Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Is the handheld world ready to take on the Dark Side? Super Return of the Jedi, a hit on the SNES, rockets onto the Game Gear and brings the Force with it.
The eternal struggle for peace in the galaxy pits young Jedi Luke Skywalker- along with his friends Leia, Han, Wicket, and Chewbacca - against the evil Empire. The Empire is assembling a new weapon, the rebuilt Death Star, and it's almost complete.
Choose between five of the rebel's finest as you undertake four tough missions: rescuing Han Solo from Jabba the Hut's clutches, destroying the shield generator on the moon of Endor, eradicating the Death Star, and wiping out the Dark Side once and for all.
Controlling the spread of evil has never been easier, thanks to Super Jedi's efficient controls. Fighting and dodging enemies is a breeze whether you're on foot, behind the wheel of the Millennium Falcon, or on a speeder bike.
Super Jedi's graphics and sounds make this a game fit for a 16-bit system. Crystal-clear sprites and backgrounds, backed up by an excellent rendition of the familiar theme music, make this cart a close second to the SNES version.
It's up to you to save the galaxy from Darth Vader and the Emperor, and it won't be easy. But Game Gear owners everywhere will love trying. Are you up to the challenge? If so, the Force is with you, young Jedi.
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T-HQ's done a good job of picking up top titles from other developers and translating them for the handheld systems. Its latest efforts are versions of Super Return of the Jedi for the Game Gear and Game Boy. This action/adventure classic, the third in the Star Wars trilogy from LucasArts, is a good addition to the handheld library.
- Manufacturer: JVC
- Machine: Super NES
Use The Force!
Some nifty tricks for the protectors of good and enemies of the dark side. Most aren't real useful, but getting extra continues is vital in finishing this monstrous game.
- Machine: SNES.
- Manufacturer: by Sculptured Software. publisher JVC.
Face Your Destiny
The first time, you won. The second time, they won. This time... There won't be a next time.
What you are about to experience will either destroy you - or make you a hero. Vader. Jabba. The rancor. The Death Star. The Emperor (yes, the Emperor!). Mode 7 graphics... Your worst nightmare brought to life in a massive 16-meg galaxy far, far away. But don't panic, young Jedi. You get to play five different Star Wars characters, including Wicket the Ewok and Princess Leia. Plus, you've got the Force on your side. Training is over. Prepare to face your destiny!
If any movie series deserves full-blown video game action/adventure treatment, it's Star Wars. Super Return of the Jedi is the last installment of JVC's Star Wars video games, but like the movie series, it leaves you wishing for more.
The Force Is With Us
The Empire is reconstructing the Death Star, and the Rebels want to rain on its parade.
The problem is, members of the Rebellion (namely Luke, Chewie, and Leia) must find Han Solo first. As you may Aw remember, Jabba the Hut has Solo on ice, so the game's first part deals with locating the Han-side in Jabba's Palace. The rest of the game takes place in the exotic Endor jungles (where you play as Wicket the Ewok), aboard Jabba's Sand Cruiser, and in the Shield Generator on Endor. Everything finally ends with a confrontation between the Emperor and Luke.
ProTip: To defeat the Rancor Pit Monster, pick Chewie, stand on the rock to the far left side of the screen, and blast away. Spin whenever the Rancor breathes fire.
In keeping with Star Wars' multifaceted universe, you encounter many creatures that were minor characters in Return of the Jedi, like Jabba's giggling sidekick, Salacious Crumb. You also see lots of Stormtroopers, pig-faced Gamorrean guards, and a vast assortment of other weird creatures, both mechanical and biological.
- To rid the world of Jabba, use Leia. Whip Jabba, but quickly back up when he advances. Jump and spin to knock him off when he gets close.
- There's a two-up loop on the far right of the second level inside Jabba's Sand Cruiser. Use it to pump up your lives to max.
At the beginning of each stage you choose a different character. There are even three versions of Princess Leia (disguised as the bounty hunter, Bousch; in her slave-girl outfit; and as a Rebel trooper), along with Han, Chewie, Luke, and Wicket. Each character has their own weapon of choice and varying life-bar lengths. You must decide which character is best suited for each situation and, if you lose a life, you're allowed to choose someone else (except in the Ewok stage, where you must play as Wicket).
Doing away with the Emperor takes practice and patience. Use the Deflect Force power and hit him when he flies. Break objects in the foreground for more Force power-ups and repeat your attacks until he's dethroned.
Super ROTJ's graphics bring back a lot of memories for Star Wars video game veterans. The Tatooine landscape returns in Jabba's stages (he was, after all, a Tatooine resident in the movie), but there are also numerous similarities between stages in this game and those in previous games in the series, like Jabba's Sand Cruiser and the Sandcrawler from Super Star Wars. The inside of Jabba's Palace also compares suspiciously to the Cantina stage from SSW. The sprites are small and undetailed, which is normal for the series, but the end-level enemies are huge and monstrous, which leads to some slowdown.
Use Leia (in her slave attire) inside Jabba's Sand Cruiser. Her spin attack defeats most minor enemies.
Once again, the music is the best. Although many voice and sound samples have been recycled from the previous titles, you'll find a couple of hew ones, like the Stormtroopers shouting "Stop!" John 'Williams' music is as uplifting and inspiring as always, and the score perfectly reflects the mood of each stage.
The first boss outside Jabba's Palace is simple if you play as Chewie. Just shoot at its head, and then jump back to avoid the arc of its swing. Spin if the creature gets close.
A World Pot of Control
Control, which has always been a frustrating factor in this series, continues to be a problem. Difficult leaps of faith are the norm in many instances, which is frustrating and not conducive to the fast action. Switching Force Powers is also time consuming and tricky when playing as Luke, but for the rest of the crew, it's shoot or be shot.
This Boss pulls standard charge-and-fire attacks. Jump over him and shoot arrows from the edge of the screen.
The Empire (Barely) Strikes Back
So what's not so super about Super Return of the Jedi? For one thing, the bosses are so easy to beat that most intermediate players will breeze through them. Also, the levels become repetitious to the point that you may get lost in them if you don't remember where you are, and you get a sense of seen it, done it throughout the game. Whereas Super Empire introduced a cool rotational Walker sequence, Super Return doesn't really introduce anything new or spectacular. While fans of the movies may think the Jedi juice is still there, serious side-scrollers who expect the excitement of the game to match the movie may think about turning to the dark side of the Force.