LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars 3D

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Clever puzzle-action title with 3D effects, some violence.

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Positive Messages

Players take the 'good' side in this game, playing as Yoda, clone troopers, and others who are fighting against oppression.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players alternate between a variety of characters, from Yoda and Obi-Wan to clone troopers and droids, often switching from one to the other. To succeed, you'll need to use them together as a team.

Ease of Play

While some of the puzzles can be a bit tricky, the game is very easy to grasp, and R2-D2 pops up with useful hints from time to time.

Violence

While characters are depicted as plastic LEGO toys, there is intense fighting in portions of the game using a variety of laser weapons and lightsabers. There are also intergalactic dogfights between spacecraft. Characters break apart when killed, but there is no blood.

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Consumerism

The game is filled with images from both the Star Wars and LEGO franchises -- and is based upon the Cartoon Network animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is an action-adventure game for the Nintendo 3DS based on the popular cartoon series. The game casts players as their favorite Star Wars characters in LEGO form, having them solve puzzles and battle a variety of enemies. The fighting is frequent, but very cartoon-ish in nature. When a character is killed, he breaks into separate LEGOs, but the player is not significantly penalized for the death and no suffering is depicted. Players can sometimes encounter droid characters sitting on toilet seats and reading the newspaper. Also, Nintendo is warning parents not to allow kids age six and under to view the graphics in 3D because that viewing "may cause vision damage." The Nintendo 3DS offers parents the ability to lock out the use of 3D graphics in the system's Parental Controls.

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Kid, 10 years old August 12, 2012
Kid, 10 years old August 17, 2013

Fun Levels, But Really Disapointing

The reason I gave it a 7+ is because of the 3D. Although There is a Parental Control Lock In Settings That Will Block Your Child from using 3D Mode. A Little Bi... Continue reading

What's it about?

The storyline of LEGO STAR WARS III: THE CLONE WARS 3D may not make much sense to people who don't follow the TV show, but at its heart, you play one of several well-known Star Wars characters (such as Yoda or Obi-Wan Kenobi) fighting against the forces of evil. To succeed, you'll need to solve puzzles and defeat a series of enemies (typically droids). Players must toggle between the characters at their disposal to do this. For example, to reach a certain part of the screen, you may need Yoda to hop up there, but when enemy droids begin firing at you, you'll need to switch to a trooper to dispatch them, since they are out of Yoda's range (as he only wields a light saber).

Is it any good?

LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars 3D is a game that comes so, so close to being terrific. The story is fun, even if you don't follow the cartoon series and don't grasp its nuances. And the puzzle solving elements are fantastic. Using the characters at your disposal to figure out how to progress is challenging, but never frustrating. Where it falls short, though, is in its save features. Levels are long -- with some lasting 30 minutes -- and you cannot save the game mid-level. Given the rather weak battery life of the 3DS, that can be problematic for players who don't have that long to dedicate to the game. And with the 3D effects turned on, looking at the screen for a period that long may result in eye fatigue. A simple save at will or autosave feature would boost the game tremendously. As it is, it's still one that's worth your time -- if you know what you're getting into.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the marketing aspects of the game. Does the fact that the game is played with LEGO characters make children want to play with the real thing more? Or do they enjoy the game because it's tied to LEGOs?

  • You can also discuss the violence in the game. Is it less troublesome because the characters are depicted as toys?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: LucasArts
  • Release date: March 27, 2011
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief

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