It is a time of great upheaval. The first Death Star has been destroyed, marking a major victory for the Rebellion. But the Empire remains strong. As commander, you must choose to take control of either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire. Your goal: complete domination of the galaxy.
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Release Date: Feb 28, 1998

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It is a time of great upheaval. The first Death Star has been destroyed, marking a major victory for the Rebellion. But the Empire remains strong. As commander, you must choose to take control of either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire. Your goal: complete domination of the galaxy.

Take the galaxy by force. Take the galaxy through diplomacy. Take the galaxy via covert operations. Earn the loyalty (or resentment) of up to 200 worlds. Star Wars™ Rebellion gives you a myraid of means to implement strategy and tactics on a grand scale and in a real-time environment. With control of the entire Star Wars galaxy as the prize, will the Force™ be with you? Discover for yourself.

  • Strategy Gaming on an Epic Scale - Take control of either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire as you vie for the support of up to 200 worlds. The real-time environment will test your strategic mettle at every turn.
  • Comprehensive Resource Management - Strategic portion lets you manage manufacturing, resources, fleet deployment and mission assignments.
  • Innovative 3D Battle Simulation - Take complete command of fleets in dramatic battle sequences – almost a separate game in itself.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended)
    • DirectX: Version 7.0
    • Storage: 611 MB available space
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144 of 163 people (88%) found this review helpful
274 people found this review funny
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
It's an older game but it still checks out.
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122 of 142 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Love the game, but they did not fix the "Icons are upside down" issue on 64-bit systems. Have to play in windowed mode at a small resolution to fix. Add -w to launch options for all of those curious.

Once again, I love this game more than is probably healthy, but not fixing this issue is very disappointing.
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70 of 81 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
121.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Star Wars: Rebellion is a classic grand strategy game that's almost as old as I am, and it shows. A word of warning; many of the negative reviews here (rightfully) deal with issues regarding graphics and loading the game, which can be resolved with a bit of tweaking.

I played this game to death as a kid, even though a lot of my success in it was the result of endless hours of trial and error; the learning curve is perhaps the steepest in video game history, there's no tutorial, and everything that's thrown at you can be overwhelming even for people who are familiar with grand strategy titles (a PDF scan of the old instruction booklet can be found in the folders, though). Likewise, while the graphics might have been cutting-edge in 1998, they're... lackluster nowadays.

But don't let either of those disuade you; Rebellion is one of the greatest strategy games ever made, and could easily give most games nowadays a run for their money. You can play as either the Rebellion or Empire with the ultimate goal of defeating the other faction and liberating/dominating the (size adjustable) galaxy.

At your disposal to accomplish this monumental and occasionally grindy goal will be a near-endless array of space ships that you can command in glorius 32-bit space combat (the spiritual successor to this game; Empire at War, would refine this aspect greatly), dozens of characters from the period ranging from everyone between Luke Skywalker to Thrawn, agents who you can send on missions to subvert the enemy or strengthen yourself, and as many armies, shield generators and Death Stars as your infastructure and technology can support. And as everything takes place in real time, you will rarely find youself without something to do if you play proactively - and the AI won't sit back on its laurels, either.

In addition to everything else this game has to offer in terms of gameplay and replayability, the game also comes complete with an encyclopedia that gives a treasure trove of information about all the units, ships, planets and characters that appear in game, all drawn from the across the entire extended universe lore available at the time. So if you also want to explore the old Star Wars EU, or just dislike Disney's, this is also the game for you.

You can also train Chewbacca as a Jedi if the game smiles on you, so there's that.

Rebellion is well worth the $6 and initial headache, and can be immensly fun, immersive and addicting if you have the patience to learn its ins and outs, and I highly recommend it for any fan of Star Wars or grand strategy.
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54 of 70 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
I absolutely love this game, I played the crap out of it back in the day. It is one of my favorite Star Wars titles.

That being said, avoid this version. On my Windows 10 PC at least, it is buggy as hell. Playing the game Full Screen washes out the colors and flips all the icons upside down. Playing the game in a Window fixes that problem but now you have a 640x480 unscalable window to play the game in... When the game starts it is impossible to skip the droids 20 minute speech without deleting the .dll files for them. Also, perhaps most importantly, the drop down menus for the constructon buildings doesn't seem to work. I click the drop down and nothing happens. So for me, the game isn't even playable.

I will stick to my Windows 98 VM and SWR disk when I want to play this I guess...

Steam shouldn't allow broken titles like this to be sold here.

UPDATE: I was able to figure out how to get the drop down menus to work... you have to play with the game in a little window in the top left corner of the screen. But then I "discovered" a new "feature" of this game. It crashes randomly... and SWR doesn't exactly have an autosave.
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47 of 59 people (80%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Star Wars Rebellion is the master grand strategy game. Up to 200 planets, 60 characters, and mulitple death stars. It has a learning curve so steep it's a cliff, but once you get the hang of it, it can be quite tedious. Early game, both sides sieze planets; mid game, build defence and offence; end game, assult the planets one by one. And yet, there is something very satisfying about crushing the rebel scum once and for all.

Have had some graphical errors. A word to the wise, turn off the agent advice. 3P0 is hysterical and IMP-32 is as smug as a hipster in a record store.
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32 of 35 people (91%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
This has got to be one of my all time favourite games for gameplay. It can get a little tedious with micro-management, but what other game allows the player to take the role as either the Rebel Alliance or Empire in a virtual sand-box galaxy where you can choose whatever you want to do?
The game is a little dated graphics-wise, but it's otherwise really brought to life with the original voices of the original cast, the expanded universe references and the ships.
Even though I already have the CD to this, I bought it on Steam both for the ability to just download and play, but also because I wanted to make sure I could play it on my Windows 7 machine.
Overall, a great game for a very good price.
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47 of 60 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
The inverted icons make the game unplayable. Buy from GOG instead.
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49 of 65 people (75%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Back in 1998 I had the pleasure of experiencing my first Star Wars strategy game. It was Rebellion, I still have the original box, but the old disc and newer operating systems wouldn't allow me to reinstall it and play it properly.

Now this version turns out to work flawlessly. I'm running the game on Windows 7 64-bit and it even passed the utmost test of all with flying colors... Alt tabbing. The game shows its age with all the pixelated cinematics due to the poor encoding of the time, but it also runs on my 1080p monitor with a 480p quality without compromising gameplay. I believe this is the same build used by Good Old Games with just a few tweaks to make sure it wouldn't fail.

This is particularly great for me because at the time my English wasn't nearly as good as it is now, so I finally understood the garrison requirements to avoid uprisings. I'm also glad to know that I got most of the rules at that time and the nostalgia is fitting. People hardly get to live the glory of certain games after a given amount of time has passed, but it seems to me that Star Wars Rebellion was meant to be a great game no matter how old. Coolhand managed to fit so much of the expanded universe lore in there that I was able to picture the faces of many cherished characters I hadn't even read about by then.

You should definitely give it a try if you're ok with a 32-bit color game featuring some of the most repetitive advisors on the history of gaming.

edit: I forgot to mention that this version does not include multiplayer at the moment. Also, it doesnt support steam overlay so there's no way to upload screenshots at the moment.


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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
This version of the game does not work properly on Steam/Windows 8. Images and words are all backwards, making the game unplayable.
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
The game takes place after the Battle of Yavin. It places you in charge of either the Empire or Rebellion and gives you open ended freedom after that point.

It is a very dated game that will not stand up graphically to modern day titles. It makes up for that with a strategic depth that has not been seen in many titles since.

If you're a hardcore fan of either Star Wars or strategy games I recommend adding this to your collection. If you aren't either of those you can still give it a try.
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41.3 hrs
Posted: October 25
This is a classic starwars game from my childhood. Control the Rebellion or the Empire and micromanage everything!!! (if not you can tell C-3PO to do it for you).

- Very indepth game, one example is this game has a political system, once you invade a planet and take it over, if that planet is not allied with you politically the system will riot
- Vast amount of Ships, fighters, characters, troops and buildings, Example Star Wars Empire at War a great game also is not nearly in-depth as this game
- Varder or Luke have the power to sense future jedi and can train them to use the force, very cool
- Huge galaxy, if you choose the large galaxy there are i believe over 100+ planets and each has its own history or description

-This game is old, from the late 80's or 90's i think, so example when you enter in a space battle the graphics suck pixel ships shooting red and green lazers at each other
- Also since this game is old not a big community on how to plays and mods unlike Empire at War, there is a website deticated to updates and mods for this game but its long been dead
-Dont know if this really is a con but this game can be long, especially if you choose the large galaxy, which can days or even weeks to finish a game

So i give this game 8/10 its a great buy for the Price, if your a fan of Empire at war or similar in depth Star Wars games this is a MUST BUY!
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30.5 hrs
Posted: October 10
A classic. Spent countless hours on this when I was kid just to figure it out and get my first win. The complexity of it can be a little daunting but it's just too damn fun to assassinate all those rebel characters with Vader and blow up their planets from time to time (have to teach them who's boss!!!)

Graphics are old but that's not what I want from a strategy game anyway, and I still find myself spending an entire day crushing the rebellion without seeing the time pass.

Haven't had any of the glitches some people mention, maybe I'm just lucky.

Recommended for any Star Wars fan and all strategy enthusiasts.
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4.8 hrs
Posted: September 17
I rather like this game, but wouldn't recommend it. Most of my feelings for it come from nostalgia, and if you're picking it up for the first time in 2016, the interface and gameplay will feel unbelievably clunky.
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39.0 hrs
Posted: September 16
I love this game. Yea the breifing sucks cause you can't get past it. Whatever. I'll go get a snack while it loads. You can play this game against your friend using Tunngle. So if someone thinks they can't play it cause there isn't a multiplayer, well there's tunngle. Just get the free one. Any channel that you sit in on tunngle will let you play this game in multiplayer. You have to keep tunngle running though. So there you have it. There's nothing wrong with this game that you can't fix yourself, accept the breifing... that's up to who ever owns it to patch the ability to skip it. Cause you could with the orginal copy of it's day.
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77.6 hrs
Posted: September 7
Old school joy. However, Steam's version is glitchy--shuts down mid-game, wont let you skip breifings. Used to like it...
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23.0 hrs
Posted: August 8
Just as good as I remembered it being.
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9.7 hrs
Posted: August 6
An old classic for me that I still find fun playing. People are reporting that it crashes but I am on Windows 7 and it did not crash yet.
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6.0 hrs
Posted: July 27
maaaaan i had this game im a CD it was so scratched up, like the whole disc was covered with scratches in every direction, but there were no deep ones and apperently my old CD-drive was amazing and the only thing that didn't work was the music, i think that disc might be laying around here somewhere if i find it ill try it
didnt visually age well but still good times strategy
5 out of 7
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0.1 hrs
Posted: July 18
THE BEST GAME OF ITS TIME! Perfect game to add to your collection for ANY Star Wars fan, and those of classic games. I am happy to see it on Steam... as I have played this game for many moons. Original game had issues running on anything higher than windows XP. This Steam copy has the bug fixed and works fine on windows 10. Good pricing too!

This game successor is Star Wars: Empire At War. Those that can not play old graphic style games should see this other game instead. Both are awesome :)
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Bradley Letton
38.2 hrs
Posted: July 15
Very pleased to see this game on Steam.

used to love playing this back in the day. The rich amount of content from the expanded universe (pre-Disney) is great.

The Real-time space battles, though low in detail and seem primitive to todays standards, are still fun to do, especially with a Interdictor and a Death Star in the same battle!

Only thing I would like changed is a way to shut C-3PO up when he's giving the initial briefing.
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