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November 8, 2012
Angry Birds Star Wars is an Angry Birds game for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, which launched on November 8th, 2012. The game was first shown on the Angry Birds Facebook page. The game parodies Star Wars, a 1977 film series directed by George Lucas, and loosely follows its storyline.
The game combines elements of both Angry Birds and Angry Birds Space, featuring levels that take place on both standard terrain and in outer space. The game begins on Luke Skywalker's homeworld; Tatooine. With the exclusion of the Blue Birds, all the Birds are given new powers not yet seen in a canon Angry Birds title, some of these being upgraded as the game progresses further. One difference is that a Bird may still perform his/her chosen ability moments after becoming a Corpse. This is the first game where players can update their birds and second game that you can play as Darth Vader (Default).
Red Bird: Luke SkywalkerBird: Red begins as the standard Red Bird, but gains a Lightsaber early in the game that allows him to inflict greater damage in a wider radius by swinging the Saber. The Saber can be used to deflect laser shots the Bad Piggies fire at the Birds directly back at the Pigs or other structures. His power is updated in Path of the Jedi, where he gains a green lightsaber. It has no effect on the bird.
Pink Bird: Princess Leia Bird: Sacrificing her bubble-blowing power for a new pull beam, Stella can use this to tug out objects from their original position, causing the structure to become less stable. Her power is updated in Cloud City, firing more pull beams.
Yellow Bird: Han Solo Bird: At the cost of losing his ability to dash, Chuck becomes armored with a laser pistol which is like the ones occasionally used by the Pigs. Tapping any part of the screen will cause Chuck to fire three lasers in that direction, which damages objects but ricochets off metal blocks, while still causing minor damage. His power is updated in Moon of Endor, shooting more powerful blue rays.
Big Brother Bird: Chewbacca Bird: Terrence still remains one of the stronger of the Birds, but now causes small tumors where he lands, which can misplace and damage nearby objects. His power is updated in Hoth, creating a more powerful earthquake when he hits any structures.
Black Bird: Obi-Wan Kenobi Bird: No longer being able to explode, Bomb is given the power of the "Force", which allows him to use telekinesis to launch blocks and debris at enemies. Later on, this ability is updated in Death Star, allowing Bomb to increase the range of the "Force", pushing objects farther.
Blue Birds: Rebel Pilot Birds: The Blues retain their original ability to multiply from other games in the Angry Birds series, with no enhancements. During the Death Star 2 update, an upgrade made them create small explosions when they hit blocks, allowing them to knock down wood and metal easier.
Chuck-Styled Brown Bird: Lando Bird: He is introduced in Cloud City. He's armed with a laser pistol which is exactly like the ones occasionally used by Han Solo, but it launches three laser beams in three directions. His power is updated in Death Star 2, allowing him to shoot more powerful blue rays.
Exclusive to Droid Levels
White Bird: C-3PO: A Droid built in Matilda's image, its primary ability is self-destructing into five body parts. The body parts can damage structures and pop pigs.
Space Egg: R2-D2: Modeled after the Space Characters from Angry Birds Space, the Egg can no longer produce black holes, but instead emits an electric shock that can destroy any surrounding Pigs in an instant.
Yoda-Styled Bird: Yoda: A wise Jedi Master residing on the planet Dagobah. In Path of the Jedi, Red Skywalker had to travel to Dagobah so he could learn the ways of the Force from Yoda. Yoda succeeded in teaching Red the ways of the Jedi by the end of Path of the Jedi.
Jawa Birds: Jawas: Minor characters who serve no purpose other than to sell R2-D2 and C-3PO to Red Skywalker.
Tusken Raider Pigs: The weakest members of the Pig Empire. They are seen on the Tatooine levels.
Stormtrooper Pigs: The main soldiers of the Pig Empire. They are able to use blasters to throw off the Birds' accuracy.
TIE-Fighter Pigs: These pigs are shaped like Star Wars TIE-Fighters, the main fighter used by the Galactic Empire. These pigs float around in space and are much harder to hit.
Death Star Trooper Pigs
Moustache Pig: Grand Moff Tarkin
Darth Vader (Lard Vader): The evil, machine-pig-hybrid is a master at using the Dark Side of the Force. Vader was the main villain of the original Star Wars trilogy and plays the same role in Angry Birds Star Wars. He is playable in the last level of Death Star 2, after beating Emperor Palpatine, but is only used to defeat him.
King Pig: Emperor Palpatine: The King Pig plays the role of the Emperor, the main antagonist of Star Wars as a whole. He can be seen in Death Star 2, where he is situated on a spinning chair. If the four bars fill up, Emperor Palpatine will spin his chair (and playing the classic cartoon whirling sound), causing him to change the height of his chair. If the four bars are empty, he cannot produce any lightning bolts, allowing the birds and blocks to attack him.
Boba Fett Missions: A non-sequencial episode that could be unlocked by finding the pieces, paying for $0.99 or via a promotional code. Every level in this episode features Boba Fett as its regular enemy.
Bonus: Similarly to Golden Eggs, Bonus levels are achieved through obtaining golden egg-shaped spaceships or accumulating Stars throughout the game.
This is the second Angry Birds iOS game that does not use any Pig-related episode titles.
Disney and Rovio teamed up to make a trailer promoting Angry Birds Star Wars which was released in theaters on September 19, 2012 in front of Shake It Up: The Movie, and in YouTube on November 7 of that year. It was the first Angry Birds cinematic trailer to be released in theaters (in front of a Disney movie).
The second Angry Birds cinematic trailer to be released in theaters (in front of a Disney movie) is Boba's Delivery. It was released in YouTube on June 21, 2013, and in theaters on June 21 on that year in front of Monsters University.
Angry Birds Star Wars is the first crossover Angry Birds game, as being a crossover with the Star Wars original trilogy. The first is Angry Birds Rio, a crossover with Rio, the third is in Angry Birds Star Wars, a crossover with the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and fourth is Angry Birds Transformers, a crossover with the Transformers series.
This and its sequel are the only two Angry Birds games whose title splash precede the Rovio logo. They are also the only two games with skippable logos.
Differences between Star Wars and Angry Birds Star Wars
Almost every enemy in the game is a pig, probably to make the game more Angry Birds-friendly.
Obi-Wan stays hooded throughout the entirety of Angry Birds Star Wars, unlike in Star Wars.
In Angry Birds Star Wars, there actually is a reason Ponda and Evazan dislike Red Skywalker: Red accidentally shoved Ponda into a pickle jar. In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Ponda and Evazan dislike Luke for no apparent reason.
Ponda Baba's arm isn't cut off. Instead, Baba has a pickle in his mouth that gets cut in half by Obi-Wan's Lightsaber. This is all most likely due to attempting to make the game kid-friendly, and the fact Baba doesn't have any arms in Angry Birds Star Wars, like most Angry Birds characters.
Red uses his Lightsaber throughout A New Hope, unlike Luke, who only uses it twice in the movie.
Obi-Wan is never killed on-screen in Angry Birds Star Wars, even though he is killed at the hands of his old apprentice, Darth Vader in A New Hope and is even used in levels based on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Angry Birds Star Wars II has a similar scenario where characters killed off in canon are still used in the regular episodes.
The roles of R2-D2 and C-3PO have become less major.
Yoda doesn't hide his true identity when he first meets Luke. In The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda hides his identity from Luke and acts eccentric and curious, attempting to teach Luke patience. Luke grows impatient because Yoda wouldn't take Luke to find the Jedi Master Yoda (as at the time, Luke didn't know the creature was Yoda). In Angry Birds Star Wars, none of these events happen.