Star Wars: Escape from Deathstar Game

Han and Chewbacca sneak into the Death Star’s control room, deftly outmaneuvering Imperial Stormtroopers and remaining undiscovered while they acquire the highly classified Death Star blueprints. The rebel alliance just might have hope against this moon-sized weapon! Suddenly, the intruder alert sounds! Darting through the corridor up ahead they see Luke and Leia being pursued in a firefight with a dozen of the space station’s guards. “C’mon Chewie!” blasts Han, and they take an adjoining hall way to meet up with their friends. Blasting their way to the captured Millennium Falcon, they all are miraculously unharmed by the ‘Troopers’ blaster fire. “We got our half of the plans and deactivated the Tractor Beam! You?” inquires Leia, to which Chewie responds with an affirmative howl. Boarding the Falcon, the rebel heroes launch out of the docking bay and begin preparation for light speed. “Oh, boy”, laments Luke, pointing outside the cockpit window. Everybody’s expression instantly sours as they look up to the sight of a thousand TIE Fighters bearing down on them…

Is this the latest in video game space drama for your XBox 360? No, sir! New, from Kenner, it’s the STAR WARS: Escape from Death Star board game! You and your friends must secure the Death Star plans, escape the Death Star and make it back to rebel forces before it’s too late! Will our rag-tag group of heroes succeed in their mission??!

“Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca are trapped in the Death Star Trash Compactor. It’s your challenge to help them escape to the freedom of the Rebel Base. R2D2 spins out your moves, but you must decide what passage ways to follow. The safe way is the long way. And time is running out. You must turn off the tractor beam and pick up a pair of secret plans. Will you take short cuts that risk encounters with the Force? You will if you’re daring, and could be the first to board the Millennium Falcon, fight your way through Tie Fighters, and reach the rebel Base to win!” (as described on the game box).

Released in October 1977, this board game was for 2 to 4 players age 7 and up and was based on Episode Four: A New Hope, written and directed by George Lucas. Made of sturdy cardboard and plastic, with colorful images and tokens, this game was manufactured by Australian-based Toltoys and released by Kenner. The object of the game is to move your character tokens (paired up as Luke & Leia or Han & Chewie) from the Death Star’s trash compactor in one diagonal corner of the game board to the other corner, where you must weave your way through TIE Fighters, occasionally win a dogfight, and get home to the Rebel Base. You pick up various FORCE cards along the way, either benefiting from the “good” side or suffering from the “dark” side. It features photo prints from the movie, illustrations in amazing detail and is a played bi-fold with the impressive Death Star in the background. Be the first to arrive back at Rebel Base with the secret Death Star plans and YOU WIN!


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