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Star Wars Rebel Forces Laser Game was made in 1997 by Tiger Electronics. The game is compatible with the guns of the Tiger Laser Games series. Out of these I reviewed Independence Day in episode 27.
The main unit is a bust of Darth Vader's head. It is powered by 4 AAA cells and the gun by 2 AA cells. If the unit has to be opened for some reason, the front label has to be peeled off, as three screws are located beneath.
In the game's story the player wants to be a rebel officer and thus has to participate in a simulated training. The game is said training and consists of 5 stages with increasing difficulty. There is no time limit but an accuracy requirement. The levels loop until the threshold is met. 80 % accuracy is needed to beat the game in the final level.
The player may use one of three weapons. The weapons differ in capacity and fire modes. The weapon is changed for the next better one if a crate is shot. The last weapon, which can be used in a full automatic mode, is upgraded in strength by keep shooting crates. As enemies imperial storm troopers and royal guards appear. Furthermore multiple copies of the two bounty hunters Boba Fett and IG-88 are in the game. These bounty hunters take three hits of the normal, non-upgraded weapons to die. Sometimes a ball appears on the screen, which acts a screen clearing weapon upon being shot.
From time to time rebels run across the screen. These mustn't be shot as they cause a health penalty instead. The player has three lives each consisting of three health units. Health is replenished at the beginning of every level.
Personally I think Star Wars Rebel Forces Laser Game works less well than the original Tiger Laser Games series. In particular I found the non perpendicular angle ill suited. Finally I ended up laying the bust on its chin in order to play the game. In my opinion the game is a fair bit easier than the other titles. Nevertheless I had fun beating the game and I am glad I own it.
The packaging is well made. It highlights the possibility to display the game as a bust when not being used as a game.