As a franchise, Star Wars probably has more marketing potential than any other movie series out there. Its cavalcade of imaginative characters, exotic world aesthetics and futuristic fighting are just some of the reasons why the series has produced some great games over the years. But not all of those titles have been so stellar. There was a time when the publishers over at LucasArts seemed to be moulding and melding the property at will just so they could jam it into every conceivably game genre, and then slap a Star Wars logo on it knowing that fans would scramble to buy it regardless of content.
It’s unfortunate that what was once such a sacred and toiled-over franchise has been diluted in a tide of cheaply made products and tie-ins, but some more than others seem to stand out as the very worst cash-grabs and misuses of the franchise’s rich universe that we’ve ever witnessed. The following 12 Star Wars games are exactly that.
12. Star Wars: Jedi Arena (1983)
Bearing in mind that this game came out for the Atari 2600 we can give it a pass on the graphics front (the visual look is laughable even by early ’90s standards), but that doesn’t excuse the fact that this is basically a re-wrapped version of Pong. All the gameplay consists of is two players deflecting laser blasts back and forth.
Maybe if you really use your imagination it could be depicted as some epic battle between Luke and Vader, but really, if we wanted to use our imaginations, we’d go read a book or play Dungeons & Dragons.