Last week, news leaked that Bioware and LucasArts' Star Wars RPG Knights of the Old Republic would be coming to the iPad, and as of today, the game is available for download from the App Store.

Originally released 10 years ago, KotOR is based on the Dungeons & Dragons d20 role-playing system, which has contributed to its popularity. In the game, players choose from three character classes, picking a Jedi subclass later in the game.

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Combat is round-based and characters can use Feats and Force powers to battle. Players can recruit two additional companions, who will participate in combat and unlock quest and dialog options in the game. KotOR features a light-and-dark alignment system that tracks both actions and dialog choices to determine the final outcome of the plot.

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IGN posted a review of the iPad game this morning, declaring the iPad's touch interface to be well designed, with the exception of movement, which requires guiding character movement with a finger on the screen.

The iPad's touch interface is largely an improvement over the original, save for a few reservations. First, the good: the pause-and-play combat works like a charm, letting you select your attacks and items quickly. It's pulled off beautifully.

Navigating the menus and sorting equipment is also made mostly better by the advent of touch controls, except for a few instances like the Powers menu in which the icons

If the new controls have one Achilles' Heel, though, it's in the movement. Running from place to place involves dragging and then holding a finger to guide your Jedi in the proper direction. This inevitably blocks a significant chunk of the screen with your hand, and worse yet, makes for awkward running in general.

Despite its minor control issues, IGN found the game to be a "must-play," rating it an 8.8 overall. Our sister site TouchArcade will also have a more extensive review of the gameplay available later today.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic can be downloaded from the App Store for $9.99. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

Aspyr-Blair Avatar
105 months ago
I've always wanted to give this game a try, but never realized it had been released on the Mac. For those who've played on both platforms, which one should I get?
Honestly, after many hours of gameplay I would say iPad. Once we reworked the UI to better fit the platform, menus and customization is just much easier to navigate on the iPad. After all, this is an old school RPG and character/party customization is the name of the game :D

Thanks for all the support everyone. We worked really, really hard to get this one right, and to even have the chance to do so was a huge honor. :apple:
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nightarchaon Avatar
105 months ago
awsome, bought it, playing it in bed tonight lol,

Now, can we have Never Winter Nights ported to iPad and ill be unproductive everywhere i go :D

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so will probably pass unless I see it pretty nicely discounted.

no, for £6.99 this is something you should buy and support them, for that price its well worth it, and we need to support them so they will port more fantastic games to the iPad..

If we don't support these kinds of games, all we are going to get is Freemium crap from EA.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sputnikv Avatar
105 months ago
Is this a MMORPG or just an RPG?

"just an RPG?" no, this is the RPG
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Tortri Avatar
105 months ago
KOTOR on iPad?


OOOMG, I JUST GIZZED MY PANTS!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
92jlee Avatar
105 months ago
Bravo Apple/bioware, you have finally convinced me to get an iPad. Ill be purchasing at the next refresh 90% for this game.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
teknikal90 Avatar
105 months ago
Is this a MMORPG or just an RPG?

One of the greatest RPGs of all time too.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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