Atari 2600 - A2600
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is a scrolling shooter published by Parker Brothers in 1982 for the Atari 2600 and in 1983 by Mattel's game console. He was the first video game star.
In the game, the player controls a snowspeeder into battle against an Imperial AT-AT walker on the planet Hoth. The goal is to hold off the walkers for as long as possible before they blow up the generator at the Echo rebel base. Difficulty levels included several variables, including the initial speed of the walkers, whether the walkers were solid, and whether the walkers would include "smart bombs".
The player can destroy walkers by repeatedly shooting the head or torso; kicks are ineffective. As the Walker is damaged, it changes color - going from Black (intact) through various shades of grey, red and orange to yellow (heavily damaged). The player can also destroy the walker by shooting a small glowing dot that randomly appears during the game. At a later date, Walkers require thirty hits to take off, compared to forty-eight hits on the Atari.
Walkers shoot at the player, whose speeder also changes color as it takes damage. The player can land the damaged speeder to repair it. At some levels of the game, the walkers are solid, meaning that the player can crash into them, damaging them and destroying the player. Other levels include a "smart bomb" that periodically launches a blinking port on a walker and follows the player for a while. If the player is hit by a smart bomb, their speeder is destroyed. Sometimes, the player gains strength. When this happens, the scorcher flashes colorfully and becomes invulnerable for a short time.
The game ends when five scorchers have been destroyed or when the lead walker reaches the Echo base, destroying it. As the game progresses, pedestrians move faster, increasing the level of difficulty.