Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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While the force is with you, fighting with it is too hard.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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.

Sex

One of the female Jedis wears a midriff-revealing outfit with a bit of visible cleavage. 

Language

The only epithets are made-up ones cast against the robot villains, like "tinny" and "clanker."

Consumerism

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygamenerd323 October 24, 2009

Bad but appropiate game.

The game is bad, just plain boring and not enjoyable, but it's appropiate for little kids. thank you common sense media for allowing us to show people what... Continue reading
Adult Written bydmeat February 2, 2012

Great Game!!!

I think it is a great game!!!
Teen, 17 years old Written bymoviewannabe June 10, 2013

I think this should have been rated E10+.

Okay, I think this should be E10 rated because the controls are really easy to use and they give almost ALL Star Wars videogames T ratings. It looks more E10 th... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byShayiscool February 15, 2013

What you need to know (7)

Ok for 7 or 7+ i think just see how there geting on (if they like it!)

What's it about?

In STAR WARS THE CLONE WARS: REPUBLIC HEROES, the forces of the Galactic Republic, led by the heroic Jedi knights, are engaged in a vast war for supremacy with an army of battle droids controlled by the evil Separatists. As this chapter begins, the villains have set traps and ambushes around the galaxy for Republic forces, leaving the remaining heroes to not only defeat the enemies, but rush to the aid of their comrades as well. During the game, players will take on the roles of many different Jedi, as well as many of the officers of the Republic's clone army.

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the differences between a make-believe outer-space war and a real one. What kind of moral dilemmas could a soldier go through were his enemies flesh-and-blood. What would life be like for a real soldier at war?

  • More than once in the game, a character risks his or her own life to help his companions. The concepts of loyalty and self-sacrifice are repeated themes throughout the story. Families can talk about what they would or wouldn't be willing to do for one another.  

  • Throughout the story, younger or less experienced characters want to make riskier choices, and are reminded by their elders or superiors to stay in line and follow protocols. Which side of the argument is right or wrong isn't always clear. Families can discuss when it's important to follow orders and when, if ever, it might be better to skirt the rules. 

Game details

For kids who love make-believe

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