Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (1996)

Video Game  -  Adventure | Action | Sci-Fi  -  20 December 1996 (USA)
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Credited cast:
Leia Organa / Guri (PC version) (voice)
Leebo (PC version) (voice)
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Weena Mercatur ...
The Hopping Woman (N64 version) (voice)


You are the protector of Luke Skywalker.

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The underground sewers and Prince Xizor's Palace both are located on the world of Coruscant. See more »

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If a player's file is renamed "_CREDITS", the game credits will play as usual, but with the addition of strange subtitles that parody the "Swedish" subtitles from the opening of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". See more »


Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #17.11 (1997) See more »


Main Title/The Ice Planet Of Hoth
(from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980))
Written by John Williams
Used in opening cinematic and main title screen
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The story that was supposed to be a film without the film.
3 July 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Let me start off and say that I'm a huge Star Wars fan. This game delivered on all levels of fun. I was just a kid when I got into Star Wars, and when I saw this game at the rental store, I had to get it.

I played it through and thought it was the best game ever made, and I still do think that it is the best game ever made. At the time, I didn't know what to expect with it other than I was excited to boot up my N64 console and play this beauty. And, it starts off with my favorite Star Wars scene and battle. The Battle of Hoth. I didn't know it was a flying mission, but I was just that excited because I was getting into Star Wars.

I played through the whole and noticed how much variety it had. You'd get flying missions, walking missions, and even a speeder race mission. Keep in mind, that was the very first segment of a speeder race, before episode 1 racer.

I was pretty sad at the ending of the game because I liked the character of Dash Rendar, he was like Han Solo, and I kinda looked up to him as a cool Star Wars hero.

This game gets a 10 out of 10 for originality and variety. It was far ahead of any Star Wars title in that decade. Sure, it's not entirely faithful to the book or the comic, but what video-game adaptation is? If you wanna' sit down and complain about that, then go read the books. I've the read the books as well, phenomenal books. I like the 120 page comic book better. It still maintains to keep the original plot, but from a different character perspective. You have the Shadows plot from Boba Fett's point of view. Just like the game, you also have the original plot, but through Dash Rendars perspective.

This could of made an excellent movie, but instead, it had its success through a toyline, a comic book line, a best selling book line and through a video game. The multi-media project that was a film without the film.

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