Star Wars Uprising
Star War Uprising is a mobile sci-fi action RPG with cartoony graphics, a world based on the Star Wars universe, 4-player real-time co-op, tap-based action combat, hundreds of different weapons and armor, and an interesting story with lots of cutscenes and dialogue.
Type: Mobile RPG
Release Date: September 10, 2015
Pros: +Action-based combat. +Appealing Graphics. +Interesting story with cutscenes.
Cons: -Repetitive gameplay. –Limited online features.
Star War Uprising Overview
Star War Uprising is a 3D dungeon crawler online RPG published by Kabam, a leading free-to-play mobile gaming company behind the games, Spirit Lords and Heroes of Camelot. Enter the Star Wars universe and become the hero that the galaxy needs. Customize your species, appearance, equipment, and abilities with no predefined class system. Experience a story full of charismatic characters and witty dialogue. Immerse yourself in fully 3D environments with high quality visuals and animations in the single player campaign or team up in co-op with up to 3 other players. Collect hundreds of unique pieces of equipment and upgrade them for maximum power. Explore different planets, fight powerful bosses, and collect crew members to run special missions for you. Join the Star Wars rebellion today.
Star War Uprising Key Features:
- Stage-based Levels – Fight through over 100 unique stages against the Republic, bandits, droids, and more.
- High Quality 3D Graphics – Sleek, cartoony graphics adds charm and humor into all of the characters, animations, and environments.
- Action Combat – Control your character in real time with tap controls to move and attack and gesture controls for skills.
- Lots of Equipment Collect – Collect hundreds of unique pieces of equipment including guns, helmets, upper and lower armor, boots, and accessories.
- 4 Player Co-op – Participate in special Assault missions with up to three other players and work together to complete the mission objectives.
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Star War Uprising Review
By, Herman Y.
Star Wars Uprising is a free-to-play, 3D dungeon crawler RPG developed and published by Kabam, a mobile game developer most known for publishing Spirit Lords, MARVEL Contest of Champions, and Heroes of Camelot. Star Wars Uprising is a new online RPG based on the Star Wars universe and takes place between the “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens” timelines. After Kabam’s all-star team consisting of Daniel Erickson, the creative and design lead of Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Danny Keller, the animation director behind Star Wars: The Clone Wars, created the mobile RPG, Spirit Lords, it was no surprise that their next game would be based on the Star Wars universe. The game has repetitively high production value, but without its fair share of problems. Before beginning the review and to answer a question that appears almost every minute in the game’s global chat: No, there are no lightsabers in this game.
The World of Star Wars Uprising
Star Wars Uprising has a colorful and cartoony world divided up into many planets and stages. Players gradually discover new bases and planets as the game progresses and participate in instanced missions. Unlike Spirit Lords, the game does not have any persistent maps where players can see each other, but it does have a global chat which allows players to communicate. Players can begin missions by talking to quest-related NPCs in their base or quest location and then teleporting to that mission via their planet map. There are 2-4 difficulties to choose from (depending on the stage) and the harder ones yields better rewards. In each stage, players will generally run along a map fighting waves of enemies, finding treasure, and completing objectives (which usually involves running to the end of the map). Each stage is fairly linear in design and there are heal stations and doors to unlock throughout the stages. The stages are simple to navigate and the game does not have much social aspects, making it a predominantly single player game.
The graphics in Star Wars Uprising are very well done. It has a cartoony, but still somewhat realistic, look and is slightly minimalistic in a good way. When players begin, they can choose one of four species, which has no effect on the gameplay or story, which include Zabrak, Miralan, Twi’lek, and Human. Players can also choose between male and female and a handful of face, hair, hair color, skin color, and face detail options. The environments in the game look amazing and atmospheric. The maps are fully in 3D and many areas have an upper and lower portion which provides scenic views and adds a lot more detail to each stage. The character and enemy models are well-designed and resemble the characters in the animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The game also has a wide range of flashy skills and animations.
A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away…
Story plays a very large role in Star Wars Uprising. The game is very story-driven and there is a lot of dialogue between the player’s character and NPCs as well as NPCs with other NPCs. The game takes place in the Star Wars universe between the timelines “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens,” but is written in a way that even players unfamiliar with the Star Wars universe can understand. The game is, however, more enjoyable for those who are familiar with and enjoy the Star Wars series, or at least the sci-fi genre. Players begin the game as a smuggler, who goes on missions for a man named Happy Dabb to repay his debt. A lot of dialogue takes place in a main base or town between the characters as well as before and after each mission. The main character has a sister who acts as a guide or guardian that assists the player via an intercom during stages, although she also appears in the main base and story as well. The story is well-written and quirky, adds backstory and purpose to each mission, and is one of the features that will keep players engaged.
The combat in Star Wars Uprising is very similar to that of Kabam’s other mobile RPG, Spirit Lords. Players can move by tapping the ground and can target and attack enemies by tapping on them. Once an enemy is targeted, the player’s character will automatically attack them. There are also gesture controls for skills that make great use of the touch screen. For some skills, players have to drag their character in a certain direction which unleashes a skill in the opposite direction, while other skills involve double tapping the character for self-buffs or self-AOE attacks, and double tapping the ground to roll (dodge). The game has no class system so players can equip any weapon they like and unlock abilities based on their preferred playstyle. The game has both melee and ranged combat but generally players will be using ranged guns as weapons. The combat is somewhat fast-paced and using skills and dodging efficiently plays a large role later in the game. The gameplay is similar to the Diablo series but slightly slower paced and there is also 4 player co-op for special Assault/Sector side-missions. The co-op plays a very small role in the game and it is relatively inconvenient finding people to play with (have to find players through the chat). The co-op is basically for “farming” that players can participate in 5 times a day.
Lots of Equipment and Crew Members
Star Wars Uprising has a multitude of equipment and crew members to collect. Various equipment include helmets, gloves, guns/blades, upper armor, lower armor, and backpacks. There are hundreds of pieces to discover and each piece of equipment has different stats in offense, defense, and utility, as well as a star ranking from 1-5 stars. Equipment can be upgraded with upgrade material obtained from completing stages and salvaging weaker equipment and equipment can be evolved (increased in star ranking) with special items after the equipment has reached max level. Upgrading equipment increases its stats in offense, defense, and utility.
Crew members can also be collected and upgraded. Crew members are like side-characters that players can send on various missions to obtain loot, experience, and more. They have no role in combat or the story and can only be sent on missions. Each mission lasts around 30 minutes (some are over an hour) and players have no participation in these missions and simply wait until the crew member returns with the loot. Completing missions levels up crew members and the success rates of these missions depend on the crew member’s level and star ranking. There are a wide variety of crew members to collect and they can be obtained from completing stages, as part of the story, or summoned from the Shop.
Star Wars Uprising is by no means a bad game. However, it has many flaws despite its well-written story and impressive visuals. Firstly, the game feels very repetitive. Each mission is essentially the same and involves going through stages killing enemies and reaching the mission’s objective (at the end of the map). Each map tends to have similar layouts and designs despite the different appearances, and the action-like combat doesn’t feel “action-y” enough to keep the combat interesting- kind of like a slower paced Diablo. The overall gameplay feels dull, and despite the (limited) online co-op feature, players will almost never interact with other players other than through the global chat. Star Wars Uprising ultimately looks and feels like a reskin of Kabam’s previous title, Spirit Lords. While the story is well-written, it isn’t particularly exciting enough to make up for the repetitive gameplay and certainly does not rival the stories in single-player RPGs, which is what this game technically is.
Cash Shop/In-App Purchases (IAP)
Star Wars Uprising has reasonable in-app purchases that involves a Gacha summon system seen in many mobile games. However, instead of summoning heroes, players can summon equipment for their character through Star Wars Uprising’s “Crane” system. There are two Cranes: A Requisition Scrip Crane and a Premium Crane. The Requisition Scrip Crane summons random lower end equipment (1-3 Stars) using scrips that can be obtained from completing missions, while the Premium Crane summons random higher end equipment (3-5 Stars) with Chromium, the game’s cash currency. This is the game’s main form of in-app purchases and the game gives out free Chromium every now and then. Star Wars Uprising is in no way “pay-to-win” and its in-app purchases are much more optional than other free-to-play games. All equipment can be obtained and upgraded (to five stars) without spending any money and there is also no energy system or hidden paywalls. Of course, there is a still good amount grinding and farming to do like in most free-to-play RPG titles, but spending money is largely optional.
Final Verdict – Good
Star Wars Uprising is a well-made, free-to-play RPG based on the Star Wars universe with impressive graphics, tap and gesture-based combat, and an interesting story. The game, unfortunately, suffers from repetitive gameplay and lack of online features, but fans of Star Wars and the sci-fi genre will likely enjoy this game a lot.
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Star War Uprising System Requirements
Android 4.0 and up / iOS 7.0 or later
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Star War Uprising Additional Information
Platforms: Android, iOS
Release Date: September 10, 2015
Star Wars Uprising was developed and published by Kabam, a leading free-to-play mobile game company headquartered in San Francisco, California. Partnered with famous brands such as Disney, Marvel, and Warner Bros, Kabam set a new focus in 2014 to bring AAA freemium console-quality games onto mobile devices after working on primarily strategy web-based games in previous years. Star Wars Uprising was created by a team consisting of Phil Shenk, Daniel Erickson, and Danny Keller, all of which have worked on high quality titles such as Diablo 1 & 2, Dragon Age: Origins, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars for companies such as Blizzard, Bioware, and DreamWorks Interactive. Kabam is also the publisher of the popular games Spirit Lords, MARVEL Clash of Champions, and Heroes of Camelot.