Developer: Warner Bros. Entertainment
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.1
App Reviewed on: iPad 2

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★★½
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Way back in 2005, Lego Star Wars: The Video Game launched on every modern console platform of the era and changed the landscape of licensed action games forever. Jump ahead eight years and now the Lego brand has completely saturated the market and covered virtually every angle of the Star Wars franchise known to man. Amazing enough, these once resource intensive titles are now completely capable of being played on iOS device. And so, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga was born.

IMG_0273Games like Lego Star Wars, though unbeknownst to the developers at the time, were the perfect model for free-to-play shenanigans. Though the free base download includes a generous offering consisting of the entire “The Phantom Menace” campaign, this will never be enough for the completionist audience that a title of this style reaches. This is why it is a brilliant move. Some might call these poor folks obsessive-compulsive, others may just call them crazy, but regardless this is not the type of game that a player simply dips their toe into. Luckily the game offers up the ability to purchase the other episodes piecemeal, or as a larger unit at a decent discount.

Each episode is a pitch-perfect recreation of the console games that have been available for quite some time. The only area where things get a little muddy is the traditional stumbling block of any console-to-iOS port: controls. The base scheme consists of a simplistic style where the player touches on screen to dictate where their avatar should navigate. While this may be fine for newcomers or the young children in the target audience, it tends to lack the precision that is necessary to topple all foes. Luckily the combat system and subsequent respawns are generous enough to allow for frequent deaths, because unless the player has the on-screen d-pad equipped it will be a common occurrence.

IMG_0268Purchasing the entirety of Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga will clock in at a beefy $9.99, but considering that the free base includes roughly a sixth of the entire game, it is more than worth downloading if for no other reason than random curiosity. Just be warned, venturing down this road will most likely result in the purchase of the full experience. It is that fun. *Wave Hand* This is the game you’re looking.

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