r2d22Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens will (finally!) be released in the UK on 17 December.
This momentous occasion for fans of the saga will make the Star Wars phenomenon fashionable again and mobilise its fans. If you´re one of those people who worship the Jedi, Han Solo, Princess Leia and, of course, Luke Skywalker, you’ll be sure to know a good few apps to enjoy your intergalactic passion with your BQ smartphone. Let’s go over them and take a look at the new releases.

Gaming and reference apps

As well as being able to play and control BB-8, the new stunningly designed robot which can be seen in the new film, your BQ will allow you to enjoy all of the new developments related to this intergalactic story, which has now become universal. SW Battlefront Companion is a new release ideal for hardened expert players and real Star Wars geeks. This application is perfect for fans of the Battlefront games and especially Star Wars Battlefront (the last game in the series was released back in 2005), which was released a month before the film.

The app’s card game is a fun way for players to stay connected with other players, track stats and progression, and earn credits for the game, which is now available for PC and consoles. You’ll receive notifications with important news on Star Wars Battlefront and reports on what your friends (or enemies) are up to in the game.

Star Wars Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront

This next app is not new, but it is one of the most downloaded by fans of the saga—the official Star Wars app from Disney. According to its makers, downloading it onto your BQ will give you an “official mobile connection to a Galaxy far, far away.”

Price: Free
Instant notifications mean you will always stayup to date with news and special events. You’ll have access to personal multimedia content based on your favourite character, with different designs, sounds and animations.

My profile on Star Wars. I’m just like Princess Leia!

My profile on Star Wars. I’m just like Princess Leia!

You can unlock 3D characters, take selfies in iconic settings with your favourite costumes, get Star Wars-themed weather forecasts, wield a lightsaber, share emojis and GIFs, join the Star Wars community by creating your Star Wars ID, and follow the saga’s official social media profiles.

Leia appears in a hologram to ask Obi Wan Kenobi for help

Leia appears in a hologram to ask Obi Wan Kenobi for help

Wikia: Star Wars, the excellent fan-created wiki, brings the additional advantage of continuous updates  through information added by users themselves.

Price: Free
It allows you to easily browse no end of detailed articles on comics, the films, everything related to the saga on television, books, characters, battles, filming locations and traditions, which lovers of the series have taken on as their own. Use it at the premiere of the film or when meeting up with friends and family as fanatical as you to impress everyone by reeling off every name and every detail of the intergalactic adventure in question.

Wikia: Star Wars, a reference and knowledge app made by and for fans

Wikia: Star Wars, a reference and knowledge app made by and for fans

This “social universe made for and by the fans” allows you to browse and search for community-created articles,  and you can also ask for all the information you could want. What’s more, the images and content come under a Creative Commons licence. If you’ve ever tried to finish off a sticker album or sticker collection, you’ll know that to do so the force must always be with you. Star Wars Card Trader is a simple game in which you can collect more than a thousand digital stickers with characters, vehicles and locations from the entire Star Wars universe.

They have been designed with an attractive vintage style, reminiscent of the original 1977 collection. There are also new stickers with optical effects and animations.   In addition to having an album on your mobile,  you also get to be part of a community of loveable geeks just like you, with whom you can swap stickers, anywhere and any time.

Classic and current stickers of characters, ships and scenes

Classic and current stickers of characters, ships and scenes

Applications to transform you into a character

You no longer need an enormous plastic lightsaber to go to the film premiere, comics conventions, costume parties, fan meet-ups, or to play with friends or kids — you can use your BQ to experience the sensation of wielding the signature weapon of the Jedi order.

Price: Free
Your mobile becomes a lightsaber, which you can select from all the ones that have appeared in the various films. Using your phone’s flash, vibration and your own nimble movements, you’ll enjoy your own personal lightsaber to play (and show off) with whenever you like.

Star Wars Lightsaber application screen

Star Wars Lightsaber application screen

If you really want to have fun and show yourself to be a true fan, there’s nothing better than setting your ringtone to of Darth Vader’s characteristic deep and electronic voice.

There are various applications and audio editors which allow you to do so. One of the simplest and most effective is Darth Vader Voice Changer DTVC.You can change the volume, choose the most suitable voice to record children, and share the audio files on social networks. Although neither the Darth Vader mask nor the sound are completely faithful to the originals due to copyright issues, the resemblance is enough to guarantee fun. Also, the ads it contains are not too distracting.

Darth Vader Voice Changer

Using the Darth Vader voice changer is quick and easy

You can also choose to translate your words into the unintelligible language of the droid R2D2. Nobody will know what you’re saying, but you’ll be bound to attract attention with the strange whistles coming from your BQ. Generate an MP3 file to share and use as you like.

The app was not found in the store. :-( #wpappbox

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R2D2 translator

R2D2 translator

A myriad of games for fans of all ages

Any Star Wars fan with a smartphone is aware of these. Addictive mobile games which entertain you and keep you connected to the different worlds and characters you love. One of the most downloaded is Star Wars Commander.

This game offers you the chance to choose which side to fight on, the rebels or the Empire. You must then build a base and recruit and train your army. It´s a strategy game in which you can fight alongside classic characters like Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia.

Star Wars Commander gameplay

Star Wars Commander gameplay

Star Wars Galactic Defense is a traditionally structured game, full of images, and which has been very well developed. Entertaining and authentic, with the original soundtrack accompanying you while you, playing as Luke for example, battle against your father, Darth Vader, with your lightsaber.

Parents and children alike will have so much fun playing with the biggest characters of the saga.

Star Wars Galactic Defense gameplay

Star Wars Galactic Defense gameplay

The app was not found in the store. :-( #wpappbox

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RPGs are perfect for fans who want to be part of the story. In Star Wars Uprising, you create your own hero, choose the worlds you want to fight in and join your friends and thousands of players around the world.

In Star Wars Uprising you create your own custom character

In Star Wars Uprising you create your own custom character

The app was not found in the store. :-( #wpappbox

Links: → Visit Store → Search Google
Continuing with the theme of intergalactic combat, other successful series have jumped on the lightsaber battle bandwagon, creating games for all ages, such as Angry Birds Star Wars, where rebel birds fight against evil imperialist pigs.

A battle in full swing in Angry Birds Star Wars

A battle in full swing in Angry Birds Star Wars

Price: Free*

Lego, the most popular construction toy in the world, has created Lego Star Wars, a range of games stemming from the creative imagination of the toy blocks.

The app was not found in the store. :-( #wpappbox

Links: → Visit Store → Search Google

Obviously, in order to fight in battles with your army, you’ll have to build the characters and locations first.

An entire world of geekery from your BQ

As well as playing games, your smartphone also lets you purchase tickets, set an intergalactic home screen and participate in all the events, groups and meet-ups related to the saga. Use your browser to contact the most prominent fans, take part in battle re-enactment groups, create costumes which look like they’ve been taken from one of George Lucas’ sets, plan which conventions to attend, and share and even record videos. Do you want to know everything about the saga, find out all of the latest details of plots, how filming is going and more? Look no further than Jedi News, a site that “gathers Star Wars news from across the Galaxy” and is regularly updated.  

Would you love to like to dress up as though you were actually an extra in one of the films? Think you would suit the Empire attire? Then check out the guys at UK Garrison. They meet up, organise events and are available for appearances. They are also part of the worldwide organisation 501st Legion. They have sister organisations all over the world, and also have links with a parallel organisation belonging to the rival faction: Rebel Legion.
Members of the 501st Legion at an opening ceremony

Members of the 501st Legion at an opening ceremony

You can find all sorts of interesting websites at Theforce.net (for example Rancho Obi-Wan, a museum which draws collectors from all over the world) and get all of your official information from the official Star Wars website.

Episode VII, a nostalgic wink to the original films

I remember when my dad first took my little brother and me to the cinema to see Star Wars with the words “I don’t know if you’ll like it much kids, it’s about space”. The three of us came out of the cinema wide-eyed.

We never stopped loving it. At home we bought and made costumes, including a papier-mâché Darth Vader mask, we collected Lego, albums, went to premieres, and read the remaining episodes before they were even filmed.

And our children have already had the same passion instilled into them.

It is for this reason that the expectation, excitement and thrill that lovers of the series feel is logical. Especially because this time, the characters from the original series are back. Viewers will once again see Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) together with Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO).

All with the wonderful possibilities that film production now offers… plus it can be seen in IMAX.

An intergalactic celebration for kids, teens, and the nostalgic among us.

Marian Alvarez (@marianalvarezma on Twitter) is a reporter and has worked across multiple media. She has experience in various fields such as politics, society and its changes, fashion, decoration, and DIY. Her budding interest in new technologies and social media has brought her to BQ where she combines her work with her new passion.