Star Wars Scene Maker – A Lot Of Force Is Required

2.5 Overall Score
Usability: 2/5
Design: 3.5/5
Duration: 2.5/5

Tons of features | High quality results with effort | Neat 3D depictions

Unintuitive interface | Tedious maneuvering | Can't quickly do anything


Star Wars has been seen by millions with the scenes directed by George Lucas. Now, you can create your own Star Wars scenes with Star Wars Scene Maker for iPad. You’re given 3D environments to work with, and 3D characters to direct to depict your own scene straight from the original movies. The app offers Battle of Endor for free allowing you to add Ewoks, Storm Troopers, Han Solo, C-3PO, AT-ST walker, and more. You can also unlock the trench run scene, and cloud city duel between Luke, and Darth Vader for $3.99 for the bundle.
Each scene has their own characters, and potential, but they’re all governed by a similar interface. There’s a whole lot to get accustomed to with tons of buttons, options, and controls at your disposal. You can direct every character with their own path, actions, dialogue, targets, and more with pre-built options as well as custom choices. One of the best parts is linking characters together for animated interactions, and you can also use lines from the movie, or record your own voice. In addition to the character actions, there are also three cameras included allowing you to change the perspective of the shoot, and even use a multi-angle production.

There’s a whole lot to dive into, and sadly it’s in quite a convoluted package that will take awhile to get used to. There’s nothing really intuitive about the interface, and even once you get a handle on where everything is, it’s still a tedious proposition. It’s difficult to quickly switch between characters, add characters to a scene, or change camera position. It seems like you have to constantly remind yourself what each menu button does, while going through the hassle of cycling through the different options. You can make some interesting, and good looking results, but it will take a whole lot of time. There will also be some frustration along the way. You’re given tons of valuable tools, but the layout makes it a hassle to interact with what’s included, and I fear many will give up before they see what can be produced.

Star Wars Scene Maker (Free, iPad) has a promising feature set that gets lost in the convoluted set-up making the app more trouble than it’s worth.


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