, we loved Angry Birds Star Wars [$0.99 / Free] in our review, so it'd only stand to reason that the sequel is just as good- If not better.

While the original Angry Birds Star Wars followed the original trilogy, Angry Birds Star Wars II [Free] takes a step backwards (Or is it forwards?) to the more-recently released prequel trilogy. Initially, this puts you in charge of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn birds, with the rest of the cast joining in later levels. Sure, it's easy to groan at the prequel trilogy, but like Angry Birds Star Wars the movies really only serve as the absolute most barebones frame for the levels of the game to progress through. Essentially, instead of just being in some random nondescript Angry Birds location poppin' pigs, you're doing it on planets like Naboo.

More interesting than the story framework, however, is the ability to actually play as the pigs for the first time ever in an Angry Birds game. Unsurprisingly, when you join the "pork side," the pigs play almost exactly like the birds, but with their own on-tap power that fits their character. Playing as the pigs provides a neat spin on the gameplay, but, Bad Piggies [$0.99 / Free] is still my pig game of choice.

Like other recent Angry Birds games, an in-app purchase currency is alive and well. The game generously throws these credits at you for completing various achievements (often without you even trying) which you can then use to buy either individual extra birds to use, or bundles of birds for a little extra savings. Also like the rest of the Angry Birds franchise, this sort of thing is totally optional- Especially considering getting three stars on every level often seems to be more of an exercise of using the fewest birds possible instead of going nuts on extra birds you're buying.

Aside from IAP, the other way you can get extra birds is by using Angry Birds Telepods, which are little figures that you place on top of the front-facing camera of your device to unlock that bird in game. No retailer around me has any clue what I'm talking about when I call and ask for Telepods, but from the looks of it every store that stocks Angry Birds toys should soon be carrying the full line of Angry Birds Star Wars swag, if that's what you're in to.

It's tricky reviewing Angry Birds games now, as I'm really not sure what can be said anymore about these games that we haven't already in reviewing the half dozen or so other Angry Birds games. Everyone knows how they play, everyone knows the premise, and you'd be hard pressed to find someone who hasn't at least tried (and vaguely enjoyed) an Angry Birds game.

Like its gaming forefathers, Angry Birds Star Wars II is a great game. There's a reason why the Angry Birds global dynasty exists, and that's because Rovio knows how to make killer video games that appeal to gamers of all types and all ages. ABSII is fun as heck regardless of whether you're just breezing through levels with the included birds, or slamming your head against the three star wall. Even calling it a "refinement" of the originals seems weird, as Rovio perfected the Angry Birds formula years ago.

If you're still even vaguely interested in Angry Birds games, you need Angry Birds Star Wars II. Hell, even if you haven't played an Angry Birds game in a while, it's still worth checking out, as firing off evil Boba Fett pigs at unsuspecting birds is just as much fun as you'd expect.

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  • drlemon

    Disappoint.

    Angry birds isn't as good to me as it is everyone else.

    • nini

      So... what, the score should be lowered to fit what you felt the game was worth?

      • dwainegnd

        I don't believe he said that

      • baudoinjulian

        Ok so let's all remember that
        the rating system here is based on how likely the reviewer will
        recommend the game to someone and not if it has the same depth of
        another game. So you can't say "Well game X got 4 stars so why does game
        Y get 5 stars?". This reviewer found this to be an easy recommendation
        so they rated 5 stars. It's quite simple!

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        This dude stole my comment. What a total bot!

      • cozmic0

        The 'cyrilic' letter also helps it bypass spam detector...

      • drlemon

        No, I just feel that the angry birds series is overhyped.

    • cozmic0

      Have you actually played the game?

      This angry bird installment is IMO the best yet, most polished and tons of characters with different abilities. I understand if this is not your type of game, but don't assume everyone to have the same idea or trying to force your ideal.

  • Hiraether

    No IAP game deserves 5 stars. Do you all STILL think this game, which owes everything to WORMS, is fun? This game is doomed to suffer the WoW & Pokémon curse; sure they make a ton of $, but elite gamers everywhere will make fun of you for not playing a "real" game. Go buy WORMS and be happier with more options, more weapons, & multiplayer. Angry Birds is a boring game for boring people: like solitaire. How can a game like this possibly be ranked on the same system as mmorpgs and fps?? This rating system is flawed and should be per genre for a sort of fair "per capita," if you will, critique. I give this game 2.5 stars. C'mon you guys!

    • darkcheetah

      Technically AB ripped off Crush the Castle. An online free Flash based game.

    • nini

      Really? Guess these "elite" gamers can stay in their RPG/FPS bubble if they're so close minded they'll piss on someone else for liking something "casual", their opinions count for nothing given their arrogance.

    • Xissoric

      You seriously think that a game that has millions of happy players should be rated based on what you think of it? Nobody really cares about what a few people think of a game when the vast majority loves it. I personally have never found the angry birds games fun, but I understand the 5 star rating.

    • jtfields

      The millions that buy this game will disagree with you. And if no games with IAP can have five a star rating then they might as well get rid of the five star rating because almost every game released these days has IAP of some sort.

      • jtfields

        Meant "have a five star rating". :)

    • Dr. Woodenstein

      First of all I happen to be an extremely avid and skilled gamer. Second of all you are DEAD WRONG. There is no Pokemon curse. They are still good games that many "elite gamers" play. For another thing, mmorpgs suck. Most of the time they tend to be very shallow games with no real storyline. If you wanna talk about 5 star games why don't you head on over to Final Fantasy or the Elder Scrolls series. You know, games that actually go somewhere. Now as for your 2.5 star "review" of Angry Birds Star Wars, it's completely unfair. I myself am not a big Angry Birds fan, never played one all the way through and probably never will. Nevertheless I, unlike you, am able to recognize that it is still a good game. Go broaden your horizons "elite gamer."

      • Jeremicci

        Final fantasy had a story?

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        Yes, as a matter of fact it did. However, I was speaking of the series as a whole and no one can deny that the Final Fantasy series has some of the most riveting stories of any games.

      • darkcheetah

        Eehhh...I'd say FFI had more of a plot than a story. Still play it regularly. Well, the newer versions have more of a story. The NES version though, that was just all plot no story. That's the one I play.

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        Well nevertheless the original Final Fantasy wasn't really the one I was speaking of in my original comment anyways. The term series was intended to be attached to both Final Fantasy and Fallout, but I get why it doesn't read that way. The more prominent Final Fantasy (VI, VII, X, etc.) all have really good stories. Well or so I'm told with X, I really didn't like it and never played it. I was kinda done after IX, which was actually really awesome by the way.

      • darkcheetah

        My favorite story in Final Fantasy has always been VI. Followed very closely by VII.

      • darkcheetah

        I couldn't get into X as well.

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        Yeah I don't get what all the hype was about.

      • darkcheetah

        LMAO Let me guess, everyone you knew was raving about X when it came out too. I guess everyone has their own tastes. The last Final Fantasy to really pull me in story wise was VIII, and I wasn't the biggest fan of the magic system in that game.

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        I actually have to resist the urge to abuse one of my best friends every time FF comes up. He insists that X is the best and the VII really isn't that good. On the topic of VIII though, I'm actually currently playing it and I love it. I even like the magic system, however I do kinda feel the GFs are broken. There's really no reason to use your standard attacks once your compatability with your GF reaches 1000. They're just so overpowered.

    • Karzay

      Worms by Team17?

    • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

      You're over thinking it.

    • Jeremicci

      Angry birds isn't comparable to worms

    • Jeremicci

      So IB3 doesn't deserve 5 stars?
      It does have IAPs, after all.

    • rewyan

      So are you saying that all casual games are bad?

  • dancj

    A universal Angry Birds game for 69p????

    I'd be tempted to buy it to support this if I wasn't completely sick of Angry Birds

  • jtfields

    Finally, a universal Angry Birds. I'm shocked.

  • Kane

    Gov said he has "had enough of Angry Birds"

    • nini

      There's always new blood.

  • Kane

    Join the Turd side!

  • Taclys

    You can't seriously group this game in the same level of excellency as Infinity Blade. C'mon now.

  • suttyblack

    Five stars as it has light sabres

  • Bool Zero

    What I want to know is this: can the game be played without any of the telepod nonsense or is it directly tied to buying and the "collect them all" merchandising slant? Because if so, I'm out...

    • jtfields

      My understanding is that telepods are completely optional as is the IAPs.

  • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

    Ok so let's all remember that the rating system here is based on how likely the reviewer will recommend the game to someone and not if it has the same depth of another game. So you can't say "Well game X got 4 stars so why does game Y get 5 stars?". This reviewer found this to be an easy recommendation so they rated 5 stars. It's quite simple!

    • Protoman

      Yeah. Remember this site has a meaningless ranking system everyone. Remember that.

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        It's all subjective, Protoman. Readers such as yourself would still bitch and whine regardless of the chosen rating system. This a mobile platform, not the deepest of games here.

      • darkcheetah

        I totally agree with you about the subjectiveness of reviews here. However, Protoman makes a solid point if you consider Metacritic does take TAs reviews into account and Metacritic is based on actual rating systems based on set perimeters. I don't think it very fair to actual ranking sites and to devs of apps for TA to needlessly skew the Meta scores when their rating system is based on an individuals opinion of whether they'd recommend the game. Which itself is a binary decision. You either recommend the game or you don't. So really, all that's happening is TA is messing up Meta scores for something that is a yes or no and is in no way an actual rating system.

        I do agree though that here at TA it really doesn't matter.

      • darkcheetah

        Parameters...damned autocorrect!

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        I did not even think about Metacritic and you make a solid point. I certainly understand that point of view. I responded at Protoman because of the obvious and unnecessary mocking of my post. Nevertheless, I greatly appreciate your point of view which has most definitely affected my out look as you have a great point.

        It makes me realize even more now why Kotaku refuses to rate a game. As you may know, they instead write a review of a game and you can base your purchase off the reviewers opinion and not a star rating.

      • darkcheetah

        Man, it's never occurred to me that Kotaku doesn't have a ranking system. lol nrrr

        Thanks for the nice feedback too. And yes, I did clearly see Protoman acting like a jerk. Too bad everyone can't be more respectful of other people.

  • BELIEVEinMYTH

    .99cts ? really ? Every other Angry Birds game was free. Ill wait till it goes down to free.

    • Jeremicci

      No. Actually every other HD angry birds release has been $2.99.
      The 'free' versions are riddled with ads, and altogether useless.
      It's a buck. C'mon man, gain your composure. Pull yourself together.

    • jtfields

      Actually, no, every other Angry Birds game has been $0.99 for the iPhone version and $2.99 for the iPad version. They've had limited free versions to get you to buy the full version and they still could do the same with this game as well. Several of the full versions have gone on sale for free but it will be awhile before this one does.

      • BELIEVEinMYTH

        Every initial version of Angry Birds was free. Maybe for the iCrap it was always .99ct but Android versions were always free. If a person wanted the option of getting a version without ads, it came out soon thereafter for .99ct. The free version had minimal ads, small price for getting something free.

      • Jeremicci

        That's because the android versions have ads. They know how cheap you guys are by the phones you buy.

      • lepke

        Amen that lol

      • BELIEVEinMYTH

        And what exactly is a good phone ? an iPhone ? Dont make me laugh. Android put the iPhone to shame in 2008 with the G1. You have IOS 7, we had that too, but it was called Android 1.0. 5 years ago.

      • Liberal Hater

        Lay off the crack, son.

      • Liberal Hater

        If you think Android 1 was anything near iOS7, you're high. Seriously, people say Apple fans drink Kool-Aid?? Look at the ridiculous garbage coming from you.

      • BELIEVEinMYTH

        The android version is also .99ct. Where do you idiots learn to read ?

      • Liberal Hater

        I suppose same place you learned what a "good" phone is.

      • Liberal Hater

        It was free for cheap losers who get craptacular Android phones. Perhaps the actual company who makes the game you demand for free wasn't making enough money to pay to develop said game through ads that losers don't click on. You, clown, sum up the typical Android user swimmingly well.... good show.

    • sagek

      It's entertainment you choose to consume, not air you are entitled to breath for free. Pay the f-ing dollar if you enjoy the game, or don't if you prefer to spend it on something else, but be aware that posts like yours are getting old and sound quite ignorant.

      • BELIEVEinMYTH

        How is it ignorance to be annoyed that Angry Birds games that ALWAYS premiere for free on Android, and this one is .99ct. Sure its not alot, its just the principle. Ads are a small price to pay for getting something FREE. People that pay .99ct for something they can get for free are "ignorant"

      • darkcheetah

        Than you should play it on Android man. Why stress yourself when you know where to play the free version?

      • BELIEVEinMYTH

        Its not free on Android either. Thats my point. Just saying, ill wait for the eventual ad supported free version.

      • darkcheetah

        Ok...that's kind of weak.

      • yaboyrasp

        Complaining about android prices on a ios site makes sense

      • Liberal Hater

        He was already done circlejerking with other Android dorks about it.

      • Liberal Hater

        Then wait. Why do we care? Cheapass

      • Liberal Hater

        Well there you go. You Android fans settle for crap and then expect everything to be free. Buy quality for once. $1... OMG, you're going to go broke actually PAYING for something for once.

      • Lazer Kat

        The free android versions have ads. Don't you get that?

      • Fangbone

        Ugh. Can't these android clowns get their own TA app so they can quit mucking up ours

  • Jeremicci

    The new graphics look much better but feel much worse

    • Brown Cow

      Cryptic comments are cryptic.

      • Lazer Kat

        I completely get it. The game is better in every way, but feels so much worse.

  • rubberbandage

    Is there a Hd version?

    • Jeremicci

      It's universal

  • Derprozess

    This is a five star game for those who still enjoy their iPhone1, i suppose :P

  • curtisrshideler

    I didn't even finish the last ABSW. Kind of got tired of it. And now they want us to pay for IAP or actual plastic figurines to allow us to play as the birds that I would probably want to play as? Yeah, I'll probably pass. Maybe someday I'll finish the first one.

  • worldcitizen1919

    Best yet in the series. Terrific price. Thanks. This latest addition is so enjoyable. Have fun everybody.

  • EscortGamer

    Five-star review (with a tip of 500 bucks)...

  • Lazer Kat

    I've always been an Angry Birds fan. I've played them all, and finished every level made available. It's a simple game that transcends boundaries and is the rare app that appeals to most everyone.
    However this one doesn't feel right. I can't pinpoint what it is. It *should* be the best AB title yet - the graphics are better, the level design is better, and the playable characters are much more diverse. Something isn't there. I'm not sure, maybe I've lost interest in the game - but that doesn't feel like it. Maybe it's because It sort of feels like this is finally the title where Rovio sold there soul. Anyway...I can't explain it. This app is better than the previous versions, but feels much worse.

    3/5 stars for me

    • Lazer Kat

      *their

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