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Release year: 1992 | Players: 1 player | Developed by LucasArts

Super Star Wars is one of the most notorious Star Wars games to have ever been made for any platform. It is to this date, remembered as one of the most brutal and unforgiving 2D platforming titles ever released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). The fact that the first game, which was loosely based on a New Hope, didn’t have a password system meant that players had to dedicate themselves to finishing the game in a single playthrough. The game, developed by LucasArts and published by JVC, was followed by two sequels based on the subsequent Star Wars films, Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

It is definitely not for the gamer who’s looking for something casual and fun to play. Super Star Wars can be unforgiving in some of its levels where almost everything, from the floor to the door, is something that can end up killing the player.

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The difficulty however, is what makes finishing it so rewarding. Finishing Super Star Wars for the SNES feels like accomplishing an impossible task in video gaming. It takes a huge amount of practice and trial and error to get a hang of both the controls and the levels.

The story follows the film quite loosely. For example, instead of buying C-3PO or R2-D2 from the Jawans, Luke instead spends several levels of the game shooting as many of them as he can while destroying their sand crawler.

Both sound effects and the score remain faithful to the source material. Blasters and lightsaber sound effects sound the way fan expect them to.