Star Wars: Rebel Assault

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Star Wars: Rebel Assault
System(s): Sega Mega-CD
Publisher: Victor Entertainment (Japan), JVC Musical Industries (US, Europe), Tec Toy (Brazil)
Original system(s): IBM PC
Genre: Shooting[1][2]

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
¥8,800 (9,064)8,800e[3] T-60174
Sega Mega-CD
$49.9949.99[5] T-60075
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Mega-CD
Sega Mega-CD
£49.9949.99[8][9] T-60075-50
BBFC: Suitable for 15 years and over (15)
Sega Mega-CD
Tectoy: Todas as Idades
Non-Sega versions

Star Wars: Rebel Assault (スターウォーズ・レベル・アサルト) is a Sega Mega-CD full-motion video rail shooter developed by LucasArts. A port of the developer's titular 1993 IBM PC game Star Wars: Rebel Assault, it was first published in the United States by JVC Musical Industries in March 1994, and was later brought to Europe by the same publisher the following September. That same month, it was localized and published in Japan by Victor Entertainment, and was even later published in Brazil by Tec Toy.


The game follows the adventures of a young pilot known only as Rookie One, a moisture farmer from Tatooine (similar to Luke Skywalker). The game begins with Rookie One's training, followed by an attack on the Star Destroyer Devastator, after its capture of the Tantive IV (as depicted in the opening of the first film). The Rebel squad then defends the Rebel base on Hoth from the attack shown in The Empire Strikes Back and finally launches an assault on the Death Star (with the player taking the place of Luke Skywalker in destroying the battle station).

All of the original characters are replaced by new characters and voices, and in some cases, new situations. For example, Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon are replaced by Rebel Commander Jake Farrell in an A-Wing who saves Rookie One just before he has to take the final shot on the Death Star.


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Rookie One

The game is a rail shooter using full-motion video played as the Rebel pilot Rookie One. Most of the graphics are pre-rendered 3D, but in some cases, original footage was filmed for the game with actors. Gameplay consists of four mission types: three spaceflight types and one on foot. Bonus points are awarded for accuracy and whether secondary objectives are accomplished.

The three spaceflight mission types are first-person, third-person, and overhead. In all three types, the ships follow a set path through each mission. The player moves a targeting reticle with the D-Pad, which the ships generally follow. The ships fire lasers with A. Enemy targets are highlighted in green outlines. If the player moves the targeting cursor after firing, the shots that were already fired follow the cursor. Some missions equip the player with torpedoes to attack objective targets, which are also fired with A. The majority of missions are first-person, which has more restricted movement than the other types. As such, enemy fire cannot be dodged in this mode; instead, the player must shoot the enemy within a set time frame in order to avoid taking damage, similar to a light gun game. Some stages have branching paths.

There is only one mission where Rookie One is on foot. This mission puts the player in a series of three stationary settings. The player can aim with the D-Pad and shoot with A. Rookie One can be maneuvered horizontally in order to avoid enemy fire with Left+B or Right+B.

When Rookie One takes damage from enemies, the Damage bar increases. The Damage bar recovers slowly over time. The player loses a life when the Damage bar is full. If the player runs out of lives, the game ends, but there is a password system for continuing.


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Flight Training

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Asteroid Field Training

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Planet Kolaador

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Star Destroyer Attack

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Tatooine Attack

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Asteroid Field Chase

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Imperial Walkers

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Protect Rebel Transport

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Yavin Training

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TIE Attack

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Death Star Surface

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Surface Cannon

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Power Relays

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Death Star Trench


Main article: Star Wars: Rebel Assault/Passwords.


The Mega-CD version is missing the Imperial Probe Droids mission, which is Chapter 7 in the other versions, and instead skips straight to Imperial Walkers. The Mega-CD version also has considerably less sharp and detailed graphics than those of the PC and 3DO versions, and it also lacks the option to play as a female Rookie One.

Production credits

Special Thanks to George Lucas
  • Based on Star Wars® by: George Lucas
  • Designer, Programmer, Project Leader: Vince Lee
  • Lead 3D Artist-Animator: Ron Lussier
  • Voice Producer and Director: Tamlynn Barra
  • Associate Game Producer: Casey Donahue Ackley
  • 3D Artist-Animators: David Vallone, Richard Green
  • Additional 3D Art by: Ralph Gerth, Dan Colon Jr., Steven Sherer
  • 3D Modelers: Martin Cameron, Jon Bell
  • Artist Animators: Leonard Robel, Bill Tiller
  • Additional art: Larry Ahern, Jon Knoles, John Knoll
  • Lead Art Technician: Aaron Muszalski
  • Art Technicians: Chris Ross, Leyton Chew, Gwen Musengwa, Paul Lefevre
  • Quality Assurance Supervisor: Mark Cartwright
  • Quality Assurance and Compatibility Testing: Chip Hinnenberg, Brett Tosti
  • Additional Testing: Matthew Forbush, William Burns, Dana Fong, Chris Snyder
  • Programming Assistance: Justin Graham, Toshi Morita, Mark Haigh-Hutchinson, Edward Kilham, Aric Wilmunder, Gary Brubaker
  • Sound Editing and Processing: Clint Bajakian
  • Sound Advice: Michael Z. Land, Peter McConnell
  • Art Department Manager: Collette Michaud
  • Public Relations Manager: Sue Seserman
  • Distribution Manager: Meredith Popoff
  • Product Support Manager: Mara Kaehn
  • International Coordinator: Lisa Star
  • Director of Marketing: Mary Bihr
  • Director of Development: Steve Dauterman
  • Director of Business Operations: Jack Sorensen
  • Voice Talent: Nick Jameson, Bill Farmer, Denny Delk, Tony Pope and Ru Murleen as herself
  • Special Thanks to: Collette Michaud, Peter Chan, Tamlynn Barra, Mike Levine, Steve Purcell, Jack Sorensen, Justin Graham, Jon Levinson, Hal Barwood, Mary Fitzgerald, Wayne Cline, Jonathan Ackley, Jon Knoles, Casey Donahue Ackley
Original Star Wars Soundtrack Music
  • Performed by: the London Symphony Orchestra
  • Composed and Conducted by: John Williams
℗© 1977 Lucasfilm Ltd.
Used Under Authorization. All Rights Reserved.
In-game credits
Star Wars Rebel Assault MCD ending credits.pdf


Magazine articles

Main article: Star Wars: Rebel Assault/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Star Wars: Rebel Assault/Promotional material.


Physical scans

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Player One (FR)
Power Up! (UK)
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Sega Power (UK) PAL
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Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
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Technical information

Main article: Star Wars: Rebel Assault/Technical information.


  1. File:StarWarsRebelAssault MCD JP Box Back.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 (Wayback Machine: 2019-06-10 17:56)
  3. Beep! MegaDrive, "May 1994" (JP; 1994-04-08), page 10
  4. GamePro, "April 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 81
  5. 5.0 5.1 Game Players, "Vol. 7 No. 8 August 1994" (US; 1994-0x-xx), page 68
  6. Computer Trade Weekly, "" (UK; 1994-10-03), page 03
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sega Magazine, "September 1994" (UK; 1994-08-xx), page 92
  8. Computer & Video Games, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-11-15), page 64
  9. Sega Power, "September 1994" (UK; 1994-08-04), page 51
  10. File:Star Wars Rebel Assault MCD ending credits.pdf
  11. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 186
  12. Beep! MegaDrive, "August 1994" (JP; 1994-07-08), page 22
  13. Consoles +, "Septembre 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 148
  14. Computer & Video Games, "September 1994" (UK; 1994-08-15), page 62
  15. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "July 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 38
  16. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 352
  17. Famitsu, "1994-08-12" (JP; 1994-07-29), page 40
  18. GamesMaster, "September 1994" (UK; 1994-08-25), page 52
  19. Games World: The Magazine, "October 1994" (UK; 1994-08-25), page 17
  20. Joypad, "Septembre 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 108
  21. Mega, "September 1994" (UK; 1994-08-18), page 64
  22. Mega Force, "Septembre 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 82
  23. Mega Fun, "10/94" (DE; 1994-09-21), page 59
  24. MegaTech, "September 1994" (UK; 1994-08-18), page 12
  25. Mean Machines Sega, "September 1994" (UK; 1994-07-30), page 66
  26. Player One, "Décembre 1994" (FR; 1994-1x-xx), page 142
  27. Power Up!, "Saturday, September 24, 1994" (UK; 1994-09-24), page 1
  28. Sega Power, "September 1994" (UK; 1994-08-04), page 50
  29. Sega Pro, "September 1994" (UK; 1994-08-11), page 46
  30. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 86
  31. Sonic the Comic, "3rd February 1995" (UK; 1995-01-21), page 12
  32. Todo Sega, "Octubre 1994" (ES; 1994-xx-xx), page 42
  33. Tricks, "4/95" (RU; 1995-xx-xx), page 28
  34. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 245
  35. Video Games, "7/94" (DE; 1994-06-29), page 80
  36. VideoGames, "August 1994" (US; 1994-0x-xx), page 70

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