Knights of the Old Republic Is Official for iPad, Out This Week

By Mike Andronico , Updated May 30, 2013 10:51 AM EDT

We previously speculated on whether or not Bioware's acclaimed Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic would be coming to the iPad, and the answer is now as clear as Luke's force-vision of a deceased Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Did we lose you? KOTOR's iPad port is official, and you can play it on your Apple tablet this week.

How does this legendary 2003 RPG hold up on a touch screen? IGN posted a mostly glowing review of the port, noting that everything that made the game so special 10 years ago is still completely intact. In fact, writer Steve Watts even thinks the touch controls improve the game, allowing players to navigate menus quicker than ever. 

"Knights of the Old Republic is a classic-style BioWare RPG, and still stands up remarkably well. Though its action mechanics aren't quite as polished as those of Mass Effect and Dragon Age, the characters, setting, and infamous plot twist are as well-delivered today as ever. The iPad's touch interface is largely an improvement over the original," said Watts in his review.

The only complaint surrounding the port so far is the awkwardness of moving around, which is understandably more difficult when players don't have access to a mouse or joystick. 

Rumors surrounding a Knights of the Old Republic port for iPad started last week when an Aspyr newsletter accidentally included a Star Wars-related headline in a Call of Duty newsletter. Both Star Wars and Bioware diehards are likely rejoicing at the arrival, as KOTOR makes a great companion for those who have long hours to kill on their daily commute to work (just don't get too wrapped up in the dark side and miss your train stop). 

With KOTOR officially on iPad, what other Bioware games would you love to take on the go? Do you think mobile hardware will ever be able to handle the likes of Dragon Age and Mass Effect?

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