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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2006
Please don't whatever you do buy this game for Nintendo DS. It is full of faults and glitches. I was impressed with the previous game for GBA and pre-ordered the Star wars II game for my DS. I am halfway through it and have stopped playing not because it too hard or too simple but because it is full of bugs. Characters disappear mid scene, as does parts of the scenery, you enter scenes and they lock up and you have to reboot. Once you have unlocked a level and go back to play it in Freeplay mode whole rooms etc disappear.The point view camera is also very annoying sometimes it pans out to an angle that makes the game un-playable. I thought all this was my copy being faulty but I found lots of similar reviews on online forums. It is a real shame as underneath there is good game but it is made unplayable by being rushed to shops and poorly tested. So once again do not by this game
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2006
I have just purchased this game for the DS and played it for 48 hours straight! It has been a long time since a game has gripped me so much that I literally couldn't put it down - Shallow? Sure! Fun? You bet! so why only a one star rating? Well read on.....

Just like the umpteen other versions, Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy for the Nintendo DS is a kid-friendly action adventure game that depicts the exploits of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo out of plastic Lego bricks. The DS game retains much of the irreverent charm and play variety that its console and PC counterparts have, and it also flaunts some of the most detailed 3D objects I've yet seen out of the handheld. Fans and nonfans alike will appreciate that there are plenty of blaster fights and lightsaber battles to take part in, and there are even levels devoted to controlling Lego-constructed renditions of the Millennium Falcon and other familiar vehicles. True to its title, the game lets you experience firsthand a number of key scenes from Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. In all, there are 16 missions. Approximately two-thirds of them involve running around on foot, shooting or hacking away at Imperial forces, and solving whatever puzzles you happen to come across.

The gameplay itself is, truthfully, fairly standard for this type of action game, but the variety of things to do, coupled with the Star Wars subject matter and Lego-inspired madness, prevents it from ever feeling too monotonous and it oozes that "just one more go" factor.

So everything sounds great, right? Unfortunately, it's not. The game has many, many bugs. Thankfully, the game is designed so that these issues don't always get in the way of completing missions, but I still grow bitter every time I have to quit the game & restart because a character has got "stuck" in absolutely nothing!!! Sometimes CPU allies can fall through walkways and skid to their deaths, and depending on their respawn location, they may get stuck in an infinite loop of death and revival. Sometimes you are lucky and can generally inch your way out of trouble but sometimes you realise that the only option you have to switch the machine off and on again! Yet there it is - There IS something about this game that keeps me coming back time and time again, even if I'm frustrated.

Perhaps now you can appreciate why I gave the game 5 stars for fun yet 1 star for a rating? Even one star is extremely generous considering the sorry state that this title was released in! This sort of practice is pretty bad when it happens in a PC game (which can then be fixed via a patch after a few weeks), but to do it with a DS game (that can't be repaired later) is inexcusable.

If you think you can stand the barrage of glitches and occasionally having to quit and restart stages, then WILL have fun. Of course, by buying it, you're also telling LucasArts that it's okay for it to release games that are clearly unfinished.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2006
I enjoyed to quirky nature of the first game and thought it would be an excellent addition to my DS collection. How could a be so so so wrong!

Don't get me wrong the game concept is still fantastic and I do intend to buy a console version - however, the execution by the developers is incredibly poor, the game is full of bugs making it almost unplayable. I'm not sure what the game testers were doing but I don't think they were playing the same game as me. Characters disappear, the camera tracking is truly awful often losing sight of your playable character and it isn't unusual for large parts of the background to blackout.

A great game concept coded in an appalling manner - save you money or at least don't buy this for a few months until they fix it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2011
I got this game after really enjoying playing the Lego Indiana Jones and Lego Batman games. However, I was VERY disappointed with it. The graphics are very poor, it is riddled with bugs and I gave up after really struggling through level 2. The only good thing about this game was that I traded it in at a gaming store in exchange for the Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars when it was released and got a trade-in value for the full price I had paid for it when I'd bought it, so it was the only silver lining!

Don't waste your money on this. Go for Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars instead, it's BRILLIANT!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2011
This game was for my son the graphics are not great and he is really struggling with it not as good as lego batman
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2011
In my opinion a poor game. The graphics appear to have trouble keeping up with the action on the DS and characters just disappear for no reason during playing. Characters cannot run and shoot at the same time as they were able to in the original version. I would not buy this game again.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2007
I bought this game soon after receiving a DS lite for christmas. The game, on first impressions is a master peice full of action and fun, but all to soon the glitches start making their appearances. Eventually the glitches will drive even the most patient gamer to dispair and consign the game to the dusty depths of their gaming cupboards.

The game seems to have been poorly play tested. It smells of a rush-job to get the game onto the market for the christmas rush. The first movie plays well and has only three glitches (minor glitches) in the whole movie. The second movie has a few more glitches, maybe 2 or 3 per level, but nothing to stop you playing the game.

The final movie however is so glitch laden that you feel that the main enemy is not the Empire but the many glitches inherent in the game. This final movie is so flawed that you will be unable to fully complete the game, leaving an bitter taste of dissapointment after all you hard work.

It is this slow progress of few glitches in the first, to the many in the last which makes me beleive that this version is rushed. Having playtested and fixed as much as they could before the release date yet not caring if they are selling a completed product.

From the comments of other friends with this game it seems that the glitches vary from cartridge to cartridge, so if you want to take the risk you can buy one and hope that you have a reasonable copy, but I would not waste my money on this product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 2010
I just love all the other lego games for my DS. This game is amateurish in conparison. I read the reviews before I bought it, and have to say they were spot on. The game is flawed but it is still keeping me entertained.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 2013
Brilliant Lego game. Lots of challenges within levels but not too difficult. Keeps kids entertained for hours especially on long car journeys.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2006
This is about the worst game I've ever played for bugs and programming glitches.

You get stormtroopers running at walls, very poor camera angles (20% of the time you can't see the character you're controlling) and levels that simply go totally off the track ( your characters disappear into the distance, the game freezes up and the list goes on... )

I'm really not joking here the game is that bad.

It's not surprising really since the DS version of Lego Star Wars II wasn't made by the same people as the console version.

With the DS version everything seems a bit rushed and to be quite frank is a real rip off - £29.99 for a game that doesn't work.

I've played and completed the Gameboy version which was also made by Amaze and it isn't that bad, probably a 3.5 star on the fun scale.

If you really want to play Lego Star Wars II on the move buy the Gameboy version or wait until the UK release of the PSP version.

As Yoda would probably say: "Buy not or money wasted will it be."
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