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Retro Vault: Robocop Vs The Terminator, Bomberman, Shaq Fu

Plus: Soul Calibur and the Star Wars arcade game

Retro Vault is our regular weekly feature in which we dive into gaming's past and share five classic nuggets of retro nostalgia. If you want to catch up on previous Retro Vaults, check out the CVG Retro Vault archive.


Summer 1983 - Star Wars arcade flyer

Though most people cite GoldenEye as one of the earliest cases of a movie tie-in that was actually entertaining, in reality there are examples that far predate Rare's shooter.

The most notable example is Star Wars, which many still believe is one of the finest arcade games ever made, let alone one based on a film.

Stepping into the X-wing outfit of Luke Skywalker, players are tasked with getting through an attack on the Death Star in one piece - not necessarily destroying every ship that appears, but simply making sure they don't lose all six of their shields then take another hit.

The game consisted of three levels. The first took place in space above the Death Star, as the player destroys TIE Fighters. The second is set above the surface of the Death Star, with laser turrets trying to take them out. Finally, as in the movie, the final stage is high-speed run through the Death Star trench in an attempt to score a direct hit on the exhaust port.

Star Wars' sizeable cockpit-shaped cabinet and its impressive vector graphics made it one of the most stunning arcade games of its time, and if you're lucky enough to be able to find a working version these days you're in for a treat.

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