Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

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Port of the Atari VCS game of the same name.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackGraphics: 2
Sound: 2
Replay Value: 2
Notes: 1- or 2-player game
Screen Shots

This is an obvious port of the Atari VCS game - it doesn't add anything new to exercise the Intellivision. It's a very average game, and pretty easy to play indefinitely (at least on skill level 1). Your fingers will go numb shooting at the walkers. Control of your snowspeeder is rather difficult, too. I like the box art, though, and hey, it's Star Wars!Best Score: 9999 [Game 1, rolls over at 10000, quit after rollover]




ROM Two known ROM variants exist.
Box So far, three variations have been found.
Manual Three variants have been identified.
Overlays At least two different custom overlays have been designed, one by Psycho Stormtrooper, the other—????.
Label No variations have been found.
Easter Eggs No Easter Eggs have been found.




A total of three Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Box (Parker Brothers 6050) Parker Brothers 6050 1983 U.S.A. Sturdy box with separate lid; plain tagboard tray; © 1982, 1983
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Box (Parker Brothers A6050) Parker Brothers A6050 1983 Canada French-Canadian Edition; sturdy box with separate lid; tagboard tray has Parker Video logo and Video Game-Jeu; © 1983
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Box (Parker Brothers 941501) Parker Brothers 941501 1983 U.S.A. International Edition; languages on back include: English, German, French, Spanish and Dutch; sturdy box with separate lid; plain tagboard tray; © 1983

Here we see the different versions of the back of the box for The Empire Strikes Back.

English Box (Back) (Part No. 6050)

Back of English box
(part no. 6050)

French-Canadian Box (Back) (Part No. A6050)

Back of French-Canadian box
(part no. A6050)

International Box (Back) (Part No. 941501)

Back of International box
(part no. 941501)





It's official! As reported by decle, and confirmed by Marco and myself personally: The international version of the Empire Strikes Back ROM does not play the Star Wars theme music when you reset the game. However, there is absolutely no way, AFAIK, to discern which carts have this ROM in them, as the shell and label have no differences. This is based on getting an shrink-wrapped copy of SW:TESB (International) and opening it. It has the ROM variant in question, and the cartridge looks identical to all the other copies that have passed through these grimy little hands. Loose copies in the wild will not be identifiable as ROM variants w/o manual testing. :(





A total of three Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Manual (Parker Brothers) Parker Brothers N/A 1983 U.S.A. No part number; © 1983; manual has contact info on back for U.S.A., Australia and New Zealand and the U.K.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Manual (Parker Brothers) Parker Brothers N/A 1983 Canada French version shipped in French-Canadian release; black & white; no part number; © 1983; manual has contact info on back for Canada
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Manual (Parker Brothers) Parker Brothers N/A 1983   International Edition; instructions in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Dutch; no part number; no origin; © 1983




Only one version of the overlay has been found for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Image not available. Parker Brothers N/A None   Custom overlay designed by Psycho Stormtrooper




Only one version of the label has been found for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Label (Parker Brothers) Parker Brothers N/A 1983   Standard Parker Brothers label; no origin listed; © 1982, 1983




Title Screen Title screen for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
The Force is with you young Skywalker. But you are not a Jedi yet. It's just like the Atari VCS version!




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