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As with its predecessor Super Star Wars
, Super Empire Strikes Back loosely follows the events of its source material. The 19 levels of the game takes the player through the wastelands of Hoth
, the defense and escape from Echo Base, the asteroid field, the swamps of Dagobah
and the hallways of Cloud City
. The Mode 7 graphics from the last game return in levels that require the player to pilot the snowspeeder
on Hoth and the X-Wing
on the approach to Cloud City.
Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Luke Skywalker all return as playable characters but each level has only one available character. Each character has a secondary weapon in addition to the upgradeable blaster: a lightsaber (Luke), a handful of grenades (Han) or a spin attack (Chewie). Also new to the game is the ability for Luke to block blasters with his lightsaber and the double jump. During the Dagobah missions, Luke can collect 8 different Force powers: elevation, mind control, slowdown, saber control, saber deflect, invisible, heal and freeze.
There are again three difficulty levels: Easy, Brave and Jedi. To compensate for the intense difficulty, a password system was introduced to prevent players from having to beat the game in one sitting.