Since hearing that Topps was in the process of developing and releasing a new app, I have been overly excited to see how it works out. To see now the final product, I am already looking foward to what things may come for the app. Star Wars is easily one of the bigger named licenses out there, and it comes stock with a group of fans that are known for their rabid love for the franchise. With a new movie in the works, this is going to be big.
How Does SWCT compare to the other apps?
This is the question I am sure you are all asking, and from my limited exposure, here is what I have come to understand. The app is focused on the collecting aspect almost exclusively, and one’s ability to gather all the cards for any particular mission looks to be the driving force behind the game. Because there are no live sports to follow along with, this seems to be an interesting take on how this will work, and I am eager to find out how Topps uses the format in the future.
We have already seen that inserts, rare cards, and all sorts of awesome collection pieces will be part of the fun, but that’s about all we have right now. I would guess they will rely on their own designs combined with some really cool examples from physical sets like Masterworks. I would be shocked if the game is a complete departure, and it would be really cool to see if they use sigs.
Other than that, it is a very similar structure, with base cards in 5 rarities and a pack store very reminiscent of the ones in the other apps. Because this game is collection based, I am hoping that coins will not be in short supply the way they have been in previous releases, and its going to be a big question mark of how much money will be needed to really stay on top of all the content.
Is SWCT worth getting on board?
Without a doubt, if you are a fan of the other games, or if you are a Star Wars fan, this is going to be fun. More importantly, there is no offseason, and big events like May 4th (May the 4th be with you!) are all coming up.
With the pending release of Episode VII and all the attention that will come with it, I can already see this exploding. Topps really was very strategic in the choice to move forward with a license like this, and I have a feeling its going to work out in spades. When you target Star Wars fans, anything and everything will be that much bigger.
The best part about signing up early is that you can get 25k coins right off the bat instead of the usual amount given to new users, and that should get you off to a better start in getting some cards to trade.
What Should You Do First?
I downloaded the game and set up my account. I used SCUNCENSORED to match all the other accounts that I have on Bunt and Huddle, and then chose Jedi Knight as my faction. From what I can tell, this is similar to your “team” on the other games, and will likely impact who you are aligned with in rankings of your collection “Force Score.”
From there, I immediately started cracking packs, which includes the welcome pack and a free pack of Legends. Based on the way things are going, the Legends (really cool looking inserts) are the “On Deck” / “Gridiron Greats” of the game, which are going to be given for free to each new user who signs up. These cards will eventually form a set, which will get you even more coins to play with.
The game asks you to complete a trade as the first action in the game, and I chose Darth Vader as my blue card to get. I would choose one of the better ones, as the trade is auto accepted and the blues are trading well at the moment.
The rarities are structured in an identical fashion to the other apps, although the Scarce and Super Rare version are not yet available. They replaced the uncommon green parallel with a blue version instead, which makes sense if you follow the colors of the lightsaber. Interesting that the red Sith is above the blue Jedi, but that’s just me.
Trading is easy, and the fan feed is exactly the same as you probably remember it. Post a message and see if you can get some trades going, as the game’s title reflects that trading is a huge element in the progression of your profile. Reds are the top level available at the moment, and if you open a bunch of packs, come about 1 per 2 packs of the 5k Boba Fett pack.
I would actually save your coins at the moment, as they are already teasing a bunch of releases for today.
Staying Up to Date
At the moment, there is no official Twitter for the game, but that might come eventually. The new App Producer is SenatorSteve, and he can be followed @ToppsSteve on Twitter. All the main Topps people are listed as Senators in the game, which is a bit confusing. I would have stuck with the Topps(NAME) as their logon, but Im splitting hairs here.
You can also follow @ToppsDigital, which is set to be their hub of all things for the games. I would also follow @ChrisVaccaro, who is the EiC, @IanHundiak (producer), and @neilkleid, master of all things design in the Topps Digtial world. A lot of info will be coming out of their accounts.
Sadly, there is no version for Android right now, but there have been indications that it will be coming very soon. I know a lot of people have tried to find it with no avail, and I just wanted to make sure this was in the post.