Star Wars for the GBA is a darn good game that covers
the events in the first three Star Wars prequels -
as they might have taken place in a Lego universe.
That is to say that all of the backgrounds, spaceships,
enemies and playable character are all constructed
out of Lego bricks. I know what you're thinking but
there's more to this game than a blatant merchandising
campaign. After the novelty of the Lego feature fades
the gameplay still remains compelling.
just for young kids, Lego Star Wars is an action adventure
game that features a lot of hacking and slashing.
It goes easy on the platforming. Some puzzles are
included, and while most of the gameplay elements
aren't terribly challenging they are fun.
is constructed out of Lego blocks and pieces and that
also means that all these Lego pieces can also be
deconstructed. Enemies can be turned into piles of
Lego brick with a few deft slices of your lighsabre.
Their bodies will crumble into tiny squares. It's
an excellent visual effect. You will even see some
structures and characters transform as the bricks
are rearranged in real time.
of the characters have basic moves but they have different
attack skills. R2D2 is able to hack into computer-coded
locks, Obi-Wan can push enemies away with the Force
and Anakin can throw his lightsabre like a boomerang
so that it becomes more of a ranged weapon. You can
use each character for different situations and even
change them in a moment's notice in some levels. You
can unlock more characters by collecting tokens and
are assigned to each level. During all of them the
common thread is to destroy all droids and guards.
You will use either the lightsabre or the blaster
to accomplish this. You begin each level with six
health points. Each hit you sustain will result in
you losing a health point. There are power-ups which
will assist you and you can even purchase more health
and other aids but if you run out of health points
you'll have to start the level over.
you're a Star Wars fan you'll enjoy the various locations
and situations culled from the first three films.
We don't get any more information on the mysterious
and short-lived character of Darth Maul and I won't
spoil the surprise (or horror) if Jar Jar Binks is
included as a playable character. You'll recognize
the planets of Naboo and Tatooine in all their splendor
as the GBA is really pushed to the limits graphically
without sputtering and stalling. The levels are large
and there are plenty of rooms and corridors to explore
as well as computers to interact with. The soundtrack
and sound effects are taken from the movies but nowhere
near to the extent of the console version. Overall
I'm quite impressed by how close this GBA version
is to its console counterpart.
an average gamer will have little trouble getting
through the story mode in less than a day. A Free
Play mode lets you go back to any unlocked level and
play as any unlocked character. I found this mode
irresistible due to the freedom associated with it.
It adds some replay value but this mode is actually
more of a novelty.
Star Wars preserves the Star Wars legacy. Even though
this game parodies the franchise it's still licensed
by the big man himself. Definitely recommended for