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Star Wars: Battle for Hoth

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Strategy game has a fair share of violence.

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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.


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.

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

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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.

App details

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

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Educator Written byMychemicalstinkpants February 14, 2011

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 ]
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Too much violence
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