Cancelled Amiga port
An Amiga version was announced in magazines but was never released. Perhaps a wise move since the game is almost unplayable without an analog joystick, and analog joysticks for the Amiga were rare.
If you play the game on Christmas you will see Santa Claus on the floor of the Space Station after you have selected your pilot.
The Death Star trench when playing with maximum detail settings (otherwise it's a bit like cheating) has a few more objects into which you can crash. Some of them look like T-shaped "bridges" and frameworks, which are absent in the original Star Wars
movie. It seems they are modeled after the Disneyland's Star Tours ride, which climaxes with the trench run. If you look closely, you can compare the differences and notice the fact that the Star Tours trench was built using bits of the second Death Star model (from Return of the Jedi
), as it was constructed in mid-1980s. A minor detail, yet it adds more obstacles to dodge, which are not to be seen in the movie.
The floppy install program was known to cause panic among first-time players. Instead of showing a percentage completed based on disks, it counted actual files. The problem was that half of the files were on the fifth and final disk. IE, you're installing it, it takes four disks just to reach the halfway mark, and you spend the entire last disk certain that your copy was incomplete.
The Limited Edition
(the original floppy disk based release) contained a companion book called The Farlander Papers
. This book contained spec sheets for the various spacecraft in the game, short stories, a "who's who" for the races of the Star Wars
universe and much more.
The Limited Edition
versions are identifiable only by a small round sticker on the front of the box. Apart from The Farlander Papers
, the contents are the same as the normal version of the game.
- In the Tour of Duty I -Mission 1, You have to Identify 4 cargo containers and destroy them..The cargo containers are names Arreis, Nigiro, Ocrim and Esorp. You think LucasGames had something gunning for Sierra, Origin and MicroProse?
- In one of the later missions, you have to fly to a space-probe called BFG-9000. This is the Big Fucking Gun in the iD Software game DOOM.
Information also contributed by
- Computer Gaming World
- October 1993 (Issue #111) – Simulation Game of the Year (together with World Circuit)
- November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #11 Hardest Computer Game
- Game Informer
- August 2001 (Issue #100) - #42 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
- GameStar (Germany)
- Issue 12/1999 - #19 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
- Origin Awards
- 1993 - Best Fantasy or Science Fiction Computer Game