Star Wars films reimagined as interactive storybooks, each with a game

The Phantom Menace edition of Star Wars Journeys features a podracing minigame.

Each of the six Star Wars films is being reimagined as a digital storybook with its own movie-specific game, Lucasfilm announced today.

Known as Star Wars Journeys, the mobile apps will retell the stories of their respective movies, reports Variety. The first one, available beginning today on iOS, is based on The Phantom Menace and is split into three parts, one of which is a podracing game.

Another component of this first release is described as a story mode (estimated to take roughly an hour to complete) where players interact with the environment as they make their way through the film's plot and unlock podracer upgrades. Also included is a database with information on the characters, locations, vehicles, and more from the movies.

The first Journeys app is priced at $6.99 on the iOS App Store, with plans for it to also be released on Android in the future. Journeys covering the later movies will be released between now and the launch of the next film--the cast of which was announced this week--in December 2015. There is, as of yet, no word on exactly when the new Journeys will be released (nor whether a trash compactor will be featured in A New Hope's game).

If Journeys sounds or looks simplistic, that's because Lucasfilm is gearing this toward kids in the 6-12-year-old range. That target demographic is also part of the reason Journeys is being released on mobile platforms.

While Star Wars-themed games have been released on iOS and Android in the recent past, including Tiny Death Star and Star Wars: Assault Team, Variety notes this is the first Star Wars digital release that Lucasfilm and Disney Publishing have partnered up to develop internally since Disney's Lucasfilm acquisition in 2012.

In addition to the cast of Episode VII, we learned this week that all future Star Wars content will be part of the franchise's canon--including the video games.

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Discussion

18 comments
redskinStu
redskinStu

The prequels aren't "Star Wars." They're large, elaborate toy commercials. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

Tie-in games are usually crap and this being a mobile game for kids doesn't reassure me one bit. If you want Star Wars, Steam is having lots of games on sale because of the May the Fourth "holiday" or whatever you should call it.

Takeno456
Takeno456

N64 Pod Racer was such a fun game. Oh the memories.

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

god forbid, podracing? i wouldn't mind lightsaber fight but podracing? really? 


who actually liked that? 

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

I remember playing Star Wars Episode 1: Pod Racer on N64. Wouldn't mind a remake.

arrow2thekneeXD
arrow2thekneeXD

I grew up with the prequel trilogy and watched the originals as a Kid and I really like all of them..and then years later I got on the internet and realized  That I was wrong and that I wasn't allowed to like them.. 

summersgod
summersgod

Gimme Star Wars Kinect 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fursnake
Fursnake

I have a bad feeling about this...

djsimpson95
djsimpson95

Burn it, burn it before it lays eggs. Oh wait, it's too late. NOOOO!!!

CatAtomic999
CatAtomic999

No! NO! It's like it's happening all over again! NO!!! NOOOOOOO!!!!!

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

I liked Episode 1 & 2, and loved Episode 3!

 There! I said it! Now everybody start hating me!

gajbutler
gajbutler

JUST LET THEM DIE!


Just wish'd they would admit those films were complete crap, destroy them, forget they ever happened and make new prequels from scratch; ones where it isn't a complete rip off of Jesus. 

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@quickshooterMk2 I did. It was a fun game. But then again, I was ten, and there weren't that many games at that time.

drsw36
drsw36

@PodXCOM I liked the prequels too!

Hurvl
Hurvl

@drsw36 So did I, but they weren't as good as the original trilogy.