The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes BackBuy this gameThe Game: You are Rebel snowspeeder pilot Luke Skywalker, flying low over the surface of Hoth, prowling for Probots and waging war on AT-ATs and AT-STs. (Atari, 1983)

Memories: The description sounds rather glib, but there’s a simple reason for it – this game, based on the 1980 sequel to Star Wars, is – in case you hadn’t guessed it from the screen shots – merely a very thinly-disguised makeover of Atari’s original Star Wars arcade game. Ripped straight out of the second level of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back replaces the towers and bunkers with probe droids and Imperial Walkers, replaces the X-Wing gunsights of the earlier game with two Snowspeeder blasters, and voilà, it’s a new game – almost.

The Empire Strikes BackThis arcade game was not adapted for the small screen until it was included as an unlockable bonus game in Rogue Squadron III on the Gamecube. However, when one examines Parker Brothers’ The Empire Strikes Back cartridge for the Atari 2600, the basic 4 quartersgame element of attacking the Imperial Walkers is very similar – most likely due to the Hoth battle being one of the movie’s strongest, most memorable, and most action-oriented plot points, making it perfect for video games.

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