Rovio Reveals 'Angry Birds Star Wars II'

Rovio Reveals ‘Angry Birds Star Wars II’

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (well, actually, November 8, 2012 in Espoo, Finland) Rovio released “Angry Birds Star Wars.” Combining two of the best-loved franchises in recent memory had a predictable effect: The game sold like gangbusters, and had fans clamoring for a sequel almost immediately.

As the first game retold the events of the original Star Wars trilogy (Episodes IV through VI, 1977 to 1983), it’s only fitting that “Angry Birds Star Wars II” will cover the prequel trilogy (Episodes I through III, 1999 to 2005).

Instead of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca, players will take control of feathered versions of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala, as well as 27 other characters. Players will also be able to play as the series’ malevolent green pigs by joining the “Pork Side” of the Force.

“At this point, we will not comment on rumors or speculation that Jar Jar Binks will be in the game,” read a statement from Rovio.

MORE: 7 Killer Xbox One Launch Games

In case you spent the last few years avoiding every electronic device more complex than a toaster, you’re probably familiar with “Angry Birds.” The casual gaming juggernaut puts the player in control of a roster of colorful avians, each with a different special skill. By launching them out of a slingshot, the player can demolish shoddily constructed fortresses that house evil, egg-snatching pigs.

“Angry Birds Star Wars” follows a similar paradigm, save for the fact that it dresses up the proceedings in a “Star Wars” skin. In the original game, for example, the birds took down the lethal Death Star and explored the enigmatic Cloud City. [See also: 5 Hit Games Made on a Shoestring]

The second game will introduce one more novel feature: Telepods — real world toys of the Star Wars angry bird casts that rest on electronic plastic bases. Placing a character on top of a mobile device will allow “Angry Birds Star Wars II” to scan the toy and bring a digital version of the character into the game.

This technology has already seen great success — both in terms of gameplay and profit — in kids’ games like Activision’s “Skylanders” and Disney’s “Disney Infinity.” The Telepods, which will range from $5.99 individually to $39.99 for packs, will launch alongside the game in September.

“Angry Birds” and “Star Wars” have almost unparalleled cachet in pop culture, so it doesn’t take a Jedi Knight to predict that the game will probably be big. If the Telepods catch on, “Angry Birds” could eventually become a real competitor in the market for full-priced kids’ games. You can make your own “Evil Empire” jokes about Activision and Disney here.

LEAVE A REPLY
Name*
Email* (will not be published)
Website
*Indicates required field
Comments*
Submit Comments

FIND A REVIEW
Laptops
All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Brand
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating Editor's Choice 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
Resolution
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options
SUBSCRIBE