Parents' Guide to

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Jedi Alliance

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Action game has players wield lightsabers, solve puzzles.

Game Nintendo DS 2008
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

star wars jedi alliance

crappy game

This title has:

Too much violence
age 9+
Fun to play if you can work out what you are supposed to do and how. There is no guidance, so could be frustrating for some. Having said that, my 10 yo son managed to complete the game while I'm still struggling with the last level. Annoyingly, you cannot save progress. If you are half way through a level and have to stop, it takes you right back to the start of the level.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (6):

Jedi Alliance's shtick is to let players control pairs of Jedi, but it doesn't work as well as one might hope. For starters, there is no functionality to support a pair of players working co-operatively. You can only play alone, switching between Jedi as necessary. It's a major oversight, given the game's theme. What's more, Jedi Assists -- special attacks that happen when the player targets a foe that a computer controlled Jedi is currently fighting -- are so unspectacular as to be unnoticeable. It feels more like your ally just stands around and watches while you do all the work.

That said, if you view Jedi Alliance as being a single character action/adventure game (which is what it feels like in the end), it can be a lot of fun. Intuitive touch screen controls make navigation and fighting a snap. And the game's many puzzles -- which involve hacking terminals by selecting falling shapes that match security symbols, using the stylus to draw a shape shown on the upper screen to cut holes through doors with your lightsaber, and swiping the stylus in specific patterns to help Jedi pull off amazing, Force-assisted acrobatics -- are compelling distractions. It's no game of the year, but it's certainly passable entertainment for young Star Wars aficionados.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: LucasArts
  • Release date: November 11, 2008
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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