Just in time to coincide with the film’s hype, which still seems to be circulating weeks after its release, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones gives the player the chance to experience all the drama of the film on the Game Boy Advance.
Following the plot of the movie very closely, Attack of the Clones offers three heroes from the Star Wars universe as playable characters: Anakin Skywalker, Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Fighting against evil characters such as Jango Fett and Count Dooku, and frequenting all the popular locales like Tatooine and Geonosis, players play through the game across three distinct modes of gameplay. First up is a 3D-scrolling, third-person racing game in which players ride their choice of swoop bikes, Republic fighters and speeders. The second follows in similar vein but featuring space combat. Finally, a side-scrolling, platform game, which takes up the majority of play, sees the player take on the roles of Anakin Skywalker or Obi-Wan Kenobi as they battle across the terrain, hacking and slashing enemies with their lightsabers. This mode is very reminiscent of the original Star Wars games, released back in the early 1990s, for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
For a Game Boy Advance game, this title looks great. A large amount of frames have been used in the rendering of the characters, delivering fluid and convincing animation. Also, the backgrounds in the game are taken directly from the movie’s photo stills, so it really feels like you’re immersed in the Star Wars universe.
Being the first handheld game to allow gamers to experience the drama of the film from start to finish, this game is certainly worthy of the lucrative license.