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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (1996)

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You are the protector of Luke Skywalker.


Jon Knoles


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Cast overview:
Weena Mercatur Weena Mercatur ... The Hopping Woman (N64 version) (credit only)
Bob Bergen ... Luke Skywalker (PC version) (voice)
John Cygan ... Dash Rendar (PC version) (voice)
Lisa Fuson ... Leia Organa (PC version) / Guri (PC version) (voice)
Tom Kane ... Leebo (PC version) (voice)
Nick Tate ... Prince Xizor (PC version) / IG-88 (PC version) (voice)


Set in between Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Shadows of the Empire centers around smuggler Dash Rendar as he fights to save Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia from the clutches of the Galactic Empire. From the Battle of Hoth to the desolate deserts of Tatooine, Shadows of the Empire follows Dash Rendar and his fight to save the Rebels from the desolate hands of the Empire. Written by Johnny

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20 December 1996 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Lucasfilm approached the 'Shadows of the Empire' as a multi-media project and promoted it like an upcoming feature film, though no movie was ever made. However, this project paved the way for 'The Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition' theatrical releases and 'The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy'. See more »

Crazy Credits

Tim Schafer is credited as: "Never Actively Tried to Sabotage the Project Tim Schafer, The Racoon King" See more »

Alternate Versions

The N64 and PC version differ greatly. The PC version has sharper and smoother gameplay graphics (using a 3D card) than the N64 version. The PC version and N64 version have slightly different cutscenes, that being the PC version has full-motion cinematic cutscenes with sound effects and voices, while the N64 version just has drawn sketches with text at the bottom of the screen. Plus, during gameplay, where in the N64 version you had to read what the characters were saying to you, the PC version has voices. See more »


Excerpt from 'Departure of Boba Fett'
(from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980))
Written by John Williams
Used for the stage "Gall Space Port"
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Based on a novel it doesn't even follow!
3 February 2006 | by The_Light_TritonSee all my reviews

Shadows of the empire was originally a novel. I guess it was so damn good they decided to make a Video game out of it.

Anyways, the game follows the beginning of episode 5, all the way to before episode 6 starts. in the game, You are in control of rebel dash rendar, who just happens to have a ship quite similar to Han solo's ship, the Millennium Falcon. Anyways, after the 3rd level, the story starts.

I'm not going to spoil the story, but i can tell you this - don't play this game if you haven't read the novel. because the novel is very different.

But however, this game is for the Experts. It took me a freaking month to pass the levels 5-9. but believe me, level 10 is easy.

Here's another thing. There's several modes you play in. there's fixed camera levels, where the camera follows the person's back. There's Flight simulator mode, and there's also a mode where you shoot at enemy ships from inside your own. the ship moves automatically, courtesy of your robot.

Anyways, this is a game for all star wars fanatics.

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