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Star Wars: Imperial Academy
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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Star Wars: Imperial Academy is a shooting game in which violence is the one and only objective. However, the game is set in the sci-fi Star Wars universe and is easily distinguished from real life; also, players are always shooting enemies instead of protagonists or innocent bystanders. Players are scored based on how many enemy troops they hit with their laser gun, and must hit enough of them to continue on in the game. This game also includes the option to purchase "key cards" in-app; they range from $4.99 to $49.99. It can create some privacy concerns if players opt in to the Plus+ network.
Is it any good?
STAR WARS: IMPERIAL ACADEMY enters a very long legacy of Star Wars video games, many of which are expertly crafted and provide hours of adventure. This game falls short of that legacy. It is nothing more than a basic point-and-shoot game, and although the scenes are meant to be action-packed and intense, after a while they come across as redundant. With barely any story attached to the experience, there is very little done to add flavor or context to the game. The end result is a game that just leaves players shooting storm troopers and enemy soldiers to no end. It is a shallow experience and really devoid of any real value. In any other Star Wars game, this type of gameplay would be just a small fraction of the entire game's experience, but on its own it fails to provide a lasting worthwhile experience.