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AmigaThe Games Machine (UK)
A rather dated arcade machine has been replicated almost perfectly on the Amiga and all Star Wars fans should love it. While the repetitive and limited nature of the action might ultimately disappoint, this is certainly an extremely accurate conversion which is both very playable and enjoyable.
Atari STThe Games Machine (UK)
Though the game itself is an old one, the ST conversion is great and remains highly addictive.
ZX SpectrumThe Games Machine (UK)
The vector graphics features in Star Wars are very much in evidence, their standard competes against the best of the genre: 3-D Starstrike
. Fast moving and colourful sprites scroll smoothly around the screen. Animation is good, especially of the AT-ATs.
ZX SpectrumComputer and Video Games (CVG)
The only thing that lets it down is it occasionally slow screen update, but other than that the game is excellent and well worth looking up.
Atari STAtari ST User
Fans of the original game will welcome this with open arms, and if you haven't seen it before, then why on earth not? It's a brilliant game, so buy it.
ZX SpectrumYour Sinclair
In the words of the immortal Yoda: "Adventure, excitement - a Jedi craves not these things" but he or she is certainly going to get them from this blaster. However. If i have one reservation about The Empire Strikes Back it's about the game's lastability. The problem is that the gameplay is just a touch too easy and therefore most experienced gamesplayers will lose interest relatively quickly (or maybe I've just learned to use the force but I doubt it). It's good. But a little more work and it may have been a classic.
Atari STST Action
The well presented vector graphics, combined with the zappy effects all helped to give Empire that polished feel. I thoroughly enjoyed this game, in spite of the asteroid level. My only gripe is that the game's ending is a little bland. The first incarnation, Star Wars, at least saw you accomplishing something with the destruction of the Death Star. The Empire Strikes Back, unfortunately, ends rather abruptly.
Atari STACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
The Empire Strikes Back captures all the flavour and all the fun of the original coin-op. Unfortunately, the lack of variety and challenge means it doesn't take long to master the game.
ArcadeAll Game Guide
Sounds and music from the movie have also been updated, but The Empire Strikes Back is mostly a straightforward conversion of Star Wars.
Atari STST/Amiga Format
And, ye, there's the odd burst of sampled sound from the film between levels. But difficulty and lasting interest there ain't.
Atari STPower Play
Eine merkwürdige Mischung: Drei kindisch einfache Levels und eine teuflisch schwere Asteroiden-Sequenz, die kaum ein Mensch schaffen kann, die mit einem billigen Trick aber ganz einfach überlistet werden kann. Spielspaß kommt da nur für wenige Minuten auf und mit dem spannenden Automaten ist kein Vergleich zu ziehen. Dazu kommt, daß die 3D-Grafik von „The Empire Strikes Back“ auf dem ST langsamer ist als die von „Star Wars“. Wieso hat Domark für das neue Spiel andere, anscheinend schlechtere Programmierer verpflichtet? Lobenswert ist nur die schöne Umsetzung der Star-Wars-Musik, die Soundeffekte sind hingegen von der müden Art.
Commodore 64Computer and Video Games (CVG)
The problem with this game is three-fold: firstly, it's too similar to Star Wars; secondly, it's far too simplistic and repetitive and finally, the whole thing plays like a snail in treacle. Quite frankly, even if you're a Star Wars nut, you'd be better off splashing out three quid on something else.