Quick disclaimer: I paid $2 for my used copy. Easily the only deal I ever found good enough for this game.
For those of you that have been living under a rock or something, Angry Birds is a little game that Rovio released on mobile devices for $0.99 back when smartphone gaming began to take off. Because of that, it quickly became a cultural phenomenon and spawned numerous more games. I'd be fine with that, but then Activision came along and got an idea: "Let's make easy cash on this trend by releasing overpriced $40 ($20 for handheld, but that's still $19 more than the original price) versions of some Angry Birds games for store shelves so little kids can spot them and bug their clueless parents until they fall into the scam!"
There's a reason why I didn't buy this Nintendo 3DS edition of Angry Birds Star Wars when it came out; supporting full retail priced Angry Birds is like supporting Destiny: The Taken King.
Anyway, Angry Birds Star Wars continues the simplistic physics-based mechanics that the series has been known for since its debut in 2009. You use your eyeballs to scan the level layout, slingshot some birds across, and hope that they crush the opposing green pigs, whether by direct means or toppling over wood or stone structures. The birds are color-coded, as what unique ability they can use (especially in the case of Star Wars) depends on the color of the bird. For example, red birds can swing the lightsaber, and yellow birds shoot with Han Solo's signature blaster.
The level designs proudly emphasize on its surroundings, as you could try and knock out the pigs right then and there, but there are also ways you could strategically launch birds in areas that would cause catastrophic results against the pigs. There are mirrors that can reflect the blaster lasers, TNT boxes to blow up, and the game even takes a few cues from Angry Birds Space by including some gravity-based layouts. With well over 200 of these levels, plus 20 more levels that are apparently exclusive to this version of the game (not that it would justify the purchase alone), there's plenty of bird-slinging action to go around. It's madly addicting to fire off a bird or few, and it's always satisfying to watch the layouts get destroyed by your antics. Star Wars makes things even more interesting thanks to its theme and unique Jedi powers the birds carry. It's somewhat odd that this game runs in 30fps instead of 60 (I mean, really? It's freaking Angry Birds!), but it's easy to get used to, and is by no means a dealbreaker.
Angry Birds Star Wars is indeed recommended, but of course, only if you buy it for cheap. Now that copies can be spotted for as low as $4 (if not lower, considering how much I paid for mine), I think it's okay to buy into it if you have a few bucks to spare and/or aren't as fond of doing this stuff on mobile phones as you would on a Nintendo handheld. It's nowhere as criminal as the initial price, that's for sure.
As for the business practices to begin with, they certainly get a -1/5.
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