Lately, amid the excitement and interest in Star Wars Battlefront II, I have found myself thinking all too often about Star Wars. I thought that watching A New Hope would satisfy me, but alas, it did not do the trick. Clearly what I was craving was a Star Wars based video game, so off I went to start playing.
First, I went back and played 2015’s Star Wars Battlefront. While graphically stunning, the game was just not doing enough for me. I wanted something with more substance, something that was not so heavily reliant on multiplayer. I decided what I wanted was an older game to cure my Star Wars itch, one not plagued by developers worrying about the multiplayer aspect.
Next in line to play was one of my childhood favorites, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire. When I was a child, I would spend countless hours playing this game. If you played this gem of a game, you know exactly what I am talking about. Who else used to free a couple of wampa ice creatures and lock them in a room with some enemies until only one wampa is left?
The opening mission, which puts you in a snowspeeder, is overwhelmingly the games most impressive offering, pitting you against AT-AT’S, AT-ST’S, as well as many Imperial probes. While this game is still one of my all-time favorites, due to the overwhelming amount of time I have spent on it through the years, it all felt too repetitive to really solve my problem, which is also why I skipped over Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, as well as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
On I moved to the next game I hoped would give me what I was looking for, which was Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, which is another game I played endlessly as a child. The first level places you on a landspeeder, racing towards Jabba’s home.
You are able to boost forward to go faster, as well as jump to navigate over the various pits you will encounter on your journey. While it is a little repetitive, I found driving around dodging rocks on the landspeeder to be a lot of fun, albeit frustrating at times, experience. Upon arriving at Jabba’s palace, you are free to select your character, the choices being Leia, Luke, or Chewie.
I really enjoyed playing as Luke Skywalker and running around with my lightsaber, pulling off cool mid-air moves on the enemies, although I did seem to fall to my death quite a bit. I enjoyed this one quite a bit, probably owing quite a bit to the fact that I used to watch Return of the Jedi a lot on VHS as a child. After playing this game for a good hour or so, I felt my urge to play slowly start to subside, but not quite disappear altogether. Luckily I decided to play one more, and it was a good thing I did because it ended up being the one that I am still sitting around playing it, a good four days after playing Super Return of the Jedi.
That game is the first licensed Star Wars video game released after the video game crash of 1983, titles simply, Star Wars. Released in 1991 for the Nintendo Entertainment System, the game also received ports to the Nintendo Game Boy, and the Sega Game Gear. The version I had access to was the Game Boy port. Upon beginning the game, I felt an immediate rush of nostalgia. In the beginning of the game, after clearing an easy platforming area, you are given access to your ship. You are then tasked with navigating your way through the harsh area you are at on Tatooine.
After much navigation, you find your way to various cave entrances, which serve as the levels. A very platforming-heavy game, I mainly played as Luke Skywalker, who has access to a blaster pistol throughout the beginning of the game. You are able to either shoot various enemies or navigate around or over them.
As I was playing, I didn’t even care that I was playing on a piece of very outdated hardware or the fact it wasn’t even in color. I was absorbed completely. At one point while playing, while entering a door, I found myself right in the middle of a bar with the infamous Cantina Band song playing, in my Gameboy’s tiny awesome speakers.
I have to admit, out of all the Star Wars based games on the market, I am very surprised that the game I ended up playing and enjoying the most, is an old 8-bit game on the original Gameboy. As crazy as it is, the little six year old in me has a huge grin on his face.