Nuke the site from orbit. Only way to be sure.
The roster of birds has also been overhauled, with a new bird to master, Frossh, who can freeze structures, weakening them for successive strikes. And old favourites receive subtle makeovers, such as Laser Bird Zzzt!, the angular, yellow birds of the originals who now sport Geordi La Forge-style visors to complement their flagrant disregard of Newton’s First Law of Motion.
Finally, the overall structure has been spiced up. The main goal is still to collect stars to complete levels - 60 from the start, with regular free content promised - but Rovio now throws into the mix boss battles and "Eggsteroids", secret levels that riff on iconic games from Space Invaders to Mario.
For all its difference, though, the sequel suffers from its predecessors' genetic weaknesses. Already a divisive trait, the influence of luck to success is exacerbated here by the more complex physics. And levels just feel more cluttered, conspiring with the occasionally twitchy controls on smaller screens to make the sequel a lot less enjoyable on smartphones than tablets.
For Angry Birds Space, there is no higher purpose than simple entertainment. It's fun, charming and diverting – exactly what a casual game should be. And while it might not conquer the universe in the same way the original took over the world, it has plenty to ensure that space won't be the series' final frontier. ®
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Lots of luck
There's definitely an element of the random in which way things fall. I've previously started a level (in the "original") where the pieces "settle" slightly at the start of the level -- on one attempt (and only one attempt), a pig on a high tower rolled off to its doom before I'd fired a single shot.
Penguin ... well, it's a bird innit?
Got it on the 4S and my iPad. Only frustration is you can't put down the game on the phone and pick it up on the pad in the same place. In this day and age that should surely be a given?
I think to say it relies on luck rather than skill is a bit unfair. Fluking through with one or two stars is easy enough on some levels, but getting 3 stars on them all doesnt come through fluke. That takes some consideration before you punt your pidgeon.
The "fluke" tag is entirely justified. There's plenty of times I've looked like I've been on for a one-shot win, but one plank has fallen awkwardly and blocked everything, making the level uncompletable. That difference between a perfect win and a complete fail is too tiny to be under my control -- AB is largely luck.
Swine-squashing subjugation by assorted angry avians :-)
or even "pig popping punishment"