If you thought Angry Birds showed any signs of slowing down, think again: Like the movies that inspired the spinoff, Angry Birds Star Wars will apparently not be confined to a single app, but rather a whole series instead.
Ask any game critic to name the most important or influential games of the past decade, and odds are they’ll bring up Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. First released for Xbox and PC in 2003 (and again for Mac the following year), KOTOR instantly became one of the most revered games of its generation, delivering a sprawling, original role-playing epic set thousands of years before the events of the Star Wars films. It helped raise the bar for player choice in RPGs and bolstered fans’ flagging faith in Star Wars — and now, 10 years later, it’s fully playable on iPad.
Everything about Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles -- from its overhead camera to its unit building mechanics -- resembles a real-time strategy game. The adorable characters and familiar Star Wars iconography could have made this free-to-play affair a worthwhile introduction to the genre for newcomers, but for a game with all the trappings of a strategy title, it curiously lacks any real strategic decision-making.
Like Angry Birds Star Wars before it, Star Wars Pinball pairs the beloved sci-fi franchise with a proven mobile framework. In this case, it's the excellent Zen Pinball, which serves up original digital tables that look and play like the real thing. Available as a universal standalone app, Star Wars Pinball delivers a great table based on The Empire Strikes Back, complete with moving sections that take after film scenes. Additional tables are sold within, and all can be purchased and downloaded within the main Zen Pinball app, though this is the only way that iPhone 5 players can currently experience the tables in full screen.
Say what you want about Angry Birds, but you cannot deny The Force is strong with developer Rovio, who has turned the mobile game into a mammoth hit. Now, the company really does have The Force behind them, as well as the entire Star Wars universe.
Tuesday sure was a day filled with emotion. For those who weathered Hurricane Sandy the night before, it was a real-life experience; then came the fantasy-based shocker that Disney was buying Lucasfilm and making a new Star Wars film. And if that wasn't enough, we had to endure the news that Apple would be delaying the release of iTunes 11 into next month, which certainly ended the day on a bummer note.
Star Wars creator George Lucas has retired from the film business, but it appears his licensing department is still very much open for business, joining forces with Angry Birds creator Rovio for new apps and even board games coming soon.
It takes a certain measure of courage to admit you've still got a model of the Millenium Falcon sitting in your closet next to your collection of Darth Vader figurines, an autographed picture of Carrie Fisher in a metal bikini, and a family of stuffed Ewoks. But you don't have to worry about ridicule around these parts; we're down with the Force. Even better news: so is the App Store. Check out this sampling of Star Wars apps from a galaxy not so far away.
On Labor Day weekend, it's time for the lucky among us to...not work. For many of us this means shutting the lids on our MacBooks and sleeping our iMacs, but in case you kick back at your Mac, we found some sales on Mac games and fun-time apps that you might want to check out...
...along with our usual roundup of reduced-price iPhone and iPad apps, too. Who loves ya, baby? (Hint: We do.)