A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Some direction on how to play, but little help. Options to play at easy, medium, or difficult levels in games. Kids tap, hold, and slide to move characters, pinch, zoom, and swipe to navigate.
Violence & Scariness
Games include gunfights and lightsaber fights. No blood. Characters disappear when dead.
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Products & Purchases
Plenty of cross-marketing of Star Wars merchandise. In-app purchase necessary to access full story and all characters in games and activities.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Star Wars Journeys: Beginnings is a free download that gives a teaser of each episode of the prequel trilogy: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. The full stories and corresponding games can be purchased in-app individually or all at once. Several languages are available and customizable in the parent settings, and options allow turning off voice narration, customizing the challenge level of each game, and choosing tilt or tap navigation in racing games. The stories and games include lots of fighting, including shooting. When dead, characters fall to the ground (and sometimes to pieces) and then disappear.
Is It Any Good?
Fans can get in on the action thanks to the impressive graphics and customization options; however, the reliance on in-app purchases and clumsy transitions complicate the quality. The characters are recreated in accurate cartoon style, but the violence and suspense of the story is still pretty intense and may be harder to handle for younger kids since they're actively involved in the interaction. The options for customization are nice, and the graphics and sound effects are impressive -- as they should be for the price. The games are fun but limited, with the variety coming not from different games but from playing as different characters. Transitioning among the stories, activities, and collected characters is a bit disjointed, and some kids might not know how to get back to where they want to be. For die-hard fans who are willing to shell out some cash, there's plenty to enjoy.
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