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Return of the Jedi
Box artwork for Return of the Jedi.
Developer(s) Atari
Publisher(s) Atari
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Isometric shooter
System(s) Arcade, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, Sinclair ZX Spectrum
Players 1
Mode(s) Single player
Preceded by Star Wars
Followed by The Empire Strikes Back
Series Star Wars
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Return of the Jedi (fully titled Star Wars: Return of the Jedi) is an isometric shooter arcade game, that was released by Atari in 1984; it utilises two Motorola M6502s (the first running at 2.5 MHz, and the second at 1.512 MHz), with four of Atari's Pokey sound chips running at 1.512 MHz and a Texas Instruments TMS-5220 running at 672 KHz for sound. It is the second title for that original Star Wars series - however, as the name suggests, it is based on the third film in the trilogy (the first Star Wars game was based on Episode IV: A New Hope), and the second film, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, did not gain a game based on it until 1985 (it was Atari's only vector game after Major Havoc).

The game begins with the player guiding Princess Leia through the forest on Endor on a Speed Bike towards the Ewok Village while destroying enemy Stormtroopers; on reaching the village and joining C3-PO and R2-D2, the player must guide Chewbacca through a second part of the forest in a Scout Walker while avoiding other Scout Walkers, rolling logs, and catapulted rocks. But at the same time, Lando Calrissian is flying the Millennium Falcon towards the Death Star while destroying enemy TIE Fighters, so the game switches back and forth between the two characters every few seconds - and once Calrissian is inside the Death Star he must fly through a narrow tube leading to its reactor and shoot it, then turn around and escape from the Death Star before it explodes. The game then starts over again at a higher level of difficulty, but the order in which the scenes are played is randomised.

Table of Contents

editStar Wars series

Action: The Empire Strikes Back · Return of the Jedi: Death Star Battle · Return of the Jedi: Ewok Adventure · Jedi Arena · Star Wars (Namco) · Droids · Star Wars (Beam Software) · The Empire Strikes Back (1992) · Super Star Wars · Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back · Rebel Assault · Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi · Shadows of the Empire · Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire · Demolition · Episode I: Battle for Naboo · Starfighter · Jedi Starfighter · The Clone Wars · Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force · Bounty Hunter · The New Droid Army · Flight of the Falcon · Kinect · Attack Squadrons

Adventure: Yoda Stories

Action-adventure: Droid Works · Episode I: The Phantom Menace · Episode I: Jedi Power Battles · Episode I: Obi-Wan's Adventures · Obi-Wan · Episode II: Attack of the Clones · Episode III: Revenge of the Sith · Lethal Alliance · The Force Unleashed · The Clone Wars: Jedi Alliance · The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels · The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes · The Force Unleashed II

Arcade: Star Wars · Return of the Jedi · The Empire Strikes Back (Atari) · Arcade · Trilogy Arcade · Angry Birds · Angry Birds II · Battle Pod

Fighting: Masters of Teräs Käsi

Racing: Episode I: Racer · Racer Arcade · Super Bombad Racing · Racer Revenge

RPG: Star Wars Galaxies (Jump to Lightspeed) · Uprising · Galaxy of Heroes

Strategy: Rebellion · Force Commander · Galactic Battlegrounds · Empire at War (Forces of Corruption)

First-person shooter: Republic Commando

Sub-series: Battlefront · Dark Forces · Knights of the Old Republic · LEGO · Rogue Squadron · X-Wing