NES Star Wars

Alien Brigade Ė By Atari


  Star Wars- By Lucasfilm

It is a period of civil war. Rebel spies have managed to steal secret plans to the Empireís ultimate weapon, the Death Star. Pursued by the Empire, Princess Leia races home as custodian of the stolen plans. These famous words opened up the world of Star Wars to us, a world that still captures our imagination today. In 1991, Lucasfilm released a game inspired by the movie for the NES titled like the movie. In this game, the player can play as Luke, Han, or Leia in various environments taken from the Star Wars universe and loosely tied to the movie (e.g., Tatooine, an asteroid field, the Death Star, etc.). Most of the game is played as Luke but there are situations where youíll need to play as Han or Leia. In some parts, youíll also control Lukeís Landspeeder, the Millenium Falcon, or an X-wing fighter. C-3PO, R2-D2, and Obi-Wan Kenobi are also in the game but you cannot control them, though can be sources of information. The game plays mostly as a platformer where you must complete a number of tasks in order to progress through the story. While you can advance without completing all tasks, your goal is to complete 100% of the tasks to achieve a better score. Star Wars has some pretty impressive graphics for the NES as well as excellent sound effects. The game music does us some recognizable music from Star Wars but there is original music as well. The sound effects, like the lightsaber, are pretty cool. The game is quite hard, though, and despite having continues, these are limited and you may find yourself starting from the very start again. This can be frustrating and may put off some players.

Review by TrekMD



 Empire Strikes Back - By Lucasfilm

It is a dark time for the Rebellion. Although the Death Star has been destroyed, Imperial troops have driven the Rebels from their hidden base. Evading the Imperial Fleet, a group of freedom fighter led by Luke Skywalker has established a new based on the ice world of Hoth. Thus started the story of The Empire Strikes Back. This story inspired the development of this title for the NES, a title that proved to be better than the original Star Wars game for the console. This game more closely follows the story of the movie and even uses music that is more authentic to Star Wars. In this game you control Luke Skywalker as he must complete certain tasks that move him forward in the story. Luke must fine Force powers throughout the game in order to come face to face with Darth Vader himself. Youíll start off in Hoth riding a your Tauntaun to find the Imperial probe, defend the based from AT-ATís (this part reminded me of the Atari 2600 game!), move into Dagobah for Jedi training, enter Cloud City and finally face Lord Vader. Empire has beautiful graphics, good character animation, good music (itís good to actually hear true Star Wars music!), and excellent sound effects. The game really has to be among the best visually for the NES. Most of the game works as a platformer but it is better executed than Star Wars. If there is a fault to this game is how tough it is! Since it has no saves, you may get frustrated trying to advance in the game. Nonetheless, the Force powers do come in handy to help you make it through (never mind taking control of Imperial Walkers).

Review by TrekMD


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