Happy May 4 everyone! As most any Star Wars fan knows, today is an unofficial holiday to celebrate the nearly 40-year-old franchise that continues to captivate young and old. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was released late last year and took the box office by storm. And “Rogue One” is scheduled to arrive in December.
There’s a galaxy of different Star Wars-themed apps on the App Store, and to help celebrate today, we’re highlighting six of our favorite.
Star Wars: Card Trader
Star Wars fans take note, Topps has taken card trading to the iPhone and iPad with Star Wars: Card Trader. There are thousands of card available to obtain and trade from every Star Wars series – from “A New Hope” all the way to “The Force Awakens.” There are nearly 100 different art styles from exclusive series to collect. You can snag almost any Star Wars character, no matter how minor, along with vehicles, locations, and more.
The app even has a fun social component. The 24/7 Fan Feed allows you to propose different trades with fans all around the world and chat about Star Wars. There are new cards and series released every day. And you’ll receive free credits every da to open up five different packs. There are in-app purchases available to open more or to buy certain cards.
If you’re old enough to have ever traded real cards, the idea of a digital trading game may not exactly sound fun. But Topps has really done a great job with Star Wars: Card Trader. Even though there are in-app purchases available, you can realistically build a great card collection without needing to spend a dime. And thanks to new cards daily and the fun social component, make sure to definitely check it out.
There are a number of special offers and sales today.
When you download the app, you'll be able to receive a number of cards for no charge. Come back each day to download more for free.
The Pack Store
When you're ready for new cards, head to the pack store. There are a number of free options and cards available to purchase with credits. You can earn credits or purchase them with an in-app purchase.
Time to get social
Head to the Fan Feed to talk about a possible trade or Star Wars in general.
Angry Birds Star Wars
If you’ve been living under a rock, the gameplay is extremely similar to other Angry Birds titles. You’ll need to fling different types of birds to defeat those pesky pigs, who just happen to be loving the dark side.
Angry Birds Star Wars is a game that combines the popular physics-based puzzle game and the popular epic space opera. Angry Birds Star Wars features the Force-wielding Rebel Birds in an interplanetary battle against the Imperial Pigs. In the game, you help the former by using lightsabers, Blasters and Jedi powers to wreak havoc on those pesky pigs. With more than 100 different levels, fans of the original trilogy can travel to popular locations with an Angry Birds twist like the Pig Star. There are also number of hidden goodies available throughout the game that can open up a number of fun R2-D2 and C-3PO themed levels.
Angry Birds and Star Wars goes together like bacon and eggs. The gameplay is tons of fun, and the game is a blast for anyone who enjoys the Angry Birds series.
In a galaxy far, far away
While gameplay formula should be familiar to anyone who has ever play a single level of the Angry Birds franchise. Use different type of birds to knock down the Imperial Pig fortifications.
Lots of humor
Just like the original game, Angry Birds Star Wars is full of fun cut scenes recreating classic moments from the original trilogy.
If you need just a little extra help to finish a level, there are a number of great Star Wars themed power-ups to select from. While you'll receive a number of free ones when you download the game, any additional power-ups will require an in-app purchase. So use them sparingly.
Star Wars Pinball 4
Love arcade pinball action and Star Wars? Then this is the game for you. The tables that you find in Star Wars Pinball look realistic enough that you may think they’re available in an arcade somewhere in the world. But of course, the lightsaber action and animated Star Wars characters definitely give you signs that this is probably not available in physical form. Too bad. At first, you may be overwhelmed with all of the incredible detail on the tables. Star Wars Pinball offers eight different camera angles, including Free View, where you can stroll around the table just by tilting your iPhone or iPad around.
The music and sound effects in the game are a great touch, though. Oh, and you get actual quotes from the movies as you play. Quite a nice surprise, right? You’ll control the flippers by tapping on either side of the screen at the bottom. It’s incredibly responsive to touch, so playing the game couldn’t be any simpler. A “Return of the Jedi” table is included with the game. A huge number of other options, including a new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” table can be downloaded via an in-app purchase
Zen Pinball has one of the top games on the App Store for a long time, and the Star Wars-themed tables are another crowning achievement for the developer. The attention to detail is spectacular, and the addition of the characters, music, and movie quotes makes it a must have for any Star Wars fan who enjoys pinball.
To celebrate the holiday, all tables are 50 percent off for a limited time.
On a pinball machine far, far away
There are some great out-of-this-world features on the machines like lightsabers and more.
Tons of fun
The tables are highly detailed with lots of great Star Wars images and much more. You can play in both portrait or landscape orientation on an iPhone or iPad.
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
Developed by Electronic Arts in collaboration with Lucasfilm, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is an RPG-style turn-based battle game where your goal is to become a Holotable master. To reach that goal you have to strategically assemble teams of heroes basically by mixing and matching characters from the Star Wars films and TV shows, and from both the light side and the dark side.
True to its name, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes affords players a comprehensive collection of characters to choose from, including those from the original and prequel film trilogies and from the hit animated TV series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and even from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Each character has unique attacks and abilities, such as Chewbacca’s Wookiee Rage and Darth Sidious’ Force Lightning, so choosing characters with complementary capabilities is a decided plus. There are more than 60 different characters to collect. The game also features various iconic locations from the Star Wars universe as the settings of missions, including Bespin, Coruscant, Hoth, Tatooine, and more.
Featuring awesome graphics, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is a must-have for any fan looking to play a comprehensive turn-based RPG game. Being able to mix and match characters with different abilities and skills is a lot of fun. And whenever you master the strategy necessary to become victorious, you’ll want to dive in even further.
Tons of characters
The game has a huge amount of different Star Wars characters to select from - everything from old favorites like Luke Skywalker to Kylo Ren and Rey from "The Force Awakens."
Ready for battle
Your selected team will use their unique abilities to take down the enemies.
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Get your lightsabers ready, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga features more than 36 levels and 120 playable characters to unlock including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Han Solo, and many more. Full of LEGO gameplay, gamers can build and destroy to their hearts content. You can play as your favorite Jedi or make the move over to the Dark Side. The first episode is included with the game, but the other five can be unlocked with an in-app purchase.
If you’re looking to relive moments from the first six movies in the franchise, this is the game you’re looking for. From the Trade Federation’s negotiations all the way to the Battle of Endor, there are 36 story mode levels and tons of special bonus content including the Bounty Hunters missions, a special Challenge Mode, and Arcade Levels. The light and dark side characters each have their own special abilities.
The force is definitely strong with this game. LEGO and Star Wars are a natural combination for just about any age, and this game offers a huge amount of LEGO brick smashing, and building fun. The humor and gameplay from the other popular LEGO games is front-and-center, and the game should bring a smile to anyone’s face.
Use the force, or the power of the dark side
There are more than 120 different playable characters. And each Jedi or member of the dark side has their own unique powers.
Relive the movies, LEGO style
Players can relive a number of scenes from the first six movies with a great dose of LEGO humor.
Smash and build
Just like the other popular LEGO games, you'll be breaking aging bricks to your heart's content. Collect studs to make important purchases to unlock specific items or other characters.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Some would argue that Knights of the Old Republic is one of the best Star Wars games ever. Any fans of the series will be excited to see that they can relive all the action on their iPhone or iPad. The graphics in the game are just as you’d expect, complete with every detail from your favorite Star Wars environments. SWKotOR features fantastic stories, cutscenes, and gameplay. The soundtrack to the game is also worth a listen through as well, so enjoy it as you play.
The gameplay itself is the same as it was with the original. It’s a roleplaying game that involves plenty of decision making, combats, and exploration. As you progress, you’re treated with entertaining cutscenes that give you more clues about what you should be doing next. The story that unfolds depends the choices you make. This is not the type of game you want to play for a minute or two in your spare time. There are many decisions that you’re going to have to make as you progress through hours worth of gameplay.
For a game that was originally landed more than a decade ago, the graphics actually look great. The stories, cutscenes, and gameplay make this a very entertaining app indeed. If you haven’t played this game before, but you generally enjoy classic RPGs, this app is worth downloading. For fans of Star Wars, it’s a must-have app.
Customize your character
Before you start playing, you can select a unique character and customize their traits.
Make your own adventure
While playing, selecting different actions or prompts will change the course of the game.
Works nicely on an iOS touchscreen
While the game was originally made for the Xbox, PC, and Mac, the touchscreen controls are easy to master and help make a great gaming experience.
Those are just some of our favorite Star Wars apps you can download on the App Store now. No matter if you plan on doing some iOS gaming, or just saving the galaxy today, may the force be with you.