Ten of the best Star Wars apps and games

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Star Wars fans around the world are daring to hope that new film The Force Awakens will be as good as its promo clip makes it look – or at least better than The Phantom Menace. Early ticket sales suggest optimism on that point.

But with two months to go until the new movie premieres, how can you fill the time? Unsurprisingly, there are apps for that. In fact, Star Wars has generated a whole mini-industry of mobile games and apps in its own right.

Here are 10 of the best to fuel your Force fetish in the runup to Christmas. Where you see “IAP”, that means in-app purchases.

Star Wars (Free)
Android / iOS

There are plenty of ways to keep tabs on Star Wars news and clips: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for starters. Yet the official Star Wars app may be worth a slot on your homescreen, in the short term at least. It pulls in social updates and news, while adding historical trivia, videos and the obligatory themed selfie filters.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (£7.99)

Android / iOS
With decades of Star Wars games to draw on, this is still regularly hailed by hardcore fans as the best of the lot. Originally a PC and console game in 2003, it has since returned in a faithful mobile port. Best enjoyed on a tablet, it’s a deep, rewarding RPG set in the Star Wars universe, with freedom to plot your own party and path.

Star Wars: Uprising (Free + IAP)
Android / iOS

This is the most recent Star Wars game for mobile devices, made by movie specialist Kabam – which previously turned The Hobbit, The Lord of The Rings and Fast & Furious into popular games. It’s another RPG that plugs the gap between episodes VI and VII of Star Wars, as you create a character and set out to make your fortune with a mix of solo and online co-operative play.

Star Wars Scene Maker (Free + IAP)

This is a marvellous creative app for young Star Wars fans, helping them to create scenes from the film franchise with their favourite characters and music – and to supply the voice dialogue themselves. Yes, the famous credits are included too. It’s like a virtual puppet theatre, with a range of themed scenery packs available to buy as in-app purchases.

Star Wars: Commander - Worlds in Conflict (Free + IAP)

Android / iOS / Windows Phone
The game that generated a thousand Clash of Clones jokes when it was released, based on its similarity to mobile hit Clash of Clans. It’s true that its blend of base-building and raiding is very reminiscent of that game, but with plenty of iconic characters and vehicles to root this firmly in Star Wars territory.

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Free + IAP)
Android / iOS

The Lego Star Wars games are as polished as the television series, and offer another playable way in to the franchise for children. This brings together all the mobile Lego Star Wars games, with the constituent parts bought using in-app purchases. It’s a sprawling game with masses of characters and missions to explore.

Angry Birds Star Wars II (Free + IAP)
Android / iOS / Windows Phone

Angry Birds’ star may have waned a little over the last two years, but it’s worth remembering the excellent job that developer Rovio did with both of its official Star Wars tie-ins. Start with the second, which applies the familiar bird-slinging formula to the Star Wars universe, with lots of little touches that fans will love.

Star Wars Journeys: Beginnings (Free + IAP)

Another app that’s intended for children, even if adults will want to sneak the odd go too. It’s a mixture of gameplay and storytelling, taking kids through the prequel trilogy of Star Wars with pod racing, arena battles and – something that parents will appreciate – a fair amount of reading.

BB-8 App Enabled Droid Powered by Sphero (Free)
Android / iOS

The massive caveat here is that you’ll need to spend £135 on Sphero’s BB-8 drone toy to use this app, so it’s one for fans with deep pockets only. Even so, the robot toy has been winning rave reviews, based on the new droid character in The Force Awakens. The app controls the toy’s movements, as well as turning your video clips into virtual holograms.

Star Wars: Card Trader (Free + IAP)
Android / iOS

Finally, the idea of an app to collect digital (ie not real) trading cards may seem bizarre. But Topps’ Card Trader app has been warmly welcomed by app store reviewers for its collection of Star Wars cards right back to the original sets in the early 1980s. It’s part trading game and part historical rabbit hole.

That’s my selection of 10, although several apps were unlucky to miss out. If you’re a fan of the card-battler game genre, check out Konami’s Star Wars: Force Collection, while tower defence fans (if not sticklers for English spelling) will prefer DeNA’s Star Wars: Galactic Defense.

Children may enjoy the puzzle-focused Star Wars: Heroes Path or slick action game Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions, based on the Rebels TV show. And, for a curveball, try Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force, which is very playable.

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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Stuart Dredge, for theguardian.com on Saturday 24th October 2015 10.00 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010


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