Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was developed by BioWare RPG in 2003. Several years after its original release, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic still provides one of the best Star Wars role playing experience ever. It is a must-play for younger video gamers who have not tried it. Its characters, interesting plot twist and setting will not disappoint new players.

In addition to the original release, BioWare recently developed a mobile version. The iPad version of this remarkable video game has a pleasing touch interface that is better than the original game. The iPad version brings out the game's nice colors. And since there are no on-screen controls,the look is that of a simple, uncluttered design. One good point of this version is the pause-and-play feature which lets a player work on the attacks quickly. Another aspect that gets better with touch controls is the navigating menus and equipment sorting, among others.

However, there are still others features that can be improved on the mobile version of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. For instance, the Powers menu can benefit with larger icons and easy to read text. Also, the conversation controls could improve with some tweaking since it is a bit distracting and difficult to use. Fixing some minor brightness issues could enhance overall role play experience, too. With the current setting, when auto-brightness is on, some areas like the murky cutscenes remain a bit dark. Manual brightness setting would do the trick for now, though.

A major downside of this version is the lack of good control in the movement. The fact that a player needs to drag and hold to guide a running character makes for an awkward movement. That is why running around becomes a struggle. Also, targeting is imprecise and difficult during combat. For example, focusing on a target while firing a series of turret is nearly impossible since shooting by tapping, and moving by dragging cannot be done at the same time.

While its action effects are not that highly refined, this classic-style BioWare game is still a must-try for old and new players alike. The iPad version is a great venue for those who have tried the original release to feel the force once again.