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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 Windows Good Shot
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Windows You can also be on foot in this game.
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Nintendo 64 Streets of Mos Eisley
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Windows Oh, you can also do shooting!

Promo Images

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Screenshot
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Magazine Advertisement
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Screenshot
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 (50462)
The little brother of the series, this game provides a quick blast Windows RussS (819)
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 (3234)
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

Coming Soon Magazine Windows Sep, 1997 92 out of 100 92
Retroage Nintendo 64 Mar 19, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Power Play Windows Sep, 1997 87 out of 100 87
PC Joker Windows Oct, 1997 87 out of 100 87
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov 03, 1997 84 out of 100 84
Electric Playground Nintendo 64 Jan 27, 1997 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Oct, 1997 79 out of 100 79
PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct, 1997 77 out of 100 77
Oldies Rising Windows Sep 12, 2008 14 out of 20 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jan, 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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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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