Star Wars: Rebel Assault

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Star Wars: Rebel Assault is an arcade flight/shooting game based on the original Star Wars trilogy. Players control Rebel recruit Rookie One (who can be set to have either a male or female voice) in combat against the Empire. Story events (which don't follow the films to the letter but instead offer their own interpretation and characters) include Rookie One's basic training, an Imperial assault on Tatooine, the battle of Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back and the Death Star battle from A New Hope. Players will control four different Star Wars craft: Skyhoppers, A-Wings, X-Wings and Snowspeeders.

The game's fifteen levels encompass navigating canyons, caves and asteroid fields, battles against TIE Fighters in space, attacks against a Star Destroyer and an Imperial Walker, a battle on foot against stormtroopers and the famous Death Star trench run. There are three different types of flight sequences: seen from either behind the own craft, from an overhead perspective or from a first-person cockpit view. All follow an 'on-rails' model, utilizing motion video backdrops displaying pre-rendered environments. The third-person levels allow some degree of free movement to dodge obstacles, while the first-person levels limit movement to a minimum, mostly requiring accurate shooting instead. Some levels offer a choice of branching paths. The on-foot level takes place on static screens, with Rookie One seen from behind, stormtroopers moving in from side corridors, and the player being able to take steps to the side to avoid enemy fire. The game features a password system - a password is given after every level in the console ports, but only after a group of levels in the PC version.


Star Wars: Rebel Assault DOS This game uses some direct cinematic from the actual movies.
Star Wars: Rebel Assault DOS (Intro cinematic) X-Wing vs. Tie Fighters
Star Wars: Rebel Assault DOS This lovely girl is your squad leader, when not wearing a dress.
Star Wars: Rebel Assault DOS Your instructor for A-Wing simulation.

Alternate Titles

  • "מלחמת הכוכבים: מתקפת המורדים" -- Hebrew spelling

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User Reviews

A cool game, which fathered the video backdrop shooter sub-genre DOS Mickey Gabel (358)
Technologically impressive. DOS Trixter (8713)
Good old video-action games, can't beat 'em can you... DOS Quackbal (51)

Critic Reviews

Video Games & Computer Entertainment 3DO Mar, 1995 9 out of 10 90
MikroBitti DOS Jan, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Power Play Macintosh Oct, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Joystick (French) 3DO Jan, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Game Players SEGA CD Aug, 1994 72 out of 100 72
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Aug, 1994 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) SEGA CD May, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70
All Game Guide SEGA CD 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Edge DOS Jan, 1994 5 out of 10 50
Just Games Retro SEGA CD Jun 13, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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One nice touch about the video background is that it is larger than the screen. This allowed the developers to shift it up/down/left/right according to player movement, and it helps mask the fact that it's on rails. Another nice trick is a very quick interpolation and rotation section of the video playback code, which allows them to rotate the backdrop +/- 15 degrees if you bank left or right.


  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #16 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
    • Issue 01/2007 - One of the "Ten Most Influential PC-Games" (It is almost solely responsible for the fast establishing of CD-ROM drives for PC games. This allowed other developers to free themselves from space restrictions and experiment with new ideas, e.g. FMV sequences.)
  • FLUX
    • Issue #4 - #5 on the "Top 25 Worst Video Games of All-Time" list
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1994 – Best CD-ROM Game in 1993
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