Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions is a perfect example of when a movie (or TV show, in this case) shouldn’t be made into a game. I’m not saying that there are no good examples of when this works, Star Wars Battlefront and Republic Commando are my two favorite games, ever. However, Star Wars Rebels is a phenomenal show while the game based on it, aside from a pretty legitimate intro cut scene, is just okay. It is a simple side-scroller that may be considered ordinary. Obviously, its target audience is aimed at young ones. It’s just unfortunate that it lacks creativity.
Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions is a 2D platformer where the main goal is to rescue citizens from the Empire. Players (at first) take control of Ezra, an aspiring Jedi and hero, as he traverses the system to save helpless victims. On the way through different areas on the planet, I ran into droids, Stormtroopers, obstacles and huge gaps and map tricks. I had to double jump, and time said jumps, in order to get around some obstacles, and to defeat enemies I used Ezra’s blaster-slingshot. Unfortunately, any platforming that is required is extremely easy, and any screw ups result in a minor loss of health. Shooting at enemies and obstacles is not easy, but not in the usual way. Enemies fall easily, and offer little resistance, but aiming at them is a pain. You aim by using the right virtual joystick, which simply does not work well with this 2D platformer. Aiming is just plain awkward, and it often took me 3 times longer to aim at an enemy than it should’ve.
Once I finished my mission and saved a citizen, we return to Haven, our little safe haven from the Empire. Every citizen I rescued, set up shop here, offered a service to our little team, and after rescuing them I was given access to a new building. I’m honestly not entirely sure of what these buildings do, but after each one was placed, Haven’s completion percentage went up. Aside from missions and upgrades, you can also buy game packs at the Haven, for real money. Without spending real world dollars, players do not have access to any of the unique bounty hunter or Jedi characters, which leaves the entire game extremely limited.
Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions can be fun at times, but frustrating controls, pointless features, and easy gameplay makes for a generally forgettable experience.