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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. Buckaroo's Avatar
      Buckaroo -
      This really seems like more of a 'first look' than a review- what if the ending sucks, or if the gameplay gets worse after the first couple of levels?

      This is a great and very thorough write-up, but not (IMHO) a review.
    1. davidmdowning42's Avatar
      davidmdowning42 -
      I really like this game. Just beat level 3.

      Just so you all know, though. Touch Arcade sez ther's only 6 levels, which is pretty lame. Updates coming? Somehow I doubt it. Certainly not free ones.

      AAARRRGGG, use yer other powers, man.
      edit: nvm
    1. bahgger's Avatar
      bahgger -
      Definitely not worth $10, and I've bought SPORE, Real Football 2009, Brain Challenge, Enigmo, Crash Kart and Asphalt 4 just to name a few games that cost $10.

      I played for a little over an hour and finished the entire story. Sure there might be a little replay value in the survivor mode but this is worth $6 at MOST.

    1. TheAppShare's Avatar
      TheAppShare -
      This game KILLS my battery. 15 minutes of it got my phone down to 47% remaining...

      Not sure if the iPhone is the best gaming device just YET. =/

      But the game is fun as hell!

    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      I think its a fun game and by someone saying its only 1 hour of gameplay its way not worth the high pricetag.
      If it is only 1 hour gameplay it should be called a demo. Well the 360 version is only about 4-5 hours of gameplay so the whole thing is really small no matter what console you play it on.

      Quote Originally Posted by Josephali View Post
      This game KILLS my battery. 15 minutes of it got my phone down to 47% remaining...

      Not sure if the iPhone is the best gaming device just YET. =/

      But the game is fun as hell!

      What firmware are you on? I heard 2.1 has a LOT of battery problems.

      I'm on 2.02 and yea, it does kill the battery but not that bad. I played it for about 30 mins and it dropped about 20%
    1. davidmdowning42's Avatar
      davidmdowning42 -
      I think that estimate depends on whether or not you consider cut-scenes to be game play. There's lots of cut-scenes. A MUST for Star Wars fans, but I imagine that others will be dissappointed.
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      The reason why graphics are so good is that the environment is pre-redenred. However I must say the iPhone is a beast in terms of processing power for a cellphone. Really impressive. I'm sure it will get even better in the near future. iPhone really is the godPhone.
    1. Amt's Avatar
      Amt -
      Here's a video if some of you are unsure about buying it.