Nine Star Wars game apps to celebrate 'Star Wars' 40th
40 years ago, on May 25, 1977, in places near and far, far away, George Lucas's epic sci-fi soap opera Star Wars was released. The film about a young hero named Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who enlists a team, including Hans Solo (Harrison Ford), to help rescue a kidnapped Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) from Darth Vader's Evil Empire soon sparked a slew of hugely successful sequels and prequels, along with animated series, comic books, trading cards, action figures, video games, and, in recent years, mobile apps. Read on for nine of our favorite Star Wars apps, and be sure to check out CNET's coverage of Star Wars at 40.
Best Star Wars apps
Best Star Wars Fan App
The official Star Wars app keeps you up to date on everything Star Wars, from breaking movie news to behind-the-scenes glimpses. You can also fanboy out with Star Wars photo stickers and selfies, themed weather forecasts, and a virtual reality game (Google Cardboard required) that puts you in the center of the action.
Star Wars Adventure and Strategy Games
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
Can't choose between your favorite Star Wars characters or timeframes? Then Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is for you. Fight alongside your favorite heroes and villains in major turn-based battles and dominate the galaxy.
Star Wars: Force Arena
Star Wars: Force Arena also tasks you with forming a squad from among 80 iconic Star Wars characters and leading them to victory in epic real-time Player vs. Player or group battles.
Star Wars: Commander
Are you a good soldier or bad soldier? Choose sides in this epic combat strategy game. Will it be the Rebellion or the Empire? Be prepared to defend your decision by building your base, enlisting and training troops, planning defenses, and ultimately kicking butt.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
In this role-playing adventure across eight worlds, you and your customizable team are tasked with defeating the evil Sith. Master the Force and its 40 different powers and save the Republic or fall victim to the dark side.
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Play out the most exciting scenes from the six original Star Wars episodes -- The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi -- Lego style. With 120 characters, 36 story modes, and multiple force styles to choose from, you'll never want to Lego. As its name suggests, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (iOS, Android) drops you inside The Force Awakens story and tasks you with building and blasting your way to victory.
Star Wars Arcade Game
Angry Birds Star Wars
Angry Birds developers did more than put lipstick on pigs and birds when they produced the Angry Birds Star Wars editions. Angry Birds Star Wars pits the Rebel Birds against the Imperial Pigs in an epic race to stop the Pig Star in its tracks and save the galaxy. Angry Birds Star Wars II (iOS, Android) enables you to play as a Rebel Bird or Imperial Pig, in this fun follow-up, based on the Star Wars prequels.