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The Empire Strikes Back
Box artwork for The Empire Strikes Back.
Developer(s) Atari Games
Publisher(s) Atari Games
Release date(s)
Genre(s) First-person shooter
System(s) Arcade, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Atari ST, Commodore Amiga
Players 1
Mode(s) Single player
Preceded by Return of the Jedi
Followed by Star Wars (Namco)
Series Star Wars
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This guide is for the 1985 Atari Games arcade game. For the 1982 Parker Brothers Atari 2600 and Intellivision game, and the 1992 JVC NES and Game Boy game, see Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1992).

The Empire Strikes Back (fully titled Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back) is a first-person shooter arcade game that was released by Atari Games in 1985; it runs on the same hardware as the original Star Wars arcade game (two Motorola M6809s and four Atari Pokey sound chips running up at 1.512 MHz, with a Texas Instruments TMS-5220 at 640 KHz). It is the third and final title in the original Star Wars series, despite being based on the second film in the trilogy - and it was also Atari's only vector game after Major Havoc, but only sold as a conversion for existing cabinets of the original Star Wars.

The first level sees the player guiding Luke Skywalker over the ice planet of Hoth on a SnowSpeeder while destroying the Empire's Probots; however, the second level sees him against the Empire's AT-AT Imperial Walkers and AT-ST Scout Walkers (the SnowSpeeder will also have a limited amount of harpoons on this level which can be fired off at the Imperial Walkers' legs to destroy them). The third level will see control switched to Han Solo in the Millennium Falcon in a repeat of the original game's TIE Fighter sequence - and the fourth and final level sees him piloting it through an asteroid field. By destroying a certain amount of enemies, the player will receive bonus points and a letter will light up in the word JEDI; once all four are lit, the player shall become invulnerable for a short period of time.

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