Star Wars: Uprising

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Lisa Caplan, Common Sense Media
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Role-playing game with in-game chat and Star Wars violence.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Easy to play because role-playing elements are scripted, and controls become natural after some practice.

Violence

Inherently violent, with characters shooting one another as the primary form of play, but violence is not gory and fits with both the game genre and story.

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Consumerism

Strong push toward in-app purchases for upgrades. Also the game release is part of the new Clone story line and intended to promote the parallel movie.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Players meet in a cantina, which is essentially a bar, but players aren't seen drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Star Wars: Uprising is an action and role-playing game based on the Star Wars movies. The game takes place just after the story told in Return of the Jedi and before the seventh installment in the series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Kids go on missions, fighting battles and gaining supplies. There's a constant push to upgrade your gear which can sometimes cost real money. There also is a large social component to the game: Players create avatars, join crews, and chat via text window. Though the game itself will appeal to younger players, the chat feature makes it more appropriate for kids who already know what not to share online. There's lots of shooting violence but no blood or gore.

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What's it about?

The premise of STAR WARS: UPRISING is that an Imperial Governor of a remote sector of the Star Wars universe doesn't accept that Darth Vader and the Dark Side have fallen. To keep control over his empire, he locks it down. As members of the Rebel Alliance, you play as one of several semi-customizable characters from four alien races who are generally somewhat villainous themselves -- such as smugglers and assassins -- and join together to try to overrun the sector. Mostly, between scripted cut scenes, players are running around shooting at enemies by tapping and dragging. The violence is pervasive but not gory, and there are many opportunities to purchase and upgrade gear, either with in-game currency or real money.

Is it any good?

Though beautiful and fun at first, this RPG game is ultimately repetitive and might keep only superfans satisfied. The combination of battles and scripted scenes makes the world feel real, and players who like this gameplay model will love upgrading their gear and rank, but each mission is very much like the last. Also, the controls are clunky and not intuitive: Dragging away from a target to fire and double-tapping to roll often make the character do some funky dance moves -- but not what you want. The social element of the game is what most highly recommends it as an RPG but also makes it more appropriate for older kids who understand not to share personal information. Note that the chat seen during review was all game-related, with nothing inappropriate, but the potential is there. Make sure to play on a newer iOS device, since the older the device, the less responsive the controls and chat feature.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between on-screen and real-life violence. How are they different? What are your family's rules about on-screen violence?

  • Talk to your kids about privacy and safety online, especially in chatting with strangers. Tell kids never to share personal information or their location.

  • Set expectations about in-app purchases before downloading the game.

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