Star Wars: The Last Jedi was opened on December 15th, 2017 as the newest Star Wars series following the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was released two years ago as the first Star Wars movie after ten years and became a big hit. Many goods and items are sold for this occasion, but what I want those who love gadgets to check out the most is the "Star Wars Jedi Challenges" from Lenovo. I tried it with a AR headset becoming a Jedi knight.
The lightsaber controller is made to the details.
Jedi Challenges is an AR game, where users put AR headsets on and play with lightsaber controllers. You would see what the game is like when you watch this promotion video.
In the gift box, you find a Mirage AR headset, a Lightsaber controller, a tracking beacon and three kinds of cables to connect the headset and a smartphone. What we need to mention here is the quality of the lightsaber controller. It is just like Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber, and the size is exactly the same, too. It even has buttons, which we don't know what they are for. It is difficult to hold as it is rough on the surface, but it is a lot lighter than it looks, so it is easy to play.
Set your smartphone's screen timeout to Never.
Let's get started. First, you need to install a free app on your smartphone. There is no instruction booklet, and you can only choose either English or German, but I had no problem in finishing the initial setting following the app.
It supports the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S7, the Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel, the Moto Z2 Force Edition and the LG G6.
It has an adjuster in the case so that you can set smartphones in different sizes. I tried with the iPhone 7 Plus, and I set the adjuster to the biggest. My phone went back to sleep while doing the set up, so it is a good idea to set the screen timeout to Never before starting.
Feel like a Jedi!
You can play "Lightsaber battles," "Holochess," and "Strategic combat" with the Jedi Challenges. The theme of the game is to become an independent Jedi. Become good at using a lightsaber with "Lightsaber battles," become knowledgeable with "Strategic combat" and relax with "Holochess."
The first stage is at Naboo, where Senator (later Supreme Chancellor and then Emperor) Palpatine is from. Each stage has Lightsaber battle, Holochess and Strategic Combat, and when you finish them, you seem to be able to go to the next planet.
The lightsaber battle, the main of the Jedi Challenges , is a sword fight using AR. The AR makes the lightsaber realistic, and it makes you feel like you have a real lightsaber. When it touches the floor, it makes the sound just like in the movies. I just feel like a Jedi!
Fighting against the enemy is a heroic sword fight, but until you reach that stage, you fight against troopers, taking bullets with your lightsaber. When you finish Naboo, you will learn to use a skill called PUSH; you can kill several enemies in one go when you press the button on the lightsaber controller when the gage is full. Later on, you will learn a skill to heal.
When you are fighting, the angle of the lightsaber sometimes gets unstraight. When you press the blade button on the lightsaber controller, you can solve the problem. The image of the game is smooth, and the speaker of my smartphone was good enough for enjoying the game. Because it is AR, you can look around you, but it is difficult to see when the room is bright. You might want to play in dark environment.
If you are a Star Wars fan and love gadgets, this would be a must-buy.
What is good about the Jedi Challenges is that you can keep playing after purchase; new content packs will be released in January 2018 for free. With the Lightsaber battle, you can fight with two of the Elite Praetorian Guards, and a new planet will be added for Strategic combat. Also, a new character, Porg, will appear.
The cheapest price in Japan is JPY 29,980 (about PHP 14,000), so it is rather expensive as a headset to use with a smartphone, but considering that new content keeps being added, this might be a good purchase. I am not fully happy with it; the headset is heavy and it is difficult to see in a bright environment (it would depend on the smartphone you use), but if you are a Star Wars fan who loves gadgets, you definitely will get hyped up.
In the Philippines, it is currently on pre-order. You can find details here.