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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 Oh, you can also do shooting!
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Windows Shoot-out in hangar
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Windows Pause menu
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Windows AT-ST

Promo Images

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

A guilty pleasure vedder (54679) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
The little brother of the series, this game provides a quick blast RussS (819) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine Sep, 1997 92 out of 100 92
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
Reset Nov, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Gamesmania.de 1997 80 out of 100 80
PC Games (Germany) Oct, 1997 77 out of 100 77
Retro Archives Apr 14, 2021 15 out of 20 75
Mega Score Feb, 1998 69 out of 100 69
GameSpot Oct 09, 1997 5.8 out of 10 58
Game.EXE Sep, 1997 50 out of 100 50
Computer Games Magazine 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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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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