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Star Wars day is here again, prompting this gamer to reflect back on all the franchise games that have been published throughout the years. First memory takes us all the way back to the late 1980′s playing the titular DOS wire frame shooter in the morning hours before having to be shuttled off to school. Some of the other Star Wars games don’t bring back the same pleasant memories.

Instead of a celebrating with a list of all the Star Wars titles that have graced PC, console and arcade screens throughout the years (which I’m sure has been published elsewhere today), lets focus on one in particular – Star Wars Trilogy Arcade.

This Sega produced title hit the arcade scene in 1998 and was the sole eater of many quarters. The primary allure, at least for me, was the promise of fighting Darth Vader in first person. Imagine my frustration and self-deprecation after finding out that this was a bonus battle accessed only after making it passed several levels. Needless to say my arcade skills with a joystick aren’t the best.

They key to providing replay value was not only the promise of the bonus battles (another is with Boba Fett adjacent to the famed Sarlacc pit), but also the game’s focus on the key, high action segments of the original Star Wars trilogy. You are on an adrenaline ride from the beginning no matter if you choose the Battle of Yavin, Battle of Hoth or Battle on the Moon of Endor.

Even though the game is on rails, things move really fast putting players in control of an X-Wing, Snowspeeder or Speederbike. Speed is the name of the game; and the joystick controls are perfect. Albeit, there are several times where you’re playing first person on foot, where the joystick seems a little out of place (for me at least; I watched my cousin master this game with just fifty cents).

If I were ever to get an arcade box in my house, it would be Star Wars Trilogy Arcade, hands down. May the fourth be with you.

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