Star Wars is suddenly all the rage again, what with that picture of the table read doing the rounds last week (here it is on Empire if you missed it), and of course Sunday was May the 4th, which sounds like an ultra-camp guy saying: “May the force.”
What better time, then, to compile a list of the Top five Star Wars games for your smartphone and/or tablet?
As always, the following Mobo-list is presented in no particular order. It’s worth noting that Lego Star Wars The Yoda Chronicles (App Store, Google Play) is getting pretty good feedback, ditto Star Wars Pit Droids (App Store), but I haven’t played either of those. Er, yet.
As such, I’ll go with what I know, and the resulting bunch includes five Star Wars-themed beauties. Let’s dance!
I reviewed the four latest Star Wars Pinball tables last week. The Heroes Within pack takes us up to 10 tables in total, including one for each of the good films (Episode IV-VI) and seven more dedicated to individual characters or themes.
Usually £1.49 per table, you can – at the time of writing – grab Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back for free, and the five other existing tables for 69p each. That’s a saving of just under £5. Nice.
Install LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga on your iDevice at present and you’re getting Episode I for free. Furthermore, the Complete Game (Episode II-VI) in-app purchase (IAP) is only £2.99. Not sure if that’s a time limited sale, but it certainly used to be £6.99 for all levels.
While I haven’t played LEGO Star Wars on ye olde iPad, I did play Episodes IV-VI to death on the Xbox, and the promise of both Classic and Touch controls allays any fears of a botched port.
Warner Bros warns that we’re dealing with a particularly demanding app. Performance issues can often be resolved by restarting your device or closing unneeded apps. Apparently.
Price: free @ App Store (£2.99 for The Complete Game via IAP)
There’s been no shortage of Angry Birds games over the past few years, and having dedicated a terrifying amount of time to getting three stars in almost every level, you’ll forgive me for having approached Angry Birds Star Wars II with more than a tad of apprehension.
But hey! Turns out my fears were misplaced, as Angry Birds Star Wars II features a ton of new characters with intriguing abilities, and all the Star Wars music and sound effects we’ve come to know and love. Heck, even Jar Jar Binks shines here, and I hate that guy.
Installing now. This could quite possibly mark the end of my life as I know it (again). You, too, can ruin your life, and all for the bargain price of £2.49 (usually £6.99).
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is regarded not only as one of the best Star Wars games of all time, but also one of the best RPGs, being developed by Bioware, the guys who went on to deliver Mass Effect and Dragon Age.
Price: usually £6.99 @ App Store
It’s impossible to do anything wrong, per se, in Tiny Tower, and with no obvious objective other than extending your tower skywards, it’s incredibly hard to explain why it’s so freakin’ good.
Tiny Death Star takes the above recipe and throws in some fantastic lounge-style remixes of familiar Star Wars tunes, and a surprising amount of humour.
And heck, it’s free. What are you waiting for?