Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire is a game that’s based on the Star Wars universe that was created by George Lucas in 1977, when the movie “Star Wars” was released in the cinemas around the world.

From this time until today, Star Wars became one of the biggest brands in the history of the modern cinema and led to a total of 8 movies, following the main plot, as well as various spin-offs.

And there were also several games that have been released over the years on many consoles as well as on the PC.

One of those games was Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire that was released in December 1996 as one of the release titles of the new Nintendo console at that time, the Nintendo 64, and in September 1997 the game was also released for Microsoft Windows PCs as well.

The Story of the game takes place at the beginning of Episode 4 at the ice planet “Hoth” where the player needs to protect the rebel base from the attack of the imperial troops.

Within the game the player is in the role of the rebel Dash Rendar and needs to take control of many different situations.

In one of the missions Dash Rendar must save the life of Luke Skywalker while he’s practicing his Jedi skills at the house of his old mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi. And in another mission the player takes part in a search for Han Solo, where the player needs to infiltrate the circle of the headhunters to find out where Boba Fett brought Han Solo.

When Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire was released as one of the Nintendo 64 release titles in 1996, the graphics of the game were on a new level so that for many Star Wars Fans a childhood dream became true.

Now they could take place in their favorite universe that was created completely in 3D for the first time in the history of Star War Games.

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire combined the core mechanics of various genres. The game does not only take place in a shooter scenario but in some parts the player had to participate in racing events or had to navigate a spaceship, that were known from the movies, while fighting the enemy ships in space.

So the game was really varied. This helped the developers from Lucas Arts to sell over one million copies of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire until the end of 1997.

Some magazines by that time criticized the weak level design in some parts of the game as well the small amount of save points that the players could find within the Game.

So Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire ended up with a total score of 73,61 % on RameRankings.com.

Nonetheless the game was placed third at the list of the most sold games at the Nintendo 64 between September 1996 and September 1997, but that could also be based on the fact that Shadows of the Empire was one of the launch titles.