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When all is said and done, Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force is fun but not terribly memorable. Other than a few cool moments here and there, there isn’t a lot going on that can’t be gotten elsewhere. There are many other excellent side-scrolling games out there that offer a lot more play time, but those games don’t have the Star Wars name. So really, if you just adore 2d side-scrollers or can’t resist a Star Wars title, then go ahead and buy it but otherwise you’re really not going to be getting a lot of bang for your buck.
Star Wars: Apprentice of the Force puts the original three film trilogy on a single Game Boy Advance cart. A side-scrolling action game with three separate adventures, the game follows Luke Skywalker and his adventures, in his own words, from his start as a Tatooine moisture farmer to eventually being considered as an heir to Darth Vader's throne.
In short, Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force is a decent but mediocre game, though the familiar Star Wars flavor does help make this lackluster title a little more enjoyable. While Apprentice isn’t lacking in small challenges, the hardest part about getting through the game is having the patience to move through all the more boring sections, since it does get pretty repetitive after a while. Don’t get me wrong; this game isn’t bad, but unless you simply love Star Wars, you might have more fun playing another platform game.
A new hope is upon us. It won't be another story about a menacing phantom, or another tale of attacking clones. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith will conclude the saga once and for all. It will merge the two trilogies together in a way that could only be done by George Lucas.
It's almost as if it's an annual tradition to release a Star Wars branded action game on the Game Boy Advance. This time around, since 20th Century Fox and LucasFilm's going to make a mint on the DVD sales of the original three Star Wars movies, Ubisoft is right there with a GBA game that bunches these three movies into an original action game. This game is definitely the best Star Wars branded GBA title so far, but even the best isn't quite good enough.
A long time ago in a place far, far away, a brilliant man dreamt up a story of monolithic proportions, a story that changed the way that I and likely everyone else in the world has lived in the years since. This same story has spawned a near-endless slew of franchising from comics to cartoons to toys to games, a franchise that has likely had its namesake on more assorted products than any other I can think of. If I have not dropped enough clues by now, I am going to spell it out for you, I’m talking about Star Wars and the newest Star Wars GBA game, Apprentice of the Force.
There are some choice moments in Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force, but they don't come up as often as they should in this short action game.
Game Informer Magazine
You might be under the impression that there is something new to be found and enjoyed by partaking of Apprentice. I’ll save you the trouble and tell you that there isn’t. You could fit the amount of innovation this game has into Yoda’s shoe. What’s that you say? Yoda doesn’t wear shoes? Exactly.
George Lucas and his employees were the originators of licensed merchandise tie-ins, so it's only natural that a new Game Boy Advance title drops at the same time as the long-awaited DVD release of the first Star Wars trilogy. The game crams almost all of the action from the movies into a tiny cartridge, and manages to squeeze in a modicum of fun to boot.
Star Wars n'est pas réputé pour donner lieu à des chefs-d'oeuvre vidéoludiques et si Apprentice Of The Force est loin d'être un mauvais jeu, il nous conforte plutôt dans l'idée précitée. Redondant, des niveaux bien trop longs, une durée de vie minime, le soft d'Ubi a plusieurs tares que plusieurs qualités ne sauvent pas vraiment. Un petit jeu honorable à essayer, à boucler et à oublier.
Malgré ses multiples environnements (Hoth, Dagoba…) et sa cinquantaine de niveaux répartis sur une dizaine de chapitres, Star Wars : Apprentice of The Force pêche énormément sur sa durée de vie puisqu’il ne faudra pas plus de cinq heures pour finir le jeu en long et en large. Les plus acharnés pourront recommencer les différents niveaux, voir la galerie d’images durement gagnées ou encore jouer au mode multijoueur qui ne propose qu’un versus mais qui ne nécessite qu’une seule cartouche. Star Wars : Apprentice of The Force, tant par sa linéarité que par sa faible durée de vie, ne devrait pas séduire tout le monde mais les plus fans n’hésiteront pas à se le procurer et à profiter de la trame scénaristique ainsi que de la bande sonore des films.
The Video Game Critic
There are lightsaber and space battle stages further into the game, but these are only a marginal improvement. The graphics are plain, and the characters are rendered with thick black outlines. Despite its shortcomings, Trilogy does cover a lot of ground, and it is Star Wars for Pete's sake. I kind of enjoyed the Time Pilot-inspired shooting sequences. But all in all, you have to admit this is pretty uninspired stuff.