First released almost ten years ago, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic has now made its way to iOS by way of the iPad. Loyal fans of the game who have played it countless times on PC or Mac and want to have a different experience playing the game should download it now. For first time players who are into role-playing-games, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic will certainly please you.
The Story of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Set four thousand years before the Galactic Empire (in other words, before the events of the Star Wars movies), Jedi Knights have fallen into battle againts the ruthless Sith. The Sith are led by Darth Malak, a former Jedi himself who is now known as the Dark Lord of the Sith. Jedis are in disarray. Some have died, some have joined the dark side, while a few survive and continues the battle against the Sith.
The Jedi’s last hope for surivival against the Sith? Guess who. You! The fate of the entire galaxy is in your hands. Are you up for the challenge?
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic gameplay and features
Here we go with the meat of this game. As an RPG, how does the gameplay fare? Speaking from the point of view of someone who has played countless RPG titles ranging from the classic to the new ones, I will have to say that Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic excels on many counts.
The game has all the standard features you’ll look for in an RPG. These include a party system, turn-by-turn battle system, character leveling, inventory management system, items to acquire, areas to explore, tons of minor characters to interact with, side-quest, mini-games and more.
During the game, you’ll be able to learn to use the force, which is composed of 40 different powers. You’ll also be able to build your own lightsaber. Characters in the game are customizable to suit your own preferences. There are eight enormous worlds to conquer and play through. And, of course, a deep story woven into the game mechanics. While in-game dialogues maybe too long at times, these are necessary to advance through the plot. If you’re not interested with the story, you can simply tap on your screen to expedite the appearance of the dialogues.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic graphics and controls
Star Wars: Knights of the Republic is neither too pretty nor too ugly. I mean, it is certainly not the best looking iPad game in terms of graphics, but it can hold its own ground when pitted against similar iPad games. The game environment is above average, although like I said, more details would have been better.
Since, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic first came out in the PC and Mac, you may wonder how the touchscreen game controls fares against the computer version. The touch-based system takes full use of the iPad’s interface. Hence, getting through the game was not too difficult as the controls are very easy to learn.
Other things you need to know
One unique feature of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is the morality aspect when it comes to character development. When talking to various citizens, you’ll have several options to choose when interacting with people along the way. You can either ask ridiculous question or give ridiculous answers. So, if you want to be as bad as the Sith and push your character to the dark side, you’ll choose options which are obviously bad. This feature means you can play the game once choosing to be a good Jedi, then you can go back into the game building your character to become one of the Siths. Hence, there’s some repeat value in this game.
Action game fans who are new to the game will find Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic a bit too tediuos to play and finish. Well, we can’t do anything about that since all RPGs play this way. But try to play through a few levels and soon you’ll get hooked into the game. Given that this game is almost ten years old, it’s amazing how it manages to remain relevant and maintain its greatness even on a touchscreen device…albeit the one that’s the mobile gaming platform of choice by many.
If you haven’t played this game yet, now is the right time to do so.
Seller: Aspyr Media
Requirements: iPad (iOS 6.0 or later)
File Size: 1.98GB
Version Reviewed: 1.0