Way better than the NES incarnation.
And come to think of it I don't even think they finished the NES Star Wars series.
But I first played this game courtesy of a friend of mine years ago and loved it. THough it's not completely faithful to the movie (in fact the first boss, the Saarlak pit monster, makes his appearance two films early), but it's lots of fun for all that. The sound effects aren't spot on but they're close enough to make you feel like they were trying to be true to the film. THough it featres perhaps fewer voice clips from the movies (mostl the Jawas' classic cry of Hutini!), what clips there are are appropriate. Even Darth Vader's ominous breathing is featured.
The music is of course right out of the movie, complete with the classic intro and the ending theme from when Luke, Han and company receive their medals for their heroic actions. In fact think the only oriinal tune, and even that's still derived from the music in the movie, is the theme for when you lose a life.
Control wise the controls are pretty simple, though there is naturally a different control scheme depending on when you're piloting a vehicle, which you will do several times. Generally they seem nice and responsive, which is good because these games are far from walks in the park. If you're looking for a nice, challenging game you might do well to try your hand at Super Star Wars and its sequel.
Reviewed by: Bryan Peterson from Twin Falls on 10/19/2011