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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 This is the game's title screen.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back ZX Spectrum Aaaaah! I've been shooting the big things and its the little ones I should be going for. No wonder my shields are shot to bits!
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back ZX Spectrum Finally, the start of the game. Well it will be after this short introduction
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back ZX Spectrum One walker destroyed, 2 left

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Crash! Jul, 1988 90 out of 100 90
Sinclair User Aug, 1988 88 out of 100 88
The Games Machine (UK) Aug, 1988 87 out of 100 87
Your Sinclair Sep, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Aug, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Crash! Jan, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Your Sinclair Jan, 1991 76 out of 100 76


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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.
Terok Nor (29418) added Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (ZX Spectrum) on Feb 17, 2006
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