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Angry Birds Star Wars adds sci-fi flavor to bird flinging, available today, we go hands-on

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Angry Birds Star Wars adds scifi flavor to bird flinging, available today, we go handson

Finland’s biggest game studio is heading back into the coop, pulling out its Angry Birds franchise for yet another go on a whole mess of platforms — this time, even Windows 8 and its mobile counterpart get some attention. Moreover, Rovio’s teamed with the folks at LucasArts (now part of the Disney family) to craft an entirely thematic experience: enter Angry Birds Star Wars. But fret not — just because Angry Birds Star Wars seems like a shameless tie-in doesn’t mean it’s a bad game (it is, however, a shameless tie-in, no matter which way you cut it). In fact, it’s quite good, melding pieces of Angry Birds Space — arguably the best and most creative entry in the Angry Birds franchise — with new gameplay elements. Rather than birds which explode or other such modifiers, post-fling, Angry Birds Star Wars equips each of several themed birds with one weapon apiece. An Obi-Wan Kenobi-themed bird uses The Force to push enemies or blocks, while a Han Solo-themed bird fires three blasts from a space pistol, just to name a few.

That Angry Birds Space component is little more than gravity effects, but it helps to mix up the often redundant level design — if you’ve played more than one Angry Birds game, you’ve seen most of what’s on offer here. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, per se, but be forewarned if you’re expecting the kind of innovation we saw from Rovio’s last Angry Birds spinoff, Bad Piggies. Angry Birds Star Wars launches today on iOS ($0.99 / iPhone, $2.99 / iPad), Android (Free SD version, HD is $2.99), Amazon Kindle Fire, Mac ($4.99), PC, Windows Phone ($0.99), and Windows 8 ($4.99). Go after the break to check out the cinematic and gameplay trailers, along with the PR.

Gallery: Angry Birds Star Wars (hands-on)

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