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What 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.
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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.