No matter how big a fan of Star Wars you are, there are limits to every fandom. Throughout the post-prequel resurgence in interest in Star Wars right up until today, the license has been used in a truly stunning array of areas.
From lunchboxes to backpacks and gaming keyboards to smartphones, there are hundreds of promotional and tie-in products which launch bearing the Star Wars name every single year.
It’s no different in the world of gaming either. Over the years dozens upon dozens of Star Wars-based video games, from big-budget AAA titles like Star Wars Battlefront 2 in 2017 to the Star Wars casino slot games found at casinogames.ca, have found their way on to the market.
Dedicated fans might try to keep up, but we’re certain that there are some titles that even the most hardcore struggle to recall. Here’s our round-up of the oddest, least memorable Star Wars games out there:
Kinect Star Wars
Microsoft’s desperation for developers to create experiences for their Kinect sensor for Xbox 360 has been well documented, and though ‘Project Natal‘ might stand out as a particularly odd example, but it’s Star Wars Kinect (2012) that raises the most eyebrows.
Kinect Star Wars had you waving your arms to wield a lightsaber, pilot in a pod race and, er, engage in Dance Central-style dance battles as your favourite Star Wars characters, complete with parody pop tunes. Very fun, in a corny sort of way.
Star Wars: Demolition
Nothing says “Star Wars” like arena-based vehicular combat, right?
Star Wars: Demolition (2000) had you battle it out to destroy enemy vehicles, featuring low-poly models based on vehicles in the film on either the PS1 or Dreamcast. It’s got some neat moments when playing with friends and a fairly interesting story backing it up, but it doesn’t seem to have lasted long in the memory.
Star Wars: Super Bombad Racing
With bobble-head versions of characters from the original trilogy and the prequels, Star Wars: Super Bombad Racing (2001) wasn’t quite as good as Star Wars Episode I: Racer just two years earlier, sealing its fate somewhat.
Star Wars: Flight of the Falcon
Putting you in the role of the one and only Han Solo, piloting the Millennium Falcon, Star Wars: Flight of the Falcon (2003) has the potential to be one of the best Star Wars games of all time, at the time of its release.
The problem? It was built for the Gameboy Advance – a brilliant handheld console, but one without much power. With 3D graphics, Flight of the Falcon struggled to hit a usable framerate, undoing all of its other good work.
Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi
A Star Wars fighting game sounds like the sort of thing which would be difficult to balance. After all, if it’s Chewbacca and his bare fists vs. Darth Vader and his, you know, lightsaber… Well, you’d only back one horse.
Nevertheless, Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi (1997) attempted just that, to mixed results. Reviewers weren’t kind to the PS1 game, though fans did enjoy the inclusion of one-off new characters, like the metal-armed assassin Arden Lyn. The game even got a reference in Solo: A Star Wars Story!