Arcade games should not be involving because of the very nature of arcades; they are quick fixes of adrenalin-inducing entertainment, and are meant to be fairly instant games. Return of the Jedi, however, takes the piss. There are so man things wrong with it that I guess the cabinets are very rare simply bcause no-one bought one.
Firstly, the graphics are fucking rubbish, even for an 80’s game. Have a look at the screenshots – no, I didn’t create them in Paint, they are actual shots from the game. Secondly, the controls are rubbish. You float around the screen uncontrollably which, coincidentally, adds a bit of a challenge to an otherwise unchallenging game. Thirdly, there are TWO levels – yes, two levels of about 20 seconds apiece, meaning the game can be completed within a minute. You have to fly a speedbike around trees and avoid some other speeders for a bit, then fly a real bad representation of the Millennium Falcon around poles and avoid some other ships, then go back the other way whilst being chased by a fuzzy blanket of red. That’s it. THAT IS ALL THERE IS TO IT.
I remember playing this briefly when I was younger, and gave up because of the controls.
Playtime = 40 seconds
Verdict = One of the worst games in living memory, compounded further by being a Star Wars title.