The first hero to join your four-team roster is the smug Han Solo (tier one). His 'lucky shot' ability can be played out of turn order and can get the drop on the nasty baddies.
The storyline missions are simple and involve shooting things and tapping the screen to complete mundane activities such as slicing computers and lighting lanterns.
You earn credits and find items that can be used to train your characters. When your characters reach their level cap they can be promoted to the next tier so long as you have obtained the prerequisite items. There are five tiers available so prepare to grind.
You can sell items that you find however I learnt too late that sometimes it is best to hang on to a 'promotion' item as it might come in handy later on.
Some items can only be found in special missions that are only available one day a week. If you want to tech-up a specific character you can do so by completing missions that support their affinity.
If you need to improve your Webweaver, tough spider creature, then wait for 'Terrifying Tuesday' and play the quests that specialise in 'armour'. Training with the correct affinity-themed items means bonus experience and less credit waste.
The sound effects are authentic. Lightsabers make that arcing noise and blasters sound just like the lasers in the movies. The music is top-notch while the visuals, courtesy of the Unity engine, are quite decent for a mobile game. You usually fight a row of bad guys and then depending on the setting you might zip around a corridor or traipse along a rickety bridge before you are confronted with another row of hostiles.
One major criticism is the pay-to-win structure of the game. This feature permeates the entire design and limits your shooting time. Each playable level costs a certain number of charges. As you progress in rank you slowly increase the number of charges you can have. To replenish your charges without waiting you can pay real money. To increase your card reserves to hoard more items and characters you can pay real money. If you throw enough cash at the game you can level up and win without trying.
The game also encourages you to purchase hero crates to unlock bounty hunters like Bossk and Boba Fett. Most people are playing just to unlock those bad boys.
Star Wars: Assault Team is best played while commuting. For those who like to collect cards and are fond of the Star Wars universe may the Force be with you.