Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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I’ve never really considered the genders of the birds in the Angry Birds series. It just never seems overly relevant. That hasn’t stopped the arrival of Angry Birds Stella though, a title full of female characters. Fortunately, while Stella herself is pink, Angry Birds Stella isn’t too stereotypically girly on that front. It is full of irritating freemium related issues though.
For the most part, Angry Birds Stella is a lot like any other Angry Birds title. You fling birds at towers that contain evil pigs, and watch as they fall to their death. With new birds though, come new abilities. Stella can be thrown in the conventional manner but mid-flight, you can also cause her to go in a different direction. This enables her to bounce around corners which can prove to be pretty destructive at the right moment.
Soon enough, you unlock new birds too. One comes with a sonic blast style move, while another can smash down through things with a kind of tornado attack. In each case, Rovio has done the usual job of introducing such abilities well, so that you know exactly what’s expected of you.
Tweaking things slightly, how many birds you have at your disposal each level is dependent on how many stars you’ve previously earned, meaning you want to keep pretty consistent for the best chance of success. Angry Birds Stella has improved upon how it highlights how many stars you’ve earned and how far you’ve got to get to the next one, ensuring this is a good system.
So far, so good, if safe. The issues lie in the monetization of Angry Birds Stella. There are adverts every few levels that are really quite intrusive. Worst of all, there are wait timers that rear their obnoxious head after a time. It’s irritating and as usual, makes you wish you could throw a buck or two Rovio’s way for a premium release instead. Angry Birds Stella might be quite enjoyable for fans desperate for more, but it’s despite such issues.