Yes, we have all heard about how George Lucas ruined Star Wars because he was obsessed with the toy industry’s revenue. But the cutesy TV series that renewed interest in the franchise (for audiovisual consumers) after a magnanimous ending with the Revenge of the Sith is turning out to be Lucas’ cash cow. Star Wars: The Clone Wars has a very well done TV show supplemented with some not-so-well-done video games to pull Younglings into the path of the Force and its mysteries.
It seems that after quite a terrible video game release with lackluster controls and wonky plotlines, LucasArts is aiming big with a kid-safe MMO. Clone Wars Adventures is a free-to-play web-based MMO based on the microtransaction business model. Players can play as a Jedi, Clone Trooper or a Padawan (?!) and battle it out with the heroes of the Clone Wars such as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Master Yoda.
Apparently, you can [S]peed through space in Star Fighter, take out waves of Battle Droids in Tower Defense or test your brain with Droid Programming puzzlesin this game. If you wish to test this out you can sign up for beta and give it a go.
As for me, though, I cannot stand an epic movie franchise being diluted down for kids. Sure, it’s family entertainment but long time fans need the depth and emotionally charged content of the first two movies instead of Ewok celebrations and stupid lake monsters with horrible grammar.