Star Wars: Droid Works

Posted by staff | Posted in Childrens | Posted on 03-10-2010

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Star Wars: Droid Works

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Star Wars Droidworks has been one of the most addictive games I have ever played. The plot goes like this: The Empire has started the prodution of assassin droids. Assassin droid are tough droids armed with huge blasters and a taste for torture. However, they are dim-witted. Your job is to build a droid to reprogram the assassins into harmless droids. Before doing this, you must build droids to complete eight training missions three times to prove you’re worthy and to be rewarded with droid parts. These missions are also to teach you about the science concepts used in the missions. Once all are completed, you get access to the four secret missions. In three of them, you must collect the three Information Crystals, one in each mission. In these three missions, assassin droids are lurking, so you must be careful. After that, you must activate them in the Data Information Facility to get the Data Disk, as well as the location of the Hidden Droid Factory that is producing the assassins. With the Data Disk, you must enter the Hidden Droid Factory, and insert it into the reprogramming slot to reprogram the assassins into harmless dancing droids.
Rating: 5 / 5

Even though the box says this is for children aged 10 and up, my two boys (6 and 8) learned independently and on their own to build droids and solve the puzzles. They showed me how to do it and now I am eagerly awaiting my turn. They haven’t gotten all of the way through it yet but from what I have seen, this would be a perfect precursor to some of the Lego Mindstorm products available. The educational value is a lot better than a lot of software target for kids in this age group. It was hard to find in the computer stores, so Amazon may be your best source. Note to LucasArts – PLEASE MAKE A SEQUEL!
Rating: 5 / 5

Our 8 year old son is the one who wanted it, but we all play with it. The child is the designer of “droids” that he sends on missions. Each droid must meet special mission criteria specifided by the program, but there is plenty of room for innovation, and if the mission fails, well, he can re-design and try again. When he successfully completes a mission, he is rewarded with more and better parts to include in his future droids. As he propgresses, the missions get harder. Unknowingly he is learning about physics, how machines works and about material properties while improving his problem solving skills.

It is fun to be a droid designer and to see one’s creations put to work. Kids like it, and we, parents, like it for the creative thinking and learning. So, let them fight over the computer!
Rating: 5 / 5

My 4 year old and myself love Lucas Learning’s DroidWorks. It is an older program and it took some time to get it running on my later model machine. After some research on the net I discovered that I had to bypass the normal executable to avoid installing an old version of DirectX I didn’t need. This was as simple as creating a shortcut to the real executable. Then my droids were moving slowly until I installed CPUKiller which creates extra workload for my CPU in order to slow it down for the game. Now my only problem is that when trying to view the “information crystals” my droids find in the game my system freezes. However this happens later in the game and we still have gotten a lot of game play out of it. Perhaps I can solved this problem soon.

My son loves putting different droids together and sending them out on missions. All the missions are educational in that my son must solve problems with levers, pulley’s, gears, laser reflections, etc. There’s an Index which is an encyclopedia to explain these concepts. Droids are also built of different materials which are described in the Index. My hat is off to George Lucas for producing this quality work of edu-tainment.
Rating: 4 / 5

this game is great you get to build your own droids from star wars and then battle them.
Rating: 5 / 5

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