Angry Birds Space and Star Wars get another update and a small glitch

It was just 4 days ago that Rovio updated Angry Birds Space and Angry Birds Star Wars for Windows Phone 8. Both games jumped to version 1.1 and at the time, we did not notice any changes in the games nor new features.

And on this Thanksgiving day, version 1.2 has rolled out for both games--hey, at least they're keeping them consistent! Once again to our untrained eye (we're not hardcore 'bird players around here) we don't see anything new--no new levels and they're still Windows Phone 8 only. But we suppose there are some important "fixes" that are necessary for the updates.

But there's also a potential problem...

Warning on that Angry Birds Star Wars update...

We have experienced one interesting error with Angry Birds Star Wars and we have a few reports coming in too from readers of the site experiencing the same.

Right after Star Wars updated we tapped to play it but we were greeted with the above error message. In short, we cannot play the game anymore as we just keep getting that error message. Trying to re-purchase the game is also unsuccessful as the Store recognizes that you previously bought it.

Oddly enough, our Richard Edmonds did not have that problem and when I tried to download 'Star Wars to my Lumia 810 for the first time, it went off without a hitch. The good news is there seems to be an easy way to fix it, but you may not like it if you have made substantial progress: Uninstall the game, reboot your phone and then reinstall it. The downside of this technique should be obvious: you'll lose your game history and any progress, which could be devastating.

So, our advice for you is a tough medicine: If you have been playing the game and don't want to potentially lose your progress, we recommend you skip the version 1.2 update. If on the other hand you are feeling a little risky, then go right a head as this is not a guaranteed bug that will happen--there's just a chance and we don't know the variables at play.

Pick up Angry Birds Space here and and Angry Birds Star Wars here (opens in new tab). Both fetch for $0.99 with a free trial. Only for Windows Phone 8 devices.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Ever since the first angry birds space has been freezing out alot..right after the level when the score is being tallied. It will glitch and never show anything and keep making the tallying sound. Have to push the home button and reboot the game.
  • I am still be told to re-purchase heydj! Is there a fix in the pipeline?
  • Wouldn't be an issue if we had proper back ups in our OS. Though saying that, that is also no excuse for poor app programming.
  • This error is not an angry birds only error. I had it when I updated Nokia Maps on my new Lumia. I tried everything till I had to do a hard reset. after which it worked fine.
  • I'm getting the same error with Nokia maps on my 920, and uninstall, restart, and reinstall doesn't fix it. Someone needs to get Nokia to give us Bing maps again.
  • I did a hard reset. It seems to be the only way out.
  • This brings up another issue entirely: Why oh why can't we save our games to the cloud? Just like on 360?
    Seriously, they can't expect us to start all over whenever we upgrade our phone, or come across a lame glitch like this.
    Edit: Maybe I'm one of the lucky ones, but I updated both games and they both work flawlessly. Cyan 920.
  • I'd love to see some sync of game progress to SkyDrive.
  • Just like Gun Bros...somewhat.
  • Seems to work fine on my device. No problems at all, runs flawless
  • Why rub it in?    I am annoyed that hours of gameplay are going to be lost when I uninstall, reboot and reinstall the game.
  • Mine work fine too. I haven't played AB for a while, cause I was busy with those Nokia exclusives, so I haven't even started them in 1.1 version. After several hours of grinding the ugly and laggy Connect 4, I'm amazed how fast, fluid and hi-def those AB games work.
    It seems those new Rovio games are really well optimized after the updates. Battery drain and phone heating seem to be minimal now, which means the CPU load is now way smaller. Sadly there's still no new levels in the very short AB Star Wars.
  • Angry birds works fine for me. Nokia Maps has this problem.
  • Arrghh... Hours of AB Star Wars progress with my son lost... :D Yey, get to play it again with him! Could be worse. :)
  • Yeah, I had this problem this morning. Should have listened t my gut, for some reason it was telling me this update would break it. Now after hours of progress I have to start over. Feck.
  • I haven't had an issue with the new update.
  • I haven't had any issues, either.
  • I am also having the same issue from Nokia Maps since the update.  I have uninstalled and reinstalled the app multiple times.
  • The game also freezes space that is. A lot now. It is playable but really annoying.
  • You should change it from reviewing it for windows phone 8 to reviewing it for Nokias ! So annoying that all these apps are exclusive to Nokias! If this continues next year i will just leave wp8 and go back to android because it shouldn't matter if u do or don't own a Nokia, apps and games should be available on all devices running wp8, if there has to be exclusivity for nokias at least let non Nokia owners still get the content a month later or something!!! It just annoys the fans of the OS who cant get a Nokia because of their stupid exclusivity arrangements with certain providers (EE in the Uk)