The Force meets tower defense in new Star Wars game mashup

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Picture courtesy DeNA
Picture courtesy DeNA

If the sheer volume of tower defense games on the App Store is any indication, people (and developers) love them. Defending your base against endless hordes of creeps is a wonderful way to spend some gaming time on your portable device; they’re not super twitch-dependent, and they definitely encourage the zen-like focus a lot of us enjoy when playing games.

Add a hot property like Star Wars to the mix, and you’ve got a game full of potential. Rebels and Stormtroopers in a tower defense game? Sign me up!

This is, however, a Mobage/DeNA free-to-play joint, so it’s hard to tell exactly whether it will be a compelling bit of playtime, or just another way to spam your friends with social media requests. The pre-release sign up allows you to earn some points to be used in-game already; this does not bode well, even with a Star Wars branding.

That said, I’m still pretty excited about playing this game. Check out the developer diary below to see if you’re just as excited.

You’ll get to play either as the light or dark side, with single-player or weekly multiplayer events. There’s a hero system at play here as well, and you’ll get to use up to three iconic Star Wars characters at a time to turn the tide of battle.

As in most fixed-path tower defense games, you’ll build and upgrade towers while earning in-game currency to do so from the number of creeps you destroy. If too many of them get past your defenses, your base belong to them and it’s game over.

I’m excited to see if the development team has balanced the tower/creep ratio enough that the game will be challenging but not frustrating. I also hope the free-to-play mechanics don’t get in the way as can happen with these types of titles — I have seen some more compelling free-to-play titles from the company lately, which does bode well.

Either way, I’m going to pre-register and spam all my friends with social network notifications to get a jump on the game, which is “coming soon” to a galaxy and mobile device (iOS and Android) near you, which DeNA’s spokesperson says means, “later this year.”