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Following his successes for the Rebel Alliance in the previous game, the adventures of the starfighter pilot "Rookie One" continue. While out scouting in the Dreighton Nebula, Rookie One's patrols receive a distress call from a freighter. As this is an area where ships are known to disappear, any deviation from the flight path is dangerous. But what they find is an Imperial presence where there shouldn't be one... and a new secret project to bring about the destruction of the Rebel Alliance.

Rebel Assault II is a rail-shooter "interactive movie" featuring a variety of action sequences. Rookie One will fly sequences in an X-Wing, the Millennium Falcon, speeder bikes and being on foot. His only real ability is the precise targeting and shooting of laser weapon and occasionally the chance to take cover and avoid obstacles. Rookie One will team up with other characters who will aid him and need to be defended in turn. Occasionally different paths can be chosen in the animation and different events triggered, but for the most part the game is a closed environment.


Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire DOS Main Menu
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire DOS Battling TIE fighters in the Dreighton Triangle
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire DOS Entering the mining tunnels with the Millenium Falcon
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire DOS Attacking the mining facility

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Alternate Titles

  • "絕地大反攻2" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Star Wars: Rebel Assault II: El Imperio Oculto" -- Spanish title
  • "スター・ウォーズ レベルアサルトⅡ" -- Japanese spelling

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Quite disappointing. (Revised) ShadowShrike (309) 2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars
It could've been great . . . okay, maybe not. Clinton Webb (21) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars
The only classic Star Wars flavour you' ll get after ROTJ Boston Low (93) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
An excellent title worthy of the Star Wars and Lucasarts name. James1 (247) unrated

Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine Nov 30, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Joystick (French) Jan, 1996 87 out of 100 87
PC Games (Germany) Dec, 1995 83 out of 100 83
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1995 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Jan, 1996 73 out of 100 73
PC Gamer Feb, 1996 65 out of 100 65
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Multimedia & Entertainment Jan 31, 1996 50 out of 100 50
Computer Games Magazine May 05, 1996 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Score Jan, 1996 4 out of 10 40


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  • The Stormtrooper armors, weapons, helmets and suits (and possibly Vader's costume), worn by the actors, were not made for the game, but are the actual props seen in the original movies, taken from the archive storage of Lucasfilm. The rest was done with CGI
  • No set pieces were created for the cockpits. As with everything else, the are CGI. The actors sat on a moving prop element nicknamed the "Rig." It was a blue platform mounted on a large truck inner tube. Four operators (grips) manned the Rig, rocking to and fro on cue from the Director. The actors then had realistic flying movements. The CGI cockpits were matched digitally afterwards.

Easter Eggs

There are a lot of easter eggs in Rebel Assault II. For a very comprehensive list of secrets visit Brad Pack's Ultimate Rebel Assault 2 Easter Egg page.

Graphics engine

Rebel Assault II is the first LucasArts game that used INSANE, a proprietary animation engine. INSANE (Interactive Streaming Animation Engine) greatly compresses moving images so that high quality full-screen videos can be displayed even in hi-res graphics modes on the PC. INSANE was later used in other LucasArts titles such as Full Throttle, The Dig, and The Curse of Monkey Island.

Julie Eccles

Julie Eccles, the woman who plays Ru Murleen, can be seen in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure She plays Irene, Indy's secretary.


According to Lucasarts' old quarterly magazine The Adventurer, Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire was the first media since Return of the Jedi to incorporate live-action actors and footage in the Star Wars universe. Apparently the editors of The Adventurer didn't feel that the "Ewok" movies counted (and by all means they don't, since none of those movies really reference to anything i Star Wars except Ewoks).


  • The cloaked TIE Fighters appeared in Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance as well.
  • The Super Star Destroyer Terror has been referred to in some books and comic books, and its mysterious mission and purpose slightly alluded to.
Information also contributed by Boston Low, James1, and Jason Musgrave

Related Web Sites

  • Brad Pack's Ultimate Rebel Assault 2 Home Page (This home page will help you beat Rebel Assault 2: The Hidden Empire at ANY level with or without cheating, and will help you discover many secrets you may not have known were in the game. Rebel Assault 2 has probably more easter eggs (programmer secrets), special modes, and spoilers than any other computer game.

    -- Brad Pack's own description of his site. )
  • Lucas Arts: The Hidden Empire (Official site.)
IJan (2001) added Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire (DOS) on Jan 05, 2000
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