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  • Review: Star Wars The Force Unleashed (iPhone)

    Just released on the AppStore is the highly anticipated game Star Wars The Force Unleashed. It is available for download now for $9.99 here.
    Experience the Star Wars universe as never before. The devastating power of the Force is in your hands. You are Darth Vader's Secret Apprentice, trained by the menacing Sith Lord to hunt down the last of the Jedi. Unleash a barrage of Force Powers - including Grip, Lightning, Jedi Mind Trick and much more - at the flick of your fingers you tap, touch and swipe your way through enemies . . .
    The game starts out as expected with the classic Star Wars screen describing the plot.

    In this game you are Darth Vader's secret apprentice with the goal of defeating the Emperor. You must operate in secret while hunting Jedi so the Emporer doesn't discover your existence. You better destroy all those you come across!

    Lets get down to the game. The first level you depart aboard your ship off to kill Master Kota. While on board the ship you have a training exercise to learn how to use your force powers. One you complete the training exercise you continue and start the level. Something you learn very quickly is that the accelerometer is not used at all in this game. Game control is touch screen only.

    A lot of things go on now with multiple options of force powers to use. Defensive and offensive commonly appear on the screen at the same time giving you a choice on how to fight and requiring good attention and decent reflexes in order to successfully attack and defend.

    Tip: If you pause the game (the bottom left arrow on the screen) you can view your current force powers and how to use them. This is useful if you can't remember some commands that you haven't memorized (force heal and jedi mind trick are very useful).

    Uh oh time to fight Master Kota. This part of the level is a bit repetitive as you cycle through a couple different views and use your available attacks to weaken down Master Kota. Stay alive and go through the motions to defeat him.

    After you pass the level you gain some new force powers and do another quick training session on the ship to learn how to use your new powers. Hey we gained force push and pull!

    Hey we're on the second level with the intention of defeating Shaak Ti. Look at all those enemies you need to rack up on the way.

    At this point in the game you run into another repetitive series to defeat the level's boss. Here on the second level there is a bit of a twist requiring a some basic problem solving. Maybe the beast way to defeat Shaak Ti is to change up the force power you are using and borrow a little help from that plant.

    After defeating Shaak Ti we continue on in our journey and gain another force power on the way!

    This game is unique in what I'm going to call "big name" iPhone games (read games coming from major game companies). Where many other games rely on the accelerometer for gameplay The Force Unleashed doesn't use it all and gameplay is entirely dictated by the touch screen. The controls are easy to learn and the game is quick to pick up.

    At first I was concerned that I would be drawing the same symbols on my screen over and over. Luckily that may not be the case. Some thinking is required as early as level 2 and the added force powers in every level have kept things fresh and interesting. Star Wars The Force Unleashed has the potential to stay interesting to many levels -- perhaps the entire game unlike Spore which I found painfully repetitive for 30 levels.

    After the first couple of levels my initial feelings say it is worth the $9.99 price tag assuming the game advances in difficulty, challenges, and force powers as it has so far.

    EDIT. 6 LEVELs??!!?! Don't buy this game I can think of a lot of better things to spend $10 on for an hour of entertainment.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Review: Star Wars The Force Unleashed (iPhone) started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. jltdhome's Avatar
      jltdhome -
      Finally a game worth my time for the iPhone. I was getting tired of waiting for an update to Toy Bot Diaries.
    1. Grip's Avatar
      Grip -
      thats looks great!.. a real RPG for the iphone.. i got tired of Fire Emblem and Pokemon Emerald..
    1. alantoo's Avatar
      alantoo -

      just downloaded and cant wait to play at work tomorrow!
    1. corizzle's Avatar
      corizzle -
      that looks SWEET and the gfx look VERY NICE. off to buy. ->
    1. prybar's Avatar
      prybar -
      i second Cash. I got this pretty much right as it came out, and haven't been disappointed. I'm not a big fan of accel. games, so this is right up my alley. Force moves are pretty easy to remember, and there's a lot of variety in enemies (so far) and what force powers work. Def. worth the 10 bucks!

    1. 40_ounce's Avatar
      40_ounce -
      Thanks for the review.
    1. Rustynuts's Avatar
      Rustynuts -
      Awesome news thanks for the heads up...

      **Wonders over to app store to click BUY
    1. pingwhen's Avatar
      pingwhen -
      wow at this rate we might just see some crazy games. i cant wait till iphone 3 to see if they step up the inerds to make even more powerfull games
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Looks pretty nice! Is it a totally different game from the 360/PS3/Wii versions? I got it for the 360 and it is simply AMAZINGLY awesome.... lots of people are saying the iphone version is RPG... I know the 360/Wii is more of a hack and slash... is it different on the phone?
    1. sayam's Avatar
      sayam -
      barrow a little help from that plant.
      A little mistake cash
    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      Woooo!!!! will download when I get home from work today.
    1. smirkis's Avatar
      smirkis -
      not a bad game. not quite my cup of tea. most of you may like it, it is a nicely made game which plays nicely on the iphone.
    1. Taniban's Avatar
      Taniban -
      Now.. why isnt this game on the PC? I guess I have to make do playing on the iPhone and Wii!
    1. jcrod73's Avatar
      jcrod73 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cash7c3 View Post
      nope no mistake, unless it isn't a plant which it is. nice try
      cash edit - d'oh got caught typing about pushcarts again

      LOL...i think they were referring to your typo mistake..."barrow"

      FINALLY a game worth $9.99...took long enough...they shoud have trial versions for all these games that charge a fee, especially the more expensive ones...if you buy a game that looks good and seems to get decent reviews then you play it and it's not what you expected you lost your money...no refunds...that sucks...
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      I hope its better than Spore was. All hype and just a lame game.

      It looks ok on iPhone by the screenshots. I just finished it on 360 and its short but fun. Worth playing a 2nd time but thats about it.
    1. Christopher3712's Avatar
      Christopher3712 -
      it looks nice, but i'm gonna wait for the free version
    1. redeyez69's Avatar
      redeyez69 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Christopher3712 View Post
      it looks nice, but i'm gonna wait for the free version
      the free version is already out
    1. bschucher's Avatar
      bschucher -
      Quote Originally Posted by redeyez69 View Post
      the free version is already out
      Way to support software development.. STEAL IT very nice

      anyone stuck here? i feel like i just keep hitting the thing with lightning and deflecting the blasts with no end in sight...
    1. redeyez69's Avatar
      redeyez69 -
      [QUOTE=bschucher;2204481]Way to support software development.. STEAL IT very nice [/QUOT
      no its not called stealing it its called TRY BEFORE U BUY same as all my apps on phone i bought through app store,have u ever bought something e.g game dvd etc.and then after playing,watching thought ..fek that wasnt worth 2c wish i never bothered,
      as somebody stated somewhere else they should give u a trial version so u can decide if you like or not then buy it