Star Wars Electronic Battle Command Game

I just spent two weeks out of town for work, and got a little bummed out when I realized I would be on the road driving instead of at home celebrating “Star Wars Day” on May 4th (“May the Fourth be with you”). While driving home I saw a sign for an antique mall that was open on Sunday. Looking for a place to stretch my legs, I pulled off the road and spent a few minutes walking around.

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Oh, sweet serendipity! Finding a vintage Star Wars item for sale — on May the Fourth no less — was just what I needed to lift my spirits (and dent my wallet).

According to Wikipedia, the Star Wars Electronic Battle Command Game, released in 1979, was “the first official licensed video game bearing the name Star Wars.” The manual claims “Star Wars Electronic Battle Command Game is probably the most exciting computer game you will ever play!”, although based on the game’s 5/10 rating over at BoardGameGeek.com, I suspect that claim might be overstated.

starwarsnut77 has a quick demo of the game in action over on YouTube. You can check it out here:

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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One thought on “Star Wars Electronic Battle Command Game

  1. vinvectrex says:

    When this showed up on Christmas morning, I had visions of spectacular real time space battles. Those hopes were quickly squashed, but I eventually grew to really enjoy the turn based strategy combat. I’ve still got my game somewhere – and I think I’ll go dust it off after your article.

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