Star Wars: Imperial Academy

App review by
Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Violent shooting game offers shallow sci-fi experience.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

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Ease of Play

Fairly simplistic point-and-click controls make it easy to tap and shoot down any enemy that appears on screen.


The focus of this game is entirely on shooting down enemy troops and scoring the most points possible from that killing. Players shoot laser beams at fictitious enemies, ranging from heavily armored space soldiers to non-human robots. However, the scenery in the game is highly realistic, and the sound effects are blaring. It is designed to create a feeling of intensity, and with the aim of the game being to shoot as many enemies as possible, the overall violence content is rather striking.


In-app purchases of "key cards" range from $4.99 to $49.99. The game is based on the Star Wars franchise, and also contains ads.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMychemicalstinkpants February 14, 2011

violent shooter app is OK for older kids

lots of shooting and killing a little bit of blood
Kid, 10 years old February 9, 2011

Violent, But Not That Violent

It's a violent game, but I think a 10 year old can take it. Relay, the only thing violent about it is the shooting.

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.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: December 4, 2010
  • Category: Action Games
  • Publisher: ngmoco, LLC
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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