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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 ZX Spectrum In the first wave the instructions are 'Shoot their transmissions', 'Shoot the fireballs'
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Amiga Title screen
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back ZX Spectrum This is the game's title screen.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Commodore 64 An AT-AT

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The Micro User BBC Micro Dec, 1988 9 out of 10 90
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Sep, 1988 89 out of 100 89
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Nov, 1988 89 out of 100 89
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Aug, 1988 88 out of 100 88
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Aug, 1988 87 out of 100 87
Zzap! Amiga Nov, 1988 82 out of 100 82
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Sep, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jan, 1991 76 out of 100 76
Power Play Atari ST Sep, 1988 48 out of 100 48
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jan, 1991 42 out of 100 42


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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.
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