It was a big deal when classic BioWare RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic [$9.99] launched for the iPad in May of last year, but being an iPad-only title meant that those who didn't own an iPad were left out in the cold. Aspyr Media, who handled the iOS port of KOTOR, were barraged with requests for iPhone support, and this past December, they granted gamers their wish with a Universal update to the game. Of course, if you give a mouse a cookie, he'll want a glass of milk. So now that the game was Universal and able to be played across different devices, now people were clamoring for iCloud save syncing, so they could continue their progress on all their devices. Well, Aspyr delivers once again with today's update which brings iCloud save syncing to Knights of the Old Republic.

That's not all though, as the game now supports all available MFi iOS 7 controllers, both the standard and extended styles, as well as text translations for new languages, which include German, Spanish, Italian and French. Here's a shot of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic being played on a Moga Ace Power iOS 7 controller.

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If you're new to the Knights of the Old Republic series, check out our full review of the iOS port, as our mobile devices are a fine way to experience the game for the first time. If you were already a fan of KOTOR from back in the day, well, you likely already own it on iOS, but just in case the game is currently on sale for $4.99 to celebrate the new update. So newbies and veterans who don't yet own this classic don't have much of an excuse not to grab it now.

  • hippiesrlame

    Will look forward to hearing impressions of how it plays with the controllers.

    • Cheeseball

      It plays nearly like the Xbox version of the game. This is with an Ace Power on a 5th gen. iPT.

      • Nekkedsnake

        if you have a mac computer you can install iFunBox and manually back up your save files. it's an explorer type program. pretty easy to use. I've manually backed up a lot of my game save files just in case something happens. it's as easy as drag & drop.

    • Nekkedsnake

      i know it's not exactly the same thing, but i played it with my PS3 controller and it's pretty neat now all buttons are mapped. too bad it's on my 4S, as the screen is so tiny, haha. but controller wise its nice. touch controls are also still pretty tight.

  • marcanthony0313

    Great. I deleted it a while because I lost progress and had no iCloud. Ugh, maybe I actually should play again, it was really fun.

  • JindoFox

    So cool! Best new Star Wars thing this week, until Clone Wars hits Netflix tomorrow.

    Now that we have our cookie and milk, give us KOTOR II The Sith Lords with all unfinished content restored and enhanced!

    • JindoFox

      Just got it on my phone. Where's the option to download a game in progress from iCloud? Is it automatic? If so, I don't see it.

  • JindoFox

    Aha I see it. There's a manual iCloud upload button in the save game interface.

  • Psac42

    I'm about two-thirds through the game on my rMini now and totally loving it. Never played the original, and glad to have the chance to play it now. Well worth way more than $5.

  • Reckall

    On the Italian Applestore they announced the Italian version (i.e.with all the text and the subtitles translated). Maybe you will want to check on yours - and see if you too get a localized version.

  • BulkSlash

    The update plays really well with my SteelSeries Stratus, but I do find every so often the A button stops working, so I can't talk to people or activate doors/controls. It's not the controller as the A button works on the menu screens and I've played Sonic 2 and Tomb Raider to death on it.

    Switching in an out of the menus usually clears whatever the problem is, so hopefully Aspyr can fix it.

    The iCloud saving is great, although I'd prefer it be automated so I can just switch between iPhone and iPad without having to go into the menu, save, re-select the save, tap the iCloud upload button and then be ready to switch devices.

    Aspyr have done a fantastic job of updating the dialogue menus too, with nice big buttons with the actual response on that you can tap, instead of the numbered buttons on the right of the screen. The larger text in particular is very welcome for my tired old eyes!

    • AspyrMatt

      On the A button issue: If you encounter that again, try pressing B. If you use something in the Action Menus (security/medpac/etc.) the default A action is still linked to that, so pressing B backs you out of that. I'm assuming that's what's going on there. If you still run into the issue after trying that let me know.

      As far as automating iCloud saves, the concern was with the save file size, which in the late game can get up to 20MB. Some people have mobile bandwidth limits, so we wanted to make sure we didn't eat all of it up with save transfers.

      • BulkSlash

        Thanks Matt, that B button trick seems to work perfectly.

        I had no idea the saves could get so big! I've got an all-you-can-eat data package on my phone so limits aren't a problem but a 20MB save would still take a minute to two to upload. Based on that I definitely think you made the right choice about automated uploading! :)

  • AliveThrouDeath

    Hm. If this works with the Controllers For All jailbreak tweak, that would be AWESOME. Mobile KOTOR with a PS3 controller, anyone?