Whiling away a
few aimless hours with a Jedi Master
If you liked "Indiana
Jones and his Desktop Adventures", and you are a Star Wars fan, this
is definitely a game for you. It's the same kind of game as "Indiana,"
and many of the qualities are exactly alike.
As Luke Skywalker,
you roam the galaxy in search of some twenty different items. Though many
quests are quite similar, LucasArts sets the game up in a way that no
two are exactly the same. As in "Indiana Jones," you start out
being told the nature of your quest, then must locate several different
items to help you find the big one.
You start the game
out on the planet Dagobah, where you first find R2-D2, who joins you in
your quest. He can also help you with the game if you are having trouble.
You must look around several screens on Dagobah, until you encounter Yoda
- who could be hiding near a swamp, or at home in his living room. Yoda
outlines each quest, telling you exactly what needs to be done, and giving
you an item that will help you complete your mission. In one story, Yoda
himself is the goal of your quest, after he is kidnapped by Boba Fett.
Many of the items
in this game, are just "Star Wars-y" versions of the same items
in "Indiana Jones." For instance, you use a terrain locatorinstead
of a map. And as with "I.J.," you start out with a close-range
weapon, but instead of a whip, it is a lightsaber. You can also encounter
Obi-Wan Kenobi, who will give you the Force, which is necessary in several
game may not be a new idea, but it is certainly attractive to the Star
Wars fans out there. It has everything in the Star Wars universe: from
Ewoks to Jawas, from the forests of Endor, to the deserts of Tatooine.
You can even encounter some of the infamous bad guys, like
Stormtroopers, Scout Troopers, and even Darth Vader himself.
You can also come
face to face with some old friends from the movie: you can help Chewbacca
repair the Millennium Falcon, rescue C-3PO from the Jawas, or even, like
the movie, save the Carbonited Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt.
Indiana Jones came
on a single floppy disk, which was very good for the quality of game.
But Yoda Stories comes on as single CD-ROM, and you get some extra multimedia
shows with it.
Of particular interest
is a feature on the re-issue of the "Star Wars" special editions
(with their special additions). It would have been nice to have had more
video clips of the special effects enhancements - but then again, even
if they'd filled the disk with such great shots it wouldn't have been
is a pleasant diversion for those who want a quick and enjoyable game
they can wrap up in an hour or so. It doesn't really break much new ground,
but it isn't designed to either. But it accomplishes its goal, and that's
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