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Game Picks: Angry Birds Star Wars

CorrespondentDecember 13, 2012 

As anyone who has played it knows, “Angry Birds” is ridiculously addictive and impossible to describe. You fling wingless birds at buildings with a slingshot and try to crush obnoxious piggies. The franchise’s latest expansion, “Angry Birds Star Wars” (iOS, Android; $.99/$1.99 HD; rated 4+) combines standard features from the original title with the zero-G and orbital physics of “Angry Birds Space.”

The game incorporates characters and story lines from the classic “Star Wars” films. There’s not much to tell other than that. “ABSW” uses the same game mechanics as previous games, with a few thematic switchups. So in the interest of furthering Star Wars literacy – a noble endeavor, surely – I’ve listed below the playable birds and their new powers, along with information and trivia from the films.

C-3PO (White Bird)

Power: Self-destructs into five parts.

Reference: Scene in “The Empire Strikes Back” in which C-3PO is blasted into parts by stormtroopers.

Double Secret Movie Trivia: Director George Lucas originally planned for Threepio to be a “used-car salesman type.”

R2-D2 (Space Egg)

Power: Emits arcs of electricity.

Reference: Artoo’s utility device that delivers a short-range electrical arc.

Double Secret Movie Trivia: R2-D2 is one of only four characters to appear in all six “Star Wars” films, along with C-3PO, Obi-Wan and Anakin/Vader.

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Black Bird)

Power: Moves objects with telekinesis.

Reference: The Jedi force push power of levitating and flinging objects.

Double Secret Movie Trivia: The role of Obi-Wan in the original trilogy almost went to Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune (“Seven Samurai”).

Luke Skywalker (Red Bird)

Power: Swings light saber for area damage.

Reference: “This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster; an elegant weapon for a more civilized age.”

Double Secret Bonus Trivia: In the original trilogy of films, the lightsaber’s glow was achieved by the painstaking process of rotoscoping.

Princess Leia (Pink Bird)

Power: Activates a beam that pulls objects out of position.

Reference: The Star Destroyer tractor beam that captures Leia’s ship in “Star Wars.”

Double Secret Bonus Trivia: In the novelizations, Leia marries Han after the events of “Return of the Jedi” and has three children – Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin.

Han Solo (Yellow Bird)

Power: Fires laser blaster.

Reference: “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”

Double Secret Bonus Trivia: Christopher Walken, Bill Murray and John Travolta were all considered for the Han Solo role.

Chewbacca (Big Brother Bird)

Power: Topples objects with increased mass ann momentum.

Reference: “Droids don’t pull people’s arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookiees are known to do that.”

Double Secret Bonus Trivia: Chewbacca is derived from the Russian word for “dog” and the character was inspired by Lucas’ own dog, named Indiana.

Rebel Pilot (Blue Bird)

Power: Can multiply into three smaller birds.

Reference: In the Death Star attack, Rebel Alliance ships are in color-coded squadrons.

Doub le Secret Bonus Trivia: Actor Denis Lawson, who played rebel pilot Wedge Antilles in the first trilogy, is the uncle of actor Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan in the second set of films.

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