Platform: IOS, Android, Windows
Download Size: Android = 39mg
Original Release Date: Sept 2014 (latest update: Feb 2016)
A strong addition to the phone or tablet of any Star Wars fan
With so many games out on the mobile market, it can be frustratingly hard to find one that is a good quality game and that will hold your attention for more than 5 minutes. Now add to this the name Star Wars and you have a doubly hard task as with such a big name, there are hundreds of titles out there with a wide range of success. Star Wars Commander looks to be one that ticks both the good mobile game box and the good star wars game box.
Star Wars Commander is a base building title much in the same way as Simpsons Tap is a city builder. You build up your base after choosing which side of the conflict you decide to support. For this review I decided to go for a change and help the forces of the empire. The AI commander helps you with basic understanding of the different buildings and what their functions are as well as how to upgrade. As with many games there is a resource aspect. You collect alloy and credits to pay for buildings, upgrades and troops. At a later point you also collect contraband but we will get into that later. Buildings range from resource centres and storage facilities, troop barracks, defence towers and factories. As you progress all these can be upgraded to provide stronger buildings along with access to new and advanced features and troops.
Troops are used to take on the opposing forces in both the campaign side of the game as well as the pvp aspect. Firstly the campaign. Well to be honest it’s pretty non descript. There is a thin plot to follow revolving around helping the empire clear out enemy outposts and then deal with the forces of Jabba the Hutt on Tatooine. The campaign is a good way to try out different combinations or troops and what works best for you and your style of play. Are you someone that likes to flood the battlefield with hoards of storm troopers and let the volleys of laser fire take down anything and hope that the large amounts of troops will be enough to stand up against the defensive capabilities of your opponent or do you prefer to use war machines like the mighty AT-AT and similar to use precision strikes to bring the outcome of the battle to your preferred result? The choice as they say, is yours.
Upgrading buildings and troops not only takes resources but it also takes time. This can range from 1 minute for small upgrades to upwards of 2 weeks for major high level upgrades. You can of course pay to speed this up if you so wish. This is done with micro transactions to buy special resources to speed up almost any kind of upgrade in the game or to purchase more droids to build more (you start with 2 droids). Paying to speed up the upgrades will end up costing you a fortune if that’s the way you intend to go. I rarely put money into these type of games but for Star Wars Commander I actually did pay for an extra droid to speed up building which does make a big difference to your enjoyment I think. Micro transactions can range from £1 to £80 so think carefully before putting money into this game as I’m sure you will want to get the most gaming fun for your money. You don’t need to purchase anything to play this game or get a tonne of fun out of it and you can compete quite competently in the pvp action but I have to admit, the waiting time for buildings can slow your enjoyment and your willingness to go back to the game so adding an extra droid to maximise the process is a good idea.
Star Wars Commander has been out for a good while now but it has been very well supported and is continually updated and gives fresh challenges and aspects for returning gamers to enjoy. I’ve played a lot of this style game and very few have kept my attention and especially not as long as this has. It’s also rare for me to add money via micro transactions but again, this game rated high enough that I did so. Star Wars Commander is a game that’s great for those that want to spend 5-10 minutes certain days just updating and keeping an eye on things and then when the mood takes them adding an extra hour or so competing in the pvp sections. A great game to catch a sneaky 5 minutes while at work while the boss isn’t looking.
The game isn’t perfect, there are occasions where it crashes and the micro transactions are rather steeply priced. The building upgrade times are rather long when you get further into the game but that’s designed to get you to pay to speed it up. That all said, it’s certainly one of the best I’ve played and it shows in the amount of time I’ve put into it. A strong addition to the phone or tablet of any Star Wars fan. Star Wars Commander has just the right amount of draw factor to have you playing for months if not years with a good sense of accomplishment while doing so.
Android: Star Wars Commander requires Android OS 4.0 or above and supports both tablets and phones.
Apple IOS: Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Windows: Requires either Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Phone 10, Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 7
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