App Review: This Is Probably Not The Star Wars Game You Were Looking For

This Is Probably Not The Star Wars Game You Were Looking For

Star Wars: Force Collection is pretty sad. It's not because it's a collectible card game — well, not completely because it's a collectible card game.

Over the past year I've come to terms with the genre. If players are willing to spend ridiculous amounts of money on cards that don't technically exist with arbitrary attack and defence numbers on them in order to advance in games where the most action they'll see is tapping a button to compare those numbers, then more power to the developers. I get free pretty art to look at, so I am good.

But Star Wars: Force Collection does not have pretty art. It's regurgitated promotional stills and scenes from the six Star Wars films, like the movie trading cards we used to collect as kids, back before we could buy movies on VHS and re-watch them whenever.

This Is Probably Not The Star Wars Game You Were Looking For

Star Wars music loops endlessly through the game's menus. Animated GIF-style images from the film act as transitions. The cards are all images we've seen a thousand times before.

The lack of original art wouldn't matter nearly as much if the game was fun to play. It's really not. The bulk of a player's time and effort go into collecting, powering-up and evolving cards. This makes their stats strong, so they can progress through the adventure.

This Is Probably Not The Star Wars Game You Were Looking For

There's no animation to the characters. Cardboard Stormtrooper cutouts pop up on the screen, and you've got top tap on them. If you don't, they'll just sit there on the screen, waiting for you to tap on them.

Larger battles, like the ones fought against other players in the game's PVP section, play out as a series of cards inch closer to each other. Numbers are crunched, fates are decided, and the SKIP button will be stabbed.

This Is Probably Not The Star Wars Game You Were Looking For

Konami Digital does try to mix up the formula a little. There are boss battles, which adds a fluctuating meter to tapped attacks for a chance at a critical strike.

This Is Probably Not The Star Wars Game You Were Looking For

But most of what seems at first like innovation is just the familiar mechanics of the genre dressed up for the occasion. Collecting parts of blueprints to build stat-enhancing vehicles for your hangar is just a redressed treasure collecting device, as seen in every recent CCG.

Other collectible card games are after as much money as possible, but they are more subtle about it. Star Wars: Force Collection feels like a cash grab. Someone out there looked at all the other CCGs on the market and figured the Star Wars licence was a surefire thing. That's not always the case.

This Is Probably Not The Star Wars Game You Were Looking For

Star Wars: Force Collection

Genre: Collectible Card Game Developer: Konami Digital Platforms: Android, iOS Price: Free Get Star Wars: Force Collection on Google Play Get Star Wars: Force Collection on iTunes


Comments

    Surely this isn't a licensed, legit game? They can't even spell prologue right. ("Complete the prolougue and win a reward!")

    Absolutely atrocious game - it's a pay-2-win game. If you pay, you have a chance for a powerful rare card with 5 stars. If you don't pay, you might get up to a 3 star game. Other than that, you just wait for your "tapping power" to refill, and watch as you lose PVP battles to other players, who shelled out tons of money to get rare powerful 5 star cards.

    If you enjoyed rage of Bahumat, and Star Wars in general you will probably enjoy this game. You don't have to shell out a ton of money to get rare cards. I have plenty of rare cards just by playing for free. Tons of Star Wars characters that you may not of heard from and more that you have. Very fun and will keep you playing for a good chunk of time.

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