Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is the sequel to the timeless Atari, Inc. shooter, Star Wars, and it was first released into arcades in 1985. It is, of course, based on the classic 1980 film of the same name.
Atari‘s classic Star Wars arcade game took the gaming world by storm back in 1983.
It gave games-players a chance to pilot an X-Wing for the first time and wowed audiences with its superfast vector graphics and amazing digitised sound.
Star Wars really was a breakthrough arcade game, and it made space combat THE hot gaming genre in the mid Eighties, just as the film Star Wars had made sci-fi the hot genre in the movie biz some years earlier.
Still great to play now, if you can find it. I have seen playable sit-down cabinets recently, and recommend putting some money into Star Wars if you see one up and running.
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