Rovio unleashes Angry Birds Star Wars II on mobile

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Rovio Entertainment aims to steal away our free time once again with Angry Birds Star Wars II, which has launched on iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 devices worldwide. The game offers a line of over 30 playable characters, and is a follow-up to the original Angry Birds Star Wars, released in November 2012.

Angry Birds Star Wars II follows the story of Star Wars Episodes I-III, and as such introduces Angry Birds versions of young Anakin, Jango Fett and Darth Maul, to name a few. The game launched alongside over 30 Telepods physical figures, which can be placed onto a device’s screen to unlock new characters and powers. Players can change the bird in the slingshot at any time by swapping out for additional Telepods characters.

For the first time in the franchise, players can join the Pork Side and play as pigs representing a number of villains, including Darth Vader and General Grievous. While playing as pigs, players gain access to a variety of abilities, including telekinetic lightning and vacuums, depending on the character.

“Angry Birds Star Wars II combines the rich worlds of both Angry Birds and Star Wars in a unique way featuring fan favorite characters from both the dark and light side of the Force,” said Jami Laes, EVP of Games at Rovio Entertainment, in a company statement. “For the first time ever our new characters will not only appear in future game updates, but also on store shelves. We’ve heavily invested in the longevity of the franchise and have great updates already lined up for the coming months.”

Angry Birds Star Wars II is now available to download for $0.99 on iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 and Kindle. The Hasbro-produced Telepods figures can be purchased in groups or in playsets online and in-stores. Check back soon to follow the app’s growth on AppData, our tracking service for mobile and social apps and developers.

Watch a trailer for Angry Birds Star Wars II below.