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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.4
Overall User Score (18 votes) 3.3

Critic Reviews

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Whether you're a big Star Wars fan like myself or a gamer looking for a real challenge, pick up Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and give it a try. I can't wait for Return of the Jedi. May the Force be with you! You're gonna need it!
Video Games (Apr, 1992)
Warum hat Lucasfilm Games bloß das Programmierteam ausgewechselt? Nicht nur die Grafik ist schlechter, das ganze Spiel wirkt wie eine abgespeckte Version des ersten Teils. Die einzelnen Levels sind recht simple Labyrinth-erforsch-Spiele, die aber nie so recht die interessante Kurve kratzen. Lange Zeit rennt man nur herum, plötzlich stürzen sich einige Gegner auf Luke, und da die Steuerung nicht gerade vorbildlich ist, leuchtet schnell das Game Over. Die obligatorischen Spezialfähigkeiten in Form der Macht beschränken sich vielmehr auf temporäre Verbesserung sowieso vorhandener Fähigkeiten. Lichtblicke sind die Baller-Levels mit dem Rasenden Falken. Hier hat man bewährte Spielelemente genommen und erfrischend aufbereitet. Alles in allem ist Empire trotz der Kritikpunkte ein nettes Modul, das nicht nur Freunde des Kinohits zufriedenstellt.
Hum-drum combination of shooting and platforming. A very poor effort, especially when you consider that Empire Strikes Back is arguably the best and most exiting of the three Star Wars films.
While some may be turned off by the difficulty balance, which can swing too wildly in places, the experience as a whole does the movie enough justice to recommend.
The Video Game Critic (May 18, 2005)
I love the way the snowspeeder is animated as it "loops around" for another run. Upon getting shot down, Luke can still run around the planet surface on foot, blasting incoming Snow Troopers. A second cool shooting stage takes place outside of Cloud City where you must blast a certain number of enemy aircraft. While both stages certainly look impressive, their gameplay is slightly compromised by the fact that the objects are so large you can't easily see what's coming. Despite the flaws, LucasFilm was clearly headed in the right direction, as the SNES versions would ultimately prove. Note: Although it was once under development, Return of the Jedi was never released for the NES.
50 (Jul, 2013)
Every “Star Wars” game based on “The Empire Strikes Back” is required by Lucas Law to have a level where you destroy a legion of walkers on Hoth, and Empire is no different. Luke doesn’t control that well, the enemies can overwhelm you at times, and you only have one life and six continues (you’ll need all of them, and probably more). Empire is rough around the edges, but at least it feels like you’re playing a “Star Wars” game.
Instead of appreciating the fine graphics and general game play, the action gets bogged down in specific areas and doesn't ever quite get up to speed.