Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force

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Star Wars Trilogy:
Apprentice of the Force
Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force
Cover art
Developer(s)Ubisoft Montreal
LucasArts[1]
Publisher(s)Ubisoft
LucasArts[1]
Designer(s)Annick Dumais
EngineJade
Platform(s)Game Boy Advance
Release
  • NA: September 21, 2004[1]
  • EU: September 24, 2004[1]
Genre(s)Action, platformer
Mode(s)Single-player

Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force is an action-platformer video game for Nintendo's Game Boy Advance that follows Luke Skywalker through the Star Wars original trilogy. It was released September 21, 2004, the same day that the 2004 DVD box sets were released,[2] and was developed and published by Ubisoft.


Gameplay[edit]

Much of Apprentice of the Force's gameplay takes place in a side-scrolling, platforming based environment. As Luke Skywalker, the player originally only has access to basic jumps and blaster-based combat, but as Luke learns more of the Force and the way of the Jedi, he gains the ability to wield a lightsaber to fight in melee combat, and deflect projectiles. In addition to the basic platforming, there are also minor puzzles to solve to progress. Occasionally, Luke will have to protect an NPC, such as R2-D2 or Princess Leia to progress. There are also still several stages where Luke takes control of a ship in vehicle based combat where he must avoid oncoming obstacles whilst defeating foes. There are also several boss fights throughout the game, such as against Boba Fett or Darth Vader.

The gameplay has been compared to the Game Boy Advance version of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time in that the same side-scrolling engine is used, and that the player can slow down time temporarily.[3] A player who beats the game is given the option of replaying most of the ship and boss levels.

Plot[edit]

The player controls Luke Skywalker throughout the entire original trilogy of the Star Wars saga, beginning from his time on Tatooine in A New Hope, all the way to his eventual destiny as a Jedi Master in Return of the Jedi.

Development[edit]

Apprentice of the Force uses the engine of the GBA version of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.[3] It has advanced graphics by the standards of the Game Boy Advance, using 3-D images for the character models.

Reception[edit]

The game was met with average to mixed reception upon release; review aggregation website GameRankings gave it an average score of 65.32%,[4] whilst fellow site Metacritic gave it an average score of 60 out of 100.[5]

Gamespot, giving the game a 6.4/10, were mixed on the game, complimenting it's audio and visuals, whilst bemoaning it's repetitive combat and short length, staing that whilst there were some "choice moments" in the game, "they don't come up as often as they should in this short action game."[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force at GameFAQs
  2. ^ David Adams (September 22, 2004). "Star Wars Trilogy Ships". IGN. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Craig Harris (September 22, 2004). "Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force". IGN. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force for Game Boy Advance". GameRankings. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force for Game Boy Advance Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  6. ^ EGM staff (December 2004). "Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 186. p. 170.
  7. ^ Matt Miller (October 2004). "Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force". Game Informer. No. 138. p. 146. Archived from the original on July 27, 2009. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  8. ^ Frank Provo (September 23, 2004). "Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force Review". GameSpot. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  9. ^ Justin Leeper (October 20, 2004). "GameSpy: Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force". GameSpy. Archived from the original on December 16, 2005. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  10. ^ Louis Bedigian (November 4, 2004). "Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force - GBA - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on January 25, 2009. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  11. ^ "Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force". NGC Magazine. October 2004.
  12. ^ "Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force". Nintendo Power. Vol. 186. November 2004. p. 133.
  13. ^ Jonathan Metts (October 11, 2004). "Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  14. ^ Frank Provo (September 23, 2004). "Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force Review". GameSpot. Retrieved August 25, 2014.

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