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Wildcard Stream Vol. 81 - Star Wars Fan Games 2024 Edition (Part 3 Finale)

The last batch of Star Wars ZZT games to be preserved! Ending with some big bosses and buggy games

Authored By: Dr. Dos
Published: May 25, 2024
Part of Series: Wildcard Streams
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♦ Livestream of 5 ZZT worlds. ♦

♦ Stream Contents ♦
• (1:26) "Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope: Part One" by Blake Darlin []
• (22:44) "Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire" by Patrick Wade (1997) []
• (52:21) "Star Wars: A New Hope" by Dan Page (1996) []
• (58:25) "Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire" by Dan Page (1996) []
• (1:08:38) "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" by Dan Page (1997) []

The final set of unpreserved Star Wars ZZT worlds. At least, as far as anyone knows.

The first Episode 4 game is surprisingly true to the film, or novel, as that's what the title screen says it's based on. It's got far more little details than most of these games, while not having players wander across the desert of Tatooine to get anywhere. The Jawas park themselves right across the board from Luke's home.

It also does some decent fire and smnoke effects, or tries to, as duplicators that produce more smoke are considered blocked by fake walls. The already implemented smoke on the burning home and Jawa ...truck do look nice!

It is a short one though, with the author having stopped development as Luke and Obi Wan board the Falcon. Players are told to look for a continued version of the game for MegaZeux, which never manifested.

Then something based on Shadows of the Empire, which seems to be more popular than The Empire Strikes Back as far as the material for these games goes. This one is a little goofier, and unintentionally. Expect lots of jawa face biting and Dash Rendar being cooler than Luke. Some bugs prevent this one from being winnable without cheating.

Though I dig the boss fight health meter using large blocks built out of brackets to create a more easily readable health value.

It ends with the strangest rendition of the Star Wars theme I've ever heard.

We then move on to an entire trilogy of games by Dan Page. These wound up not being anything too exciting. It's another case of an author still learning how to code, so there's little here other than objects that immediately speak upon loading and ruffians bears to shoot as the empire's forces.

The Shadows game was a bit more interesting thanks to the previous one giving me a much better idea of what was going on. It's a good thing to, as this one doesn't really explain what's going on all that well. Still, it had a surprisingly good pile of junk in the junkyard scene. It too runs into bugs, with the final fight against Boba Fett not letting players actually reach him in order to get to the game's credits. Lots of spinning-gun laden giant bosses compared to the more traditional approach seen in the other Shadows world.

Lastly, we finally end the Star Wars with a Return of the Jedi game. You can kind of tell that author has figured things out in the months between this game and its predecessor, but while the programming has improved, the gameplay is still very similar. This one gets some points for the giant doodles of Jabba, Vader, and Palpatine who now say things like "Ouch!" and "Ughhh!" as you shoot them, which gets pretty comical.

For my years of complaining about the quality of these games, I'm kind of sad to see them go. That's why we're gonna round out the month with some already well-preserved Star Wars MegaZeux streams this Sunday. I do not think they will be any better.

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♦ Originally streamed on May 19th, 2024 ♦

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