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The arcade game from Atari Games based on the second Star Wars movie features four action sequences inspired by the film. The graphical style is similar to the first Star Wars game, using vector graphics with a first-person perspective.

The first sequence takes place on the ice planet Hoth, where the player must destroy Imperial probe droids. The droids send transmissions to the Empire that can also be targeted and destroyed. Once enough transmissions have been sent, the Empire attacks.

In the second sequence, the player has to fend off Imperial walkers, either by shooting a limited number of tow cables at their feet or by targeting a small area at their head with lasers. But sooner or later, the Rebel base's power generator will be destroyed and the evacuation begins.

In the third sequence, the Millennium Falcon has to destroy TIE Fighters in space.

In the fourth and final sequence, the Falcon must navigate through an asteroid field, avoiding collisions.

Once the four sections have been completed, the game restarts at a higher difficulty level.


Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back ZX Spectrum Suddenly from shooting probots in space I'm shooting walkers.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back ZX Spectrum Entering a name on the high score table. The player positions the cursor over the letter and fires to input their initials
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back ZX Spectrum Aaaaah! I've been shooting the big things and its the little ones I should be going for. No wonder my shields are shot to bits!
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Amiga Prepare to start

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The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Nov, 1988 89 out of 100 89
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Sep, 1988 89 out of 100 89
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Aug, 1988 87 out of 100 87
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Aug, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Sep, 1988 8 out of 10 80
ST Action Atari ST Oct, 1988 75 out of 100 75
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Oct, 1988 665 out of 1000 66
ST/Amiga Format Atari ST Sep, 1988 60 out of 100 60
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Nov, 1988 51 out of 100 51


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In the Gamecube title Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III - Rebel Strike, the full version of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was an unlockable bonus feature.
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