A walkthrough Prima Guide is available. The game was in development in late 2009 when the second season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series started. The game's existence was covered up and in June 2009—after the second season finale—the LEGO Group started to work on adding the last part of the second season in and new things such as a new hub and a new way to use the lightsaber. The game was completed in late 2010. After this time, Lego began promotions for the game. On 23 June 2010, LEGO released the first trailer for the game and later in 2011 they released several demoes and cutscenes. Nintendo made several 3DS trailers for the game as well, and also some E3 convention videos showing gameplay of Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars. On 17 March 2011 they put the demo version of the game on Nintendo systems in Game Stop. The official release date of the game was 22 March 2011.
The game includes characters from Episode II: Attack of the Clones and the The Clone Wars era, as well as some classic characters from the Original Trilogy, a couple from Episode I, and a few from the Expanded Universe. New abilities for the characters include squad command, lightsaber slicing, lightsaber jumps, long distance Jedi attacks and grapple tie-ups, picking up droids, and stepping on certain pads in which Jedi perform "combo moves" to destroy certain objects.
Like the other TT LEGO games recently produced, the game features a "central hub", where players can choose to purchase upgrades and select levels to play. There are two hubs; the Star Destroyer known as Resolute and the Providence-class cruiser Invisible Hand.
A new feature to be included in the game is player-versus-player combat, where each player can build LEGO bases and defend them. Vehicle levels have been upgraded slightly. Now the player can land their ship and begin fighting on foot. All the original elements seen in the previous Star Wars games returned.
There are 20 story mission levels covering most of The Clone Wars film and TV series and the end sequence in Episode II: Attack of the Clones. There are also 40 bonus levels. The high quality improvements from the previous TT Games titles include well polished areas with realistic lighting, shadows and textures and sharper graphics that can render over 200 characters on screen at once.
List of playable characters
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Available in Geonosian Arena, Clone Wars, Snow (only in portable versions) clothes and available as Ben Kenobi)
The LEGO® Star Wars™ franchise is back!
LEGO® Star Wars™ III: The Clone Wars™ combines the epic stories and iconic characters from the Star Wars universe and animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars with all new gameplay features. Use new game mechanics to create, control and explore in a galaxy far, far away. Promising breathtaking visuals as well as new characters and levels, the game also features humor from the LEGO world. With over 20 story-based missions and 40 bonus levels spanning the entire Clone Wars era, LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars will allow fans to explore endlessly and laugh their way through the Star Wars galaxy in the most accessible and action-packed LEGO game to date.
Take control of battalions of clone troopers against the relentless droid army - building bases, deploying vehicles and calling in reinforcements to defeat opponents!
Take control of multiple teams in separate locations to complete various objectives!
Fight against massive bosses as seen in The Clone Wars animated series, including Gor, the epic Zillo Beast and many other favorites!
Navigate and fly through multi-layered combat throughout the galaxy!
Explore exotic locations in a variety of ships throughout 16 different star systems! Play as villainous Separatists, Republic heroes or even as bounty hunters.
Use the Force in all new ways to control LEGO objects, solve puzzles, access new areas, pick up and throw enemies - even turning them into weapons!
Use new clone weapons including rapid fire guns and rocket launchers! Navigate through the galaxy in new vehicles such as the Republic gunship, Clone Turbo Tank and even Anakin's Jedi Intercepter and the Twilight!
Improved dynamic split screen for multi-player co-op with jump in/jump out abilities for friends and families to play together.