Angry Birds Stella, also known as Angry Birds Slingshot Stella, was a puzzle video game and the second spin-off from the Angry Birds series, developed by Rovio Entertainment. The game is marketed to females by using characters that have a spirit of female heroism and friendship, but is intended to appeal to all sexes. Announced on February 13, 2014, Rovio stated that the game would be accompanied by a toy-line with Telepods, and a television series. The game was released on September 4, 2014.
The game features Stella taking a vacation from the rest of the Angry Birds flock, traveling to Golden Island and visiting four friends. One day, Gale and the evil pigs steal Stella's photo album so Stella and her friends venture out to get it back.
Just as in the original game of the series, players use a slingshot to shoot an assortment of birds to nearby structures, with an intent to pop all the green pigs that can be either near, in, or on the structures.
The December 2014 update, New Pigs on the Block, added the storyline that features Stella and her friends in their treehouse looking for their house's missing items that were stolen by the pigs and they must complete random levels to retrieve the items.
The game is the third game of the franchise to be compatible with Hasbro's Telepods, a toy line also used in other Angry Birds games, such as Angry Birds Star Wars II. The Telepods are able to summon characters into the game that correspond to the scanned figure. Other than this use, the Telepods pack may come with other toy pieces and accessories for normal playing.
Rovio announced an animated series based on the game, with the first episode released on November 1, 2014 on ToonsTV, named Angry Birds Stella. The first episode was "A Fork in the Friendship", that shows how Gale, Stella's ex-friend and queen of the pigs on Golden Island, separated from Stella and her other friends.
Rovio has partnered with Worldreader and Room to Read, two literacy charities, to produce a series of books featuring its Angry Birds Stella characters.
Stella is also featured in some issues of the Angry Birds Comics miniseries, along with Angry Birds: Big Movie Eggstravaganza, a tie-in comic book based on the universe of The Angry Birds Movie.
Stella and all of her friends, except Luca, appear in The Angry Birds Movie with fully visible wings and talons, as well as Gale, the spin-off's main antagonist. Kate McKinnon voices Stella, who is among the birds who participate in the climatic attack on Piggy Island.
Willow, voiced by Charli XCX, sings the song "Explode", while performing with Stella and most of her friends as part of a welcome celebration for the pigs in The Angry Birds Movie. The full song is available on the film's soundtrack, and was also released online as a free YouTube video by the soundtrack's distributor, Atlantic Records.
The game has received generally mixed reviews with a Metacritic score of 67/100 based on 8 reviews. Pocket Gamer UK said, "It's Angry Birds. If you care about that any more then you'll probably find something to enjoy. Just watch out for the timers." Some reviewers have praised the game for its introduction of new characters and return to the original style of gameplay.
After the release of Angry Birds Stella, a third, unnamed episode was teased at the end of the game's second episode, but the episode was cancelled, and the game was discontinued on September 8, 2015. However, Stella's adventures continue in Angry Birds POP! and the second and final season of the Angry Birds Stella series.
Another game in the Stella series was originally called Angry Birds Stella POP!, which is a tile matching game, was soft launched for iOS in Canada on December 22, 2014 and released worldwide for iOS and Android on March 12, 2015. On July 6, 2015, this game was retitled Angry Birds Pop as classic Angry Birds characters were added to the game.