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Angry Birds Star Wars Makes its way to Facebook

/ Dec 20th, 2012 No Comments

Angry Birds
Angry Birds

Angry Birds

Some gamers love to hate it while others love to play it, but when Angry Birds collided with another widely popular series with Angry Birds Star Wars, it certainly gave players something to talk about.  The Star Wars/Angry Birds hybrid was released earlier in November for iOS, Android, the Amazon Kindle Fire, Mac, PC, Windows Phone, and Windows 8.  Don’t own any of those devices or systems?  That’s no problem because it was just announced by Rovio Entertainment that Angry Birds Star Wars has been released on Facebook.

Angry Birds Star Wars on Facebook isn’t just a simple port either.  The transition onto the social networking site brings along several new features.  Being on Facebook allows for the game to take advantage of some new social features.  Weekly tournaments will be incorporated into the game.  With five new levels being added every week, players will constantly have new challenges where they can compete against friends.  Competing against your Facebook buddies may also net players in-game rewards.  Angry Birds Star Wars also adds a few social features that were similar with Angry Birds Friends, the first Angry Birds app that appeared on Facebook.  Friends can cooperate or compete against each other, send in-game gifts, try and outdo each other on leaderboards, or even do something as simple as posting scores on each other’s timelines.

Aside from the social features, the Facebook version also introduces some new power-ups and abilities.  These new additions are obviously Star Wars themed with the Thermal Detonator, Blaster Droid, and Saber Sling.  The Thermal Detonator allows players to plant large explosives, the Blaster Droid uses a laser to destroy objects and targets, and the Lightsaber Sling allows for characters to be flung even farther.  A final new addition is the “Clone Bird” ability which allows a player to create a duplicate bird of their choice.  This ability is perfect for some of the puzzles where you might want just one more of a certain bird to cause a special kind of chaos.

The Star Wars collaboration and branding has proven to be a hit for the franchise.  Not only was the newest entry in the Angry Birds series well received, it allowed for Rovio to make a big retail push for the game.  The product line for Angry Birds Star Wars is enormous and encompasses action figures, plush toys, apparel, board games, and many other products.  Now with the game moving onto one of the biggest social networks ever, it’s safe to say that the phenomenon will even be sweeping galaxies far, far away.

Ben Sheene

Ben Sheene

Associate Editor & Content Guru at Gaming Illustrated
Ben is from Kentucky where he originally began playing games (an activity he still continues to this day). With a love for writing he graduated from Centre College with a BA in English. He recently moved to California to pursue whatever future endeavors were there. A passion for music, gaming, blogging, and existing keeps him up at night and crafts him into the person he is today.
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