Strap on your lightsaber: Angry Birds Star Wars launches for 99 cents

The game arms the angry birds with a lightsaber as they take on Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Pigs.

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One of the most anticipated mobile games this year is launching today.

Angry Birds Star Wars is available today across a wide array of platforms, including iOS, Android, Mac, PC, and Windows Phone. As one might expect, given the name, the title melds elements from Angry Birds with the "Star Wars" universe.

The title, which is available for 99 cents in Apple's App Store, puts gamers in control of Rebel Birds fighting Imperial Pigs. The game lets players use the Force, hack away with a lightsaber, and take on Pigtroopers as they fight to take down Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Pigs. Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie also make appearances in the game.

Angry Birds is easily the mobile world's most popular gaming franchise. "Star Wars," meanwhile, is one of the most popular film franchises in history. That combination could be an important one for Rovio as it attempts to extend its appeal in the mobile-gaming space.

The Angry Birds maker has also been successful at merchandising its games. In addition to the new title, Rovio partnered with Lucasfilm to launch plush toys and apparel related to Angry Birds Star Wars. Those items are already available at retail stores.

Angry Birds Star Wars is available now across all the marketplaces supporting the many platforms the game will run on.

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Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has covered everything from HDTVs to computers to Flowbee Haircut Systems. Besides his work with CNET, Don's work has been featured in a variety of other publications including PC World and a host of Ziff-Davis publications.

 

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