A great sale on KOTOR isn't the only Star Wars-related iOS news today, as Disney has also released a brand new app/game called Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace [$0.99]. It's broken up into two main parts: an interactive visual storybook that retells the tale of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and a pod racing game.

The interactive story part features really nicely illustrated scenes from The Phantom Menace, with options for voiceover or text narration explaining what happens in each scene. It uses a neat parallax scrolling effect which gives each scene a sort of 3D feel, and you can use your device's motion-sensing capabilities to pan back and forth horizontally across the scenes. If you're not into the whole motion thing there's an option to simply use your finger two swipe through the scene, which ended up being my preferred method.

There's sort of a meta game inside the interactive story too, as you can tap on certain characters or items in the environment and unlock a profile for them. But, unlocking their profile through the story is just one part of it, and to fully unlock each profile you'll need to compete in the second major part of Star Wars Journeys which is the pod racing game.

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The pod racing is surprisingly decent, considering this isn't even really a "game" and is billed as an Entertainment app. There are plenty of different pods and characters to choose to play as, along with a good number of different tracks. It's not going to change the face of racing video games as we know them or anything, but I'll say I've had more fun with it than I thought I would. Racing well will earn you "SP" which goes towards upgrading the various pod racers in the game. Happily, there's no IAP in Star Wars Journeys, so you'll have to earn those upgrades the old fashioned way: by playing.

Part game and part interactive story, if you're a Star Wars fan looking for something a little different for you iOS device, consider checking out Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace. More of these Journeys apps are on the way too, and according to the App Store description Attack of the Clones is the next one up to be getting this treatment, so keep an eye out for that.

  • CkX82

    I sure hope there's more Star Wars news tonight

    • curtisrshideler

      I'd like to see the movies on VUDU or something. This would be a great time to release them.

      • ZachariusKioussis

        more likely on itunes... considering the itunes/Disney movie anywhere deal

        but yeah great time for a rerelease (maybe a set of all the movies ... including the original cuts... what better way to win the undying love of star wars fans and their faith and wallet for the new film than give us the original cuts)

  • CkX82

    I poop too much.

    • tso5818

      That was so fucking funny. Lmfao where do you come up with that stuff?

  • markymarkanddafunkybunch

    Only if I get to kill jar jar will I buy this

  • DMan2385

    This actually looks pretty awesome

  • mdavis1016

    Now THIS is podracing!

  • DaWookiee

    I'm so happy that the podracing part of this app actually feels like its own game and not just some half-baked mini game that they tossed in with the story book app.

  • LazerTag

    The screenshots look like they just stuffed Pod Racer into this, which was a decent racer at the time.

  • Leydz Boomshaka-Irwin

    Is it any good? On the App store it says "Ages 3-6"

    • DaWookiee

      If you liked Star Wars Episode I Racer back in the day, then yes, this is very good.

      • KoRoV

        Wait, how long is the raceing part? Is it just tatooine or there is more planets to race?

      • DaWookiee

        It has a surprising amount of content. Tatooine is the only planet, but it has 12 different tracks (well really 6 unique ones, and then those same 6 in reverse). You can do quick race, time trial, elimination, and 5 different tournament modes.

      • KoRoV

        Hmmm its tempting... At least its not another freemium :)

  • JindoFox

    Yes, it looks and plays like like the old version.

  • Illuminerdy

    I would pay for a port of pod racer, but I don't care about the history of the worst Star Wars movie.

    • LazerTag

      That is a really unfair statement, Episodes II and III are equally as bad, lol

      • cofunguy

        More like any movie with Jar Jar Banks is bad. Enough sad.

        And don't even get me started about Luke's father is Vader. I want to be surprised !!

  • korkidog

    Too bad they didn't make this for one of the good Star Wars movies. Phantom Menace was pretty bad.

  • MonkeyChunks

    Is there a reason why a lot if Star Wars is on sale? Not only on mobile platforms, but steam is selling all Star Wars games for very low prices as a part of their Star Wars sale? Is this because of possibly an upcoming trailer? Or because of the news if the announced cast recently?

    • Von Strubel

      May the force... er May the fourth is upon us. Get it? Although May 25th is the day every Star Wars movie i remember opened in the US since a few years the 4th of May is the Star Wars sell stuff day. Just like mother's day but for Star Wars fans....