Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire

Critic Score User Score
PlayStation
64
4.0
Windows
...
3.8
Macintosh
66
4.6
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire PlayStation Escaping in another ship
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire DOS Piloting an X-wing in an asteroid field
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire PlayStation Flying through the mining tunnels
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire PlayStation Part two of the mining tunnels

Alternate Titles

  • "絕地大反攻2" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Star Wars: Rebel Assault II: El Imperio Oculto" -- Spanish title

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User Reviews

Quite disappointing. (Revised) DOS ShadowShrike (303)
Not as good as a lot of other Star Wars games but still a load of fun! PlayStation Attila (494)
It could've been great . . . okay, maybe not. DOS Clinton Webb (21)
The only classic Star Wars flavour you' ll get after ROTJ DOS Boston Low (93)
An excellent title worthy of the Star Wars and Lucasarts name. DOS James1 (238)

Critic Reviews

Joystick (French) Windows Jan, 1996 87 out of 100 87
PC Joker DOS Dec, 1995 86 out of 100 86
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1995 83 out of 100 83
PC Player (Germany) DOS Dec, 1995 82 out of 100 82
Video Games PlayStation Jan, 1997 75 out of 100 75
GameSpot Windows May 01, 1996 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpot DOS May 01, 1996 7.5 out of 10 75
Power Play DOS Jan, 1996 73 out of 100 73
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Feb, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Multimedia & Entertainment DOS Jan 31, 1996 50 out of 100 50

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Trivia

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.

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.)
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