A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Hero characters often speak about relishing the chance to fight and cause damage to the enemies. War is treated as a necessity for peace. On the positive side, there's a real emphasis on teamwork, cooperation, loyalty, and self-sacrifice.
Positive Role Models
While the Clone trooper characters have a penchant for violence, they stress brotherhood, loyalty, and cooperation most of all. Characters risk their lives to help others. And the Jedi characters are paragons of heroism.
Ease of Play
While targeting and combat are rather easy to pick up, the jumping is far too imprecise for a game that has numerous platform-leaping areas. Taking control of a robot enemy—an act pivotal to gameplay—is often too difficult to pull off successfully.
Violence & Scariness
Clone warriors use laser blasters and rocket launchers against enemies. Jedi knights slice up evil droids with lightsabers. There are also numerous vehicle explosions. Most, but not all of the violence is acted out upon robots. Non-robot villains that the heroes fight do not appear to die in the course of the game. Players will hear cries of pain. Smoking ruins are also shown, with mention of how a city was destroyed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One of the female Jedis wears a midriff-revealing outfit with a bit of visible cleavage.
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The only epithets are made-up ones cast against the robot villains, like "tinny" and "clanker."
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Products & Purchases
The game exists as part of the Star Wars mega-brand, and presents an extension of the storyline in the Clone Wars Cartoon Network series.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Not an issue.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while this fast-paced action game really is about war (a word that appears twice in its title), the blasts, bangs, and booms that go on throughout the game are of the sci-fi fantasy kind. And presuming your child is already a Star Wars fan, it's nothing he or she hasn't seen before. Unfortunately, what could have been a fun romp for devotees of the Star Wars franchise, gets bogged down in technical glitches and imprecise controls.
Is It Any Good?
Rabid Star Wars:The Clone Wars fans, who tend to be elated by anything featuring the likenesses of their favorite characters, will be the best audience for this game. Gamers not heavily invested in the ever-growing plot of the Clone Wars will likely get frustrated by the unfortunately sloppy controls. The gun-toting clone trooper levels are reminiscent of countless other shooters out there, but they're far more fun than the admittedly more creative Jedi levels. The game requires the famously nimble Jedi to flip, spin, and hop around the screen like a leaf in a windstorm, but aiming your Jedi's leaps is far more difficult than aiming your clone's blaster (the control system for which actually works incredibly smoothly).
That being said, the two-player cooperative mode provides a lot more entertainment value. And regular viewers of the Clone Wars series will be rightly impressed by how much the look and tone of the game make it feel like an episode of the TV show. The well-performed cut scenes, featuring the show's real voice actors, are arguably the game's high point.
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