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Angry Birds Star Wars II lands on the Store for Xbox Windows Phone a day early

Behold, young Padawans, as Angry Birds Star Wars II is now live on the Store for Windows Phone 8 users—and it’s even a day early from the official September 19 launch date (beating out iOS and Android). What is even more fantastic? Those with a Lumia 520 or other 512 MB devices can get in on the action too.

The game weighs in at 32 MB and will cost you 99 cents (with a free trial). The epic saga continues in the follow up to the original Angry Birds Star Wars game, and we have to admit, it’s looking very fresh.

Featuring excellent HD graphics optimized for Windows Phone 8 and even optional in-app purchases (yes, they’re not going away), Angry Birds Star Wars II should keep many of you busy while in class, at work or avoiding your significant other (hey, we all do it).

So what’s new in version II? This edition of the game is focused on the god-awful prequel movies, but hey, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a fun game! It features the Pork Federation and you can even “Join the Pork Side” to play as “the fearsome Darth Maul, Emperor Palpatine” and more. And yes, Darth Maul has his patented double-lightsaber, which should be a blast to use in this game.

That’s actually hella cool.

You also get

  • 30+ PLAYABLE CHARACTERS! Our biggest line-up ever of playable characters – Yoda, pod-racing Anakin, Mace Windu, Jango Fett and many more!
  • BECOME A JEDI OR SITH MASTER! So many Bird and Pork Side levels to master, plus a bonus reward chapter and a ton of achievements to unlock!

Even though the Angry Birds thing is getting a bit old, we’re suckers for Star Wars tie ins, which is probably what Rovio is expecting. So yeah, instant purchase for us.

For you, you can check out the trailer above to get an idea of the game or just head here to the Store to grab a free trial.

Angry Birds Star Wars II – 32 MB – Windows Phone 8 (+ 512 MB) – $0.99 – Store Link

Thanks, Kyle, Paul and Hameed for the tips

Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

118 Comments
  • Early? With windows phone? AM I IN AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE? WHAT?
  • OMG WP I AM SO SORRY I DOUBTED YOU.
  • Fuck Apple.
  • iOS 7 eat your heart out!
  • Yeah, I'll hold off on celebrating until I see Plants Vs Zombies 2 on my Lumia.
  • It came out on IOS yesterday...confirmed by my colleague.
  • Everyone is installing iOS7 which has a copied UI :P And we are getting this awesome game before them. :D
  • My friend just confirmed it came out for iphone yesterday. Just sent me a screenshot. Still, it's pretty close.
  • U be waking up tmr morning in a wolrd full of birds that needs anger management...lol
  • FTW
  • Its like reading iPhone news!
  • In the same universe where 'Where's my Water? 2' came to WP before Android.
  • Got it!
  • Can anybody confirm what are they giving off in the free trial??
  • A trial
  • ...thats free!
  • Hence... a free trial!
  • Love you guys.
  • best part it came before ios and android. WIn!
  • It's also already available on Android.
  • It actually came out on BB first, but since no one owns one, no one noticed.
  • I'm convinced.
  • It is the 19th somewhere on the earth right now.. Could this be why?
  • Yeah that Hameed Azar on the tips is me,thanks wpcentral
  • +720
  • All over it! Thanks for the heads up.
  • Daniel btw this game released first on windows phone yeh
  • Awesome Xbox support, Rovio is doing a very fine job!
  • Gonna have to disagree with you here Rubino, the prequels were not god awful. Just different
  • Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones Review :)
  • Daniel where's my water 2 game review please
  • It's in the mail. Don't worry if it's ticking...
  • Dan, you know the NSA just read this.  When you get home, check to see if there is a wifi for "Surveillance van #42".  If so, run!
  • lol, they have Spy Tech! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr-nJ0GrXfI
  • Please stay away from reviewing movies.
  • I refuse to watch that, it'll ruin one of my fav movies U_U
  • I waited 20 odd years to see Ep 3. Im fine with how it turned out.
  • Episode 3 was decent, other than the slightly jarring turn Anakin takes going to the dark side.  Was just too sudden without enough to justify how fast and extreme it happened.
     
    Back on topic: Yay WP getting a high profile game first!
  • Slightly jarring?
    Anakin: Don't kill Mace!
    Palpatine: Join the Dark Side!
    Anakin: OK!
     
    Ummm...yeah. Kinda killed the movie for me. Ep II, though, I quite liked outside the romance between Anakin and Padme, which was just as forced as the switch from light to dark.
  • I think that if YOUR wife was going to die, you would give more than a "meh"
  • NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-one thinks the prequels were any good. Particularly Darth Vader's comedy shout at the end of the third one.
  • EPIII was the best of the three and that's just because it was much darker and forboding.  Though the "noooooooo" at the end made me (and everyone else) cringe, lol.
  • They were terrible, and liking them makes you a terrible person.
  • Humph, I'll be terrible but I love the entire star wars universe. From the old republic jedi/sith wars to the gungans giving Naboo personality to R2-D2 saving everyone's butts, to Lando being as smooth and cool as he is
  • I agree with you......but curse the Ewoks!!!
  • Bought! Thanks!
  • Humm...just don't get why all the series of angry birds are all named "angry birds"
    only why for me to determine is by looking at the icon
  • Wow... A game came out on windows phone FIRST?? Let's make a trend out of this lol!
  • And a high profile one ;)
  • Well, I'll just have to wait till it gets to the Brazilian store...
  • Lol...
  • I can help set it up.....
  • Microsoft owns Nokia, and they just begin concentrating on their WP8 OS.. Thanks Microsoft..
     
  • I use to want Xbox Live enabled games, but not do much anymore. To me it just means games that if they have issues, will never be fixed.
  • Actually, rovio does update their games :)
  • Yes they do...still makes me weary.
  • Now if popcap could get that PvsZ 2 to my Lumia I'd be a happy man. Trying to resist playing on my fiancees iPad but its so dang hard!
  • Wake me up when there's an Angry Birds Star Trek.
  • Star Trek>Star Wars
  • Yes!
  • Never thought about that, that would be pretty cool!
  • Angry birds: revenge of pigs
  • Nice! So nice to get stuff on same day as ios and android!
  • Top of the line game released first on WP before iOS and Android. Holy crap, snow storm is coming.
  • They also have it on Android. But still, it's good to see it released at the same time specially for an Xbox title.
  • Wow!  I was surprised when I told my Apple friends that I finally got Star Wars 2 thinking it's been out for Apple for a while.  Little to my surprise they said it's not out yet for Apple.  I thought they were joking.  Finally, got some bragging rights!  
  • I just spent my last dollar on some other app
    http://soniclipstick.dk/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/SW_LukeNo1-011.gif
  • Yay, a non free to pay game!
  • Xbox enabled?  Sweet.  Maybe (just maybe) a glimmer of hope that the Xbox certification process for WP games has been re-evaluated and simplified. 
  • Nah. I'm pretty sure Microsoft just kisses rovios arse to get their games.on WP. If not 99% of the world would complain about apps like they do with insta...
  • OMG I LOVE STAR WARS AND I LOVE ANGRY BIRDS AND I LOVE WINDOWS PHONE
  • ...and I love you. There, I said it. Wut you gonna do about it.
  • AND I LOVE YOU TOO RANDOM STRANGER ON WPCENTRAL!!! I LOVE YOU ALL!!!! YES, YOU TOO, RANDOM WP FAN READING THIS COMMENT!!! I LOVE YOU!!!
  • What about 7.8?
  • Since it supports 720p I'd say no. That being said, I'm glad my focus died and was able to upgrade to my 1020 last week. Loving WP8!
  • I love star wars and angry birds!
  • But do they love you? Think about it.
  • I don't even try these anymore, I straight up buy them. So glad they did release it a day earlier, specially being an Xbox game.
  • Rovio n gameloft u r best
  • Now it's also time for Zeptolab (Cut the Rope T.T ,Pudding Monsters,etc) and Halfbrick (Age of zombies,Monster dash,fish out of water etc.) to show us some love!
    Also there are already hundreads of amazing indie games on the WP store that could be easily Xbox branded!!
    Microsoft and Xbox must make moves like this now that are living a prosperity period!!!!
    If you agree support my suggestion! http://windowsphone.uservoice.com/forums/101801-feature-suggestions/suggestions/4163745-windows-phone-xbox-live-more-something-like-gamece As for the game,already bought it to support Rovio that supports WP!!!
    Easily the best Angry Birds Game!!!Great concept!  
  • Cant wait to buy it tomorrow when Ill get wifi!
  • What an awesome surprise. I will show support by purchasing it after work.
  • It's extremely good to see Rovio cares about WP, even if they got off to a slow start.
  • Hey, and where is "Angry Birds Space" in Store ???
  • It's very sad to have devs to support our OS with top quality games (that also are powered with xbox live achievements)
    and have a buggy OS that begins to overheat the after 10-20min of gameplay and cause a related massive battery consumption ~20-30%/hour!!!Issues like this need to be fixed ASAP!
    It's very annoying!!Changed 2 HTC 8X and one Lumia 920 because of that and sadly nothing has changed!If anyone can help please contact me!I want to play games like this on my WP like i did on my iPhone 4s!!
    MS NEEDS TO FIX THIS!
  • It is pretty damn awesome that we get this the same time as iOS and Android but hurry up Rovio and roll out Rovio accounts. I hate repeating levels on my phone and tablet.
  • HODOR!!
    Oops wrong thread...
  • I am not sure I can take that much Star Wars.
    Since Disney brought the rights they seem to try to milk as much money out of it, they already announce a THIRD trilogy!!!
    I am sure the money is good but isn't ROVIO worried that this would somehow dilute its own IP?
    DISCLAMER: I'm a Trekky!
     
     
  • I'm not so sure Disney is to blame. I remember when the prequel trilogy came out. It was pretty much a cash grab for all involved. It just made the sting of having the movies being as awful as they are that much worse.
  • How many Star Trek movies and tv series are there?
  • I'll be damned. A major release on par with the other two? What sorcery is this
  • Oh look, its Xbox certified and therefore worth my money :)
  • Why don't I have ot on my Surface yet? Waiting...
  • I hate birds. . . .
  • They mostly look like SW charactes this time!
  • Almost done with the story levels. Little short (compared to other AB), but more levels are on the way. Rovio never disappoints with how much free content they add post launch. I'm not sure how they can top this game. So many characters with unique abilities. It's very fun.
  • +1 I'm pretty amazed with the content and it does gave some good replay value. Just when I thought this was another dull AB. :)
  • The prequels weren't awful.. Just sayin'.. Will play this sometime if i can tear myself away from GTA V
  • I guess you'll get to it in  December like me then...:-)
     
  • Does anyone know if it's compatible with telepods?
  • I read that as leopards. Double take. Move on.. :-S
  •    This is great news. Hopefully, this will start a trend with game releases.
  • Instant purchase for sure! Even though I've yet to finish the 1st one...
  • I went back to the first one after playing some of the second... And the second is so much more awesome, I had no idea how cool and how many characters they added. Better sounds also.
  • Fuck wp, why only wp8, wp7 still has nothing
  • WP7 is XP masterdam95. It was painfully obvious since MS left it to fend for itself after Mango and Joe Belfiore's slight of hand failed to attract the attention of developers. It got 7.8 which turned out to be nothing more than "cosmetic" and now its coolest days are behind it. It still works as well or better than most android devices, it just didn't get a date for the prom. I had to make a move to WP8 and you do too.
  • Can't wait for it to come out on web OS.
  • Actually it was released on all platforms a day early...
  • Anyone else experiencing the device getting really hot after 10-15 min of game play??? Feeling a little worried about this...
  • It will get hot but it won't damage anything. If you have WiFi turned on you can turn off your data and that actually really does help, not only with the heat but with battery drain as well.
  • No mention of telepods support, no option in game? It was announced windows phone would support the telepods add ons and on the Hasbro website it also says windows phone is supported. Rather disappointed that this feature is not available like the other systems or is yet to be enabled?
  • Way better than iOS!!! Wondering why I didn't switch to Windows sooner!!!
  • Omg me too!!
  • In android and ios its free, but we must pay. Why? 
  • Add my Xbox live, need some more leader board friends!! The420Dank
  • Why isn't this app available for wp7.8 this is very unfair! Make it available for windows phone 7.8 too!!!!
  • Any idea why the telepod toys aren't compatible with Windows Phone? http://www.hasbro.com/starwars/en_US/angry-birds-telepods.cfm