Escape from Secret Base IIEscape from Secret Base II
In retaliation for your part in securing the Death Star Plans, the Empire has stolen your ship, the Crow, and taken it to a hidden base. Your job is to…
Protocol droid C-3PO has been captured by bounty hunters and taken to Tatooine. The rebel high command is worried that 3PO may reveal numerous secrets about the Rebellion because of his close work with several key figures. You are to return to Tatooine to rescue C-3PO.
The first level to use Tatooine as a setting was original; it had lots of new things to keep you interested. This level has some new things too, but you can't seem to get past the feeling that it's just a rerun.
First off, the author recycles a lot of his previous level. While this is good, as it increases the believability that you're actually visiting the same place, and increases the continuity between levels, it also deadens the interest, especially if you just completed the previous mission. By having gone through it all before, you know your way around, know a lot of the puzzles, and even the new items don't seem quite as eye-catching. It's a lot like running through an adaption of the original Dark Forces levels. The second time is not nearly as fun.
Even the plot seems to have been done before. It really is just an adaption of all the rescue Madine levels, with Threepio in his place. While the author should be given a little credit for creativeness in the setting and the use of the droid in place of Madine, this plot is getting old real fast.
The author does throw in some new things to keep the level enjoyable. Boba Fett's base has been converted, and the area surrounding it has been expanded to include several new cliffs. But when you get right down to it, it's all pretty much the same.
This level is best compared to a poor remake of a classic movie. The plot is twisted a little to provide some new entertainment, but when it's all over, you have an urge for the original version. If you're looking to play a Tatooine level, I'd pick one of the two the author has made. Doing both constitutes overkill.