For other uses, see Star Wars (disambiguation).

Star Wars is a video game released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1991. The head designer was Akila Redmer with Kalani Streicher as one of the developers. The object is to pilot a landspeeder around Tatooine, explore caves, assemble all the necessary characters, gather a lightsaber and shields for the Millennium Falcon, navigate through a meteor shower to the Death Star, battle stormtroopers, and destroy the Death Star. A port of the game for the Nintendo's Game Boy was released in 1992.

Opening crawl[edit | edit source]

EPISODE IV
A NEW HOPE
IT IS A PERIOD OF CIVIL
WAR. REBEL SPACESHIPS,
STRIKING FROM A HIDDEN
BASE, HAVE WON THEIR
FIRST VICTORY AGAINST THE
EVIL GALACTIC EMPIRE.

DURING THE BATTLE, REBEL
SPIES MANAGED TO STEAL
SECRET PLANS TO THE
EMPIRE'S ULTIMATE WEAPON,
THE DEATH STAR, AN
ARMORED SPACE STATION
WITH ENOUGH POWER TO
DESTROY AN ENTIRE PLANET.

PURSUED BY THE EMPIRE'S
SINISTER AGENTS, PRINCESS
LEIA RACES HOME ABOARD
HER STARSHIP, CUSTODIAN
OF THE STOLEN PLANS THAT
CAN SAVE HER PEOPLE AND
RESTORE FREEDOM TO THE
GALAXY....

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Tatooine Desert[edit | edit source]

"It's not my fault sir. Please Don't deactivate me. I told R2-D2 not to go but he's faulty, malfunctioning! He kept babbling on about his mission."
―C-3PO[src]

In the pursuit of the Empire, two droids in the service of the Rebellion, R2-D2 and C-3PO, manage to escape to the planet Tatooine. They are recovered by Jawas and are subsequently sold to Luke Skywalker and his Uncle Owen. Unbeknownst to his new owners, the smaller droid, R2-D2 slips away. C-3PO is left to explain to Skywalker that R2 spoke of fulfilling his mission before escaping. Luke takes C-3PO along as he uses his landspeeder to traverse the desolate wilderness of Tatooine, avoiding dangers such as charging banthas and strategic radar stations.

Having received word that the Rebel droids have the stolen Death Star plans, Darth Vader has sent a scouting party down to the Tatooine as well in hopes to intercept them. He sent out various Imperial Probes to search for the droids and use deadly force if encountered. Meanwhile his Stormtroopers have set up laser cannons throughout the desert to prevent any resistance to the Empire's operation.

Laser Cave[edit | edit source]

Luke's first stop is the cave entrance to the Laser Cave. Luke navigates the dark, expansive cavern while jumping over large gaps with deadly sharp bones at the bottom. Another deadly trap Luke encounters is volatile ooze dripping from the stalagmites on the ceiling. By the exit of the cave, Luke discovers a Blaster Power-Up, imbuing his sidearm blaster with a more powerful blast.

Sandcrawler[edit | edit source]

"My scanners show that R2-D2 is located in this Sandcrawler."
―C-3PO[src]

Continuing their search back on Luke's landspeeder, C-3PO's scanners confirm that R2-D2 is being held within the Jawas' massive Sandcrawler, confirming that R2-D2 was once again captured by Jawas as he traversed the Tatooine Desert alone.

Upon inquiring about R2-D2's whereabouts, Luke is immediately met with resistance from the Jawas, who now must fight his way to R2-D2's location. Luke discovers that the inner workings of the Sandcrawer double as traps for intruders, such as Metal Mashers that are made to pound scrap metal with deadly force. Luke also uses these mechanics to his advantage, as he runs along conveyer belts and jumps along anti-gravity Jump Boosters to ascend to higher levels, blasting hostile Jawas along the way. A blue guard robot proves formidable as it emits a devastating energy blast and is immune to Luke's blaster shots. After navigating the maze of the Sandcrawler, Luke finally finds R2-D2 in the very top. After being rescued, R2-D2 explains more of his mission to C-3PO: he is searching for his master, who is a resident of Tatooine by the name of General Kenobi.

Tusken Cave[edit | edit source]

"Sir, R2-D2 here says that he is the property of a General Kenobi."
―C-3PO[src]

Before investigating this lead, Luke searches nearby caves for supplies before advancing onwards. With C-3PO and R2-D2 in tow, Luke explores the Tusken Cave–named for its vicious native inhabitants. The uneven ground on the inside sets off deadly boulders barreling towards Luke, who continues to ascend the paths. The Tusken Cave is also plagued by dripping ooze, as well as crawling Sand Slugs, which Luke dispatches with his blaster. As the cave opens up, Luke is faced with smaller platforms that require long jumps to traverse. He dodges and blasts swarms of Sand Flies, who instinctively attack and try to knock Luke into the abyss below.

Deep inside the cave, it's primary inhabitants Sand People and Tusken Raiders recognize Luke as an intruder and attack without warning. In combat with Tusken Raiders, Luke avoids their swinging gaffi sticks and counterattacks when he is out of melee range. The Sand People carry out their attack with powerful energy blasts released from their body. Luke's reward for his trouble is recovering a Millennium Falcon shield before he escapes the cave.

Plot and gameplay[edit | edit source]

Luke Skywalker inside a cave on Tatooine

The plot of the game is mostly based on the story of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, with changes to suit a video game. Characters have to fight their way from scene to scene. Luke Skywalker must rescue R2-D2 from a Jawa sandcrawler, which he ends up in after leaving to find Obi-Wan Kenobi. He also travels through a series of caves on Tatooine filled with dangerous creatures. It also does not show Obi-Wan being killed by Vader, although the guide in Nintendo Power does nonetheless reference Obi-Wan's death at the hands of Vader.

For the most part, the game is a typical side-scrolling platformer. Luke uses the lightsaber as his primary attack, and he can also use the Force to execute special maneuvers like floating, speeding, and stopping time, among others. When the characters are rescued, they will help Luke by providing hints and other actions that are important to progress through the game. Between planets, the game switches to a first-person shooter perspective as the Millennium Falcon is forced to fight a wave of TIE fighters that prevent the player's entrance to the next planet. The final level involves using the X-wing against the Death Star. The X-wing travels through a long corridor; at the end, proton torpedoes will be shot automatically in order to destroy the station. If the player fails to get to the end before time runs out, the Death Star will destroy Yavin 4, and the game will be over.

Each character has different attributes. Obi-Wan Kenobi can resurrect Han Solo or Princess Leia five times. R2-D2 can display a map of Death Star hallways.

The game is particularly difficult, since it gives only three lives and two continues. The Millennium Falcon can sustain three hits before being destroyed, although collecting Millennium Falcon shield items beforehand can expand its life gauge to allow for nine hits.

Levels[edit | edit source]

  1. Laser Cave
  2. Rock Hounds' Lair
  3. Crawler Cavern
  4. Sandcrawler
  5. Obi-Wan's Cave
  6. Tusken Cave
  7. Raider's Lair
  8. Mos Eisley #1
  9. Cantina
  10. Mos Eisley #2
  11. Docking Bay 94
  12. Death Star Hangar
  13. Death Star Hallway #1
  14. Tractor Beam
  15. Death Star Hallway #2
  16. Trash Compactor
  17. Millennium Falcon Gunner
  18. X-Wing
  19. Death Star Trench

Appearances[edit | edit source]

By type 
Characters Creatures Droid models Events Locations
Organizations and titles Sentient species Vehicles and vessels Weapons and technology Miscellanea

Characters

Creatures

Droid models

Events

Locations

Organizations and titles

Sentient species

Vehicles and vessels

Weapons and technology

Miscellanea

Sources[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
Books
Canon full adaptations:

Junior novelization · The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy · Golden Book · The Rise of a Hero · The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight · Star Wars in Pictures: The Original Trilogy · The Original Trilogy Stories · Star Wars Treasury: The Original Trilogy · The Power of the Dark Side · Studio Fun · Star Wars: A New Hope: 6 stories in 1

Legends full adaptations:
Novel · Junior novelization · Mighty Chronicles · Classic Star Wars · Random House · Shakespeare · Choose Your Own Star Wars Adventure · A Storybook · The Star Wars Storybook · Shimmer Book
Canon Partial adaptations:
Escape from Darth Vader · Trouble on Tatooine · Trapped in the Death Star! · Death Star Battle · The Chewbacca Story · A Leader Named Leia · 5-Minute Star Wars Stories · 5-Minute Star Wars Stories Strike Back
Legends Partial adaptations:
The Life of Luke Skywalker · Darth Vader's Mission: The Search for the Secret Plans · Death Star Battles · Heroes in Hiding · Journey to Mos Eisley · Join the Rebels · Luke's Fate · R2-D2's Mission: A Little Hero's Journey · R2-D2 and Friends · Journal: Captive to Evil Journal: The Fight for Justice · Journal: Hero for Hire
Comics
Legends Comics:
Marvel: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · Marvel Illustrated Version
Marvel Special Edition Featuring: 1 · 2 · 3 · Annual 1978
Marvel Movie Showcase: 1 · 2
Classic: 1 · 2 · Trade paperback
The Special Edition: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · Trade paperback
Droids: 6 · 7 · 8
Infinities: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · (TPB) · Manga: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4
Contemporary Motivators · PhotoComic
Canon Comics:
Cinestory · Graphic Novel Adaptation · The Original Trilogy – A Graphic Novel
Video games
1987 video game · 1991 video game · Super
Activity books
Ultimate Sticker Book · Activity Book
Book-and-record:
Star Wars · Classic Star Wars · A New Hope · Read-Along Storybook and CD
Behind the scenes
The Annotated Screenplays · The Art of · Behind the Magic · Chronicles · The Making of the Movie
The Making of · The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film · The Star Wars Portfolio
· Empire Building: The Remarkable Real Life Story of Star Wars · Chronicles · Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy
Guide and reference books
Galaxy Guide 1 (Second Edition) · Super Official Game Secrets
The Movie Trilogy Sourcebook · Trilogy Sourcebook, Special Edition · The Star Wars Album
· The Complete Saga · Star Wars in 100 Scenes · Who's Who
The Visual Dictionary (Complete · (Updated Edition)) · Incredible Cross-Sections (Complete · Complete Vehicles)
20th Anniversary Commemorative Magazine · 100 Defining Moments · The Best of · Official Celebration Special
Other material and merchandise
Jedi Pack · Radio drama (NPR Dramatization) · Original Soundtrack Anthology · Soundtrack · LEGO · Toy line
From a Certain Point of View
Trading card game · Illustrated · Customizable Card Game: Premiere Limited · Premiere Two-Player Introductory Set · Premiere Unlimited · Limited · Revised Unlimited · Enhanced Premiere · Special Edition Limited
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