This weekend my boys and I had the chance to test out the new Star Wars Journeys: A Phantom Menace app which is now available for purchase. Or I should say my boys had the chance to test out the app, as they would not hand over our iPad once they begain playing and I haven’t seen much of them since. (Although I’ve heard plenty of Pod Races coming from near them.)
With this game, players can read along while they listen to the story of Episode I. Each page of the story features a 180-degree parallax view that you can explore by tilting you iPad or by swiping across the screen. The graphics, as one would expect from Star Wars, are very impressive. Tapping on characters, ships and object causes them to move or speak and allows players to unlock their profile. Each profile then shows a picture gives you information about that item or person. My kids worked through the story fairly quickly and while they enjoyed it, they were most excited about the Pod Racing.
Players also have the chance to compete in Pod Races beginning with Anakin’s podracer with the ability to earn more high tech pod racers. Players are given the choice of different style races including time trials, knock out races and quick races. You can even customize your ship’s color and upgrade with points earned from earlier races. It took a little while, and a number of destroyed racers, for my kids to get the hang of the races, but once they got going, they were hooked. They love the chance to upgrade and have loved racing their ships. Winning races also unlocks more information about each character in the story.
More apps will be coming out as we approach the release of Star Wars Episode VII. Those include:
- “Star Wars Journeys: Attack of the Clones”
- “Star Wars Journeys: Revenge of the Sith”
- “Star Wars Journeys: A New Hope”
- “Star Wars Journeys: The Empire Strikes Back”
- “Star Wars Journeys: Return of the Jedi”
Star Wars Journeys: A Phantom Menace is available for purchase now. At $6.99 it’s a pretty high price for a game, but my kids loved it and are already asking when the next game will be available!
Happy gaming and May the Force be with you!
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