Star Wars Rebel Assault

a game by LucasArts
Platforms: Sega CD, 3DO
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 4 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: All Star Wars Games
Star Wars Rebel Assault
Star Wars Rebel Assault
Star Wars Rebel Assault
Star Wars Rebel Assault

Star Wars happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, blit it's certainly still near and dear to many hearts. Now you can join the Rebel Alliance against the evil Empire, but it's an uneven fight. The 3DO ver sion features excellent visuals, but you need the Force to master the flighty controls.

Rookie, But No Wookie

Rebel zooms you through 15 chapters based on the original Star Wars movie. Leia, CP30, R2D2, and Darth Vader make brief cameos, but the main cast is brand new. Basic flight training prepares you for daredevil dogfights leading up to a planet-busting showdown against the Death Star.

You fly A Wings and X-Wings through various hairy maneuvers. The training flights are nicely tied to skills you need later, such as running an asteroid field and chasing TIE fighters through canyons. Clashes with Imperial forces look mesmerizing, and they're lengthy and very tough. However, much of the game's challenge is the result of clumsy controls.

The Force Is Not with You

The controls suffer from a skittish and slow directional pad. In behind-the-ship view dogfights, sensitive directionals make your ship rock like a bucking bronco. During behind-the-character gun battles against Storm Troopers, they're slower than Jabba the Hutt.

In cockpit view action, the directionals pull dizzying double duty. They move the targeting cursor all over the screen, but they also control the ship's vertical and horizontal movement. You can't make turns unless you shove the cursor to the screen edge.

At least the awesome graphics put on a spectacular show. A few scenes are digitized from the movie, but the majority are excellent computer generated visuals.

The sounds are also sweet. You get plenty of crystaldear voice and forceful effects.

Of course, the classic theme enjoys a reverent presentation.

Rebel Without A Cause

Rebel Assault launches an assault on your senses with mixed results. Superb graphics and sound immerse you in an excellent Star Wars saga. Imprecise controls will drive you to the Dark Side.

ProTips:

  • Feel your way through asteroid fields by watching the autoscrolling and then pressing the directionals to exaggerate the left-to-right movement. You must destroy most of the gray ice asteroids, but not all of them.
  • When you attack the Imperial Destroyer, knock out the closest guns on every pass.
  • When you hit the miniwalkers in Chapter 5, swing your sights along a line of them to score multiple hits.

Download Star Wars Rebel Assault

Sega CD

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

3DO

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

It seems like those poor Rebels never get a break these days. Rebel Assault offers the same game play and control found on its PC and Sega CD counterpart, but the musical score from John Williams and digitized movie scenes add an entertaining twist. Try to rent this title first to find out if you like what you see.

People say:

7

Possibly being the biggest Star Wars fan around, I was eagerly anticipating this cart. The music made this game I love John Williams' soundtracks. The graphics hurt this game considerably, especially when they only use about four colors on-screen. It plays pretty well, and I really like the Star Destroyer scene. Star Wars fans might be a little disappointed, but it's not bad once you play it for a while

6

This game had so much hype around it, it's almost sad that it came off so badly, particularly due to limitations of the Sega CD. The color palette is so poor in many scenes that you never know you're going to hit something until it's too late The music is right from the movie, the voices are good, and the cinemas are nice and lengthy, but alas, the color palette kills them. Hey, how about bringing this to the 3DO?

5

Even though Rebel Assault is loaded with full-motion flight and battle renderings, I just didn't find this game all that exciting. For one thing, the lack of colors really hindered game play and at times, you couldn't tell where your ship was going, resulting in a crash. Flight controls also need to be improved because the ship moves awkwardly and sometimes feels unresponsive. It just doesn't do Star Wars justice.

6

Being a big fan of the Star Wars series I tried to give this one a chance but to no avail. I've never really liked flight sims and this one shows the reasons why. The digitized looking graphics are just too grainy and the game play is simple and not interesting enough to maintain your attention. However, there are some excellent cinema scenes and a large variety of levels. It's not my kind of force but it may be yours.

The Star Wars trilogy is one of the best sci-fi films ever seen and now it can be played on the Sega CD.

Footage from the trilogy and the technology of the Sega CD combine to give you an arcade-like shooter with an incredible soundtrack and fantastic digitized graphics that will surely attract Star Wars fans. The game is based on the series which delivers the true settings and narration from the blockbuster movie.

In the game, you will able to fly the T16 Skyhopper, X-Wing Starfighter, the Snowspeeder, and the A-WIng Starfighter against the Empire's arsenal. It would be a good idea to train first to improve your flying and shooting skills before taking on the Empire. You will encounter many enemies with this challenging addition to the CD-ROM. May the Force be with you.

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