Publisher: Sony Online Entertainment
Developer: Sony Online Entertainment
System requirements: Web Browser is all you need
Genre: Online Virtual World
Release date: Available now
What is the easiest way for people to play a game? Make it so that they do not need hardware, just software like a web browser. Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures is based off of the popular animated show, that although directed more at a younger audience, doesn’t shun us older people. It is a free-to-play browser-based online virtual world from Sony Online Entertainment, and like most such games includes the option to upgrade your account through a subscription to receive more benefits, and purchase items through micro-transactions.
After choosing the character you want to play, they throw you into the iconic world of Star Wars. In this 3D environment you can socialize and battle with fellow players and friends. There are also plenty of arcade style mini-games to play with the option to either go at it solo or with some friends. These are based off of old favorites with a Star Wars skin that range from puzzles and tower defenders, to action and trivia games. Completing these mini-games awards you credits that can in turn purchase items. These items include outfits for your character, decorations for your house where friends can visit, and pet droids.
The greatest thing about Clone Wars Adventures is that each mini-game has a top 100 for high scores. I know this is nothing new, but it creates a hardcore factor to it which in turn creates a very entertaining experience. I also found that each mini-game though simple by design, could be very challenging. The one I found myself playing the most is the Lightsaber Duel, which includes the option to play against another person. The object is to press the right pattern of directional arrows before your opponent. The next best is the tower defense game, Republic Defender, which is hands down one of the best I have played in that genre.
Clone Wars Adventures has great simple and fun to play mini-games, but it does come with some problems. There isn’t really much more to it other than these mini-games. This is where being directed towards a younger audience gets in the way because it doesn’t have what an older gaming crowd would be looking for. Another downside is that a subscription, which is not too pricy, is needed to get more out of the game like such as advanced levels and items.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Star Wars fan or not. This free-to-play browser based game is worth a look, as you can still get a lot out of the game without a subscription. Clone Wars Adventures is directed at a younger audience, but if you can get past that – great mini-games await you.