Let the Force Be with You, or Not, in Star Wars Commander

Star Wars Commander (Free)

iPhone Life Rating: 2 stars out of 5

LucasArts' newest entry into the world of iOS apps comes in the form of the recently released game Star Wars Commander. This new game is crafted with eyes on the next entry in the Star Wars movie franchise in December 2015. 

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This battle strategy game is set right after the first movie, A New Hope, with the onset of the Galactic Civil War between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire. You're a mercenary on the planet Tattoine with your partner-in-smuggling, Saponza. Your skills attract the attention of both the rebels and the Empire, who present you with a choice of joining either side of the heightened battle. You then build up your base with the assistance of droids, create barracks to train and acquire more troops, and even enlist well-known figures and vehicles with which to wage war.

Star Wars Commander will draw comparisons to other battle strategy games like Clash Of Clans and Samurai Siege. Once you begin with a couple of preliminary battles leading to your choosing either the Empire or the Rebels, the gameplay is pretty straightforward. You have your base which you fortify by harvesting alloy and credits, and then your troop transport and barracks. Then you're ready to play through a series of missions which can get you rewards in the form of more alloy and credits. Finishing a chapter fully will earn you valuable crystals. It's relatively easy to build everything and get underway, but the key flaw with Star Wars Commander is the slow pacing and how it relates to your progress in the game. With Star Wars Commander, your troop deployment is a bit limited from the outset, which can pose a problem when you get to later chapters. And then there's a limited amount of chapters. (Although a recent update shows that more have been added along with newer characters and features.) It's also a problem when you begin the game with two droids and find yourself having to decide to either use up valuable crystals to complete projects rapidly or to bite a bullet and buy another droid at an exorbitant crystal price. Another issue lies in the number of troops you can fight with in relation to your development. You'll find yourself lacking if your transport isn't updated and that may be difficult. The battle AI is sketchy too, which will make you upset when you drop troops and they don't always go for the objective. Finally, like the aforementioned games, you will find yourself at the mercy of other players encouraged to raid your base for resources unless you buy a shield with...drum roll...crystals. Star Wars Commander has promise, but it seems to be a rushed effort that would even try the patience of the best Jedi warriors. 

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Christopher Smith is a contributing founder/writer for Manifesto Magazine in NYC and is an indie rock reviewer for Independent Music Productions. Christopher's work has appeared in The Smoking Section, King Magazine, Parle Magazine, & IAMOnlineMag. He has two published books of poetry and runs several blogs.