Our pals over at 148Apps scored some details on the upcoming Star Wars: The Battle for Hoth tower defense game this morning. As someone who not only loves The Empire Strikes Back, and tower defense games, I'm having a hard time not getting totally excited for The Battle for Hoth.

Star Wars: The Battle for Hoth obviously takes place on the snow covered planet of Hoth during the massive assault on the Rebel Base at the beginning of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. If you've seen the movie (and if you haven't you should really stop reading this and fix that) you probably can guess the objective of the game: Defending the shield generators from the Imperial forces.

15 levels are included, with new units joining the ranks of both sides with each new level. Rebel forces are placed on the map just like towers in any tower defense game and range from different kinds of soldiers to several types of cannons and even Snowspeeder or X-Wing control towers which each deploy their respective aerial craft. Imperial units range from gigantic AT-AT walkers to smaller AT-ST's, TIE Fighters, Speeder Bikes, Probe Droids, and two different types of Imperial soldiers.

Two game modes are included, a "classic" mode which works like an normal tower defender where players gain and spend "command points" to buy additional defenses. Once a level is completed in classic mode, "fortress" mode is unlocked where players start with a fixed pool of command points and must see how long they can survive.


Star Wars: The Battle for Hoth is going to be released "very soon", and since I'm basically chomping at the bit to get this game on my iPhone, I can promise we will post more information as soon as we receive it. Games based on movies have been very hit or miss on the App Store, with last year's Star Wars: Trench Run being one of the bigger misses. I've got my fingers crossed that The Battle for Hoth will be just as awesome as I imagine it being.

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  • dexx0008

    looks good, at first glance i thought it was going play like red alert. that would have been sweet.

  • Deagon

    Looks good...I can't wait to give it a try.

  • dexx0008

    looks good, at first glance i thought it was going play like red alert. that would have been sweet.

  • Deagon

    Looks good...I can't wait to give it a try.

  • MidianGTX

    Just when you thought Hoth had been milked enough already.

  • MidianGTX

    Just when you thought Hoth had been milked enough already.

  • araczynski

    nice, wonder if they're going to release the iphone version and then milk the ipad later one. guess i'll have to wait on the buy until i know.

  • araczynski

    nice, wonder if they're going to release the iphone version and then milk the ipad later one. guess i'll have to wait on the buy until i know.

  • wegmans

    They owe us after that horrid Trench Run game... That was only good enough to show to SW nerds, but didn't capture my attention for very long. This looks great though

  • wegmans

    They owe us after that horrid Trench Run game... That was only good enough to show to SW nerds, but didn't capture my attention for very long. This looks great though

  • http://apprelease.com RaiderRich721

    WOW! Nice. Can't wait!

  • http://apprelease.com RaiderRich721

    WOW! Nice. Can't wait!

  • dyscode

    Definately looks really nice! And gameplay sounds more promising than Trench Run.

  • dyscode

    Definately looks really nice! And gameplay sounds more promising than Trench Run.

  • DotComCTO

    Looks very cool...hope it is a universal app!

  • DotComCTO

    Looks very cool...hope it is a universal app!

  • Karl

    Looks great, hopefully it'll support native resolutions on the iPad as well.

  • Karl

    Looks great, hopefully it'll support native resolutions on the iPad as well.

  • Mel Swelneregegegegen

    When I was 10 in 1977 I saw Star Wars in the theater 13 times.

    I was enthusiastic about Empire Strikes Back and less so after seeing Return of the Jedi which was marred pretty heavily by those falking Ewoks.

    Anyway, my point is this... since 1983 (Jedi) Star Wars has just been in one long death spiral and I find that the franchise I once loved so much has just become odious. Once I would have thrilled to the idea of a Star Wars based game like this on a mobile device. Now, when I see or hear anything about Star Wars my first and last response is nausea.

    I'm not sure my remarks have any relevance to this post, but there you go. I done said it.

    I'll tell you what I *WOULD* pay money for. A tower defense game where you set up weapons to keep an army of zombie George Lucas' from defiling the Star Wars IP. I'd buy the shit out of that.

    • MidianGTX

      Agreed. As a film series it was awesome, as a franchise it always felt like a bit of a cheap cash-in.

    • LD

      I agree too. And there have actually been some decent Star Wars games- KOTOR, the Jedi Knight series- but even then, they're only good despite the Star Wars name, not because of it. It's not even from overexposure or anything like that; there are still things I like even though they've been played out to maximum effect. It's the fact that the Star Wars universe was something pretty great that just became absolutely, insultingly awful.

      Honestly, I can understand and appreciate most areas of fandom, even if I don't particularly go for what they're fans of. You like Star Trek or Sailor Moon or Pokemon, that's cool, doesn't float my boat but whatever. But for some reason if I hear someone gushing about Star Wars I immediately think they must be a moron.

  • Mel Swelneregegegegen

    When I was 10 in 1977 I saw Star Wars in the theater 13 times.

    I was enthusiastic about Empire Strikes Back and less so after seeing Return of the Jedi which was marred pretty heavily by those falking Ewoks.

    Anyway, my point is this... since 1983 (Jedi) Star Wars has just been in one long death spiral and I find that the franchise I once loved so much has just become odious. Once I would have thrilled to the idea of a Star Wars based game like this on a mobile device. Now, when I see or hear anything about Star Wars my first and last response is nausea.

    I'm not sure my remarks have any relevance to this post, but there you go. I done said it.

    I'll tell you what I *WOULD* pay money for. A tower defense game where you set up weapons to keep an army of zombie George Lucas' from defiling the Star Wars IP. I'd buy the shit out of that.

    • MidianGTX

      Agreed. As a film series it was awesome, as a franchise it always felt like a bit of a cheap cash-in.

    • LD

      I agree too. And there have actually been some decent Star Wars games- KOTOR, the Jedi Knight series- but even then, they're only good despite the Star Wars name, not because of it. It's not even from overexposure or anything like that; there are still things I like even though they've been played out to maximum effect. It's the fact that the Star Wars universe was something pretty great that just became absolutely, insultingly awful.

      Honestly, I can understand and appreciate most areas of fandom, even if I don't particularly go for what they're fans of. You like Star Trek or Sailor Moon or Pokemon, that's cool, doesn't float my boat but whatever. But for some reason if I hear someone gushing about Star Wars I immediately think they must be a moron.

  • yo

    It looks like crap to be honest, along with the last 5 star wars themed iPhone games.

  • yo

    It looks like crap to be honest, along with the last 5 star wars themed iPhone games.

  • TheFamousEccles

    I can't tell if it's fixed-path, it almost looks like it isn't, but it better be. Would an AT-AT avoid stepping on rebels?

  • TheFamousEccles

    I can't tell if it's fixed-path, it almost looks like it isn't, but it better be. Would an AT-AT avoid stepping on rebels?

  • Adam

    I would definitely buy an iPad version.

  • Adam

    I would definitely buy an iPad version.

  • Cyggie

    HEY! This was my idea back in the article about the cantina game! On April 9th I said,
    "I would love to see a Star Wars FPS or dual stick. (Force Unleashed left me a little disappointed. No lightsaber.) An Empire Strikes Back (Hoth) TD. Even a MMO would be okay. And all they can muster at LucasArts is Diner Dash?? If there were other good choices and this I would be okay with it. Oh well. After the last three movies it doesn't surprise me."

    Here's the link:

    http://toucharcade.com/2010/04/09/star-wars-cantina-diner-dash-meets-the-death-star/#comments

    I demand royalties! (I'll settle for a promo code :) )
    Okay, royalties AND a promo code!

    (at least they liked my idea!)

  • Cyggie

    HEY! This was my idea back in the article about the cantina game! On April 9th I said,
    "I would love to see a Star Wars FPS or dual stick. (Force Unleashed left me a little disappointed. No lightsaber.) An Empire Strikes Back (Hoth) TD. Even a MMO would be okay. And all they can muster at LucasArts is Diner Dash?? If there were other good choices and this I would be okay with it. Oh well. After the last three movies it doesn't surprise me."

    Here's the link:

    http://toucharcade.com/2010/04/09/star-wars-cantina-diner-dash-meets-the-death-star/#comments

    I demand royalties! (I'll settle for a promo code :) )
    Okay, royalties AND a promo code!

    (at least they liked my idea!)

  • birdman

    I checked the site earlier and the first thing I saw was "New Star Wars Game!" and it made my day. I'm not a huge fan of tower defense games, but I'll definitely give this a shot. I'd much rather drop $5 on SW Tap Defense than SW Diner Dash.

  • birdman

    I checked the site earlier and the first thing I saw was "New Star Wars Game!" and it made my day. I'm not a huge fan of tower defense games, but I'll definitely give this a shot. I'd much rather drop $5 on SW Tap Defense than SW Diner Dash.