The first game to tie-in with the Clone Wars animated series, this is a solid, if simple, little game that uses the touchscreen well and really looks and sounds the part as Anakin, Obi-Wan and co. do battle against the forces of the Dark Side. A nice little bit of drop-in/drop-out wireless co-op made this an undemanding but decent offering on a par with the various Lego Star Wars titles available across all platforms.
A sequel generally disliked on other platforms, the Wii version was arguably the pick of the bunch and its multiplayer mode wasn't bad either. Not great, but as we've seen from the Dagobah swamp of dross we've waded through to get this far, plain competency gets you a long way with a Star Wars game. We'll quietly brush the terrible DS version under the carpet, but The Force Unleashed II on Wii didn't make us want to Force-choke ourselves.
The 16-bit 'Super Star Wars' games might not have been the most faithful or most exciting Star Wars games ever made, and in many ways they typify the repetitive qualities of many games on this list, but they were solid platformers that gave us and many others the perfect dose of Star Wars action on our Super Nintendos back in the day. They're great-looking, let you take control of different characters and even take a stab at introducing some gameplay variety with vehicular sections. With the Game Boy versions scaling everything down to work on the monochrome handheld, they're hardly world-changing video games or high points of the medium - and perhaps nostalgia is getting the better of us — but as old-fashioned movie-licensed platformers go, we can't help but like 'em.
Angry Birds — remember them? This Star Wars crossover came out for Wii and 3DS as well, and although the comedy of the mash up might not be to everyone's tastes, it's a fun little time sink all the same. It suffered from being massively overpriced on consoles, but the core Angry Birds gameplay is as fun as it ever was, except this had TIE Fighters with pig faces. What's not to like?
Wrapping up the Super Star Wars trilogy on Super NES, you get to finish the battle against the Dark Side (well, until Palpatine somehow congeals back into existence and the New Order arrives on the scene to take everything backwards again). The difficulty of this entry is a little easier than the others, and with five playable characters (including Leia and Wicket), and the opportunity to give Jabba, Vader and Palpatine a sound thrashing, it'd be rude not to finish the fight.
Also on 3DS and DS, Lego Star Wars III features some ingeniously designed battles, action sequences, puzzle and platforming bits in the vein of the other Lego games. They've always been targeted at younger players, but their humour and personality is enough to keep other gamers entertained for the (admittedly short) duration if you enjoy gaming in a galaxy far, far away. The basic gameplay is, well, basic, but the opportunity to take control of virtually any character you could hope for makes up for the lack of variety somewhat, and if you're a compulsive collector of bricks, coins and trinkets, the Lego games should be right up your alley.
Also on 3DS, this brought that the new(est) trilogy into the Lego world on a generation of consoles which enabled a graphical fidelity that hadn't been seen before. For the first time you'd see scuffs and light bouncing off the plastic bricks and it was quite an upgrade if you'd previously only experienced the charming Lego Star Wars games on DS or Wii. It's a solid, slapstick romp through the beats of the movie and captures the spirit of adventure well, especially for younger gamers.
Extending the on-foot action sequences of the source material into a colourful 16-bit side-on adventure, Super Empire Strikes Back peppers the platforming with some vehicular sections, too. You get the opportunity to play as Luke, Han and Chewie, ride a tauntaun, pilot a snow speeder and an X-Wing (with some classic Mode 7 gameplay), fly into an asteroid field with the Millennium Falcon and duel Darth Vader. A tad unforgiving, but arguably the best of the 16-bit 'Super' series.
Also available on GBA, Ubisoft's Revenge of the Sith on DS was a real surprise. It's a 2D belt-scroller with a unique cartoon style, fluid animation and responsive controls. The DS version also has some exclusive space-based sections which work surprisingly well, and that dogfighting mode is available in multiplayer, too. The game pits Jedi against Jedi (although it doesn't have you slaughtering younglings), and hits all the major beats from the movie with panache. The whole thing is really rather good.
Zen Studios have been plugging away at digital Star Wars pinball tables for several years. The Wii U version was excellent, although we described the 3DS iteration as "a downgrade in almost every way". On Switch, Star Wars Pinball features 19 tables spanning the entire series, plus support for vertical play and some Switch-exclusive features. If you're a pinball wizard, this is a fine way to soak up all the iconography of the saga without indulging in lacklustre lightsaber combat or other mechanical disappointments.
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