Fans of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" can now relive the movie with their own mobile phones. "Lightsaber Escape," an interactive fan experience created by Google Chrome to celebrate the launch of the movie, lets you use your phone as a lightsaber to battle off Stormtroopers.
Developed by agency 72andSunny and production company Unit9, the "second screen" experience, played via desktop and mobile, invites you to register with your mobile to use the phone as a lightsaber. You can then battle and deflect enemy fire from First Order Stormtroopers as you fight to make your way toward a hangar bar where an escape shuttle awaits to take you off into the galaxy. An embedded tutorial helps you master your lightsaber skills in preparation for the final duel with a lone menacing Stormtrooper determined to keep you from fleeing the Star Destroyer. Users' escape times are clocked and recorded to be shared across social media.
To make sure each scene stayed true to the "Star Wars" universe, Unit9 worked closely with Lucasfilm to storyboard each scene before bringing them to life using 3D renderings. Lucasfilm also provided the music and Plan8 handled the audio mix, mixing the soundtrack to match each gameplay moment and movement of one's mobile device.