“The Force will be with you”. Woah, you get greeted by a speech sample. And if you’re into vector graphics, you’ll be in heaven playing Star Wars by Domark. Vector graphics galore!
Is there anyone, I mean, anyone out there who never heard of Star Wars? Yeah, don’t think so, either. But back to the game: This arcade conversion first got released in 1983 by Parker Bros, and five years later again by Domark, this time with additional content (those were the days before DLC, mind you).
You take control of Red Five (aka the dude whose father wears a cool mask) during the Battle of Yavin. Your goal is simple. Destroy the Death Star. Yup, that’s it, nothing else. So you climb into your X-Wing and off you go… on your own, it seems. But hey, you can always pretend there’s more rebel ships flying around off-screen.
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The game is divided into three stages (or two, if you play on Easy). The first one consists of your ship approaching the Death Star, while fighting off Tie Fighters and their incoming missiles. Stage two (the one which is skipped on Easy) takes place on the Death Star’s surface, where you destroy gun turrets, while trying to steer clear of towers and enemy fire. The third, and final, stage recreates the famous trench run. Avoid obstacles, make your way to the end of the trench and fire a couple of torpedoes into that exhaust port. Once the Death Star is destroyed, the game lists your scores and you start over again.
The title screen is pretty neat, although Princess Leia does look a bit scary. Upon reaching the main screen you get greeted by a SID rendition of that familiar Star Wars theme, which sounds surprisingly good. The vector graphics themselves are quite nice, but do come with a caveat; the more objects are on-screen, the slower the game gets.
While it never was one of those games you could play for hours, it was always cool to make your way towards that exhaustion port and blow up the Death Star for the umpteenth time. And revisiting that game after 25 or so years was quite fun.