were a big producer of board games and produced 3 Star Wars related
games. The first 2, Escape from Death Star and Adventures of R2-D2, were
rebranding of Kenner produced board games. The last one, Destroy Death
Star was completely different from the Kenner named board game of the
same name and was only produced by Palitoy.
from Death Star was the most common Star Wars board game by far and
features an iconic shot of a X-Wing fighter being shot at by a Tie
Fighter on the front lid of the box. The Palitoy logo is in the bottom
right hand corner of this picture with head shots of 8 of the first 12
action figures characters to the right of this. Strangely, Ben Kenobi is
missing, despite being instrumental in the escape from the Death Star!
The back of the box shows the board and other contents and describes the
object of the game.
board looks like a glorified game of snakes and ladders with the
objective being to move from corner of the board to the opposite corner
to reach the rebel base. There are 4 coloured pieces that can be moved
from the coloured start positions meaning that up to 4 players can play.
The colours are red, blue green and yellow pictures of either Luke
Skywalker and Princess Leia or Han Solo and Chewbacca, so 8 coloured
pieces in total are included. These pictures are printed on small pieces
of card that are attached to a small plastic stand. Instead of a dice,
there is a numbered 1-6 spinner with a picture of R2-D2 underneath.
There is a stack of cards that can be picked up during game play that
help or penalise the player, along with 4 special Death Star blue print
cards and 4 Tractor Beam cards with Ben Kenobi on the back, so he did
get a mention after all! Instructions for playing the game are included
on a separate instruction sheet.
of R2-D2 is much less common than Escape from Death Star and has a box
and board of the same size. The front lid of the box features a drawing
of R2-D2 on the left of the lid with images from the board to the right
of this. The Palitoy logo is in the bottom right hand corner of the
front of the lid. The back of the box has a picture of the board and
other contents and describes the object of the game.
board looks like another snakes and ladders clone with a brightly
coloured path that is followed from the start circle on the left of the
board to the finish circle on the right of the board. There are various
'ADVENTURE' circles on the way that can move you forwards or back on the
path. There is also a Death Star circle which makes you lose a turn and
then move forwards or back. There are 4 coloured pieces of cardboard
with a picture of R2-D2 on them that slot into the same plastic
bases from Escape from Death Star, so up to 4 people can play. There is
no counting needed in this game, so there is a spinner that features
different colours that indicate what coloured circle on the path you
move to next. The instructions for playing the game are printed directly
on the cardboard insert that supports the board inside the game's box.
Death Star is the most rare of the three board games Palitoy produced
and is completely different from the Kenner board game of the same name.
The Kenner game features a square lid and box that contains a folded
board that is square and looks like yet another snakes and ladders type
game. The Palitoy board game is completely different from this. The
front lid of the box features an image of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader
with an X-Wing Fighter shooting at Darth Vader's Tie Fighter.
Underneath this are 3 small insert pictures show a child playing the
game and a closeup of the board. The Palitoy logo is in the bottom right
hand corner on the front of the lid. The back of the box is plain
cardboard and once the front lid is removed, this reveals a cardboard
insert that sits on top of the board. This insert is often missing. The
insert has 5 holes cut in revealing 2 plastic knobs and 2 holes in the
the insert is removed, the board can be removed. The board is a plastic
tray with a hollow underneath. There are 2 star like plastic pieces
included that fit onto the holes in the board. The plastic playing
pieces are 6 green Tie Fighters, 1 of which is Darth Vader's Tie
Fighter, and 6 red X-Wing fighters. There is also a separate Palitoy
instruction booklet included that details how to play the game.
2 star like playing pieces can be seen below placed on the holes in the
board. The board is a series of connected hexagons on which the playing
pieces are moved. There are 2 knobs that control a movable light that
moves underneath the board, 1 for horizontal movement, 1 for vertical
movement, like an Etch-a-Sketch. The light and electronic sound effects
are controlled by a on/off switch next to a detachable Star Wars logo
that reveals the battery compartment underneath.
underneath of the board reveals a thin white piece of cardboard held in
place by screws which can be removed to reveal the mysterious inner
workings underneath. This piece of cardboard is often missing. Once
removed the light and wires can be seen on the underside of the board.
Palitoy instruction booklet details how to play the game and features
the iconic shot of a Tie fighter firing on an X-Wing fighter on the
front cover with the Palitoy logo in the bottom right hand corner. There
are 3 pages of instructions with the Palitoy logo featuring again in
the bottom right hand corner on the back of the instruction booklet.