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Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace

by DamienR (follow)
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Disney (16)      Star Wars (8)      Star Wars Journeys (1)      The Phantom Menace (1)     
Plugged as a new way to experience The Phantom Menace, but is really just another podracing game.

Type: Racing game
Platform: iOS
Players: 1
Age: 4 and up
Game Time: Story is only a half hour at most, the podracing portion can be hours of enjoyment.
Developer or Designer: Disney
Publisher: Disney

The podracing experience is familiar
Will appeal to race fans and Star Wars fans alike

Expensive for what you get
The races are repetative
Advertised as more than it is

Star Wars Journeys Phantom Menace Opening


After playing Star Wars Assault Team I was really excited to hear that Disney was releasing a whole series of Star Wars iOS games. The series is called Star Wars Journeys and the first installment is The Phantom Menace.

The Story Mode

I expected that players would need to win pod races to open up the story but that is not the case. The entire story is available and watchable. The 180-degree parallax is interesting and maybe even a little cool, but that’s about it. As you watch the story unfold, you can click actionable items on the screen to see additional actions, it’s kind of like a pop-up book on your phone or iPad. Unfortunately, this comes off a little lame. The narrator reads well, so that’s something.

Star Wars Journeys Phantom Menace Opening

Pod Racing

The thing about pod racing games is that they are all very similar: a selection of tracks and a pod racer with basic boost and brake controls. If you’ve enjoyed pod racing games in the past, chances are you will enjoy this one. There is a directional control on each side of your iDevice and boost buttons. Players can do a single race, a timed run around a course, a knock-out race. There is also a competition mode which mixes up the three other modes. All-in-all, the races look good, but there are no surprises here and I found very little to be excited about.

Star Wars Journeys Phantom Menace Pod Racer

The end result is that this is a $1.99 app with a $6.99 price tag. If you want a fun Star Wars experience, save your money and check out Assault Team. Hopefully the next installment of Journeys will have more to it.

Star Wars Journeys Phantom Menace Opening

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