Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner Review
- Seamless translation of movement to the visuals.
- Plenty of intense and iconic battles.
- Upgrades to play with and turn the tide.
- No practical alternate control scheme.
- Live video integration is more gimmick than fun.
- Difficult to play comfortably outside a home/office.
Using an encompassing 360 degree control system to blast away enemies is as fun and engrossing as it sounds, but this hinges on optimal situations not always present outside your home.
- Full Review
- App Store Info
NOTE: Falcon Gunner requires 3rd gen or higher iDevices to run optimally. Furthermore, we apologize for the lack of a video review for this title; the controls made it all but impossible to film and we are seeking alternative options for demonstrating the gameplay.
I'm not going to lie to you; Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner by THQ is a seriously fun game and one that only gets better if you have the right equipment for it. However, the fun can quickly turn in to mild frustration and eventually annoyed disappointment should you lack the right tools.
In particular, I'm referring to a swivel chair of some variety and an open space to work with. Falcon Gunner is an AR (augmented reality) game and to really get the most out if it you'll need to be able to quickly and comfortably spin 360 degrees while aiming up or down as required. Players can fire either through automatic or manual controls and should spinning around like a maniac not be to your tastes, a variation that requires tilting to 'spin' is also available.
But let me tell you, holding your arms out and swinging them up and down for extended periods is the kind of workout that borders on dangerous for the health of your iDevice. Woe be to the person attempting this on an iPad. However, beyond the basic concerns of the controls Falcon Gunner is immensely absorbing and whether you're blasting ships around your house or around a moon of Endor the movement of the enemies around your ship is seamless.
Sadly, the lack of an alternative non-gyroscope/tilt control system conspires against gamers looking for a fun shooter to play outside the confines of their home and also limits the devices that are compatible with the game. Should the stars align and if you have everything you need, Falcon Gunner is worth checking out, but it's definitely more gimmick than substance.
DescriptionONLY FOR IPHONE 4, IPHONE 3GS (iOS 4.1 or higher), and IPOD TOUCH 4TH GEN. OLDER DEVICES WILL EXPERIENCE MEMORY ISSUES.
"Star Wars: Falcon Gunner might very well be the first augmented reality game for your iPhone you actually care about." - IGN
"It is the dream app for anyone still harbouring unfulfilled fantasies of being Luke Skywalker in Star Wars." - Daily Mail
"The game is completely immersive, and works especially well while sitting in a swivel office chair." - TechCrunch
"It's really, really cool." - CNET
“You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon? It’s the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs." – Han Solo
Strap in, kid -- and get ready to immerse yourself in the Star Wars universe like never before with Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner." Available ONLY for IPHONE 4, IPHONE 3GS and IPOD TOUCH 4TH GEN, Falcon Gunner is the first Star Wars game with augmented reality technology, letting you do battle with the Empire just about anywhere.
AR MODE BRINGS THE FIGHT TO YOUR LIVING ROOM: Using your phone's camera, gyroscope/compass and accelerometer, Falcon Gunner turns your earthly surroundings into epic space battles and lets you control the action by steering your body in physical space. It's like nothing you've ever seen.
CLASSIC ARCADE ACTION, 20+ LEVELS: Inspired by the classic 1984 Star Wars arcade title, this first-person action game throws you into the Millennium Falcon's gunnery seat, letting you experience more than 20 levels of arcade action spanning the legendary smuggling vessel's most exciting moments -- including the Death Star escape, asteroid field pursuit across Hoth and infamous Kessel Run.
SPECIAL MODIFICATIONS: As you blast your way through waves of TIE fighters, Star Destroyers, and a few other special surprises, you'll earn credits that can be used to make special modifications to the Falcon’s offensive and defensive capabilities, including concussion missiles and a low-level tractor beam... perfect for grabbing TIE interceptors and launching them back at their black-helmeted buddies. (And if you're impatient, you can purchase them from within the game.)
RETINA DISPLAY SUPPORT: The Millennium Falcon's scratched-glass windshield has never looked as good as it does on iPhone 4 and iPod Touch (4th Gen).
GAME CENTER AND FACEBOOK INTEGRATION: Challenge your friends' scores and earn special surprises by connecting your game via Facebook and Game Center.
Enough reading, kid. We've got to shake these TIEs...
What's New in Version 1.1- Optimized for iOS 5.0
- New control options: Play the way you want to play! (But remember, let the Wookiee win.)
- New AR Screenshot mode: Take photos from within the Falcon's cockpit and share 'em with your fellow smugglers
- Fixed crashing issue on iPad 2 and iPhone 4S