Star Wars: Battle for Hoth

Common Sense Media says

Strategy game has a fair share of violence.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Ease of play

On "easy" level, the game is really very simple -- even as the difficulty increases from level to level, it never gets too bad. On "normal" difficulty, there's a much greater element of challenge.

Violence

To defend the base, players set up laser rifle-toting soldiers, laser turrets, plasma cannons, etc. A player's forces exchange laser fire with the enemy and there are casualties on both sides. Droids and turrets blow up with a small explosion; dying human soldiers just fall and vanish from the screen. Also, between levels, kids see real film footage from The Empire Strikes Back, which includes lots of laser warfare and explosions.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This app is but a minor arm of the many-tentacled Star War mega-franchise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Star Wars: Battle for Hoth is a strategy-based war game. It's more about tactics than violence, but players will see both rebel soldiers and imperial stormtroopers fall to laser fire. Also, the story is told through real footage from The Empire Strikes Back, which features the same type of laser blasts and explosions -- but with real actors, of course.

Parents say

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

STAR WARS: BATTLE FOR HOTH fits into the very common genre of tower defense games. Here, as in many other games of its ilk, players have to defend their base from waves of incoming enemies by strategically placing defensive troops on the battlefield. Players deploy the army and they do the fighting on their own. That this is a common game type, though, doesn't mean that Battle for Hoth is not a load of fun. It's a well-designed, well-animated example of a tower defense game. And for Star Wars fans, it's extra-specially cool. Players are plopped right in the middle of the famous ice-planet battle scene from The Empire Strikes Back (and get to see real footage from that film). The increasingly dangerous (and increasingly large) bad guys, ending with the giant AT-AT walkers, are exciting to tackle. And the easiness of the game allows fans who might not be the greatest gamers to still enjoy the experience.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$2.99
Release date:July 7, 2010
Category:Action Games
Publisher:THQ Wireless Inc.
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.2 or later

This review of Star Wars: Battle for Hoth was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Educator Written byMychemicalstinkpants February 14, 2011
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

awsome stradegy game with violence is OK for some kids

there is a fair share of violence like not up close shooting but not much more violence [ all very tame ]
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Essential School Tools