Our collective minds were blown earlier this summer when Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic [$9.99] hit the iPad, and that mindset continued through our review. KOTOR is a game with a ton of history behind it, and our review's conclusion is just as relevant for the new universal update as it was when it was iPad exclusive:

...if you've never played Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and you're even vaguely interested in the Star Wars universe or just surprisingly deep RPGs in general, this is a game you need on your iPad yesterday. KOTOR is easily among the best Star Wars games, and on my personal list of top RPGs I've played in my life. If you've already played the game to death, like most ports, this one offers nothing new- But you could consider doing an opposite alignment run from what you played originally for a slightly fresh experience.

Whatever you do though, don't miss KOTOR. I don't care what platform you play it on, as long as you play it- Especially if you're a Mass Effect fan, it's ridiculously interesting seeing just how much Mass Effect is in KOTOR and how much KOTOR is in Mass Effect. Consider it a really awesome history lesson in Bioware RPGs that also happens to be an incredible gameplay experience as well.

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As far as how it plays on the iPhone, well, it's about as you'd expect. The game's controls are sort of crazy on the iPad with virtual buttons everywhere and some virtual joysticks that I wish were better. The approach they've taken on the smaller screen is to, well, just make everything smaller. It's not a great solution, but it works. The up side here is that nothing in KOTOR really requires any precision and battles aren't in real time, so any flubs with the less than ideal controls aren't much of an issue.

Definitely don't miss this game while it's on sale- Especially if you've never played KOTOR. It is so good.

  • ImJPaul

    BALLS DEEP!!!!! Woohoo!!!!

  • otakuzod

    Where are all those people who were clamoring for this one the iPhone at? I thought this comment section would be flooded with joy. I guess they're busy downloading it right now.

    • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

      Well, I grabbed it last night! :-P
      Without iCloud synching between devices, this has limited appeal to me, I'll just play it on my iPad because that's easier to see.
      But for small-screen-only people, this should be a happy day! It's half off as well.

      • Icaras

        Why can't these developers just embrace iCloud more? It really irks me that big developers like Aspyr can't pull it off on a big franchise title like KOTOR.

        And I know this is going to be a stretch with single digit probability, but my big wish is that we can get iCloud support between the Mac and iOS versions. Considering Aspyr is at the helm for both platform versions, I can't imagine it not being impossible to do. And that's the only way Aspyr will get my money for the iOS version to be honest.

      • funny_man_vanya

        I was just thinking that, it would kinda be like the ps3/vita relationship.

      • Aspyr-Blair

        Fear not, we are working on it! Because the save files are actually really big, we have to figure out a way to work around the standard iCloud setup. It will likely involve having a single cloud save slot that the user can specify. We will be updating the app with full controller support in early 2014, so we hope to wrap in cloud saves at the same time :)

      • fleshman

        Cool! How about a few achievemants ? With Game Center?

    • Shadowking2214

      I plan on picking it up ASAP. Not in the biggest of hurries due to owning the PC version already but I will pick this up because it probably won't crash on every cutscene like the PC,and I have yet another game to pass the time when I'm not at home :D

  • icepulse

    What UP?!? I sought this for iPad when it came out... Now, it's only showing up in the store as $4.99 for my phone?

    Anyone see this?

  • HungarianUrinalCakes

    Anybody that complains about the controls on a tiny screen needs to remember that it's KOTOR on your FREAKING PHONE!

    • mgs2ss

      I fondly remember building my first PC just to play this game back in 2003. Now that we have Baldur's Gate (and soon BG2) and KotOR, we just need Neverwinter Nights, to complete the collection of Bioware's awesome D&D style RPGs.

  • free2play4ever

    they should add some free2play elements with iap and timers to streamline the gameplay THEN this is a must-buy.

    • marc0313

      Stop your faggotry on every single comment section. Just stop.

    • marc0313

      Especially on a classic such as this game.

    • Aventador

      Go eat a snickers , you turn into idiot when you're hungry

    • NinjaKitteh

      Dude, quit spamming every thread. It's both annoying and highly childish. We understand you're the poorest person on the planet (who somehow can afford an idevice and internet) but chill. We know, you're cheap, you don't have to ram it down everyone's throat.

    • free2play4ever

      developers need to know "what works". my feedback will hopefully lead to an increase in quality f2p games available to all gamers.

    • falco

      STFU Free2play, Timer suck in game Its not how we should play games.

  • icepulse

    Annnywayyyy...

    Has anyone that bought the iPad version tried to install this on their phone, yet?

    I'm not seeing the little cloud w/ arrow, and I'm getting peeved!

    • AspyrMatt

      If you bought it for iPad you'll be fine. It may not show as owned at first, but if you go through the purchase process it will eventually recognize that you own it, and let you download for free. It's just a quirk of the game going from non-Universal to Universal.

    • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

      That's how it looked for me last night. By morning it had resolved. All good now.

      Apple won't charge you twice, even if it looks like they will.

  • profhuggybear

    Any screenshots of this on a iPhone 5/5s screen?

  • AJShadowz

    Just downloaded for my iphone 5 :) I played it halfway through on PC years ago but never had the opportunity to finish (little sister snapped the disks cuz she was mad at me) and I can't afford an ipad right now so I couldn't get it before today so this is the first time I'll be playing it in its entirety. I'm stoked beyond what has ever been thought possible. Also surprised that a game came out that could pull me away from San Andreas haha.

    • Holcman

      Your little sister got so mad she snapped your disks in half? What did you do to her!?

      • ImJPaul

        I'm wondering the same thing. She's either demon spawn or something really bad went down.

      • otakuzod

        Perhaps you believe you're being treated unfairly? (C'mon, I know more people were thinking this quote)

  • falco

    I still have it on my old xbox :) but I think I will buy this for my iPad!

  • CodeREd

    This + San Andreas on my iPhone means I'll never have an idle moment when catching the train or waiting in line.

  • NinjaKitteh

    The controls are a bit cramped but it is amazing having this game in my pocket. Hopefully when more controllers hit the market they'll update it with controller support. This is one of the RPGs that I feel everyone should play at least once in their lives if they love RPGs. The only game that beats this for me is Final Fantasy VI (fan translation version).

    • CodeREd

      Nice, FFVI is definitely one of the best

  • Arkhero

    This was cool that it finally came out for other mobile devices, but I just wish it also had compatibility for the itouch 4th gen too...

  • smiffee666

    downloaded : )) this i a very happy day, been dying to play this alllll day!!

  • Dr T

    Happiness is KOTOR in my pocket. Wait that sounds vaguely wrong.

  • mgs2ss

    Nice! KotOR is one of the best RPGs ever made. It has a better story and better characters than any of the Star Wars movies, and has a better plot twist than The Empire Strikes Back.

  • themostunclean

    In case anyone is still wondering, cloud icon now showing on App Store.

  • bigjack66

    Well this is great now if only other developers will follow suit and bring their titles to the ipod! Shadowrun would be another good one as would Room 2.

  • Ramaz1234

    Omg just got it!