Join our Discord to chat with fellow friendly gamers and our knowledgeable contributors!

Not an American user?


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 Amiga Choose starting difficulty
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Amiga The first level has you attacking Imperial Probots to prevent them from sending the location of the Rebel Base.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Commodore 64 Intro
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Amstrad CPC Title screen.

Promo Images

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Magazine Advertisement

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

There are no reviews for this game.

Critic Reviews

Crash! ZX Spectrum Jul, 1988 90 out of 100 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
Zzap! Amiga Nov, 1988 82 out of 100 82
Atari ST User Atari ST Oct, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Aug, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jan, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jan, 1991 76 out of 100 76
ST Action Atari ST Oct, 1988 75 out of 100 75
ST/Amiga Format Atari ST Sep, 1988 60 out of 100 60


There are currently no topics for this game.


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.
Contributed to by Rola (8277) and Terok Nor (31686)