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Angry Birds Stella Mobile Game Tips and Tricks Guide and Review

Updated on December 3, 2014

My Angry Birds History

When I bought my first iPhone, the first app I downloaded was Angry Birds. It was the game that you saw demoed everywhere. So easy to play, so light on necessary gaming requirements, addictive, and surprisingly challenging.

Since that first original Angry Birds title which made Rovio a household name, I've played every single mobile iteration of the Angry Birds brand on Android, IOS, Windows, Google Chrome, and I think all I need for the flush is Blackberry.

Heck, I even have friends with Angry Birds slippers and Angry Birds Jenga sets. So I couldn't escape this crazy bird/pig world if I tried.

Another Angry Birds Game!?

Imagine my surprise the other day when I logged into my iTunes account and saw that a couple of new mobile games had risen to the top of the list...and one of them is Angry Birds?

The same Angry Birds that was the poster child of every smartphone, tablet and other mobile gaming device for the past 3 years? Or was it the Star Wars or space editions that also flew to the top of the downloads charts? Perhaps it was the racing game that was a poor rip-off of Mario Kart mechanics. Or the sub-par RPG that I wasted away hours and hours wondering why Angry Birds had devolved into a brand of games that got weaker as time went on.

But this time around, the face of Angry Birds is a pink female bird, Stella, and the game returns to it's slingshot physics roots and charming bird characters with super powers. I'm excited. I'm intrigued. I'm going to play the same game I've been playing for the last 3 years.

Angry Birds Stella

Angry Birds Stella
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The Cast of Characters

In this 21st century of women, the Rovio team has finally embraced a largely female cast for this iteration of Angry Birds. Let's make the characters!

  1. Stella. The pink namesake character is available from the very beginning and will be your constant companion. The story paints here as righteous and truly heroic, and she's incredibly easy to like. While in mid-flight, you can tap and hold where you'd like Stella to shoot towards, and in addition to propelling forward, she will also ricochet off the target (allowing you to take out 2 pigs with 1 bird or something like that). You only have a few seconds to aim this superpower so get to it, or you might end up with Stella just charging forward.
  2. Poppy. The yellow Poppy is more square than round and reminiscent of a yellow marshmallow. She has a fantastic superpower whereby you tap and hold while in mid-flight and Poppy will drill down through obstacles and enemies. She can drill through pigs, wood, metal, almost anything.
  3. Luca. The blue eccentric-looking bird of the flock, Luca reminds me of Tweak from South Park (the caffeine-buzzed son of the coffee shop owners). Based on looks alone, I had low expectations, but Luca has the power of the banshee and can shatter glass with sound.
  4. Willow. Blue with a yellow and orange striped hat. She has this whacky saw move that can cut through wood, but it won't work on metal.
  5. Dahlia. Peach colored and with the powers of Nightcrawler from X-Men, she can teleport forward in the level. Really cool stuff!

The Core Gameplay

If you've played one of the Angry Birds titles including Star Wars Angry Birds or Rio, then you won't have many problems picking up the gameplay. For the rest of you, here's a refresher:

  • Your objective is to slingshot your bird, and do whatever it takes to wipe out the pig/s on the level.
  • You have a limited number of birds to achieve this. Run out of birds and you have to re-play the level.
  • The fewer birds you end up using, the more points you'll receive. Every bird unused is worth 10,000 points which will usually be the difference between 1, 2, 3 stars.
  • In addition to extinguishing swine, you collect points by destroying other structures, collecting fruit, etc.
  • 1 star allows you to play the next level, but extra stars will come in handy. We'll cover that in the tips section.


Angry Birds Stella

Changing up the Formula

Based on what we've covered so far, this is just another Angry Birds game, so aside from the female cast with unique superpowers, there must be more to it, right? Sure, 2 things to cover:

  1. Stars=more birds. After half a dozen levels, you'll notice that you get additional birds to use for the level outside of your regular 3 or 4. Basically, if you have the required number of stars collected, you can unlock 1 or 2 extra birds to complete the level. So, collect 3 stars because they're finally going to come in handy (plus you unlock character photos).
  2. Hammer time. Around the time that you unlock Poppy, you also get to use this nifty hammer power up. It's essentially allows you to wreak havoc on 1 section of the level and comes in handy when there's one pig you just can't get your hands on. The hammer recharges as you continue to play, so keep playing and you'll have the hammer when you need it most.

Angry Birds Stella Gameplay

Angry Birds Stella Gameplay
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Angry Birds Stella

3 stars for Angry Birds Stella

Reviewing this Title

Admittedly, I was excited to begin a new Angry Birds adventure. I've spent many hours waiting in lines or sitting in the back of the room at a meeting and flinging birds across the screen for mass destruction. So this will be the same old goodness, right?

Unfortunately, no. After unlocking the other birds in the game and investing an hour plus in the game, I started to really hate Angry Birds Stella. It's the same old game, but it's not the same old fun. It's old, it's stale, and it's been eclipsed by half a dozen games that are vying to distract me when I have nothing better to do.

It's the same feeling I got when I watched Episode 1 of Star Wars and had to put up with the poor acting of young Anakin Skywalker sucking the life out of the franchise that shaped so much of my life (I am a sci-fi geek). I know there's no choice but for them to keep making Angry Birds games, but I do declare that this will be my last until they significantly redo the the core gameplay. But if you've already downloaded this, then collect the birds, make the most of it, and enjoy this one last ride.

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Tips and Tricks

Before you read this section, ask yourself whether you really need tips for an Angry Birds game. But if the answer is yes, here we go!

  1. Practice makes perfect. The first and most essential rule of Angry Birds is to keep playing each level until you get 3 stars. Restarting takes 2 seconds, so if your first bird attack is a dud, hit the restart button and get back to work.
  2. Save the hammer. Once you have unlocked the hammer power up you will be tempted to use it every time it recharges. Save it for when you need it to get 3 stars.
  3. Save your coins. Just like the hammer, coins can be traded in for power ups to use on tough levels.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Thanks so much for your comment and for following! Best wishes to you~

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      Shivani Patel 3 years ago from Pune

      Love angry birds. And also loved this very interesting hub around it. Thanks a lot. Following you.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Glad you enjoyed the hub and that your grandkids will enjoy the new game. It's a hoot!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I played angry birds much more when it first came out. My grandkids love it. I'm sure they will love this new character, especially my granddaughter. Thanks for the review.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Spider solitaire brings back a lot of fun memories for me. Thanks for stopping by as always!

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Haha, sometimes I feel the same way. There's only a small bit of time for entertainment on the go and I can't stop myself from trying the latest and greatest.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Sounds like fun. I guess i'm old-fashioned, but i'm addicted to spider solitaire which i must win before i will quit. My son will like this game.

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      Jim 3 years ago from Kansas

      I'll have my son check this out. I can't keep up with the ones I already play.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Thanks for dropping by and sharing this hub!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      I dont play this game but i know a few who do and I will pass this on thank you :)