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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed comes to iPhone

Game leverages the iPhone and iPod touch's touchscreen interface

This week marks the release of the new game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. The game is appearing simultaneously for multiple platforms including the iPhone, where it’s available for purchase and download from the App Store for $9.99.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed puts you in the role of a secret apprentice of Darth Vader, sent on a quest to destroy the last of the Jedi. The game’s timeline is set between the events depicted in the movies Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

Developed to tie in with a tie-in novel, action figures, comic book and other merchandise, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed sends you off across the galaxy to track down and kill the last remnants of the Jedi, on the run from Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine following the Great Jedi Purge. You assume the role of “Starkiller,” a powerful Sith in training with burgeoning Force powers, which you wield to crush your enemies.

To that end, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for the iPhone features 3D graphics and gameplay that leverage the iPhone and iPod touch’s touchscreen interface. You make gestures using your finger that are then translated into actions within the game. You can use gestures to invoke Grip, Lighting, Jedi Mind Trick and other powers.