Posted by Liam on December 1, 2021 at 08:55 AM CST
Hey there, Rebelscum fans! Winter season is here, and nothing is colder than the icy planet of Hoth. We’re heading to one of the most prominent planets of The Empire Strikes Back in our week of coverage, so make sure to check out our “Expand Your Mind” base article first to learn about how the sequence was conceived, shot, and designed. Just make sure to come back throughout the week for more articles and Bobby’s video coverage.
The Battle of Hoth was a big change of pace for the Star Wars films. Although A New Hope featured an amazing space battle sequence, Lucasfilm had yet to show an epic ground battle between Imperial and Rebel forces. As a result, the Battle of Hoth immediately sparked the interest of video game creators. It’s been a popular playable level since the original Star Wars game of the ‘80s. Here are some of the best Hoth-centric video games.
The Empire Strikes Back (1982)- You can’t beat the original. Parker Brothers’ original Atari 2600 and Intellivision game prominently featured Hoth in its retelling of the film’s narrative, and with no saves available it was a tough opening level!
Star Wars Galaxies (2003) - The first MMORPG before The Old Republic featured a prominent appearance by Hoth, and the planet showed up in expansion packs Jump to Lightspeed, Rage of the Wookiees, and Trials of Obi-Wan.
The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition (2009) - In the alternate version of the events of the classic trilogy where Starkiller kills Vader and becomes Palpatine’s new apprentice, the Dark Side Galen ventures to Hoth and duels Luke Skywalker.
Rogue Squadron (1998) - Hoth was the birthplace of the Rogue Squadron band of pilots that would go on to have countless adventures in books, comics, and games. The group’s origins were developed in the original classic game.
Shadows of the Empire (1998) - Bridging the gap between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Shadows of the Empire begins with a retelling of the Battle of Hoth that segways into the new narrative.
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1992) - The second in the Super Star Wars series featured twelve levels on Hoth amidst the games twenty-two. Lots of fun for original Nintendo fans.
Star Wars Trilogy Arcade (1998) - Any frequent visitor of Dave & Busters or Chuck-E-Cheese will always make room for the Star Wars Trilogy Arcade, which features the main battles from the classic trilogy. Getting those grappling hooks to stick is a challenge!
Lego Star Wars II- The Original Trilogy (2006) - The first brick appearance by Hoth came in the second LEGO Star Wars game, and was later featured in the saga collections. LEGO fans got to take control of the snowspeeders.
What do you think, Rebelscum fans? What are some of your favorite video game versions of Hoth? Which is the most fun, and which is the most challenging? Let us know in the forums, and as always, may the Force be with you!