DescriptionThe story of this game is based on Episode IV: A New Hope, the first of the original Star Wars movie trilogy. The player initially controls the movie's main hero, Luke Skywalker, but two more controllable characters join later: the careless captain Han Solo and his Wookie side-kick, Chewbacca. The game generally follows the movie plot, allowing the player to experience some of the most important sequences, such as the search for Obi-Wan Kenobi, rescuing princess Leia, and the final confrontation against Death Star and its TIE Fighters, led by the mysterious Darth Vader.
Most of the game levels follow traditional platform gameplay style. As Luke, Han, or Chewbacca, the player makes his way through the linear levels, fighting enemies, jumping over obstacles, and collecting power-ups. The power-ups include standard health-restoring items, upgrades for the blaster gun (up to five different upgrade levels), as well as special items that can be used for massive destruction of the enemies. Luke uses a weak blaster gun, but later gains access to a lightsaber, being able to fight enemies melee-style. Han and Chewbacca use stronger flame guns, but cannot upgrade to better weapons.
Some of the levels are dedicated to familiar Star Wars vehicles (such as a land speeder). Controlling the vehicle from a third-person view, the player has to navigate it through the pseudo-3D environments, avoiding obstacles and shooting at enemies on the way.
The PlayStation ports of the SNES version have updated controller and display options, leaderboards, new save options, and Trophies.
- "スーパースターウォーズ" -- Japanese spelling
Part of the Following Groups
- Inspiration: Movies
- Setting: Space station / Spaceship
- Star Wars canon
- Star Wars licensees
- Super Star Wars series
|N-Force||SNES||Dec, 1992||95 out of 100||95|
|GameFan Magazine||SNES||Oct, 1992||94 out of 100||94|
|Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)||SNES||Nov, 1992||36 out of 40||90|
|Total! (Germany)||SNES||Nov, 1994||2 out of 6||80|
|Destructoid||PlayStation 4||Nov 18, 2015||7.5 out of 10||75|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||SNES||Mar, 1993||9 out of 12||75|
|Video Chums||PlayStation 4||Nov 27, 2015||7 out of 10||70|
|Nintendo Life||Wii||Aug 11, 2009||70|
|Jeuxvideo.com||SNES||May 20, 2011||14 out of 20||70|
|RetroGame Man||SNES||Dec 14, 2016||6 out of 10||60|
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Cancelled PC versionBrain Bug completed a PC port, but ultimately LucasArts decided not to publish the game as it didn’t fit in with the other Star Wars games they were working on.
- Electronic Gaming Monthly
- November 1992 (Issue 40) - Game of the Month
- FLUX Magazine
- 1995 (Issue #4) - #25 in Top 100 Video Games of All-Time
Related Web Sites
- PC Games That Weren't: Super Star Wars (archived) (History about the work on the PC port that was ultimately never released.)
- Video review of Star Wars games (WARNING: Language) (The Angry Video Game Nerd, James Rolfe, reviews various Stars Wars-based games, including Super Star Wars on SNES.)
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