Star Wars: Commander
The latest Star Wars title goes mobile and free-to-play. Are you siding with the Rebels or the Galactic Empire?
The latest addition to the Star Wars video game stable is a bit of a surprising one, with the launch of Star Wars: Commander, a free-to-play title obviously inspired by Clash of Clans and, unfortunately for many players, riddled with in-app purchases. And while there are high points to love, especially for those who love Star Wars, there are also plenty of reasons to pass on this title for something a little less money-grubbing.
Star Wars: Commander allows you to choose between the Empire and the Rebels, assigning you a base that you need to fortify from invaders. But you'll also go on the offensive, strategizing about how you're going to go about your invasion while also ensuring your own personal defenses are set while you're away.
High production values and adequate visuals are pretty much a no-brainer, especially given the fact that this is a Star Wars game (from Disney, of course) and all the big players are present: Darth Vader, Han Solo, Leia, and all the familiar faces you'd expect. It's all got a very familiar feel to it, with the Clash of Clans influence extremely strong, nearly marking it as a clone rather than a tribute to the popular title.
If there ever were an IAP model to demonize, it's this one, where you need to spend extra money for nearly everything you do. Everything is locked behind a paywall, and you need to pay varying amounts of real-world money in order to succeed. If you want to speed up how fast a building is erected, pay up. If you want to succeed, you'll eventually have to pony up, and that fact alone is extremely frustrating.
If you don't choose to spend some cash to go quicker, you'll find that it eventually devolves into a slog, where you're plodding along for extended periods of time without making any progress.
While the Star Wars license is a tempting one to buy into, Star Wars: Commander isn't exactly up to snuff, especially if you're looking to play on the cheap. Perhaps future updates can lessen the price-gouging and it can blossom into a truly rewarding F2P experience.