DescriptionSet 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.
- "スター・ウォーズ 帝国の影" -- Japanese spelling
- "Star Wars: Teikoku no Kage" -- Japanese title
Part of the Following Groups
|A guilty pleasure||Windows||vedder (20266)|
|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 (3020)|
|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)|
The Press Says
|Power Play||Windows||Sep, 1997||87 out of 100||87|
|Reset||Windows||Nov, 1997||8 out of 10||80|
|Gamesmania||Windows||1997||80 out of 100||80|
|Total! (Germany)||Nintendo 64||Feb, 1997||2 out of 6||80|
|Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)||Nintendo 64||Feb, 1997||7.9 out of 10||79|
|PC Games (Germany)||Windows||Oct, 1997||77 out of 100||77|
|Game Play 64||Nintendo 64||Aug, 1997||76 out of 100||76|
|Mega Score||Windows||Feb, 1998||69 out of 100||69|
|Game Revolution||Nintendo 64||Jun 06, 2004||C+||58|
|Entertainment Weekly||Windows||May 17, 1996||C-||42|
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TriviaDash Rendar in the Nintendo 64 cutscenes looked more like a brown-haired, younger and rougher George Lucas with a rough shave instead of a beard. In the PC edition, he looks more like the original concept art for the character.
Related Web Sites
- Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (official website)
- Lucas Arts: Shadows of the Empire (Official site.)
- Video review of Star Wars games (WARNING: Language) (The Angry Video Game Nerd, James Rolfe, reviews various Stars Wars-based games, including Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire on Nintendo 64.)