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Death Star Battle is loosely based on the events of the film Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Your task is to destroy the Death Star before its construction is finished. You start the task outside the shield perimeter of the Death Star. There you'll have to combat different imperial vessels and avoid the death ray while waiting for an opportunity to slip through one of the random openings in the energy shield. After reaching the Death Star you must reduce its structure up to the point where you can hit the core. In the following destruction of the station you must avoid collision with Death Star debris.

After completion the game will restart with increased difficulty (faster enemies, faster Death Star build up, etc). Overall difficulty can also be adjusted before starting the game.


Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - Death Star Battle Atari 2600 Battle outside the shield perimeter, beware of the death ray
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - Death Star Battle Atari 2600 Hit the core (red point)
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - Death Star Battle Atari 2600 Combat Imperial forces
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - Death Star Battle Atari 2600 Death Star explodes

Promo Images

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - Death Star Battle Magazine Advertisement Inside back cover


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User Reviews

The ancestor of modern day Jedi Knights! Indra was here (20853) unrated
Excellent 2600 sound and great graphics, the best of the first star war games Todd Marshall (8) unrated

Critic Reviews

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Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Mar, 1984 4 out of 4 100
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Oct 31, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Electric Playground Mar 12, 1997 5 out of 10 50
The Video Game Critic May 05, 2005 D 25
Woodgrain Wonderland Apr 02, 2018 D- 16


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Parker Brothers ran a contest in 1984 that if you filled out an entry form and answered 2 questions correctly, you could win a 50" projection TV, upright Star Wars arcade game or one of several other prizes. Strangely, one of the prizes is a Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - Ewok Adventure video game cartridge, a game Parker Brothers never released. It is unknown what the prize was substituted with. Here is a poster advertising this contest.

Error on the box

The cover of the U.S. Atari 2600 release erroneously says "1 - 2 players". In fact, the Atari 2600 version (unlike the 5200 and Atari 8-bit ports) is a one-player game only.


Ships involved in this game are:

Rebel Alliance
  • Millenium Falcon (YT-1300 Corellian freighter).
Imperial Forces
  • Tie Interceptor
  • Imperial Lambda-Class Shuttle (the 3-winged ship)
  • Death Star (not a ship actually, but a location according to the Star Wars database)
Information also contributed by LepricahnsGold.

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Rebound Boy (19579) added Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - Death Star Battle (Atari 2600) on Apr 02, 2003
Other platforms contributed by RKL (5734), Martin Smith (78737) and Servo (57355)
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