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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN & GAMES -

AN­GRY BIRDS STAR WARS ★★★★

3 cert, Rovio, iPad (also iPhone, iPod Touch, An­droid, Win­dows phone) An­gry Birds Star Wars, to para­phrase Homer Simp­son, works on so many lev­els. The game­play is ad­dic­tive as ever, the ref­er­ences are witty and cute, and it’ll drive Star Wars purists round the bend. It’s a bizarre re­work­ing of the space opera, told with birds and pigs. Fa­mil­iar mu­sic and funny sound ef­fects echo the saga and the backgrounds re­fer to set­tings from the films.For those who have been liv­ing in a galaxy far, far away, An­gry Birds game­play is touch-screen, and in­volves cat­a­pult­ing birds from a sling­shot to the other side of the screen. The ob­ject of the game is to have the birds smash into their en­e­mies (pigs) or into ob­jects that can crush them. Star Wars­themed ad­di­tions aside, the lat­est game stays mostly within this for­mula. The iconic app games have en­chanted hun­dreds of mil­lions of fans (from Justin Beiber to Sal­man Rushdie), and if you’ve avoided it so far, An­gry Birds Star Wars is one of the bet­ter cor­ners of the fran­chise, and a great place to start.

JOE GRIF­FIN

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