THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
by Parker Brothers
The scene in the move in which the rebels fight a battle against the Imperial Walkers on the ice planet Hoth is the inspiration of this game. You must command a snow speeder in an attempt to stop the line of ponderous, but deadly, AT-AT's from crossing the multi-screen playfield and destroying your power station.
A single hit from the player's weapon generally does no more than tickle an imperial Walker. To obliterate one of these lumbering behemoths, you have to shoot it 48 (yes, FORTY-RIGHT!) times while avoiding the missiles they periodically lob at you. The speeder, too, can survive more than one hit, though a second will cause it to crash. You can repair damage by making a brief landing, thus keeping each component on your three-ship squadrun in the game as long as possible.
If a speeder remains undamaged for a period of time, the Force is with the player while the theme from the movie plays, making the speeder immune to attack. While ESB clearly takes a page from the Defender school of gaming, there are enough neat tricks here to make it stand on its own as an entertaining blast-fest.