Star Wars: Force Arena



An Introduction to Star Wars: Force Arena

Korean gaming giant Netmarble, makers of Marvel: Future Fight is no stranger to collaborating with massive name franchises as is evidently and clearly noticeable in Star Wars: Force Arena. A strategy battler in nature, Force Arena involves characters from all of the movies, spins off TV series and even comic books!  Yet besides the range of characters is the most enjoyable aspect is that players can play for both Light and Dark forces, as either the Rebels or the Empire.

Star Wars: Force Arena : Gameplay

Force Arena is at its core a card collecting strategy MOBA game that pits players against players in real time battles. Similar to other lane based battlers like Mighty Battles players first organize their deck before heading into battle.  Decks are made up by first selecting a Leader and then comparing troops to aid and assist the leader.  Comparable to South Park: Phone Destroyer Leaders are invincible yet must wait to respawn if killed in action.  Each battle is 3 minutes long and are won when a player destroys the opposing shield generator which is protected by various auto-firing turrets and the opponents Leader and troops.

Each character card is categorized as being either Common, Rare, Epic, Unique or Legendary with different attributes and properties.  Certain cards can only be played with others and/or are better suited with others.  Just as with other card collectors, cards can only be played after the energy meter is high enough to allow doing so, which makes deck selection extremely thought provoking!

In battle card placement is restricted by opposing turrets which regulate the playable field yet as they are destroyed troops can be deployed closer and closer into the opponent’s court. Card deployment can be done by either dragging them towards the desired point of placement or by simply tapping to spawn them next the Leader which is extremely useful in particularly heated battles.

Features of Star Wars: Force Arena

Lead your squad. Master the arena!
● BATTLE or join forces with other players and friends from around the globe in real-time 1v1 or 2v2 PvP arena battles.
●LEAD a team of iconic Star Wars™ troops, including Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, General Grievous, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and even new Star Wars™: The Last Jedi characters such as Rey and Kylo Ren!
● COLLECT character cards and upgrade your favorites Star Wars™ units while leveraging powerful character duos that boost your effectiveness in battle.
● COMPETE to earn rewards, special characters and other bonus items by participating in events as you climb to the top of the leaderboards on your journey for galactic dominance!

Tips ‘n’ Tricks for Star Wars: Force Arena

Lead with the Leader!

Battles will always vary, yet it is general good practice to rush your Leader to behind the barricade and then wait for the energy meter to fill, deploy the heaviest, hardest hitting units then constantly pepper with lighter units. Then once the Leaders special ability can be unleashed, rush the closest turret and try to take it out.  Doing so will allow troops to advance safely and be deployed closer.  As the Leaders special ability meter refills, rush back to home-ground to use one or both of the heals before rushing back into action.  Whilst throwing the Leader straight into conflict as quick as possible can cause devastating damage, it actually far better to let them take a more passive role at the start since multiple rejuvenation wait times can cost a match if the enemy is able to constantly use their Leader.

Study the Stats // Deck Choices

This is re-occurring advice, yet an absolute must do within the genre. With each character behaving in completely different ways and having different strengths and weaknesses it is imperative to know how each card works and how they interact with other cards.  This is especially true in regards to the Leader card which have their own unique pairing.

For example simply having a stacked deck of quick deploy melee troops can at times blitzkrieg enemies, yet more often than not will be much more lucrative if deployed after a “tank” character which can soak up the damage while the melee troops spam attacks. Deck choices are obviously very personal yet are generally most successful if made up of balance of different styled troops.

Advantages

When studying the stats it is also extremely important to take note not only of the DPS and health but also the advantages page which shows what card that is strong against and which cards it is weak against. Then when in battle and defending attacks be sure to choose cards which have strengths over oncoming characters.

When evaluating energy costs, when starting out, it is best to have and average deck cost between around 3.75 as drastically lower generally lacks the needed firepower and health to hit home and anything above five and a half becomes a little difficult to use and better suited to more advanced players.

Era Sets

When building decks there is actually a lot not covered in the tutorial. Another prime example is that if there are similar troops and unsure of what to choose, players should aim to stick within eras of the epic Star Wars storyline arc.  With three different movie trilogies, various animated series and a plethora of books, the Star Wars universe is vast to say the least.  So with so many characters, it can be difficult to correctly align troop factions to specific leader, yet by checking the top right corner of character cards can easily form a united front which will offer huge bonus buffs.  These bonuses differ per faction and as such need to be taken into consideration when choosing a leader as they can greatly affect whole squads.

Upgrades.

This is another reoccurring area of advice and another that needs to be mentioned every time! Tempting as is it to upgrade any and all cards as soon as available, after a short amount of gameplay players will acquire far more cards than they regularly use.  Therefore it is best to save Credits for later and only upgrade high ranking cards and not waste resources on “common” (or even “rare”) cards.  That said however, if flush with credits and cards, then upgrade as much as possible as doing so rewards XP which will in turn level up the Player Rank which increases players’ Shield Generator Health, Turret Health and Turret Attack Power.

Test in Training!

Due to the vast range of character cards which quickly become available, it is important to constantly update decks and try out different combinations to find a couple of separate decks which work best. Whilst testing these decks in standard PVP battles is of course the most realistic way of getting to know troops but for serious fine tuning of compositions with no risk of penalty players should spend time in-between pack unlock wait times practicing and testing out different armies in the Training arena.

Watch the Map!

Whilst the battlefield isn’t overwhelmingly vast, it can be easy to get caught up in skirmishes and end up being out flanked by opponents. Therefore, it is always best to keep one on the mini map in the top left corner to see how enemy troops are forming and their areas of attack and defense.  Then either deploy troops to halt their movement or focus energies away from them to have straight access to taking down turrets.  Here is when it is good to leave the Leader as defense while deploying offensive troops away from the opposition.

Keep an eye on the Clock

As protracted and drawn out as the three minute battle timers feels at the start of a match, in reality after the initial testing of waters and waiting for energy meters to charge up, the clock can rapidly start run out with sirens blaring warning of the end of time. However, if troop composition is full of high cost units, then players can be left scrambling and on the back foot.  Therefore, by watching the timer players can better select troops and prepare for the clock.  If the match is even however, it is far better to ignore defenses and attempt an all-out push to knock out a turret or two before the timer runs out, for even if players do not destroy the shield generator, the player who destroys the more turrets with win.

Notifications.

With only four slots available to hold reward card packs, gameplay is essentially limited to the speed of card pack unlocks. Therefore, it is a must to always have a slot busy unlocking yet as times range from three hours to over twelve hours, enabling the push notification feature on your mobile device is a great way to constantly be progressing as fast as possible without spending any IRC.  Despite the victory reward packs, there are also timed free card packs and play packs which are awarded when players garner 10 points. (3 points are awarded for a win, 2 points for a draw and one for a loss).

Events, Missions and Objectives.

As easy to navigate as the menus are, it can be easy to overlook certain aspects of the game, namely the Events Missions! Basic Missions vary in content and reward new heroes and loot upon completion while the Special Missions which are generally more difficult and time limited offer much more lucrative rewards!  Working towards objectives is another great way of getting free loot with minimal effort.

Personal Impressions // Review of Star Wars: Force Arena

Besides making movies the best thing that both Disney and Lucas films are legendary at milking money and making profits. Thus it is rare to get a free to play game from them which is not simply an unashamed cash grab which preys on fans’ love of the title and then lures as much money out of them as possible.  That however is not the case with Force Arena! (to most extent…)

With so many variations of games branded under Star Wars™ the competition is vast yet the Force Arena may well be one of the best games of them all!

The range of characters is impressive enough to test even the most dire of fans’ knowledge. The depth of Meta and how each cards interacts provides hours of thought near endless different variations of army compositions.  The size of the battle map and speed of matches means players can play easily without having to worry about too many complicated lanes as well as worrying about having to set aside long sessions of time for a single match.

The matchmaking algorithm which is based upon Divisions and Tiers is a great way of having a fair overlap and guarantees honest battles. The ability to have two different set decks is great for experimenting with different character cards while keeping a primary set intact.  Even better however is that players can have two different armies for both Light and Dark forces!  This is great as previous Star Wars games have often limited players to choosing a side and then limiting gameplay to only one side.

In short, there is very little going against Force Arena despite the lengthy wait times for unlocks and that the game is actually too addictive!  Four and a half stars out of five.

App Specifics for Star Wars: Force Arena

Current Version:
2.3.0 (iOS) (Last Update Dec 13 2017) (as at the time of writing)
2.3.5 (Android) (Last Update Dec 19 2017) (as at the time of writing)

Size:
263 MB (iOS)
74.7 MB (Android)

Installs:
5,000,000 – 10,000,000

Requires iOS:
7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Requires Android:
4.1 and above.

Content Rating:
Rated for 12+

Languages:
English, Arabic, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish.

Price:
Free!

In-App Purchases:
$4.99 ~ $99.99

Offered By:
Netmarble Games

Download Star Wars: Force Arena

App Store : iOS

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Google Play: Android

Download Star Wars: Force Arena for Android from Google Play Here!

Summary

Do you agree with our review of Star Wars™: Force Arena? We would love to hear your thoughts on whether you love or hate this game in the comments section below along with any other hints, tips and tricks that you may have come across that haven’t already been covered above.  Also be sure to leave any requests for games that you would like to see reviewed!
And as always, ‘happy gaming’!

 

 

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After spending much too much time playing retro Pong and Donkey Kong on a game & watch as a kid before upgrading to the brick shaped original Gameboy, Water-Mind is loving the evolution of the gaming industry... ... whilst still finding time to paddle down torrential rivers!