Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – Atari 2600

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I’ve been playing videogames since the days of the Atari 2600, and this was probably the first game that really stuck with me – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is a scrolling shooter video game published by Parker Brothers in 1982 for the Atari 2600 and in 1983 for the Mattel Intellivision. It was the first Star Wars video game.

In the game, the player controls a snowspeeder to battle against Imperial AT-AT walkers on the planet Hoth. The goal is to hold off the walkers as long as possible before they blow up the power generator at the Rebels’ Echo Base.

Now, 30 years later, this game is still excellent! Footage taken from the video: How To Beat Home Video Games – Vol. 1 The Best Games (Vestron, 1982)

The great news is that Atari have releasing 100 classic games for iPhone and iPad. Most of the games are unchanged from their old-school versions, but several have been adapted to include Bluetooth multiplayer with other players.