Angry Birds Star Wars II is a puzzle video game, a crossover between Star Wars and the Angry Birds series, that was released on September 18, 2013. The game is the seventh Angry Birds game developed by Rovio Entertainment. The game is a sequel to Angry Birds Star Wars and is based on the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
In Angry Birds Star Wars II, players must destroy targets fortified in or out of their created fortresses; depending on the side they are in (Bird or Pork side). Players also earn up to 3 stars, as of other games in the series. The game features over 30 playable characters. The game differs from the other Angry Birds games because the player can summon a specific bird/pig instead of the pre-determined selection. This summoning can be done to replace each bird/pig.
The game is compatible with Hasbro Telepod technology, which is similar in concept to the “Portal of Power” from the Skylanders video game series, allowing the player to summon a specific character into the game via its QR code; this summon is once per level, but the player can use multiple Telepod summons per level. Each Telepod can be used on up to 15 separate devices and one must rescan the Telepod to get access to the particular bird/pig if the game is fully closed.
The player can via in-app purchase or through achievement rewards have the use of a certain birds or pigs during gameplay. With the Rise of the Clones update the former Watto’s shop, a separate area of the game to buy birds/pigs, was removed and was merged within the character swap menu.
The game has received generally favorable reviews with a Metacritic score of 77/100 based on 24 reviews. While the game continues the gameplay of its predecessor with fun new ideas, some reviewers have noted that the increase in the number of playable characters may make the levels unbalanced due to characters having different powers. Some reviewers did not like the numerous microtransactions but found the game fun.
As of December 2013, Hasbro has sold over 1 million Angry Birds Star Wars II Telepods.