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Star Wars: The Interactive Video Board Game
Assault on the Death Star
Developer(s)

Hasbro

Timeline

Galactic Civil War

Release date

1996


Star Wars: The Interactive Video Board Game, subtitled Assault on the Death Star, was a board game released by Hasbro in 1996. The game is notable in that it contains a VHS tape that is played on a television screen as the players play the game. The tape contains scenes from the original trilogy mixed with footage shot specifically for the tape. The footage features David Prowse and James Earl Jones reprising their roles as the physical presence and voice of Darth Vader, who arrives onboard the second Death Star to take command of the station to destroy a Rebel Alliance supply base on the planet D'rinba IV. The player's characters are tasked with the mission to stop him.

SynopsisEdit

Opening crawlEdit

ASSAULT ON THE DEATH STAR
The Galactic Empire's second
Death Star is almost complete. The
Emperor, concerned that the Rebels
have discovered the location of his
new weapon, has ordered it to be
moved near the moon of Endor,
where it can be completed in
secret.

On board his Star Destroyer, Lord
Vader receives word of a large
Rebel supply base on D'rinba IV
and orders the Death Star, en route
for Endor, to divert there.

The Rebel Alliance intercepts this
transmission and assembles a 
small team of Force-sensitive
Rebels. Using a stolen Imperial
Freighter, and cloaked by the
Force, they board the Death Star.
They must disable it before it is
within superlaser range of D'rinba IV.

But, at the start of their mission,
as the Rebels are concealed in the
Shuttle Bays, the Death Star has
another arrival....

Following a failed attempt to destroy the second Death Star by the Rebel Alliance, Emperor Palpatine orders Darth Vader to take command of the battle station and move it to the forest moon of Endor to be completed in secret. Shortly thereafter, he learns of a major Rebel supply base on the planet D'rinba IV and diverts its course to the planet, intending to use the station's superlaser to destroy it. Intercepting this information, the Alliance assembles a team of Force-sensitive individuals to sneak onboard and disable the station. However, Vader soon learns of their presence and has the station put on alert. The situation becomes a race against time for the members of the infiltration party, as they must attempt to succeed in their mission while avoiding the station's stormtrooper contingent and, late in the mission, the fall of one of their party to the Dark side of the Force.

AppearancesEdit

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Organizations and titles Sentient species Vehicles and vessels Weapons and technology Miscellanea

Characters

InteractiveGameBoard
The game board.

Droid models

Events

Locations

Organizations and titles

Sentient species

Vehicles and vessels

Weapons and technology

Behind the scenesEdit

Vader video
The shooting of a Vader scene.

CastEdit

CrewEdit

ContentsEdit

  • 1 60-Minute VHS videotape
  • 1 Game Board
  • 13 Star Wars Figures
  • 36 Cardboard Explosives
  • 6 Force Level Indicators
  • 2 Combat Disks
  • 1 Death Star Reactor Core
  • 80 Cards
  • Die and Instructions

The Vader FootageEdit

The VHS tape included with the game featured a mixture of scenes from the original trilogy with specifically shot material for the game. For these new scenes, Hasbro hired David Prowse to wear the armor and James Earl Jones to dub his voice. Gil Taylor, cinematographer for A New Hope, was also hired to be involved in the filming of the footage.

ContinuityEdit

This game was referenced in The Dark Forces Saga, a series of online adventure scenarios for the Wizards of the Coast Star Wars RPG line published on their website. Written by Abel G. Peña, it canonized four of the player characters as Kyle Katarn, (from Star Wars: Dark Forces), Shira Brie (from Marvel Comics Star Wars series), Corwin Shelvay (from West End Games' Star Wars RPG material) and Erling Tredway (also from West End Games' Star Wars RPG material.)[1]

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