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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
Players1
ModesSingle player
Preceded byReturn of the Jedi
Followed byStar Wars (Namco)
SeriesStar 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.

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