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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 Atari ST Aiming
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Atari ST Got one of the JEDI letters
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Atari ST Level select
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Atari ST Title screen

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Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Sep, 1988 89 out of 100 89
Atari ST User Oct, 1988 8 out of 10 80
ST Action Oct, 1988 75 out of 100 75
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Oct, 1988 665 out of 1000 66
ST/Amiga Format Sep, 1988 60 out of 100 60
Power Play Sep, 1988 48 out of 100 48


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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.
Terok Nor (34298) added Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Atari ST) on Feb 17, 2006
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