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Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes review

Bore you to tears, it will…


  • Decent graphics
  • Succeeds as a falling-down-a-cliff simulator
  • Gives you unlimited lives


  • Too few abilities and none of them are satisfying
  • Poorly-defined levels
  • Tedious
  • repetitive gameplay

The Clone Warsis little more than yet another of those tedious, overly-simple, unengaging, repetitive arcade-adventures that proliferate the bargain bins of games stores, preying on the wallets of well-meaning grandparents and leaving behind a stream of traumatized children in their wake.

It’s a grim button-masher of a game at the best of times, but in all honesty the game’s actually at its best when you’re just hammering the ever-sufferingbuttons, because the fixed camera makes the platforming segments an absolute chore. Lining up any kind of jump would be a frustrating experience, if only you didn’t have an infinite number of attempts at it. When you’re not even bothered that your character has plunged to his doom, that’s when you know you’re wasting your time. The only motivation to carry on, in fact, is to find an even more painful vertical drop onto jagged rocks to fling him off.

Droids can be ‘jacked’ in order to use their offensive capabilities, but this is way too fiddly and frustrating to entertain. There are also some shooty clone trooper bits, but why are we even talking about this game, anyway? We’d much rather talk about anything else.

Oct 6, 2009

More info

DescriptionTaking place between the second and third prequels and based on the animated series you play as Jedis and clone troopers in this by the books and underwhelming space adventure.
Franchise nameStar Wars
UK franchise nameStar Wars
Platform"Xbox 360","PS3","Wii","PSP","DS","PC","PS2"
US censor rating"Teen","Teen","Teen","Teen","Teen","Teen","Teen"
UK censor rating"12+","12+","12+","12+","12+","12+","12+"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)