The 5 Worst ‘Star Wars’ Video Games in the Galaxy

Licensed games aren’t exactly known for their quality, and there’s a good chance no property has been the basis of more video games than Star Wars. That means for every gem like Knights of the Old Republic, you’re going to find a handful of clunkers. Here are the five worst Star Wars video games in existence, according to Metacritic.

5. Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC
Metacritic score: 46

The year was 2009, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars was a hit on the Cartoon Network. A video game based on the series was inevitable. When the inevitable arrived, though, it wasn’t very fun to play. Developer Krome Studios took a page from the LEGO games and whipped up a 3-D action platformer set in the Star Wars universe. The main problem was its clunky controls.

Using a Jedi to hack through mobs of enemies should be a balletic dance of death. Instead, the game turns it into a series of jittery stop-and-go attacks that never work the way you want them to. And forget about navigating platforms over pits — you’re going to fall off through no fault of your own. Even the camera seems to be working against you as you try to figure out where you’re supposed to go in the poorly designed levels. The Force is not with this one.

4. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

Platform: Nintendo DS
Metacritic score: 43

Another game that’s a victim of awful controls is Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, the disappointing followup to a fairly solid original game. You play as Starkiller, a reformed Jedi apprentice who has turned against Darth Vader, his former teacher. Your goal is to seek out your love interest, but to reach her you’ll have to cut down heaps of enemies.

The biggest problem is that the combat requires you to tap precisely on the D-pad while using the stylus to swipe like mad on the bottom screen. It’s a struggle to make your character do anything you want him to do, but because the game is so easy, it doesn’t really matter. Come to think of it, nothing about this game really matters.

3. LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles

Platform: iOS
Metacritic score: 43

The LEGO series has produced some fine games in its years, but The Yoda Chronicles on iOS is not one of them. This boring collection of missions can be boiled down to one word: Bland.

The developer tried to add a dash of real-time strategy to the standard LEGO formula, but the result is a slog of a game. Basically, you tap where you want your units to move, and then you watch them slowly trundle to that spot. Tap enemies along the way, and they’ll shoot them. That’s about it. The game may be free to download, but that doesn’t mean it’s worth your time.

2. Star Wars: Flight of the Falcon

Platform: Game Boy Advance
Metacritic score: 39

It was 2003 when this unfortunate mess landed on the Game Boy Advance. It’s an on-rails shooter that puts you in the cockpit of ships like TIE fighters and the Millennium Falcon as you play through battles from the original trilogy.

The graphics are blocky, of course, because of the GBA’s low-pixel display, but the frame rate slows to a crawl anytime a group of ships appears onscreen. The whole thing is highly repetitive, with poor controls and virtually no redeeming qualities. You probably didn’t play it, and you should probably keep it that way.

1. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Platform: Game Boy Advance
Metacritic score: 38

It’s another Game Boy Advance title that has the dubious honor of being the worst Star Wars game in the galaxy. While the graphics are pretty for the platform and the animations are silky smooth, it’s the gameplay that pushes the title beyond the realm of frustrating.

Combat is a drag, and jumping between platforms is an exercise in futility. Worse, the repetitive levels keep going and going, and often you don’t even know what your goal is supposed to be. Worse yet are the terrible vehicle parts whose graphics are so murky it’s hard to tell what’s happening. Steer clear of this travesty.

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