Title: Star Wars
Release Date: 1983
Class: Wide Release
Maximum number of players: 1
Number of simultaneous players: 1
- Joystick: Aerial controls
- Total Buttons: 2
Overview:Star Wars is a single-player 3-D shoot-em-up based on the legendary movie of the same name. The player takes on the role of Luke Skywalker (Red Five) whose goal is to blow up the infamous "Death Star" by firing a Proton Torpedo into an exposed exhaust port situated on the Death Star's surface.
Facts & Trivia:Released in May 1983. 10,245 Upright units were sold ate the price of $2,295.
Also released as "Star Wars [Cockpit model]".
The basic game engine for Star Wars was converted from a 2-year old space game project called 'Warp-Speed', which was designed to develop 3-D image capabilities. The controls were adapted from the controls used for Army "Battle Zone".
Star Wars was the first Atari game to have speech. The game featured several digitized samples of voices from the movie. The most memorable was the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi, after losing the game, stating 'The force will be with you--always'.
Hidden In-game Message : On odd-numbered levels, when approaching the Death Star and right after hitting the exhaust port, the message 'MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU' is visible on the surface of the Death Star. On even-numbered levels, the programmer's names appear on the Death Star :
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Game Ports:Atari 2600 (1983)
Atari 5200 (1984)
Nintendo GameCube (2003, "Star Wars Rogue Squadron III - Rebel Strike Limited Edition Preview Disc") : contains the Original game.
Tandy colour Computer (1984, "Space Wrek")
Commodore C64 (1987)
Atari ST (1987)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1987)
Amstrad CPC (1988)
Commodore Amiga (1988)
Tips & Tricks / More info:* In the tower scene, you can shoot fireballs that are hidden behind the towers. In the trench scene, you can shoot fireballs through the catwalks.
* Moving the flight yoke far left and far right during the attract mode will switch between the instructions and the high score list.
* In the trench you can 'use the force' and get bonus points by not shooting ANYTHING until you reach the exhaust port. The text 'USE THE FORCE' is shown at the top of the screen until you shoot. The bonus is actually awarded just before you have to shoot the exhaust port, so it's possible to take out some of the gun turrets at the end, too.
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