As we reported earlier today, THQ Wireless Inc has released the iPhone version of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed [$9.99, App Store].

The iPhone version of The Force Unleashed is a smaller companion game to the full featured video game that is arriving for gaming consoles such as the PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360. The full version of the game offers an impressive physics engine (trailer) with a focus on using The Force.

The mobile version of the game (including the iPhone version), however, is "very different" and uses a much more limited engine which incorporates the use of specialized gestures that correspond to different Force attacks and defenses.

We've posted screenshots of the game including the control instructions with our announcement article. The game makes good use of the iPhone's touch screen to allow you to draw gestures on the screen that correspond to specific attacks or defenses.

The game is played by invoking these gestures at the right time in order to defeat your enemies. Your character, however, moves from scene to scene without your direct control. Over time you do build up an arsenal of additional gestures that can be used at will. Some enemies must be defeated with specific powers, while others can be defeated with any choice.

The game provides a Story mode (with lengthy dialog/transitions), Chapter Mode (to replay Chapters from Story Mode), and Survival (where you play for a high score). This embedded video shows the first Chapter in the story, after the initial training is complete. Following the Chapter (including the Boss fight), you can see the next level of training which introduces new attacks.

The entire Story can be played in one sitting of about 2+ hours. There are 6 Chapters total in the story intertwined with a lengthy plot line. If not for the plot line dialog and transitions, the game could be completed in an even shorter time period.

The actual game play is quite enjoyable and tie-ins to the Star Wars franchise certainly help. Who hasn't wanted to fling storm troopers into a wall with the flick of a finger? But the actual "puzzles" presented are incredibly simple, making the game just a paint-by-numbers sort of experience.

After you complete the 6 levels, it's difficult to imagine that you'll want to play the game again (especially with the un-skippable cut scenes). As a result, I think this game may only be worth it for the die-hard Star Wars fan, and even then with the understanding that your $9.99 will not get you long term replayability.

Game Details
Name: Star Wars The Force Unleashed (v1.0.9) Price: $9.99 [Buy]
Developer: THQ Wireless Inc.
Size: 20.2 MB
While die hard Star Wars fans will enjoy the ambiance of this title and even enjoy the actual gameplay despite the limited control options, the short game-play time, limited replay-ability and frustratingly un-skippable cut scenes make it difficult to recommend this title at its $9.99 asking price.

TouchArcade Rating

  • bud

    I guess they didn't teach Box Dodging in Jedi school.

  • bud

    I guess they didn't teach Box Dodging in Jedi school.

  • Patrick

    I agree with everything you said. I'm having a good time with it, though.

  • Patrick

    I agree with everything you said. I'm having a good time with it, though.

  • arn

    I amended the article to make it a full "review". Since I was able to finish the game since I posted it.

    I enjoyed the during. I do enjoy the Star Wars tie ins. I think price conscious people, however, won't like it enough to justify the $9.99 price unless you are just a big Star Wars fan.

    arn

  • arn

    I amended the article to make it a full "review". Since I was able to finish the game since I posted it.

    I enjoyed the during. I do enjoy the Star Wars tie ins. I think price conscious people, however, won't like it enough to justify the $9.99 price unless you are just a big Star Wars fan.

    arn

  • dohmax

    I feel ripped off. Can't believe i just dropped $10 on a game that I played through in 1 and 1/2 hours. Wait a few hours and spend your money on the full version. BOOOO!

  • dohmax

    I feel ripped off. Can't believe i just dropped $10 on a game that I played through in 1 and 1/2 hours. Wait a few hours and spend your money on the full version. BOOOO!

  • http://znaddanz.com Destructor

    Yes after reading this review I will probably wait for the XBox version.

  • http://znaddanz.com Destructor

    Yes after reading this review I will probably wait for the XBox version.

  • http://extreeeme.org GPSchnyder

    And I'll wait for my pre-ordered Wii-Version and a huge Pricedrop on this one. I think 2,99 would be okay.

    George

  • http://extreeeme.org GPSchnyder

    And I'll wait for my pre-ordered Wii-Version and a huge Pricedrop on this one. I think 2,99 would be okay.

    George

  • http://www.mavisxp.com mavis

    Brilliant - another 'magic number' app. It is simply amazing how many developers feel their games are worth $10.

    Vote with your dollars, folks.

  • http://www.mavisxp.com mavis

    Brilliant - another 'magic number' app. It is simply amazing how many developers feel their games are worth $10.

    Vote with your dollars, folks.

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  • Stonerpimp

    In a word CRAP!!!, i love all things star wars but this game is simply a very poor cash cow and at $10 they are really taking the cake.

    Judging by the engine they could have easily made it a proper 3rd person game with the tilt controls handling movement and the touch screen handling the guesture setup they have now, doing that would have made the game vastly better.

  • Stonerpimp

    In a word CRAP!!!, i love all things star wars but this game is simply a very poor cash cow and at $10 they are really taking the cake.

    Judging by the engine they could have easily made it a proper 3rd person game with the tilt controls handling movement and the touch screen handling the guesture setup they have now, doing that would have made the game vastly better.

  • Patrick Scoble

    Yeah I bought this game as well and the only thing I am disappointed at is the price and length of gameplay (which really are two deciding features) otherwise I had a lot of fun with this game it is unfortunate that it was so short though.

  • Patrick Scoble

    Yeah I bought this game as well and the only thing I am disappointed at is the price and length of gameplay (which really are two deciding features) otherwise I had a lot of fun with this game it is unfortunate that it was so short though.

  • Jordan

    Hey everyone, how do you beat the plant thing on the second level? I've tried a billion combinations...

  • Jordan

    Hey everyone, how do you beat the plant thing on the second level? I've tried a billion combinations...

  • Steve

    this game is so BORING!!! you don't get to walk. You just swipe your finger and the game plays it's self. Where are my lightsaber battles?

    DON"T BUY THIS GAME!!!!!

  • Steve

    this game is so BORING!!! you don't get to walk. You just swipe your finger and the game plays it's self. Where are my lightsaber battles?

    DON"T BUY THIS GAME!!!!!

  • Steve

    i would not take this game if it was FREE!!!

  • Steve

    i would not take this game if it was FREE!!!

  • Dudehuge

    Steve please don't spam, and yeah you will get this game if it was free, stop lying.

  • Dudehuge

    Steve please don't spam, and yeah you will get this game if it was free, stop lying.

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  • http://google.com brandon

    i got this game for free somehow.i pressed download with no money and it downloaded. its a good game especially for free! : )

  • http://google.com brandon

    i got this game for free somehow.i pressed download with no money and it downloaded. its a good game especially for free! : )

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  • http://costa.kofeina.net CoSTa

    Looks boring...

  • http://costa.kofeina.net CoSTa

    Looks boring...

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  • Parag21

    As initially mentioned briefly, stuck in the Sith Ultimate Edition - the only PC for Mac, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will appear - even by the two consoles known character packages as well as the additional emissions in the Jedi Temple and on Tatooine. Exclusive in the new version you can make a detour to the ice world Hoth. Like the previous two DLCs, this section follows the bad end of the main game and shows Starkiller in how he infiltrated during the Imperial attack on the base of the rebel base and it involves personal inter alia Wampas, soldiers of the Alliance and Luke Skywalker receives. Overall, one comes with the three sections, depending on the degree of difficulty on well and like two or three hours of extra entertainment. As it is shown here : http://www.techarena.in/review/16222-star-wars-force-unleashed-ultimate-sith-edition.htm

  • Parag21

    As initially mentioned briefly, stuck in the Sith Ultimate Edition - the only PC for Mac, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will appear - even by the two consoles known character packages as well as the additional emissions in the Jedi Temple and on Tatooine. Exclusive in the new version you can make a detour to the ice world Hoth. Like the previous two DLCs, this section follows the bad end of the main game and shows Starkiller in how he infiltrated during the Imperial attack on the base of the rebel base and it involves personal inter alia Wampas, soldiers of the Alliance and Luke Skywalker receives. Overall, one comes with the three sections, depending on the degree of difficulty on well and like two or three hours of extra entertainment. As it is shown here : http://www.techarena.in/review/16222-star-wars-force-unleashed-ultimate-sith-edition.htm

  • Glen_2

    Does anyone know how to take out the generators? I have tried force lightning but i run out of power and it recharges. Please help me!

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