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Description

Set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire tells the story of Prince Xizor's quest to replace Darth Vader as the leader of the Sith, and wipe out the Rebels' chances of victory. The only man that can stop him is the interstellar bounty hunter Dash Rendar. The game is based on the novel of the same name, with locations including ice planet Hoth, Mos Eisley and the sewers of Imperial City, all in full 3D.

Levels each have very different objectives, ranging from piloting snowspeeders on Hoth and racing speeder bikes on Tatooine to shooting stormtroopers and droids on foot throughout the galaxy. Dash primarily uses a blaster with unlimited ammo, but can also find more powerful weapons with limited ammunition. Each level has optional "challenge points" that are hidden throughout the level, and finding all of them will unlock a cheat dependent on which difficulty setting the save file is on.

Screenshots

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Nintendo 64 Streets of Mos Eisley
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Nintendo 64 Publisher Info
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Nintendo 64 Junkyard Train
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Nintendo 64 Imperial Frieghter... full of CLONES

Promo Images

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Screenshot
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Screenshot
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Screenshot
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Magazine Advertisement

Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "スター・ウォーズ 帝国の影" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Star Wars: Teikoku no Kage" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Solid Star Wars action, and the game that spawned Rogue Squadron Shadowcaster (261) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
The game now lives in shadows Sam Hardy (82) unrated
The Force is strong with this one…for the first level. PCGamer77 (3225) 2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars
A long time ago in a store not so far away, this might have been worth it. Matt Neuteboom (989) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
Enjoyable but flawed gaming experience Simoneer (37) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Great game that follows the novel darthsith19 (70) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Just Games Retro Dec 03, 2013 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Nintendo Magazine (France) Oct, 1997 93 out of 100 93
Super Power Jul, 1997 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Mar, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Total! (Germany) Feb, 1997 2 out of 6 80
GameSlice Weekly Dec 20, 1996 77 out of 100 77
Game Play 64 Aug, 1997 76 out of 100 76
The Video Game Critic May 18, 2005 B 75
Retro Archives Apr 14, 2021 14.5 out of 20 72
GameSpot Dec 04, 1996 7.1 out of 10 71

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Trivia

Dash Rendar

Dash Rendar is the only character developed from the Star Wars franchise that actually made it "back" to the movies. You can see his modified starship, the Outrider YT-2400 lifting up and taking off from Mos Eisley as Luke and his gang enter the city in the new revised sequence featured on the Star Wars: Special Edition. Also, Dash Rendar in the Nintendo 64 cutscenes looked more like a brown-haired, younger and rougher George Lucas with a rough shave instead of a beard. In the PC edition, he looks more like the original concept art for the character.

Rogue Squadron inspiration

In the first level of the game, where you fly a snowspeeder in the Battle of Hoth, was the inspiration for Rogue Squadron.

Version differences

The PC version is a revised edition of the N64 version (the major difference between the two versions being 3D cutscenes for the PC).

Awards

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