By now, if you’ve ever played an Angry Birds game, you know what to expect from a new installment in the series. You’ll fling birds at structures, trying to do as much damage as you can, while destroying the pigs inside. Just like the original Angry Birds Star Wars– and all the other games in the series– the sequel delivers exactly what you’d expect, with a thick layer of the Star Wars prequel trilogy spread on for good measure.
But don’t let the quality of the movies stop you from playing the game. The game dispenses with the movies’ story and acting, leaving you with good old physics puzzling fun.
You start out on Naboo, flinging birds that look like Obi Wan and Qui-Gon Jin, but after you beat a few levels you can switch to the “Pork Side” of the Force and play as bad guys like Jango Fett and Darth Sidious. The gameplay remains the same whether you’re on the good side of the Force or the bad, but the settings, characters, and special moves change.
Once again, each character has a special move that you unleash by tapping the screen when they’re in midair. Yoda does a ricocheting lightsaber spin move that turns pretty much any structure into sushi. Sidious uses his lightning fingers to destroy metal plates.
The game comes with 80 levels that take place-planet side or in space, plus a smattering of bonus and challenge levels. It doesn’t take too long to marathon through the content, but if you want to get three stars on each level, you’re in for a challenge. And if the past is any indication, you can expect more content to be released in updates down the line.
In-app purchase is on offer here, of course, but it’s not obnoxious. You can pay to use characters like Jar Jar and General Grievous in levels you wouldn’t otherwise be able to use them in. There’s also a line of Angry Birds Star Wars toys called Telepods that are similar to the toys for Skylanders. If you buy one, you can scan it into the game and use that character as you would an in-app purchase.
When you get down to it, though, Angry Birds Star Wars II is a lot like the original, which means it’s a lot like every other entry in the series. It’s enjoyable but familiar, just like the Star Wars movies if you’ve watched them many times before.