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Encyclopedia > Star Wars (arcade game)
Star Wars
Developer: Atari
Publisher: Atari
Game designer: Mike Hally
Release date: 1983
Genre: Retro/Simulation
Game modes: Single player
Cabinet: Standard and Sit-down
Controls: Yoke (analog, 4-way);
1 button
Monitor
Orientation: Horizontal
Type: Vector (color)
Notes
True 3D vector graphics; First Atari game with speech output; Developed during the Golden Age of Arcade Games; #4 most popular game of all times in KLOV; SEGA released a game of the same name in 1993

Star Wars is an arcade game produced by Atari and released in 1983. The game is a first person flight simulator, based around Star Wars - Episode IV: A New Hope, more specifically the final act of the movie and the attack on the Death Star. The game is composed of 3D vector graphics in color. One of the most popular video games of all time, it was greatly successful in its day, particularly in the wake of the theatrical release of Return of the Jedi. This screenshot of Star Wars (arcade game), taken in MAME, demonstrates the difficulties of taking pictures while being fired upon in interstellar dogfights. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video or computer games. ... Atari Games was an American producer of arcade games, originally part of Atari. ... Video game publishers are companies that publish video games that they have either developed internally or have had developed by a video game developer. ... Atari Games was an American producer of arcade games, originally part of Atari. ... A game designer is a person who designs games. ... 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This is listing of computer and video game genres with a brief description and examples from each genre. ... This is listing of computer and video game genres with a brief description and examples from each genre. ... This is listing of computer and video game genres with a brief description and examples from each genre. ... A yoke is a shaped wooden crosspiece bound to the necks of a pair of oxen, occasionally horses. ... Steam Locomotive 7646 as a vector, originally Windows Metafile (converted to GIF for display on Wikipedia page. ... In Space Invaders, the player controls the firing and horizontal position of the green cannon at the bottom, fending off constant attack by echelons of eponymous enemies. ... The Killer List of Videogames (or simply KLOV) is a web site devoted to cataloging arcade games past and present. ... This article is about the video game company. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... Atari Games was an American producer of arcade games, originally part of Atari. ... 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A first-person shooter (FPS) is a computer or video game where the players on-screen view of the game world simulates that of the character, and there is a high percentage of combat involved. ... Interior Cockpit of a modern Flight Simulator A flight simulator is a system that tries to replicate, or simulate, the experience of flying an airplane as closely and realistically as possible. ... This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... The First Imperial Death Star The Death Star is a giant military space station in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... The rewrite of this article is being devised at Talk:3D computer graphics/Temp. ... Steam Locomotive 7646 as a vector, originally Windows Metafile (converted to GIF for display on Wikipedia page. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and re-released with changes in 1997 and 2004. ...


Gameplay

The player assumes the role of Luke Skywalker ("Red Five"), as he pilots an X-wing fighter from a first-person perspective. Unlike other arcade games of similar nature, the player does not have to destroy every enemy in order to advance through the game; he must simply survive as his fighter flies through the level, which most often means he must avoid or destroy the shots that enemies fire. Luke Skywalker (born 19 BBY), is a fictional character of the Star Wars universe, a Jedi Knight, who plays a major role in the series of films. ... X-wing fighters on their way into battle in a still from Star Wars. ... In computer and video games, a level (sometimes called a stage, course, round, world, map or landscape) is a separate area in a games virtual world, in modern games typically representing a specific location such as a building or a city. ...


The player's ultimate goal is to destroy the Death Star through three attack phases.

  • In the first phase of the game, the player begins in the airspace above the Death Star. He must engage in a dog fight with Darth Vader and enemy TIE fighters.
  • In the second phase, the player reaches the Death Star's surface as laser turrets on towers rise to confront the player. If the player manages to destroy all of the towers, he will receive a sizeable point bonus.
  • In the third phase, the player flies through the final trench towards the thermal exhaust port, the Death Star's weakness. Along the way he must avoid laser shots and various catwalks that block the path. At the end of the trench, the player must fly low in order to fire a torpedo into the port. If successful, the Death Star explodes and the game immediately restarts at a higher difficulty level. If unsuccessful, the player must restart the third phase from the beginning.

Unlike the movie, where the units shoot beams similar to lasers, the enemy units in this game shoot projectiles resembling fireballs, in order to give the player a chance to destroy the shots fired at him. Dog fight is a common term used to describe close-range aerial combat between two or more military aircraft. ... Darth Vader (41 BBY–4 ABY) is a fictional character from Star Wars. ... TIE Fighter, see X-wing computer game series. ... A catwalk is a narrow, usually elevated walkway used for walking. ... A modern torpedo, historically called a self propelled torpedo, is a self-propelled guided projectile that (after being launched above or below the water surface) operates underwater and is designed to detonate on contact or in proximity to a target. ... A laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) is a device which uses a quantum mechanical effect, stimulated emission, to generate a coherent beam of light from a lasing medium of controlled purity, size, and shape. ...


The game featured several digitized samples of voices from the movie, including Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi, James Earl Jones as Darth Vader, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, and the mechanized beeps of R2-D2. The game was the first to feature digitized voice capabilities, often considered a prime factor of the game's success. Mark Hamill Mark Hamill (born 25 September 1951 in Oakland, California) is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of farmboy-turned-Jedi knight Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films. ... Alec Guinness Sir Alec Guinness, CH, CBE (April 2, 1914–August 5, 2000) was an English actor who became one of the most versatile and best-loved performers of his generation. ... The Jedi Master Obi-Wan Ben Kenobi (57 BBY - 0 BBY) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, a Jedi Master of legendary status. ... James Earl Jones James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is a well-known African-American actor who was born Todd Jones in Arkabutla, Mississippi and raised in Dublin, Michigan by his maternal grandparents. ... Harrison Ford Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942,) is an American actor who, between 1977 and 1983, appeared in what were then four of the top ten highest-grossing movies ever. ... Harrison Ford as Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back Han Solo (born 29 BBY), a character in the fictional Star Wars universe, is played by actor Harrison Ford in the Star Wars movie series. ... R2-D2 (also spelled Artoo-Detoo, called R2 for short), is an astromech droid and colleague of C-3PO in the fictional Star Wars universe. ...


The game is available as a standard upright or an elaborately decorated sit-down version. The controls consist of a yoke control (similar to a steering wheel) with several buttons, all which fired the fighter's laser. A modern road cars steering wheel A modern Formula One cars steering wheel that has buttons and knobs to control various functions A steering wheel is type of steering control used in most modern land vehicles, including all mass-production automobiles. ...


Trivia

In the films Gremlins and No Small Affair (both released 1984) - both video consoles were depicted. The trench sequence was seen in Gremlins when the mutant monsters play the game (they are seen with a sit-down console), and in the film No Small Affair, a stand-up console is seen in the film. Gremlins is a 1984 movie directed by Joe Dante. ...


External links

  • The KLOV entry on Star Wars (http://www.klov.com/S/Star_Wars.html)
  • The Arcade History Database entry on Star Wars (http://www.arcade-history.com/history_database.php?page=detail&id=2623)

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Star Wars (arcade game) - Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki (849 words)
Star Wars is an arcade game produced by Atari and released in 1983.
It was later produced as Star Wars: The Arcade Game on the Atari 2600, the Atari 5200, the Atari XE, the ColecoVision, and the Commodore 64
Unlike other arcade games of similar nature, the player does not have to destroy every enemy in order to advance through the game; he must simply survive as his fighter flies through the level, which most often means he must avoid or destroy the shots that enemies fire.
Apple - Spiele - Features -Star Wars: Empire at War - Sidebar (1543 words)
Star Wars’ subject matter made it a natural for the video game world, but the first such effort didn’t appear until 1982, when an adaptation of the Battle of Hoth, from “The Empire Strikes Back”, was released for the Atari 2600.
Star Wars entered the role-playing genre with Knights of the Old Republic, which uses the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 3rd edition rules for RPG action set 4,000 years before the original trilogy.
Meanwhile, Star Wars: Battlefront gave players Battlefield 1942-style gameplay, and LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Star Wars II took the franchise into the realm of those brightly-coloured building blocks for adventures that could be enjoyed by adults and children.
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