You guys remember Lemmings? Yeah. Me too, although it's not a thing I think about all the time. That's why, this week, I was particularly grateful towards the folks at Lucasfilm Ltd. for making Star Wars Pit Droids, a Lemmings-esque puzzle game that takes place in the Star Wars universe (mostly on Tatooine, if we're being particular), as a promotional tool for the re-release of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace in 3D in theaters. Star Wars Pit Droids features 75 levels of awesome puzzles. The goal of the game is to get your mindless pit droids (who follow each other, like lemmings) from their starting point to the goal. Doing so requires players to place arrow tiles on the ground to direct the droids to their goal while avoiding walls and obstacles. As the game progresses, the levels get more and more complex. Droids of different colors are introduced and players must guide each color independently to their respective goals without running them into each other. Running in each other results in them exploding which while satisfying in it's own right, means you lose and have to start over.
What's really impressive about this game is it's depth. Seventy-five levels may not sound like a ton, but these aren't your standard quick-solve game type puzzles. Early levels are pretty easy to solve, but as the game goes on, the puzzles become more and more intricate, and require much more time and thought, trial and error. Furthermore, as players solve puzzles, they're rewarded with stars based how well they've performed. Just completing the puzzle is worth one star, while taking the shortest path and using the fewest amount of tiles are each worth an additional star. Stars are then used to unlock new levels which are essentially just different backdrops including Watto's Shop, Hutt Flats and Mos Espa. For each area there's a pretty sweet cut scene that makes this actually feel like a Star Wars game. The only part about this game that really leaves something to be desired is the soundtrack which isn't from any particular Star Wars film . However, that's the only gripe I have about Star Wars Pit Droids which is an otherwise totally fantastic puzzle game.
I realize there are thousands of puzzle games available for iPhone and iPad but this is one of the few that is absolutely worth the price tag. I was shocked at how much fun I had (and am still having) with this game. Go buy it. To read more app reviews, click here. AppPicker Rating: 5 / 5 Stars App Store link: Star Wars Pit Droids Other apps by LucasArts