The Star Wars franchise has seen some great games come and go over the years. I'd like to take a moment to pour one out for Star Wars: Force Arena, a MOBA-style game that was shut down almost a year ago. It was easily the best Star Wars mobile game I've played and it's a shame that it was not viable or whatever reason the developers had for shutting down the servers.
I'll also note that this list does not include any AR-experiences or lightsaber simulators because, despite how cool they might be, they are novelties and not really games that you can get enjoyment out for any true length of time.
I'll also briefly mention Star Wars: Card Trader, which is an app focused on collecting Star Wars cards like some of us used to do as kids. It's less a game than a collectathon with gamified elements. There's a community dedicated to buying, selling, trading, and so on.
With all that out of the way, here are the best Star Wars games you can still play for Android!
LEGO Star Wars games
I don't know if anyone expected the LEGO Star Wars games to be as good as they are, but they're some of the best Star Wars games you can play on console, or mobile!
The beefiest game is LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, which puts all six games released from the original and prequel trilogies within one app. There are 36 story mode levels to play through along with 120 playable characters to unlock. As a bonus, there are no in-app purchases because this is a paid app.
There are also a couple of free LEGO Star Wars games available: Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens and LEGO Star Wars Microfighters. Both are free to play but not as complete a collection as the paid collection of games. If you love these quirky LEGO games with their cheeky dialogue and just the fun of smashing LEGO about, definitely check out these games on Android!
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) is one of those legendary games that fans still speak highly of so many years after its initial release. This is an epic RPG set in the Star Wars universe that has you playing a force-sensitive character feeling the pull from both the Dark Side and the Light Side of the Force.
Initially developed by BioWare and LucasArts, it features a story that takes place 4,000 years before the rise of the Galactic Empire, where Sith Lord Darth Malak has unleashed an assault on the Republic and left the Jedi unorganized and scattered. It's a fresh story from the movie trilogies which, depending on the choices you make in the story, have you either fighting for the Light side to try to defeat Malak or going full-on Sith and try to become the baddest MoFo in the galaxy.
Keep in mind that this game was initially released for the Xbox and PC back in 2003, so the graphics haven't aged well, but the gameplay is still fantastic, even on Android. It's still regarded as one of the best games set in the Star Wars universe.
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
Galaxy of Heroes lets you create squads of characters from across Star Wars movies and TV shows — both heroes and villains — including the likes of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and Boba Fett.
Each character has unique combat abilities that can be upgraded over time and unleashed against your enemies. The game features strategic, RPG-style combat so you'll need to mix up your squads to make the best use of each character's abilities.
The game has been out since 2015 — just before the release of The Force Awakens — and since then, long-time players have discovered that there's a point at which character progression basically grinds to a halt unless you start spending on in-app purchases. That's disappointing because the game otherwise does a great job of delivering bite-sized Star Wars action that you can play on the go.
Star Wars: Commander
At its core, Commander looks like just another Clash of Clans-style game, but it does such a good job at staying faithful to the source material that it manages to stand out from its similar competition.
You get to choose between the support of the Empire or joining the Rebellion, then you build up your home base and launch attacks against the other side. There's a story mode to run through and you can also attack other rivals or team up with friends as a Squad and go to war with other Squads. Overall, everything feels right in line with what the Star Wars brand is all about. The game features all your favorite characters from the original trilogy along with recognizable vehicles and troops. The authenticity carries on through even down to the screen wipe transitions and voiceovers.
Of course, the freemium model is kicked into high gear with multiple game currencies to hoard, and lengthy build times that can be sped up by spending premium gems. You're also required to regularly check in to defend your base and collect rewards. This is all par for the course for the genre but also a big reason why I stay away from these sorts of games. Having said that, if you're down for the whole saving the galaxy grind, Star Wars: Commander is sure to be your new obsession.
Star Wars Pinball 7
While there's nothing that beats the real-life lights and sounds of a proper pinball table, Star Wars Pinball 7 does a good job of recreating the action on your smartphone. Each table features sights and sounds from the movies and includes fun animations that just aren't possible in real life.
You'll be happy to know that the game features 19 unique pinball tables, each based on different films or characters from the Star Wars universe, but you'll need to pay to unlock most of them. You do get access to one Pinball table right off the bat when you download the app, and most in-app purchases have been discounted down to just $0.99 each, so all hope is not lost.
It's a damn shame there aren't any direct ports of any of the Star Wars flight simulator games, such as the X-Wing vs Tie Fighter from the late '90s for Android. There's not even a remake of Rogue Squadron from the N64. I'm not sure who owns the rights to those games, but what a missed opportunity!
Instead, we get this unlicenced flight simulator that's not bad but could be way better if Disney threw gobs of money behind the concept.
You get to jump into the cockpit of an X-Wing, A-Wing, or other Rebel ships (including the Millenium Falcon, which is teased as an unlockable ship) and there are 30 attack missions to play through before unlocking harder levels.
The framework for an amazing game is there, it just needs to be fleshed out more. It's still worth checking out if you crave a Star Wars space battle on your phone.
What's your favorite?
Let us know your favorite Star Wars game in the comments, or which games you'd love to see ported to Android in the future!
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