LEGO® Star Wars™: Microfighters Review
- Nice looking ships
- Responsive controls
- Scale means that fingers regularly block action
- Mundane stage design
- Lots of grinding
A tepid combination of repetitive shmup mechanics and big brand power, Lego Star Wars: Mircrofighters is much less than the sum of its parts.
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The latest Lego game to hit iOS, Lego Star Wars: Microfighters, tries to combine two massive properties - Lego and Star Wars - in the form of a vertical shump. Despite the collective might of huge brands, however, Microfighters never manages to rise above the mundane.
All of the game's craft are based on the Star Wars Microfighters toys, which appear as stylishly scaled down interpretations of the movie craft they represent. There are fleets of tiny A-Wings, AT AT-Battle Tanks, and even little battle droids, to give the action an authentic Star Wars feel. Weirdly, while decent character design is usually a strength, the sharp models only serve to highlight the jarringly bland backgrounds.
The first decision you face is to choose with which side of the force you wish to align. While this opening choice does nothing to alter the level progression, it does dictate the craft you fly and enemies you face.
You guide your constantly firing craft around the screen with a finger. It's an effective control scheme in theory, but one that leaves the ship prone every time you readjust your grip to get you fingers out of the way of the action.
To help you stay on top of the enemy theat, there are a range of power-ups which can be bought with studs collected from each stage. More powerful abilities can be unlocked by finding hidden red blocks.
Unfortunately, to find the red blocks or collect enough studs to make your ship sufficiently powerful to survive, you will have to play levels repeatedly. This is where the mundane nature of the game kick in, as the game forces you to fight against the same few backgrounds in the same environments time and time again.
There is an audience for Lego Star Wars: Microfighters, but it's a small and patient one. Its slow paced action is too repetitive, and too challenging, to appeal to any but the most hardcore Star Wars or Lego fan.
DescriptionLEGO® Star Wars™: Microfighters featuring the brand new LEGO toy range.
Get ready to step into the LEGO Star Wars: Microfighters’ digital universe for fun, blasting action! Playing with your Microfighters toys just became more fun as you can wield them on the go with your mobile device. Pilot up to six iconic LEGO Star Wars ships like TIE fighters and X-wings as you destroy enemies, collect studs, and control the galaxy!
Download now, engage your hyperdrive, and jump into your very own mini-battles!
• Fly for the Rebellion or turn to the dark side and play as the Empire.
• 18 levels of action spread over four planets – Endor, Yavin, Hoth and Geonosis.
• Pilot six iconic Star Wars Microfighters: TIE fighter, X-wing, Star Destroyer, Droid ATT, Millennium Falcon (the fastest ship in the galaxy!) and Clone Tank.
• Collect studs to spend on equipment, super weapons, and upgrades for your Microfighter.
• Over 35 types of enemies to blast.
• Eight level Bosses to defeat.
• Destructible terrain.
This is a high memory usage App. If you have performance issues, try closing down background Apps or restarting the device.