519301_largerWith the recent release of the excellent Lego Batman: DC Super Heroes [$4.99] on the iOS App Store, my heart fluttered quite a bit when I saw a game called Lego Star Wars The Yoda Chronicles [Free] pop up in the list of new releases. Was this a similar mobile version of the console Lego Star Wars games that I loved so much all those years ago?

No. It's not that, sadly. Instead, The Yoda Chronicles is more of a free-to-play, social, extremely light real-time strategy/action game that takes place in the Lego Star Wars universe. It seems a bit flimsy so far, but it's also not completely terrible, to my surprise.

You'll start by picking a side, either as a Jedi fighting for Yoda or a Sith fighting for Dooku, and then embark on a series of missions based on your choice. Missions take place in tiny environments from a sort of top-down view using a simple one-tap system to move your characters and vehicles around and interact with the environment.

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The missions seem pretty straightforward, and involve things like killing certain enemies, collecting a specific item, and making it to an endpoint in the level. There's a 3-star grading system based on the missions you're able to complete and how quickly you're able to complete them. You can also collect studs by destroying enemies or items and then use them to build different kinds of vehicles at certain points in the level.

The missions may be standard fare type stuff, but they're bolstered by excellent CGI cutscenes in-between that tell the story of the struggles between the Jedi and the Sith. The Yoda Chronicles also has lovely 3D visuals and stellar music and sound effect, all straight from the Star Wars films and shows, naturally.

I was initially disappointed that we weren't getting the full-blown Lego Star Wars games from consoles, and I still am actually, but Lego Star Wars The Yoda Chronicles seems neat for what it is. I mean, it's free to download and there isn't a single in-app purchase in sight, so you've really got nothing to lose if you're a Star Wars fan looking for something new on your iOS device to occupy your time.

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You can also play The Yoda Chronicles on the official Lego Star Wars website after May 4th ("May the 4th Be With You," get it?) and if you log in with your Lego ID you can even keep your progress up-to-date between the iOS and web versions as well as unlock special bonuses for doing so. Finally, later this summer when the game hits Android a new batch of levels will be released doubling the current amount of levels.

  • iValerio90

    What is the code for the extra content?

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      • Grummie

        THAT'S NOT A F$&@ING CODE! IT'S NOT EVEN RELEVANT TO THIS TOPIC OF DISCUSSION!!!! IEHDJSIAKSJSJE

    • Aventador

      Y12C34 is for enabling double damage , others I don't know as this was a random input

      • iValerio90

        thanks. y25c12 for harder mode

  • Aventador

    Yes, definitely disappointed with this one, I expected at least some gba port , looks like more like a quasi promotional game with lots of different characters from SW mashed in.

    • dariusjr98

      Just for everyone's information, I think this game is a port of the game of the same name playable for free on the LEGO website. I guess that explains why this is free.

  • MidianGTX

    Look on the bright side, if they'd included IAP they might have realised they'll make far more money with these crappy games than they do with their premium titles. Let's try and keep it a secret.

    • iValerio90

      just shut up you and your iap...

      • MidianGTX

        I just saw you posting on the Gameloft article about how much you hate freemium and IAP, so we're in agreement. What are you trying to say?

      • iValerio90

        nothing :O translate error my vocabulary isnt perfect

      • dariusjr98

        You don't say.

      • MidianGTX

        No worries :)

  • gnome9er

    iPhone only, stupid compass! oh well guess ill try ipainstaller -f

    • VirtualBoyFreak

      I want Yoda Stories, the old desktop adventures game. That would fit perfectly on iOS...

  • curtneedsaride

    Your title says it all. Man, I'd rather have that old mobile Yoda (magic 8-bal-like) game than this. I thought it might be worth the space and time until I was playing the 3rd mission, walked to the far left on the map, and then my characters got stuck! They wouldn't move no matter where I tapped. I could pause the game or look at my map, but I couldn't move. 10 minutes wasted on that level. And that's where I deleted it. Just release Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga already. Enough with these free light "games" that just aren't worth it!

  • http://iqsoup.com/ iqSoup

    Back in the '90s there was a game called "Yoda's Stories" made by Lucas Arts. Anyone else remember that one? It was a super simple game that would be perfect of iOS.

    • VirtualBoyFreak

      Hey, that's the one I was talking about. I got in touch with the main dev several years ago and he said he couldn't publish anything for mobile because LucasArts had the copyright, so if they wanted to publish it, they could do it with ease...

      • http://iqsoup.com/ iqSoup

        Hopefully it'll end up on mobile some day. They wouldn't need to do anything at all--that game was perfect as is. But knowing the App Store they'll cram in Facebook connectivity and IAP timers. "You have to wait 47 minutes for your lightsaber to get more lightsaber fuel. Or you can pay $90 and play right now!!!!"