Angry Birds Star Wars is a console take on the incredibly popular tablet game, that brings most of the Angry Birds Star Wars experience onto your home TV. Using a controller rather than a touch screen to aim your birds and fling them at your foes (other than on the Wii U, where you can make use of the GamePad's built in touch screen), this is a pretty authentic recreation of the smartphone sensation - although with a few small changes.
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Although it comes with 20 exclusive levels, it's sadly missing the Endor and Death Star II levels of the mobile game. In return, you get two multiplayer modes, that let you play either in co-op (taking it in turns to fire your birds off), or competitively in a high-score duel.
If you've ever played an Angry Birds game before, you'll soon be at home here. While the birds and pigs have both been given a Star Wars makeover, the concept is still the same - it's up to you to fire your birds out of a giant catapult, with the intention of knocking down the pigs' buildings on the other side of the level and defeating them. To do this, all you have to do is pull back on the stick to set and angle and power for your bird, then press a button to send them flying across into the piggies' well constructed fort. Effectively using the birds as demolition balls, the idea is to knock the fort down until the pigs are defeated, in an idea that's so simple, yet oh so enjoyable, you'll wonder why no-one else has thought of it.
In terms of things younger children may struggle with, there's really very little here. While analogue stick controls arguably aren't as straightforward as touch screen ones for a game like this, there are a variety of optional alternative control methods available depending on your platform of choice, from Kinect on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, to the Touch Pad on the PS4 controller, or Move on the PS3. With next to nothing in the way of reading, even children who can't read a word should be able to find their way around this - and if they're a fan of any of the tablet games, the chances are they'll be right at home.
A family friendly game, there's nothing for parents to be too concerned about here. While you are trying to defeat some pigs by flinging birds out of a catapult at them, and you can fire lasers to shoot the pigs directly, your foes will simply disappear in a puff of smoke when defeated, and look only slightly worse for wear when taking damage.
Format Reviewed: Xbox 360