Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith
How about some 2D side-scrolling action to go along with the final installment in the Star Wars series? THQ Wireless grants your wish.
A new Star Wars film is nearly upon us and you know what that means! Oh...you don't? Well I strongly advise that you take a walk over to your nearest Toys R Us, Target, or even CVS because we're in the middle of an Episode III merchandising frenzy. There's Star Wars toys, Star Wars clothes, Star Wars bean bag chairs, Star Wars cookies, and of course, Star Wars videogames. THQ Wireless managed to snag the exclusive mobile Episode III license and has decided to unleash tons of games for Cingular, chief among them Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith.
WARNING... may contain a SPOILER or two... or none... READ AT YOUR OWN RISK
Oh that Anakin Skywalker. So reckless. So arrogant. Hard to imagine that only a few years ago he was about the size of a Jawa and kicking Sebulba's butt in the Boonta Eve Classic. Now he's a total bad @$$, but at the beginning of Episode III (pssst... he becomes Darth Vader) he's still working for the good guys, and that's what this 2D side-scroller's all about.
While you can choose to play as other characters in the game such as Mace Windu and Obi Wan (as well as some other special characters), when you begin you're Anakin, slicing and dicing hordes of battle droids in your attempt to get revenge on [SPOILER]. In fact, there are several bosses in this game and they're all really cool. I mean seriously, they're awesome. There's [SPOILER], and [SPOILER], and I certainly can't forget about [SPOILER].
I'd love to tell you more about the characters you'll face but it'd be pretty naughty of me to ruin the movie for you. It's not that playing Revenge of the Sith will reveal all of the film's secrets, but it does give out a few, but it's all common sense really. If you've been purchasing the toys, playing Lego Star Wars, or even flipped open a magazine at Barnes & Noble you already know who all or most of the villains are, so if he/it looks like the big cheese and evil to boot, the odds of you needing to whoop their sorry behind in this game are pretty good.
For a cell phone title, Revenge of the Sith is pretty sophisticated. Not only are you able to enter into aggressive negotiations with a light saber, but you can block, dash, force push, jump (necessary for clearing bottomless pits), and executing special moves when you fill up your force meter.
Of course, the best part is the game's fun to play. The controls aren't as responsive as the best side scrolling fighters, but you'll have no trouble destroying battle droids and other enemies. As for the bosses, they can be a little tough, but like most epic confrontations (and even the not so epic ones), it's all about figuring out their individual patterns and exploiting their weaknesses.
There are two outstanding looking Star Wars games in THQ Wireless' portfolio, and thankfully Revenge of the Sith is one of them (the other is the 2D vertical shooter Battle Above Coruscant). All of the characters are detailed enough so you'll know who's who, and the levels, the wookie home world of Kashyyyk for example, look great. I'm also a fan of the little touches, such as how the battle droids explode when hit. The game's graphics won't amaze and dazzle you, but considering the platform, developer Finite Monkeys did an outstanding job.
Aside from the fact that the game's not exactly the longest of adventures I have very little to complain about, other than the fact that it's Cingular exclusive and therefore us Verizon users have been left out in the Kamino rain. However, if you can manage to get your hands on Revenge of Sith I recommend that you download it, especially since it'll be available this month. It may not rival the console games, but this pint-sized Star Wars title is more fun that shooting wamp rats back home! Ok, so NOTHING is more fun than shooting wamp rats back home, but this is still a good time.