Star Wars review - Nintendo Entertainment System

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The galaxy is being ripped apart by civil war! Striking from a hidden base, a huge organisation of rebels are launching attacks against the Imperial Empire - a force of evil threatening to consume the entire cosmos!

To make their conquest of the stars complete, the Empire have created the dreaded Death Star - a space station of immeasurable proportions with the most powerful weapons systems ever devised. With this planet-destroying tool at their disposal, the Empire aspire to rid the stars of the Rebellion once and for all and have a lot of evil fun and diabolical laughter into the bargain.

But the Empire's plans are not foolproof. Using her position in the Imperial Senate for cover, Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan has stolen the blueprints for the mighty space station and secreted them in the memory circuits of a certain R2 unit.

The Empire caught up with Leia and now have her held hostage in the Death Star. However, the R2 unit along with its translator droid counterpart reached an escape pod and jettisoned off to the desert world of Tatooine, where they became the property of someone by the name of Luke Skywalker.

The Empire, however, want their blueprints back...

What the Mean Machines staff thought


" Star Wars is the best Nintendo game since Mario III! The first thing to hit you about this game is its sheer size - even the first level, the desert world of Tatooine is vast, with HUGE caves to explore. Later on the game's even bigger - you really believe that the Death Star is the size of a small moon! The graphics on every level are excellently refined, with instantly recognisable backdrops and sprites. The sound is brill too, with tunes lifted straight from the movie (even each character has his or her own tune!). The effects are superb as well - the throbbing hum of the light sabre has been captured perfectly! Special mention must go to the ground-breaking, drool-inducing 3D sections - you won't believe that a Nintendo game could look so good! The game's a toughie too - after days of non-stop exhaustive play, the MEAN MACHINES lot could only see just over half of the game! Make no bones about it, Star Wars is completely brilliant. Get the message? "

" Star Wars is one of my all-time favourite films, so I was keenly anticipating this and I'm happy to say it doesn't disappoint in the slightest. Before you ask, it's not a conversion of the coin-op but is instead an original game based on the film and boy is it massive! The bulk of the action is platform-based, as Luke first assembles the team and then moves to the Death Star to rescue Leia. There are also 3D sections, including negotiating an asteroid storm in the Millennium Falcon, shooting down the pursuing Tie Fighters as you escape from the Death Star, the final battle above the Death Star in the X-Wing AND the spectacular trench run sequence! The gameplay is just brilliant. It's tough, but amazingly addictive. You seem to progress a little further each time, so you keep on going back to see what's around the next corner. The graphics are also excellent, with small, but nicely detailed sprites, great 3D sequences and stunning still and intermission screens. The sound consists of a whole bunch of instantly recognisable tunes. Star Wars is one of the best Nintendo games yet seen - I can't wait for The Empire Strikes Back! "


Overall Score95%

Laurie - 23 Jun 2008, 14:49 GMT

Star Wars is more old hat than my great grandfather's trilby. Nevertheless, this NES release is a superb game in it's own right. The extra chips packed into the cart are much in evidence as the gameplay, sound and graphics change dramatically from level to level without any weak sub-games or hint of slow down. The cart possesses that characteristic NES difficulty curve as continuous play is rewarded by a well defined game progression. Well worth the huge asking price at the time even if you were not a fan of reclusive Californian film directors with bizarre bonces.

 Mean Machines Issue 16 - January 1992
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