A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players take the 'good' side in this game, playing as Yoda, clone troopers, and others who are fighting against oppression.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
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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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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