Star Wars - The Force Is Strong With This One

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed was released recently on a variety of gaming platforms to middling reviews. As I haven't played the console versions yet I can't speak to the quality of those games; I can say that the iPhone version is an impressive and enjoyable game that is a must-download for any mobile gaming fan.

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for iPhone, like the console versions, puts the player in the role of Darth Vader's apprentice in the time period in between the 3rd and 4th installments of the film series. The game starts with the iconic scrolling text on a space backdrop and John Williams score familiar to just about anyone who's been alive during the past 35 years. Cut scenes like this are used to great effect throughout the game to establish mood.

The gameplay is simple yet brilliant. To attack and defend against enemies encountered throughout the game, the player is required to use "the Force" by making specific motions with his finger on the iPhone touchscreen. For example, an enemy might approach with a small circular pattern above it; in this case to dispatch of the enemy the player must draw a circular pattern on the screen. To defend against blaster fire, the player might have to make a motion on the touchscreen in a specific direction. Sounds simple enough, but with multiple enemies on the screen and patterns to draw, it begins to require great concentration and reflexes.

The game is great fun. Tossing helpless Storm Troopers over a chasm using your index finger is highly gratifying. Definitely worth the $9.99 price tag.

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