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Release year: 1992 | Players: 1 player | Developed by LucasArts
Super Star Wars (SNES)
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 games ever released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). The fact that the first Super Star Wars, 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.
The game 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.
The game’s 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.
The visuals are great. The graphics for this game are some of the better ones on the SNES 16-bit system. Players can expect a bit of slowdown in frame rates during some levels of the game given the amount of effects and sprites that are flying around the screen. Nevertheless, this minor glitch doesn’t detract from the overall fun and feel of the game.
Both sound effects and the game’s score remain faithful to the source material. Blasters and lightsaber sound effects sound the way fan expect them to.
Super Star Wars is a video game that’s definitely worth playing for anyone looking to play a fun, albeit frustratingly difficult, game on the Super NES.