I have to admit I’m a bit of a sucker for Star Wars video games, though very poor at finishing them. Dark Forces (Mac/PC) is still one of my favourites but I never got past one of the middle levels… Never mind, Dark Forces 2 soon followed! (I got stuck on that, too).
I’ve been disappointed with some of the console-based games (Knights of the Old Republic just doesn’t do it for me) but am intrigued by the upcoming Force Unleashed.
I just found a series of videos over at Gametrailer that give a great rundown of every single Star Wars video game (starting with The Empire Strikes Back – I remember seeing an ad for this when ITV first showed Star Wars and my memory of the game seems to have made it out to be far better than it actually was).
One of the earliest and best games is Death Star Attack, a vector-based game that allowed you to battle Tie Fighters and then recreate the trench run from the first movie. My schoolfriends and I were addicted to this game and every Sunday one summer we’d cycle to York University’s student union and take over the console there. I was actually very good at this game and even though you just repeated the same routines over and over again, it never got dull…
You can see high quality versions of the videos here. Even if you’re not a Star Wars or gaming fan, it’s an intriguing look at the development of video game technology.