Monday, 12 October 2015

1977 Star Wars - Escape from the Death Star Board Game by Palitoy

Growing up with a big brother I shared his love of all things Star Wars, we couldn't get enough of the films and merchandise released from each of the films when they came out.

For a many years our favourite game to while away rainy days was the "Escape from the Death Star" board game, released by Palitoy in 1977.

The game is for 2 to 4 players, aged 8 to 10, but don't let that fool you, the game is still fun, even at mine and my Son's ages. 

The box contains 8 Playing Tokens, 4 Death Star Blue Print Cards, 4 Tractor Beam Cards, an  R2D2 Spinner, a Deck Of 52 Force Cards and of course the game board.

Each player has two playing pieces, Han & Chewbacca and Princess Leia & Luke Skywalker and both playing pieces must reach the Rebel's Base before a player can win the game.

As you travel around the board you must  Death Star Blueprints which you collect as you move around the board.

To help or hinder you along the way, you must periodically draw from the "Force Card" Pack, and follow the instructions written on it.

The back of the box reads: "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!"

Although the game is now quite rare, I've recently seen some come up for sale on for between £30.56 and £49.99, whereas also has two for sale priced at £49.99 and £80.00!!

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