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SWScreenEntertainment

The Screen Entertainment box

Star Wars Screen Entertainment was a product of LucasArts Entertainment Company released in 1994. It was a CD-ROM including different A New Hope-thematic options to use as screen savers.

Screen saversEdit

  • Blueprints: Blueprints of ships including details, plus indications of where is each of its parts (e.g. hyperdrive in the Millennium Falcon).
  • Cantina: A static photo of the Mos Eisley Cantina, then the system chooses one of the characters in the cantina and explains his or her story.
  • Character biographies: Profiles focusing on the lead characters of A New Hope. Most of the details center on that film's plot.
  • Darth Vader: The message "The Dark Lord of the Sith approaches" followed by a static close-up of Darth Vader, adding voice and/or breathing.
  • Death Star Trench: An animation of the trench, at high speed. Users can choose if they want only an X-wing, only a TIE fighter, or both (in this case, the X-wing will be chasing the TIE).
  • Hyperspace: A semi-static picture of the Millennium Falcon cockpit, with moving stars outside. Suddenly, Han Solo moves his arm and the stars become lines as if entering the hyperspace. After a while, Han moves again and the lines become stars Chewbacca periodically howls.
  • Imperial Clock: The "clock" used by Grand Moff Tarkin while reaching Yavin 4, adding a real 24- or 12-hour digital clock.
  • Jawas: Small Jawas, droids, banthas, womp rats and Tusken Raiders move across the screen. The Jawas sometimes "open" the screen to see if there's anything of value under it. Tusken Raiders scare the Jawas, who stop whatever they were doing and run away.
  • Lightsaber Duel: Similar to Jawas, it features small Darth Vader attacking small Obi-Wan Kenobi.
  • Poster Art: It features different posters from A New Hope.
  • Rebel Clock: Similar to Imperial clock, with Dodonna's vision of the Battle of Yavin. It is analogical. The "Death Star" marks minutes, Yavin 4 marks hours, Death Star might be over Yavin.
  • Scrolling Text: Recreates one a film's opening crawl. User can edit the crawl and write their own text.
  • Space Battles: As seen from some window in a cruiser, small dots move against each other and shoot beams. Mon Calamari cruisers, Nebulon-B frigates and Star Destroyers drift slowly across the screen while fighters occasionally fly by.
  • Storyboards: Real storyboards from A New Hope, alongside the script.
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Jawas invading Wookieepedia.

AppearancesEdit

By type 
Characters Creatures Droid models Events Locations
Organizations and titles Sentient species Vehicles and vessels Weapons and technology Miscellanea

Characters

Creatures

Droid models

Events

Locations

Organizations and titles

Sentient species

Vehicles and vessels

Weapons and technology

Miscellanea


Behind the scenesEdit

Some of the information on the biographies became outdated after the release of the 1997 re-release and the prequels. It is one of the few sources that says Owen Lars is Obi-Wan Kenobi's brother (since contradicted), and the only source listing Beru Lars' maiden name as Beru Weth (later revealed to be Beru Whitesun). It also includes alternate names for some Mos Eisley Cantina patrons, many later revealed to be aliases in other sources. The biography of Darth Vader includes details of his past that are very similar to the plot of the prequels, still years away.

The Screen Entertainment does not include any game allowing interactivity. However, the user might customize some aspects of the screen savers (Number of stars, speed, etc.)

The icon to execute the program was an icon of R2-D2, which was also used in the Jawas option.

In the Jawas and Lightsaber Duel options the images are from the video game Super Star Wars.

The screen saver was available for Windows operating system 3.0 or over as well as for Macintosh system 7.0 and above. It was released in CD-ROM and 3.5" diskette formats.

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