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Star Wars on the Intellivision! What more could you ask for?

Star StrikeGraphics: 4
Sound: 3
Replay Value: 3
Notes: 1-player; Easter Egg
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It was really exciting when Star Strike came out–what with Mattel's effective marketing campaign. For any Star Wars freak, this game was a dream come true! It has decent graphics, and it's cute how you can deceive your opponents into crashing into the surface of the space station. Guess they're not the best pilots. The first time we played, we had to be sure to let the Earth explode to see the most impressive video game effect yet–the total destruction of a planet. Pretty cool! Once you've played this a bit, it's actually a pretty easy game, so its replay value is rather so-so. Even after not having played it for 5 or 10 years, it's pretty easy. On a good-sized TV, the down-the-trench 3D effect is still good. Best Score: 7842 [Missed one of the baddies, darn it!]




ROM Allegedly a ROM variant exists that fixes a bug.
Box So far, four variations have been found.
Manual Eleven variants have been identified.
Overlays Two different overlay variations are known to exist.
Label To date, four labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs A title screen Easter egg exists.




A total of four Star Strike box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Star Strike Box (Mattel Electronics 5161-0910) Mattel Electronics 5161-0910 1981 U.S.A. Trayless pocket; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Star Strike Box (Mattel Electronics 5161-0510) Mattel Electronics 5161-0510 1981 Hong Kong French-Canadian; plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel Canada Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada on back; shrinkwrapped copies may have a sticker about a Star Strike sweepstakes that apparently ran only in Canada
Star Strike Box (Intellivision Inc. 5161) Intellivision Inc. 5161 1981 U.S.A. Standard Intellivision, Inc. box
Star Strike Box (Sears 5379-0910) Sears 5379-0910 1981 U.S.A. Trayless pocket; blue game title on top and back; game title on top of box rotated 180 deg. compared to the standard case




It is rumored that two versions of the ROM exist. Ostensibly, later versions fixed the bug that this warning slip is meant to help you avoid. I have not personally verified this yet.





A total of eleven Star Strike manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Star Strike Manual (Mattel Electronics 5161-0920) Mattel Electronics 5161-0920 1981 U.S.A. Green and blue artwork
Star Strike Manual (Mattel Electronics 5161-0920) Mattel Electronics 5161-0920 1981 U.S.A. Blue monochrome artwork; includes notice about controller bug
Star Strike Manual (Mattel Electronics 5161-0920) Mattel Electronics 5161-0920 1981 Hong Kong Green and blue artwork; submitted by Hankster
Star Strike Manual (Mattel Electronics 5161-0720) Mattel Electronics 5161-0720 1981 Hong Kong French-Canadian
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 5161-0820 1981 Hong Kong NEED CONFIRMATION; British English release; Green and blue artwork; submitted by Hankster
Star Strike Manual (Mattel Electronics 5161-0161) Mattel Electronics 5161-0161 1981 Hong Kong Dutch; noted, and image contributed by cmart; need confirmation of part number, other appearance details
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 5161-0131 1981 Hong Kong Italian version; green and (light) blue artwork
Star Strike Manual (Mattel Electronics PC-5161-0920) Mattel Electronics PC-5161-0920 1981 U.S.A. PlayCable version; green and blue artwork
Star Strike Manual (Bandai 5161-0201) Bandai 5161-0201 None   Bandai version of Star Strike; image courtesy of Hankster
Star Strike Manual (Intellivision Inc. 5161-0920) Intellivision Inc. 5161-0920 None U.S.A. Accordion-style folding
Star Strike Manual (Sears 5379-0920) Sears 5379-0920 1981 U.S.A.  

Supplemental Materials

The following supplemental materials have been found for Star Strike.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Star Strike Additional Materials (Mattel Electronics 5161-0070) Mattel Electronics 5161-0070 None U.S.A. Notice regarding bug using left controller




A total of three Star Strike overlay variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Star Strike Overlay (Mattel Electronics 5161-4289) Mattel Electronics 5161-4289 1981 U.S.A.  
Star Strike Overlay (Phil Boland 49 75231) Phil Boland 49 75231 1981 U.S.A. Part of the Sears Super Video Arcade Overlay Set (2013)
Image not available. Intellivision Productions N/A 2014 U.S.A. Part of the Supplemental Overlay Pack for Intellivision Flashback




A total of four Star Strike label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Star Strike Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A None U.S.A. Origin upper right, ™ upper right
Star Strike Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A None Hong Kong Origin upper right, ™ upper right
Star Strike Label (Intellivision Inc.) Intellivision Inc. N/A 1981 U.S.A. Origin lower right; © I.I. 1981 to left of origin; ™ small, centered vertically on right edge; smaller label, rounded corners
Star Strike Label (Phil Boland) Phil Boland N/A None   Part of the Sears Super Video Arcade Overlay Set (2013)




Title Screen Title screen for Star Strike.
Not the Death Star Trench ... No, really! Undoubtedly, when introduced, this screen set the standard for immersion in a game. The illusion of speed is nicely accomplished.





Star Strike Easter Egg

Credit: Joe Zbiciak's post to the intvprog group on Yahoo on 23. March, 2001

Left Controller: Press and hold: [1], [9] OR [3], [7]
Press Reset
Easter Egg: The title screen flashes though a bunch of graphics. According to Not Your Average Joe, what's happening is that the Inty is "incrementing all of the locations of display memory rather quickly". Click on the image to download an MPEG1 movie of what this looks like in action.




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