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iGamer Such was the original's stellar success it's no wonder resisting the pull of Angry Birds Space is proving more difficult than escaping an event horizon. Ask the ten million or so folk who've apparently downloaded it since last Friday, and they'll tell you. You simply can't mess with universal laws - you're going to get sucked in, no matter what.

Angry Birds Space mobile game screenshot

It's a good thing then, that while Angry Birds Space isn't quite the revolution many had hoped for, Rovio serves up enough novelty and distinguishing mechanics to ensure the game is a true and worthy sequel to its fowl-flinging phenomenon.

Angry Birds Space mobile game screenshot

Its one big idea is, of course, space. You're still out to get the pigs who stole your eggs, but this time those pesky porcine pilferers have gone interplanetary. They're holed up in lunar domes, orbiting in space stations or cowering behind a million tonnes of space detritus.

The central mechanic remains unchanged, however: catapulting your birds into the scenery to wreak as much swine-squashing destruction as possible.

Angry Birds Space mobile game screenshot

Only this time there's a lot more – or is that less - gravity to contend with. And Rovio puts the new, low-gee environment to great use. Some levels require you to use gravitational wells around large bodies – handily delineated by translucent spheres - to alter your trajectories.

Others require you to ram pigs into declining orbits to bring them crashing down onto planetary surfaces. While others task you with playing galactic billiards by knocking asteroids and space junk towards the hapless porkers.

Angry Birds Space mobile game screenshot

It's a great twist on the Angry Birds formula. Within minutes you'll be reaching escape velocity, slingshotting around twin moons and raining down meteors on enemies. Often all at the same time, thanks to Rovio's ingenious level design, which serves up a constant stream of gravitational puzzles far more varied than the original game and its spin-offs.

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