EA and DICE have released the companion app for Star Wars Battlefront a week before the game’s release. Base Command is a free tower defense style game that pits players against waves of Imperial forces.
The turn-based game deals you three unit cards and three star cards from your deck of 24. Each of your soldiers and vehicles can attack specific areas or the map, whether an entire concentric ring (or more) or a quadrant of the circular battlefield.
At the end of each turn, your cards are replenished, your base cannon charges up a bit, and enemy troops advance toward your stronghold. Your goal is to eliminate enemies before they destroy your base, which involves carefully picking targets and using situation-changing star cards strategically.
The app also lets you tweak your appearance and loadouts, read recent Battlefront news, and connect with friends. Base Command is available now on iOS and Android. Star Wars Battlefront will be out on November 17 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
For a free game that earns credits for the core Star Wars Battlefront experience, it’s quite enjoyable. It has a neat tabletop miniatures feel and I expect I’ll come back to it even if I don’t put much time into Battlefront itself.