|Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back|
|System(s)||Atari 2600, Intellivision|
|Mode(s)||Single player, Multiplayer|
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- This guide is for the 1982 Parker Brothers Atari 2600 and Intellivision game. For the 1985 Atari Games arcade game, and the 1992 JVC NES and Game Boy game, see The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1992).
- This is the first game in the Star Wars series. For other games in the series see the Star Wars category.
In the game, the player controls a snowspeeder to battle against Imperial AT-AT walkers on the planet Hoth. The goal is to hold off the walkers as long as possible before they blow up the power generator at the Rebels' Echo Base. The difficulty levels included several variables, including the initial speed of the walkers, whether or not the walkers were solid, and whether or not the walkers included a "smart bomb".
The player can destroy a walker by shooting it repeatedly in the head or torso; shots to the legs are ineffective. As the walker is damaged, it changes colors - transitioning from black (undamaged) through various shades of gray, red, and orange to yellow (critically damaged). The player can also destroy the walkers by shooting a small flashing spot that randomly appears during gameplay. On the Intellivision, the walkers require thirty hits to take down, compared to forty-eight hits on the Atari.
The walkers shoot back at the player, whose speeder also changes colors as it receives damage. The player can land a damaged speeder to repair it. On some game levels, the walkers are solid, meaning that the player can crash into them, damaging them and destroying the player. Other levels include a smart bomb which periodically launches from the flashing port on a walker and follows the player for a time. If the player is hit by the smart bomb his speeder is destroyed. Occasionally, the player is granted the power of The Force. When this happens, the speeder flashes colorfully and becomes invulnerable for a short time. The game ends when five speeders are destroyed or when the lead walker reaches Echo Base, destroying it. As the game progresses, the walkers move more rapidly, increasing the difficulty level.
Table of Contents
Star 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 · Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Fighting: Masters of Teräs Käsi
First-person shooter: Republic Commando