Star Wars

a game by JVC, Lucasfilm Games, and LucasArts

Platforms: NESNESSega Master SystemSega Master SystemGameGear

Genres: Action, Adventure/RPG

See also: Star Wars Games

Star Wars

Although this pocket-size version of Super Star Wars isn't exactly like the classic SNES version of the game, it captures the fun and excitement of the movie just as well as its 16-bit predecessor.

Rebel Yell

Star Wars for the Game Gear by US Cold is a cart whose action closely follows the story line of the original Star Wars movie. In this sidescrolling run-n-gun action cart, you play the game as three different characters. You begin as Princess Leia aboard the Rebel Assault ship, fending off Stormtroopers and searching for R2-D2. As the game progresses onto Tatooine, Mos Eisley, the Millenium Falcon, and finally the Death Star, you play as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in a search for Princess Leia and Obi Wan Kenobi. Sorry, Chew-bacca fans...the Chewster doesn't make an appearance in this game.

Each character has a different blaster, different strengths, and different combat skills. The controls are simple and easy to master. The Rebels' moves are simple - running, jumping, and shooting. Power-ups along the way include life bar boosts, extra lives, and Shields for the Millenium Falcon.

Even though this game is on the small screen, it blasts out a big challenge. It's not for the inexperienced Jedi. It's packed with trial-and-error stages that even Vader could not complete on the first try. Plus, you'll stumble upon hidden tricks and side levels that keep you busy for hours. Fortunately, familiar Star Wars faces are waiting to help you. After several stages, you'll meet Obi Wan, who will give you the Lightsaber and join you on your quest. Obi Wan also acts as a healer and can revive Han or Leia up to five times. This comes in handy against the bounty hunters, Stormtroopers, Sand People, Jawas, and the many other obstacles you face on your journey.

It's not only on the ground where you'll encounter trouble. In one stage, you pilot the Falcon through treacherous, debris-ridden space, where you must avoid the remains of the destroyed planet Alderaan.

Picture Perfect

Star Wars has made another graceful transformation to the small screen. The graphics are diminutive, but have some interesting definition (Leia's dress flares up when she gets caught near an air vent) and some very clear action sequences (the destruction of the Tractor Beam). The cut scenes in-between the action are also well-rendered.

The music pumps up the game play by making the sounds sing. It does a decent job of capturing the mood, despite the Game Gear's limitations. Each character has theme music, some of it somber and contemplative, some of it rousing and heroic. You'll even recognize the familiar Cantina tune.

Mother of All Wars

You won't have to Force yourself to enjoy this hand-held version of Star Wars. Help the Rebels out and destroy Vader, even if he's only a small sprite.

ProTips:

  • When you get on the Death Star, take thefdroids to the control room on your right You can see a map of the level by choosing R2-D2 on the sub-screen.
  • When you see the acid dripping toward the beginning of the cave in the Sand People stage, jump to the rock it's dripping on, then fall just to the right into the gap between the two sets of spikes. When you reach the rock on the bottom, keep left.
  • Try to find as many Shields as you can. You'll need them when you're on board the Millenium Falcon. If your life is low when you see a Shield and you die, go back and grab the Shield later.
  • While you're searching for the docking bay that's hiding the Falcon, you'll find more green Shields. Keep to the right, then go up a level and almost to the end of the stage. When you see a black opening in the wall, stand Solo in front of it and press Up to get into the docking bay.
  • When you guide the Falcon through the remains of Alderaan, try to react as soon as you see the debris on your screen. Swerve left and right, and occasionally up and down. It takes practice.
  • You can easily kill the green Greedo aliens in the Cantina, but leave the blue alien alone. He's almost indestructible. Head right and grab Han Solo. His blaster is more powerful than Luke's and is more effective against Stormtroopers.
  • While floating up air shafts, hold Up on the directional pad. You'll float even higher, and may even see other areas of the stage.

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Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away what happened? Yes, Force Fans -- Star Wars!

Star Wars by JVC brings that epic space saga from the movies to the NES with a vengeance. Don't worry, Junior Jedis, Lucasfilms Games is behind this one and It's well-done.

Rebel with a Cause

Star Wars is a rousing action game that meshes several game styles together into one braing-busting adventure. You get side view, horizontally-scrolling run-and-gun action overhead view combat, and first-person perspective shoot-em-ups.

To a certain extent, you dictate the action. There are no levels or stages. On Tatooine and in the Death Star you find your friends, pick up items, and uncover some info, but you don't need everyone and everything to get to the end.

Episode IV: A New Hope

The game stays fairly close to the movie's storyline, at least many of the key events and locations are here. You start on the planet Tatooine, where you explore caves, visit the Mos Eisley Spaceport including the Cantina, and break into a Jawa Sandcrawler. Be prepared for much jumping and shooting.

ProTips:

  • This is critical. You can make an extra long leap by holding dawn B, the pressing a direction and quickly rolling your thumb onto A. You don't need a running start, but it takes practice.
  • Rolling conveyor belts can help you make awesome leaps up info the air.
  • The Caves have secret areas.
  • The invincible purple creature In the Cantina travels the length of his blast then he turns around and fires again.

Then, you're in the pilot's seat of the Millennium Falcon flying through an asteroid field (the remnants of Alderaan). Next, try to rescue Princess Leia from the Death Star with more sideview shooting (yeah, you muck around in the trash compactor, too).

  • Ladders help you attack the Power Station. Han's firepower helps. You fly a Rebel Alliance X-Wing fighter against a TIE-fighter squadron. In the final overhead view battle you blast your way through the Death Star's trenches.
  • It's impossible to bring your sights onto TIE-fighters at the edge of the screen. Wait until they head towards the center of the screen.
  • During the first-person shooting, green TIE-fighter bolts only damage you if they hit between the struts of the forward view screen. You can shoot them, too.

You also get most of your favorite Star Wars characters. Yoau start out as Luke Skywalker and you can pick up Han Solo and Princess Leia. Those three handle the action and you switch among them any time via an RPG-style character/item screen. They each have different levels of blaster power and a few skills. Obi-Wan Kanobi, R2-D2 and S-3PO join you but they're only there as advisors. Of course, Darth Vader brings his evil presence to the party. However, Chewbacca's missing. Lucasfilms says that with all the stuff programmed into the game there was no room for the Big Fella. As Chewy himself would say "Aaaaarrrh!"

  • Looking for Han? He's waiting at Mos Eisley.
  • Han Solo's firepower is best against Boba Fett.
  • On Totooine, Obi-Wan's somewhere in the Blue Cave that-doesn't drip green ooze.

The Dark Side

Overall, the graphics and animation are better than most, but they're a mixed bag. There are good-looking close-up screens of the familiar Star Wars heroes and villains and some great backgrounds and cinema sequences. The first person shooting and overhead flying look sharp. However, the creatures and bad guys just look okay.

R2D2 helps you find Leia on the Death Star.

May the Force Be with You

This is one of the toughest games around. The villains are aggressive and most take several hits to destroy. Your character must do much jumping, and it's tough to make precise stops because they slide when they land. Also, hard landings cost life points. You get three lives max. Since there's no backup feature or password system, players with low self-esteem beware.

Star Wars conjures up the spirit of that great movie, but you really need to use Force to beat the game. What's next? What else? Episode V: The Empire Strikes Baск!

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Capcom
  • Machine: GameBoy
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Available: October 1992
  • Theme: Action

A New Hope for Freedom

While the war goes on against the Galactic Empire, young Luke Skywalker does not even know how involved he really is. Luke starts out in his Landspeeder, searching all over the Tatooine desert for his lost droid, R2-D2. Guide your Landspeeder to different entrances within the desert to find weapons and energy while facing dangerous Jawas and gun turrets. Within the spaceport, you must match guns with Stormtroopers and bounty hunters. Find the Cantina and search for Han Solo, as he can pilot the Millennium Falcon and search for the Death Star's tractor beam. Access the help of C-3PO, R2D2, Obi-Wan Kenobi and others with the Select screen. These characters will help as you talk to them to get information, weaponry and their skills. If you can survive all of this mayhem, maybe you can destroy the Death Star and become a Jedi Knight in the future!

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: U.S. Gold
  • # of players: 1
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: October 1993
  • Number of Levels: 23
  • Theme: Action

Return to the thrills and excitement of Star Wars. This Game Gear translation is as close to the movie as you can get. This game has cinemas and music directly from the film. Throughout the game you play as heroes, like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia. Travel to famous locales like the Mos Eisly's Cantina and the Death Star.

LEVEL ONE: THE CAPTURED REBEL SHIP

The rebel ship has been captured, and Princess Leia has the plans that could destroy the Empire's ultimate weapon - the Death Star! Controlling the princess, you must find R2-D2, and hide the plans from him. To get to the little droid, you must dodge the many Stormtroopers who are hunting you down.

LEVEL TWO: TO THE SANDCRAWLER

Young Luke Skywalker's uncle has purchased both R2-D2 and C3P0. Unfortunately, R2 has disappeared. Control Luke as he tries to get to the sand-crawler, where the droid is hidden. Acquire the blaster icon for increased firepower.

LEVEL THREE: INSIDE THE CRAWLER...

Escape the Jawas and the mechanical traps in your quest to find R2-D2.

LEVEL FOUR: TO THE CAVES

Face Sand People and weird flying creatures on your way to the caves.

LEVEL FIVE: THE CAVES

Find old Ben Kenobi inside the cave. He will give you the powerful Lightsaber.

LEVEL SIX: OFF TO THE LANDSPEEDER

The Imperials are on your trail: you'd better flee to your trusty LandSpeeder.

LEVEL SEVEN: MOS EISL SPACEPORT

One of the most loathsome spots in the galaxy, you must find someone to take you off of Tatooine. The Cantina is a good place to check out. Just watch yourself - things could get a little rowdy.

LEVEL EIGHT-ELEVEN TO HIRE A SHIP..

Find Han Solo, a smuggler more than willing to leave Tatooine.

THE MILLENNIUM FALCON

Take off in the Millennium Falcon, and head toward Alderaan. What's with the asteroid field? Mark-up another planet to the Empire. There's a lot more action up ahead. This is no small game. You're on your own from here.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: U.S. Gold
  • Machine: Game Gear
  • Theme: Action
  • Release: 1993
  • No. of Levels: 23

People say:

8

It's not just the Genesis that is starting to get better titles, but its little cousin, the Game Gear, as well! Star Wars is by far one of the best-looking games for this system to date! The sounds aren't bad and the game play is really good! Those who really loved the 16-Bit versions of this classic sci-fi thriller will go head - over-heels for this one! I hope that more of these games just keep on coming!

8

What a surprise! I find this version more fun than its 16-Bit counterpart. Although it seems rather strange watching the princes run around with a blaster, the colorful graphics and upbeat sound effects keep the game exciting. The game plays very quickly, but there's no loss of control. If you're lucky enough to get a Game Gear this Christmas, make sure you pick up Star Wars. It's a lot of fun!

8

A short time from now in a Game Gear not far away you'll be able to experience the action of Star Wars. This is the best portable game I've seen all month and really is impressive considering the system it's on. Colorful graphics and above average music bring the action onto the portable scene. Intense game play and hours of challenge will make this one of your favorite bring-along. Good job, now let's see Empire!

7

For a translation of what was originally a very good game for a superior system, Star Wars for the Game Gear comes off rather well! Even with the lower graphics and sound, fans of the 16- and 8-Bit versions of the blockbuster science fiction trilogy will be right at home with this one! The game does change the movie around some, but hey -that's half the surprise! This one sports good control, too!

reggie posted a review
  • Machine: Game Boy

Star Wars For Game Boy

Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Darth Vader, R2D2, and C3PO are coming to the Game Boy in a new title based on the hit Star Wars movie. But unlike the NES version, which is a collaboration between Lucasfilm and JVC, the Game Boy version will be designed by UbiSoft, a French software company that specializes in computer games. Star Wars will be UbiSoft's first title for the Game Boy. UbiSoft says the game is scheduled for release sometime in 1992.

reggie posted a review
  • Levels: 8+
  • Theme: Action
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Players: 1
  • Available: November

May The Force be With You!

In a period of civil war, rebel forces attacked the Galactic Empire, from hidden bases. This surprise attack caught the Empire off guard and the rebels won an easy victory..

During the battle the rebels managed to steal secret plans to the Death Star - an armored space station so big it could wipe out an entire planet with one direct shot.

Your mission is to destroy the Death Star before the Dark Forces have a chance to use it. You must use the plans and try to figure out how to destroy the Empire. Thee you must seek out and destroy Death Star to complete your mission.

Before you destroy the empire, you have to find one of the two droids you bought from the Jawas that has disappeared. Then, go to the Death Star and rescue Princess Leia.

R2-D2

R2-D2 is important because he will give you maps of the Death Star and help you in the control room. R2-D2 can't be used in battle.

Princess Leia

Leia is very helpful in combat. Her only line of attack is with a laser pistol. You'll find her in the Death Star prison.

Han Solo

You'll find Han in the first scene being attack by bounty hunters. If you save him he'll give you a lift to the Death Star.

C3PO

C3PO is the information man on this mission. His sole purpose is to give you data and tell you where to go and what to do. Thus, you can't use him in combat.

Luke Skywalker

Luke can use two weapons, a laser pistol, or a light Saber, which he got from Obi in the first scene.

reggie posted a review
  • Type: Adv.
  • Available: November 1991
  • Levels: 8+
  • Difficulty: Average

Based off of the classic hit movie, Star Wars follows the plot of the movie almost exactly. As you proceed through the plot, you can collect important items such as blasters, light sabres, and many other useful items. Also you can find your friends and switch off from one to another. Speed over Tatowene in your landspeeder or switch to a side scrolling shooter in Mos Eisley. Fun for all ages!

People say:

7

Star Wars is a pretty cool adaptation of the movie on which its based. It combines basic RPG elements with a number of different play themes and static intermissions to move the story along. The set-up is painfully tedious at times when you have to repeat areas, but all-in-all it's a good effort.

4

The movie set standards the industry is still trying to equal; the company can perform magic; the game unfortunately does neither and is very flat and ordinary. Not enough variety, the action never gets intense, and it just doesn't have the Star Wars excitement. A big disappointment.

6

Sorry to say that this game isn't as great as the movie it is based on. The graphics are detailed and the space scenes are awesome, but action scenes could have been spiced up lightsaber battles. It is a good cart but lacks elements that would make it a great cart.

8

All right! As the number one fan of the Lucasfilm movie series. I've been waiting (rather impatiently) for this game! Let me tell you, it's hot! This line of Lucasfilm titles (Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as sequels) are sure to be loaded with intensity and challenge!

reggie posted a review

May the force be with you as you go up against Darth Vader and the dark side. Four first person 3-D scenes highlight this much anticipated NES game.

reggie posted a review

One of the most popular movies of our time is being brought to your NES by the folks who brought it to the big screen way back in 1977, Lucas film, Ltd. Star Wars will feature most of the major plot elements of the original movie. The game opens with Luke Skywalker on the Tatooine Desert in his landspeeder. He must search for Obi-Wan Kenobi, who will give him a Light Saber and school him in the ways of the Force.

Next, it's on to the town of Mos Eisley where Luke must fend off Imperial Storm-Troopers and recruit Han Solo, pilot of the Millenium Falcon. Then the duo must rescue Princess Leia from Darth Vader, who is holding her prisoner on the Death Star.

Star Wars is a real standout in the NES world. It features an incredible mix of different types of game play: side-scrolling battle segments, four first-person 3-D space flight action sequences, and top-down travelling in the Tatooine Desert and in the trenches of the Death Star. You can also play to seven different endings!

Non-linear game play (you decide what order you complete areas) and multiple character control also help make Star Wars the game to get this Fall. Look for it sometime in October - and look for the sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, sometime in January 1992.

reggie posted a review
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