Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

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Set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire tells the story of Prince Xizor's quest to replace Darth Vader as the leader of the Sith, and wipe out the Rebels' chances of victory. The only man that can stop him is the interstellar bounty hunter Dash Rendar. The game is based on the novel of the same name, with locations including ice planet Hoth, Mos Eisley and the sewers of Imperial City, all in full 3D.

Levels each have very different objectives, ranging from piloting snowspeeders on Hoth and racing speeder bikes on Tatooine to shooting stormtroopers and droids on foot throughout the galaxy. Dash primarily uses a blaster with unlimited ammo, but can also find more powerful weapons with limited ammunition. Each level has optional "challenge points" that are hidden throughout the level, and finding all of them will unlock a cheat dependent on which difficulty setting the save file is on.


Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Nintendo 64 Fight off the TIE's in the asteroid belt.
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Nintendo 64 Publisher Info
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Windows Rear view
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Windows Cockpit view

Alternate Titles

  • "スター・ウォーズ 帝国の影" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Star Wars: Teikoku no Kage" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

A guilty pleasure Windows vedder (20533)
The little brother of the series, this game provides a quick blast Windows RussS (781)
Solid Star Wars action, and the game that spawned Rogue Squadron Nintendo 64 Shadowcaster (237)
The game now lives in shadows Nintendo 64 Sam Hardy (76)
The Force is strong with this one…for the first level. Nintendo 64 PCGamer77 (3011)
A long time ago in a store not so far away, this might have been worth it. Nintendo 64 Matt Neuteboom (941)
Enjoyable but flawed gaming experience Nintendo 64 Simoneer (30)
Great game that follows the novel Nintendo 64 darthsith19 (64)

Critic Reviews

Christ Centered Game Reviews Nintendo 64 Jun 01, 2005 91 out of 100 91
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Jeux Windows Sep, 1997 89 out of 100 89
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
Gamezilla Windows Aug 17, 2000 88 out of 100 88
Electric Playground Nintendo 64 Jan 27, 1997 8 out of 10 80
PC Player (Germany) Windows Oct, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Windows 1997 80 out of 100 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nintendo 64 Feb, 1997 7.9 out of 10 79
Game Revolution Nintendo 64 Jun 06, 2004 C+ 58


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In the first level of the game, where you fly a snowspeeder in the Battle of Hoth, was the inspiration for Rogue Squadron.

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