In the wake of Star Wars, Lenovo unveiled a set of augmented reality Lenovo Star Wars: Jedi Challenges. As the producer promises, thanks to him, we will feel like one of the heroes of the famous saga. Is it really so?
There is nothing to cheat – Star Wars is currently the most popular pop culture brand, and interest in it is fueled by the latest movie from this saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi . Everything that has the Star Wars logo is sold on the trunk – and it's not just about books, games or movies, but also notebooks, mugs and cosmetic kits. The popularity of this universe is also used by Lenovo, which released a special set of augmented reality – Lenovo Star Wars: Jedi Challenges . Thanks to him, using special goggles and smartphone applications, we will be able to feel as if they were one of the participants of events taking place in this wonderful world.
Equipment and configuration
The set consists of AR goggles , as well as a special receiver and a controller reminiscent of the appearance of a lightsaber. In the middle of, of course, there are accessories such as a charger, batteries for the receiver and a complete wiring set. Hardware configuration is not the easiest – at least for the first time. The game consists of several points. The first is of course downloading the appropriate application – we find it in both Google Play , and Apple App Store , and then its launch. Then comes the moment to connect all the components of the set together. We start by setting the receiver in such a place that there will be enough space around it. Next, we configure the controller, following the instructions displayed in the application – and here an important note: to make the set work, it is necessary not only to turn on the Bluetooth transmission, but also … the location. Then place the smartphone inside the device. A special case is used for this, in which we arrange the equipment in accordance with the instructions and adjust the displayed area to the opening for the emission of the image. Then we have to choose the right cable that will connect the smartphone and goggles and close the whole. The next step is the first tutorial in which we get to know the basics of the game and learn how to use the application's menu through the controller.
Which phones work with Lenovo Star Wars: Jedi Challenges?
What caught my attention right away is a very short list of smartphones officially supported by the Jedi Challenges set – according to Lenovo these are:
- iPhone 6 and higher,
- Samsung Galaxy S7 and newer,
- Moto Z2 Force Edition,
- LG G6.
Practice shows, however, that the list is much longer – we had the opportunity to test goggles using Motorola Moto X4, as well as the Chinese medium, Elephone S7. On both of these smartphones the application worked perfectly, and the only effort on our part was to adjust the appropriate display field in relation to the smartphone case. Hence, I am surprised that in official communications, Lenovo artificially narrows the number of smartphones supported only to the strongest (and most expensive) models, simultaneously adding to the application profiles also for other smartphones not on the list of supported devices. Strange is tactics …
To the battle!
The application offers three game modules . The holos are definitely the most boring of them – it's a well-known game for Star Wars fans, which debuted in the first installment of this film saga in 1977. Of course, this is a position that requires thought and composure, but honestly I think I prefer to play traditional chess. The problem is that the goggles are unfortunately relatively heavy and it is advisable to take breaks in the game every several minutes. Although fitting goggles to the shape of the head is very simple and intuitive, unfortunately the front part of the device is simply too heavy to play an hour or two without interruption. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPWnQGqkk3c You will probably ask if the controller included in the set is precise and easy to use. But let's start with how this equipment looks like – it is quite an original gadget. It's good in your hand and it looks cool , but in my opinion the designer definitely exaggerated with the amount of ornaments – we can even find here buttons. For what? I have no idea. The controller's support is not troublesome – we have only two buttons available, and our success (or failure) is mainly determined by dexterity and skill in waving the "lightsaber" . The capabilities of the device are best checked in the most interesting module, which is the possibility of fighting through the lightsaber – then on individual planets we fight with both serial opponents (eg with stormtroopers), as well as bosses, like Darth Maul or Seventh Sister. It must be admitted that as we overcome the next levels, we have to sweat more and more to counter the attack of the opponents. Gameplay is not based on mindless "slaughter" of enemies, but also appropriate reflection of fired cartridges, blocking attacks and appropriate counterattack, as well as performing dodges. With time, the battles become more and more diverse and demanding – not only in terms of dexterity, but also in fitness , because the performance of dodging or charging requires a lot of effort from us, at which even the hours of intense gym exercises fade. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQc8CZDt9Qg Importantly, the impacts through the controller are precise , but it is worthwhile to ensure that we do not run out of free space to play. Placing the receiver too close will make our maneuvering field narrow, and the sword may "wince". This inconvenience can, of course, be eliminated by means of calibration with a button on the controller, but even then a few meters of space between the receiver and our figure is an absolute mousse. In the game there is also a third fun module – very pleasantly realized, though definitely less exciting than the fight with the lightsaber. This is a well-executed strategic mode based on the tower defense style . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p1usNKD-Rg Our task is to efficiently defend against enemy troops, using various units and buildings and deploying them in such places that the enemy will not be able to break through to our base. The interface of this module is very simple and it is very pleasant to use it with goggles and controller , but again – it's worth remembering to provide adequate space, because the battlefield is really big.
Is it worth buying Lenovo Star Wars: Jedi Challenges?
I must admit that despite the skeptical attitude, as I developed the situation, I was playing better and better . After a dozen or so battle fights are so demanding that we can boldly let go of the gym, because the right experience will give us just Star Wars: Jedi Challenges. What can I say – the game is engaging and gives a lot of fun, and that's the most important thing . The success of this service obviously depends on the appropriate amount of content updates of the application, because at the moment the fun is enough for us at most a dozen or so hours. The developers promise to regularly replenish the application, so you can expect that from week to week it will get better. And it is a pity that the goggles are really heavy – if in the case of an adult this problem can still be swallowed, so a school-aged child can simply have problems with maintaining such a weight, increased by placing inside the smartphone goggles. It's time to turn to the absolutely key problem, which is the price of this set – for Star Wars: Jedi Challenges we have to pay up to PLN 1299 – this price includes goggles, controller, receiver and cabling. There is nothing to hide that it is a rather excessive amount, for which we can buy not only a decent medium-sized smartphone, but also a decent TV or laptop for basic applications. I realize, however, that Star Wars fan love often does not know the bottom of the wallet, so for many of them, buying this gadget will certainly not be a problem. So if you only have enough cash and you (or your children) are avid fans of Star Wars, then this set will provide you with a lot of fun at 100%. However, I think that it is worth waiting for the first promotions and see if the possibilities of a dedicated application will actually expand over time. Over time, when the set gets cheaper and the number of available boards increases, the purchase of Star Wars: Jedi Challenges will become a really good idea. [Show_rating]