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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 Title Screen
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Windows Stage one begins
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Windows You can use your jetpack.
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Nintendo 64 Streets of Mos Eisley

Promo Images

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

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

A guilty pleasure Windows vedder (55009)
The little brother of the series, this game provides a quick blast Windows RussS (819)
Game Over before the Empire Windows Kayburt (10135)
Solid Star Wars action, and the game that spawned Rogue Squadron Nintendo 64 Shadowcaster (261)
The game now lives in shadows Nintendo 64 Sam Hardy (82)
The Force is strong with this one…for the first level. Nintendo 64 PCGamer77 (3231)
A long time ago in a store not so far away, this might have been worth it. Nintendo 64 Matt Neuteboom (989)
Enjoyable but flawed gaming experience Nintendo 64 Simoneer (37)
Great game that follows the novel Nintendo 64 darthsith19 (70)

Critic Reviews

Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov 03, 1997 84 out of 100 84
Gamesmania.de Windows 1997 80 out of 100 80
PC Player (Germany) Windows Oct, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Electric Playground Nintendo 64 Jan 27, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nintendo 64 Feb, 1997 31.5 out of 40 79
Video Games Nintendo 64 Jan, 1997 78 out of 100 78
PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct, 1997 77 out of 100 77
Mega Score Windows Feb, 1998 69 out of 100 69
PC Gamer Windows Dec, 1997 62 out of 100 62
Game Revolution Nintendo 64 Jun 06, 2004 C+ 58

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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).

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