Games > PC
May 12, 1987
Vektor Grafix / Broderbund Software
Star Wars Saga Timeline:
0 BBY / ABY
The first PC game ever made based on the blockbuster series, Star Wars is a primitive-looking first-person shooter that is nonetheless a very good conversion of the Atari arcade game of the same name. The game puts you in the role of Luke Skywalker, in the X-Wing cockpit, fighting wave after wave of the Empire's TIE Fighters in a dramatic space drama that culminates in the attack on the Death Star itself.
Each successive Death Star run greatly increases the difficulty; TIE Fighters shoot more often, there are more Laser towers and batteries in the second round, and there are many more obstacles and laser fire during the trench run. Unlike the movie, where the units shoot beams similar to lasers, the enemy units in this game shoot projectiles resembling fireballs, in order to give the player a chance to destroy the fired shots.
The plot for this game was used again in the Nintendo GameCube game, Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader. The first level of the game (after the tutorial) is the attack on the Death Star, divided into three parts, just like the arcade game: dogfighting with TIE fighters, destroying gun turrets, and the final attack run on the Death Star.
This exact conversion of the Atari 2600 version of the game is an unlockable feature in the Nintendo GameCube game; Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike (Limited Edition Preview Disc). Look in the GameCube section of this website and find out how to unlock it.
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