New Retro Vault: Star Wars – The Battle of Endor

With the new Space Force Wars Battle or whatever it’s called coming out soonish, I suddenly craved some old school space ’em up action. Star Wars: The Battle of Endor, a 2003 game by Bruno R Marcos, was just such the apertif for that calling.

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My memory’s not what it used to be, but if I’m correct this game re-creates that fateful battle before E Honda Solo and a sentinent Crunchie bar finally defeated the evil Umpire, presumably in a galatic volley ball match. With space volley balls. Lucky, early-onset dementia isn’t a problem for understanding this game – the only thing you really need to know is how to use a mouse (or gamepad*) and point and shoot the millions of Zerg-like TIE Fighters that continually spew from the bellies of the oncoming Star Destroyers. It harks back to the 90s Star Wars Arcade arcade game – though here only limited to the final space battle – in all the right ways.

Battle of Endor game takes place across 6 stages – which basically take place as continual waves or phases of the battle. Along with about 50 X-Wings, you’ll have to take on the TIE fighter, star destroyers,  and eventually the mammoth flagship Executor, while Han deals with that pesky Death Star (Mk II) business. As a hint: you can even defeat the Executor just as in the movies (in true 90s fashion – peek at the readme file for more info).

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It’s a bit more basic than Star Wars Arcade – this game sports a retro untextured low polygon-count look – very similar to the old Virtua Racing game. On the other hand Star Wars Arcade was effectively an on-rails shooter whilst here you have full control over ship movement, making it a more tactical – if still very arcadey – experience. It feels suitably cinemtic too, thanks to the apperance of the millenium falcon, memorable lines (“It’s a trap”), and of course thanks to the orchestral backing of the original film’s score.

Battle of Endor is a great fan-made arcade-style space shooter that time forgot, and definitely worth a quick re-visit before the midichlorians awaken.

Star Wars: The Battle of Endor | Download

Note: the game obstensibly supports gamepads but it freaked out with my x-box style controller (constant spinning) – presumably because the game was made well before PCs could handle these  types of controllers. Joytokey worked for me as an alternative.

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About J.C

I grew up in the dark dingy arcades of the 1980s, blasting heads with Robocop 2, but grew up in an era that spanned the introduction of the x86 home computer, through to the 16-bit revolution, into the polygon age and beyond. I write about food, travel and of course, New Retro Games. I started newretrogames.wordpress.com and contribute to www.thecitylane.com. I am also a freelance business researcher, writer, and editor having published academic and corporate articles on innovation and intellectual property.

Posted on November 30, 2015, in Arcade, Shoot 'Em Up and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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