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What's it about?
In the non-canonical STAR WARS: FORCE ARENA, characters from the entire saga -- including the original trilogy's Princess Leia, Rogue One's K-2SO, Kanan Jarrus from Rebels, and others -- go head to head in strategic battles that are set in locations taken from the movies, books, comics, and cartoons. But aside from the good-vs.-evil conflict that has always driven this saga, there are no other story elements.
Is it any good?
By combining this sci-fi saga with the gameplay of a strategic card-combat game, this online battle game will entice fans of both. In Star Wars: Force Arena, you have to battle other players online using a mix of real-time strategy and planning. Playing as such familiar faces as Darth Vader, Rogue One's Jyn Erso, or even a lesser known but still loved character such as Doctor Aphra from the comics, you have to take out turrets and a shield generator so your bombers can destroy the enemy's base. Playing from an aerial perspective, and from both sides of the Force, you tap the screen to move characters into attack position, while also calling in reinforcements and bombing runs by tapping on their corresponding cards. The game also does a good job of explaining the mechanics, which is especially helpful since this might appeal to Star Wars fans unfamiliar with the card-battle genre.
That said, hard-core card-battle fans may feel the game's mechanics have been simplified too much. Also, people who don't play well with others, or those with no or poor internet connections, will lament that there's no single-player or story-driven solo mode. But for people who enjoy both the Star Wars saga and strategic card-battle games, Star Wars: Force Arena will keep you engaged until Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out in December 2017.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about managing your money. Do you think it's worth it to spend real money to get different cards for this game, or can you just wait until you earn them from playing well?
Talk about careful planning. To win at this game, you have to be smart and strong, so how can strategy and planning help you win?
Discuss Star Wars books and comics. If you've seen all the movies and all the episodes of Rebels, are you interested in reading the books and comics as well? Why, or why not?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: free with microtransactions
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: January 24, 2017
- Category: Strategy Games
- Topics: Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Superheroes, Adventures, Space and Aliens
- Size: 197.00 MB
- Version: 1.3.0
- Minimum software requirements: 1.3.0 iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
- Last updated: July 14, 2020
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