Star Wars: Lightsaber Duel (iPhone) Review
I have a bad feeling about this...
I'm not really sure what to say when it comes to the newest version of Star Wars: Lightsaber Duel. The original lightsaber app was one of the first I downloaded when my iPhone was new, but it was, and continues to be a one-note app. We both know it will be downloaded a zillion times by fans worldwide, but even with the improvements and added features, it is still just an accelerometer-powered noisemaker.
The original version was, to be fair, much more limited in scope. In it, iPhone users could select the color and hilt of their lightsaber and swing it around to hear the classic "VWWWING" noise ("That's not how you VWWWING" Simpsons quote alert) and impress your friends. That was pretty much it. The new version adds a bunch of new Jedi to select from, the ability to use music from your iPod as background for your "battles" and even the ability to "duel" with other iPhone users in a Bluetooth-fuelled swing-fest. That last addition is the feels like the strongest, as the illusion of an actual lightsaber battle is pretty appealing. Unfortunately, the system is a bit off and combatants don't really have much interaction with one another. It reminded me of the old Captain Power lightgun/cartoon from the '80s; At first it feels interactive, but once you've done it few times, you realize the interactivity is scarce, almost non-existent.
Other notable new features include the ability to shoot Force Lightning as Emperor Palpatine and even a character creation mode, where you can use a pic of yourself as an avatar of sorts and build your lightsaber from the ground up. If you're a big Star Wars fan and this sounds interesting, I urge you to move onto another licensed product, such as the surprisingly good iPhone port of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Even at the low price of 99 cents, this app will be forgotten in about half the time it took to actually purchase and download it. I'm all for new and interesting iPhone apps, but Star Wars: Lightsaber Duels is neither of those things.
Final Rating: 20%
Transmitted: 12/19/2014 8:37:36 PM