Parents' Guide to

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Engaging fighter tarnished by long videos & tricky combos.

Game Nintendo Wii 2008
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 8+

If call of duty is T why is this rated T???

I was very confused as I am not letting my 11 year old play call of duty for the ds because it is rated T due to violence and language, yet this juvenile game was rated T????? I do believe it is for children who are old enough to NOT act out the lightsaber fights once the game is over... Why is this rated T??? I cannot find a good answr online.
age 7+

Do not rent or buy

Im a pretty big star wars fan but this game was very bad. First of all i beat it in less than 30 minutes which i rented it for a week. Second the game was just hack and slash with lots of cut scenes and little play. i had just picked up my Wii remote and i put back own agan. The game overall has nothing bad in it so i have to give it a 3/5.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (13):

All of this sounds great. And there are some nice touches like creepy laughter from enemies coming through your Wii remote. But in the single player campaign, the fighting stages are vast. So there's a lot of running around, trying to get in position to attack your foe. Plus, the intelligence of some of the creatures could be better. If you get them in a corner, you can pretty much have your way with them unless you're in Grand Master expert mode. Also, the video cutscenes, full of British-accented narration, go on too long. These scenes are also interspersed a few times when you fight your foe. While wondrous to look at, they slow down your fighting action appreciably. It's kind of a buzz kill.

The multiplayer action is limited to adding one other player to create a duel. Kids will need to remember to wrap that Wii remote strap around their wrists because there'll be a lot of willy-nilly flailing (even though the tutorial discourages this kind of hack-and-slash). Otherwise, you might have the Wii remote flying into someone's head or into your fancy TV screen. Perhaps kids will learn to pull of the more intricate moves quickly. But they may find that they are simply being battered by thier opponent if it takes them too long to pull off a more complex move. Using the WIimote is never an exact science, however. Using the D-pad is far more precise. Sadly, there's no online play for this game.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: LucasArts
  • Release date: November 11, 2008
  • Genre: Fighting
  • ESRB rating: T for Fantasy Violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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