peril. In the aftermath of
the Battle of Naboo, disorder
and corruption run rampant
throughout the galaxy.
Seizing upon this chaos is a
mysterious and deadly cult
known as the BANDO GORA,
whose vicious attacks have
nearly crippled the galaxy's
most powerful industries.
Darth Sidious, recognizing
this development as a threat
to his own sinister plan, has
summoned his new apprentice
to discuss the matter....
Star Wars: Bounty Hunter is a Star Wars Legends videogame which take place before the events of Attack of the Clones and tells the story of Jango Fett, and how he was chosen as the template for the clone army.
A mysterious cult, the Bando Gora, is wreaking havoc in the galaxy. Its members are distributing a dangerous variation of death sticks, which turn users into mindless devotees. The leader of the cult, the fallen Jedi Komari Vosa has become a threat even to Darth Sidious's plans, so he orders his disciple Darth Tyranus, who was once Vosa's Jedi Master before his fall to the dark side, to take care of her. So he decides to hire several bounty hunters, offering a large reward for the head of Vosa. Soon, Jango Fett and his rival Montross start their hunt across the galaxy.
Armed with a large arsenal of weapons, Jango must fight his way in several, difficult levels divided in six chapters. Along the way, he can also capture other bounties and find the Mandalorian Golden Feathers to unlock the bonus content.
Star Wars: Bounty Hunter contains examples of:
- Action Girl: Zam Wesell, met halfway through the game.
- Actor Allusion: Montross tells Jango only one of them will get to claim the prize.
- Aliens Speaking English: Most of the aliens speak Basic, but Sebolto and the Hutts speak their native, subtitled language.
- Alliterative Name: One of the bounties you can catch in the second level is named Bobot Beka.
- Anti-Frustration Features: The game is hard enough as it is, so it throws you a bone here and there. For example, if you complete one part of an objective (i.e. disabling a shield generator during "The Escape") you don't have to do it all over again or fight the enemies again if you die and respawn at the last checkpoint.
- The centerpiece of "The Escape" is a very tall column with multiple platforms over a bottomless pit, all crowded with heavily armed enemies that are hard to target. The developers knew just how brutal it would be to traverse it with your bare jetpack, so there are several infinitely respawning power-ups for your jetpack scattered about, which allow you to fly for much longer than usual.
- Awesome, but Impractical: The various missile-type weapons. If you're not careful when using them inside, you can easily blow yourself up.
- Ax-Crazy: Komari Vosa.
- Badass Normal: Jango, of course, and Montross as well. Zam also counts.
- Black and Grey Morality: Highly unusual for Star Wars, but when the most morally upstanding character is a money-grubbing, swindling, vain Toydarian then you know this trope is in effect. Jango is involved purely for personal gain, guns down dozens of law enforcement officers during his hunt and depending on the player's own aim, may even end up killing a civilian or two.
- Not to mention civilian bounties like an Ugnaught maintanence worker who plans to sell corporate secrets and is wanted for more dead. Hardly a morally upstanding guy, but not nearly as bad as someone like Montross.
- Big Bad / Big Bad Wannabe: Komari Vosa is the former for purposes of the game, but the latter in the saga as a whole. She leads the Bando Gora, a powerful cult with connections to powerful players in the galaxy's underworld, and the death sticks Bando Gora is selling in the game would addict new people creating a flood of new recruits. She's dangerous enough that Darth Sidious considered her a threat to his plans and ordered Dooku to kill her. Nonetheless, the ending makes it clear that Vosa's longterm plans, whatever they were, had no chance of succeeding as Dooku knew where she was hiding and could have gone and killed her at any point he wished. She only survived as long as she did in game because Dooku was using her as a target to recruit a template for the clone army.
- Blood Knight: Montross. He's never caught someone alive in during his career as a bounty hunter and his general philosophy seems to be "take everything, then burn the rest".
- Boring, but Practical: Jango's default handguns. Possessing neither the crowd controlling power of the flamethrower nor the awesome devastation of the jetpack rockets, they fire fast, have unlimited ammo and always get the job done against your enemies while allowing you to fight on the move and target two enemies at once.
- Boss-Only Level: "Final Confrontation" is a very small level that just consists of a few corridors of Bando Gora before you fight Komari Vosa.
- Bounty Hunter: Obviously.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: All the members of the Bando Gora.
- Bull Fight Boss: The very first game segment. You have to deal with a wild borhek (a sort of giant beetle/reptile) this way.
- Butt-Monkey: Meeko Ghintee.
- Call-Back: There are a few references to The Phantom Menace, since the game takes place just months after the events of the film;
- Jar Jar Binks makes a cameo appearance as a still hologram in the first level. Both enemy fire and Jango's own guns can shoot the hologram to short it out.
- Podracing is mentioned in passing as one of the very sporadic forms of entertainment allowed to inmates on Oovo IV. It also doubles as a reference to Oovo IV being a racecourse track in Star Wars Episode I: Racer. Podracing is also mentioned as a sport on Malastare, the homeworld of the dug Sebulba, Anakin's racer rival in Phantom Menace (and likewise, it appeared as a course in Racer). Heck, the name of the villainous Dug you're trying to get to on Malastare has almost the same name as Sebulba (Sebolto in this case).
- Rosatta mentions that she knows a toydarian junk dealer on Tatooine, obviously referring to Watto. The boss fight on the first Tatooine level is set inside a podracer hanger, where you can see Gasgano and Dud Bolt's podracers.
- Call-Forward: Even before he gets the Kamino variant of them around Attack of the Clones, Jango already has poisonous saberdarts as part of his arsenal.
- Wicket the Ewok makes a cameo appearance as a hologram in the first level.
- Jango's rival, Montross, freezes the death stick drug dealer Groof Haugg in carbonite. Unlike Han Solo, the latter doesn't survive.
- Zam Wesell's assassin droid, which prominently appeared early in Attack of the Clones, makes a very brief cameo appearance when she's breaking Bendix Fust out of the Oovo IV prison.
- Nexu, the tiger like monster used in the Geonosis arena in '"Attack of the Clones'', appears as a recurring enemy on Malastare.
- Gardulla the Hutt owns a sail barge and a bunch of Skiffs, and by coincidence they're right above a newly formed Sarlacc pit, alluding forward to an identical scene with her rival, Jabba the Hutt, from Return of the Jedi.
- Cardboard Prison: Oovo IV. Despite being a maximum security prison with no successful escapes, Jango is able to easily sneak in with a cloaking device. Zam Wesell not only successfully sneaks in with her assassin droid, but starts a prison wide riot which sends the whole place to hell in a handbag. When Jango's ship is destroyed, he and Zam are forced to escape by stealing one of the prototype patrol craft from the hanger, which would become Jango's Slave 1.
- Catchphrase: "Dead or alive?" Also functions as Arc Words used by various characters throughout the game.
- Canon Discontinuity: As with all EU materials made before 2014 (besides Star Wars: The Clone Wars), this game is no longer canon unless referenced by a new source.
- Cool Starship: The sleek, heavily armed Slave 1 made its chronological (but now non-canon) debut in the game. It was one of six prototype patrol craft for the Oovo IV prison, which Jango steals to escape, since his original starship, Jasters Legacy, was destroyed by one of the same craft. He destroys the hanger it was from to ensure the other ships don't trail them, making the ship he stole the last of its kind.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Zam Wesell sells Jango out to Gardulla the Hutt, but eventually pulls a Big Damn Heroes and rescues him from Vosa.
- Degraded Boss: Meeko Ghintee goes from firing starship laser cannons at you as you're swarmed by mooks on Outland Station to being easily dispatched in an on-foot blaster fight during your escape from Oovo IV (while trying to escape with a mining machine, no less). Ironically, he still has a bounty posted on him that will nab you 10,000 credits, the most in the entire game, if you claim his bounty dead.
- Dirty Cop: The entire corrections staff of Oovo IV, according to backstory, and pretty much all of the Coruscant police guarding Senator Trell's apartment building, as well.
- Dirty Coward: Meeko Ghintee, your first bounty in the first chapter.
- Disproportionate Retribution:
- One of the bounties in the third level, Gabo the Wicked, is wanted either alive or dead by the Republic Security Force—for the petty crimes of indecent exposure and illegal hologram distribution. Another one, Magro Slim, is wanted either alive or even dead by Rozatta for destroying restrooms on her station.
- Disney Villain Death: Senator Trell, who gets thrown out of a window by Jango.
- The Dreaded: Bando Gora is feared by almost everyone in game. Rozatta states that every bounty hunter whose gone after them in the past has died. When breaking into Oovo IV, Jango is told that nobody on the prison even wants to mention Bando Gora after a bounty hunter who was lucky enough to survive a failed mission against them, and was terrified by what he saw, was dragged off with only a piece of him left behind.
- Dual Wielding: Jango uses two chrome blaster pistols as his primary weapons just like in Attack Of The Clones. Komari Vosa wields two lightsabers at once when you fight her.
- Easter Egg: One of the bounties in the second level, an Ugnaught named Onicrop K'Cin, is the name of Lucasarts employee Nick Porcino spelled backwards. The third bounty you can capture in the second level, And-Yees, is named after the lead tester of the game.
- Elite Mook: The security droids on Oovo IV. They hit hard and are much hardier than the other enemies in the level—they can even shrug off at least one attack from Jango's jetpack missiles.
- Embedded Precursor: One of the unlockables in the game is a Dark Horse tie-in comic (Jango Fett: Open Seasons #2) that goes into some of Jango Fett's backstory before the events of the game, mainly his relationship with Jaster Mereel and Montross.
- End Game Results Screen: The game gives you a ranking based on enemies killed, civilian murders, and bounties captured. It goes from Murderous Grunt to Master Hunter.
- Enemy Scan: Installed in Jango's helmet, allows him to see the eventual bounties on the people and enemies around him.
- Escort Mission: A brief segment with Zam in the second level of Chapter 4 on Malastare. She can take care of herself, though.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Montross, courtesy of Clancy Brown.
- Evil vs. Evil: On one side we have Komari Vosa, an Ax-Crazy priestess of a Religion of Evil bend on brainwashing as many people as possible. Then we have Montross, a brutal and ruthless bounty hunter who leaves only death in his wake. However, Jango himself is surely not a good guy, and doesn't even try to justify himself.
- Exact Words: When Jango was told to release the senator, he did what exactly they asked.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Montross falls into a pit and is torn apart alive by a raving group of Bando Gora cultists while screaming for mercy.
- Fat Bastard: Gardulla the Hutt.
- Foreshadowing: One of the bounties you can catch in the second level, the protocol droid TC-9D0, is wanted by the special branch of the Senatorial Guard for having "sensitive information" about the corrupt Twi'lek Senator Connus Trell, who plays a role in the game's sixth level.
- Foregone Conclusion: Obviously, Jango succeeds in bringing down Vosa and her cult, and this results in Count Dooku choosing him as the template for the future Clone Army.
- From Bad to Worse: Jango's original plan for breaking into the prison on Oovo IV was to sneak in, take the prisoner and leave. However, because of Zam causing a riot, he was forced to change his plans, ending up destroying a good part of the prison, and killing many of the guards and inmates along the way.
- Gameplay and Story Integration:
- In the final boss battle, it's explicitly impossible to collect the bounty on Vosa using the traditional bounty-hunting feature (she automatically break free from your whipcord, and the game triggers a cutscene when you kill her), and the game simply orders you to kill her in battle. Still, if you take the time to ID-scan her, the scanning mechanic brings up a description of the bounty that started the game's story. There's no reason to do this, but it fits with previously established plot points.
- It is likewise impossible to actually collect the bounty on Meeko in the first few stages—you can tag him, but it's absolutely impossible to catch him on foot due to the game's scripting. The hovercraft he steals is immune to your blasters as well. You have to destroy his starship at the end of the third stage to catch him in-story. However, you can catch him dead or alive in the second stage of Oovo IV (although you'll get a lot of credits if you capture him dead).
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Jango's Emergency Weapon. Despite the short range and lack of lock-on, this attack is surprisingly useful in close quarter combat—one or two hooks can kill an enemy just as quickly, if not faster, than Jango's blasters.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Darth Sidious, naturally. He's seen in the opening ordering Dooku to deal with Vosa as she is a threat to his own evil plans, but doesn't appear in the game outside of that. Dooku himself is this on a lesser scale. Killing Vosa is Jango's goal, but Dooku was the one who trained her and put the bounty on her.
- Guide Dang It!: Good luck locating all those Secondary Bounties without one.
- Guns Akimbo: Jango's main weapon. Also, the Tatooine criminal Longo Two-Guns.
- Hard Levels, Easy Bosses: Most of the levels are tough, especially from Oovo IV and on. With the exception of Longo Two-Guns and Komari Vosa, the bulk of the boss fights are very easy and simplistic.
- Hilarious Outtakes: One of the special features, including scenes such as a Bando Gora captain hiding in the background of some cut-scenes and waving at the audience, Montross stopping a scene to complain about his hair gel, and Jango expressing his frustration at having to react to a ping-pong ball on the end of a stick.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: In the third Tatooine level, Jango has his gear stolen by Gardulla and is thrown into an arena with a Krayt dragon and two Gamorreans. The latter are tough to fight since your only weapon is your fists, and you have absolutely no chance against the massive Krayt Dragon, whose stomps alone will knock Jango off his feet, and kill him instantly if he even tries to get close. Your only option is to use Jango's torch to escape through a nearby grate. Later on, you fight the same Krayt Dragon in Gardulla's throne room, but since Jango has all of his gear back by then, the playing field is evened and Jango successfully kills it.
- Human Popsicle: Montross kills Groff Haugg, a death stick dealer, by dipping him in carbonite. Unlike Han Solo, Montross took no measures to ensure that he would survive or be preserved in it.
- Informed Ability: When talking with Jabba, Jango states that "Discretion is his specialty". Note that this is just after he's killed a crooked Senator by dropping him from a window, all but destroyed the prison on Oovo IV, blown up several armored vehicles, and blasted his way through countless armed thugs.
- Interquel: The game takes place just months after the events of The Phantom Menace and is meant to set up the events of Attack of the Clones.
- It's Probably Nothing: A cutscene has Jango sneak onto the asteroid housing the Oovo IV Correctional Facility by flying his ship close enough to one of the prison's cargo ships in order to get past the energy field. One of the crewman takes notice.Crewman: Uh, Captain? Our scopes just picked up a ghost image on our sensor rig.Captain: Probably another glitch, like that false bio-signature we saw in the cargo hold earlier.
- Said bio-signature turns out to be stowaway Zam Wesell, meaning the same ship's crew missed not one but two intruders thanks to this trope.
- Jet Pack: You obtain it halfway through the second level of the first chapter. It can't be used in the first mission on Tatooine because the extreme late-day heat causes the cooling system to break down.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rozatta may be a vain, greedy Toydarian, but she genuinely cares for Jango. Jango is likewise a cold blooded bounty hunter who is only out for personal gain, but he seems to genuinely like Rozatta, even honoring her wish for him to have some kind of life outside of bounty hunting by having his son, Boba, created as an unmodified clone as a condition for Dooku's deal.
- Just Desserts: Gardulla attempts to kill you by summoning her giant Krayt Dragon into her own throne hall, but is eaten by the monster. She's later barfed by the monster who couldn't digest her properly.
- Karmic Death: Montross is torn to pieces and eaten by Bando Gora cultists.
- Large Ham: Montross, being voiced by Clancy Brown and very little restraint of any kind was applied in the role. Vosa is no slouch either, showing that the hamminess of an evil Force user isn't limited to the Sith.
- Lightning Bruiser: Vosa can dish out a lot of damage and moves faster than Jango, so simply trying to back away from her won't keep Jango from getting hit.
- Logo Joke: The intro features Jango capturing the Lucas Arts Gold Man and taking his place. He even creates his own gold arc!
- Malevolent Masked Man: The High Priests of the Bando Gora wear skull masks with horns.
- Morality Pet: Roz, who's sort of a Parental Substitute for Jango.
- Mr. Exposition: Roz's main role, aside from being Fett's Morality Pet and the Plucky Comic Relief, is to provide exposition on Jango's targets and what he needs to do each level.
- Mythology Gag:
- Jango's mentor was another Mandalorian named Jaster Mereel, which was original the identity (retconned into an alias named after the latter) of Boba Fett in Tales of the Bounty Hunters.
- Right before sending Senator Trell to a Disney Villain Death, Jango says the same sentence his son Boba says in The Empire Strikes Back: "As you wish." (the police were commanding Jango to release his hostage). Also, the second level on Tatooine brings you close to the Sarlaac's pit and the whole level resembles the same scenario from Return of the Jedi.
- Apparently, Watto is an old acquaintance of Roz.
- The level description for Oovo IV mentions the inmates are allowed no entertainment outside of the occasional podrace. Oovo IV by chance happened to be the home of several courses in Star Wars Episode I: Racer.
- One of the many, many posted bounties in the game is a Tusken Raider who's wanted for the murder of podracer Teemto Pagalies in the Boonta Eve Classic (although this creates a minor Continuity Snarl in Legends material, as Teemto actually survived the race and was alive up to the years of the original trilogy).
- Nice Guy: Wim "Smootie" Smoot, one of the prisoners of Oovo IV. He speaks with Jango and even helps him later for no particular reason, other than it's the only way he can think of to strike back at the prison's establishment.
- Nintendo Hard: The whole game from Oovo IV forward becomes this. The biggest reason is that Jango has no Mercy Invincibility and the mooks are frequent, show up in groups, often carry heavy firepower and show no display of Mook Chivalry. And the game is not above blindsiding you with occasional respawning enemies or sneak attacks from an enemy out of nowhere, such as the snipers from the Tatooine level. This is a game that will mop the floor with you if you let your guard down.
- No-Gear Level: In the third level of the fifth chapter, Gardulla strips you of your gear and forces you to fight her Krayt Dragon in the Arena. You have to escape and retrieve your weapons.
- Nominal Hero: Jango Fett mostly kills unsavory types like mobsters and pirates, he has some moral standards compared to Montross, and the main antagonist of his quest is far more evil than he is... and that's about it. He's only in it for the money, never claims to be a good or just guy, and often ends up fighting and killing even innocents and security guards. To be honest, he and Montross in the end are Not So Different. However, towards the end Jango does get another small redeeming feature when he remembers Roz's dying wish for him to find something to live for besides money inspiring him to include Boba's creation as a condition of becoming a clone template.
- On a slightly more optimistic note, Zam Wesell probably qualifies as a softer version. Her motives are more or less the same as Jango's and she does betray him, but gets to make up for it by saving him from Vosa. Roz is more of an Unscrupulous Hero, running a low life criminal hideout and scamming credits off of Jango. However, she genuinely cares for him and helps him throughout the story despite being well aware of the risks.
- One-Hit Kill: Much of Jango's arsenal is capable of doing this;
- The Flamethrower leaves Jango open for attack and has a short range, but as a trade off it leaves most enemies running around burning and screaming in pain, quickly whittling down their health to nothing in seconds.
- Jango's Saberdarts will do this to almost any enemy, but the tradeoff is that their ammo is rare and scarce, and the slow firing rate leaves Jango a sitting duck for other attacks.
- His Jetpack missiles will likewise do this, but their rate of fire is slow, the ammo for them is even more scarce, and its impractical to use on anything outside of large groups of enemies due to its somewhat slow speed. Plus, it can easily hurt or kill Jango if it goes off too close to a target near him. Ironically, Jango can take a direct hit from a rocket launched by an enemy and survive, but it'll knock him off his feet and take off a huge chunk of his health.
- The thermal detonators can also do this, and ammo for them is more common than the saberdarts or missiles, but they're very hard to aim and they have a delay in their explosion. Plus, they can accidentally bounce back towards Jango if you aren't careful.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Most of the Bando Gora cultists become this.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Fett has no qualms against using his most-despicable enemies' own brutality against them. Examples include Gardulla the Hutt (she tries to have him Eaten Alive by her pet Krayt Dragon; he returns the favor by pushing her into the same pit) and Montross (he tortures and kills Roz; Fett returns the favor by leaving him at the mercy of some Cruel and Unusual Death-happy cultists).
- Plucky Comic Relief: Roz. She provides the bulk of the game's comedy with her various quips.
- Prequel: To Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, and to the franchise's "Clone Wars" arc in general. It explains how the Sith found Jango Fett, how Jango and Zam first met, and explains where Asajj Ventress got her distinctive lightsabers. note
- Psycho for Hire: Montross, a Mandalorian deserter turned bounty hunter.Bounty: Montross! I'll pay you double... triple! Please, I'm worth more alive!Montross: You're worth enough dead.
- Recurring Boss: Montross, who later sports Mandalorian armor just like Jango.
- Religion of Evil: The Bando Gora.
- Ruins for Ruins' Sake: The last level is set on a dark moon full of ruined buildings and a castle.
- Sdrawkcab Name: One of the bounties in the second level, an Ugnaught named Onicrop K'Cin, is a reversal of the name of Lucasarts employee Nick Porcino, thrown in as an in-joke.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Roz, the game's main source of comic relief, gets killed by Montross before you reach the final level.
- Shooting Superman: Zam attempts to kill Vosa with a blaster pistol. As usual, shooting somebody with a lightsaber proves a bad idea as Vosa reflects her shots back at her. Can occur in the fight with Vosa if Jango shoots at her the wrong time, the trick is to only shoot her when her lightsabers are down at her sides, otherwise she will deflect Jango's shots back at him.
- Significant Anagram: Montross is just one placement of an S and a U away from being the word Monstrous, which fits his character.
- Single-Biome Planet: Distinctly averted with Malastare. Despite being depicted as a desolate wasteland like planet in games like Star Wars Racer, the game has you play through one of the lush jungle regions of the world. The level description even acknowledges that the planet has more than one environment to it.
- Strong Flesh, Weak Steel: The first bosses are vehicles (Meeko's spaceship in the first level, a police gunship in the second level, a giant guard droid in the third level), and the final three are animals and/or humans (Montross in the fourth level, Longo Two-Guns and the krayt dragon in the fifth level, and Montross and Vosa in the final level).
- Suit-Up of Destiny: Performed in a minor Moment of Awesome by Jango Fett. After being captured and tortured by a Dark Jedi, he's rescued by Zam Wessel and, once he drives off the Jedi and checks on the injured Zam, Fett has a badass Suit Up scene before he finishes the hunt.
- Unexplained Recovery: Gardulla somehow survived being eaten by a Krayt Dragon.
- External Retcon: The dragon threw her back up, finding her to be indigestible. Hutt hides are notoriously tough.
- Videogame Cruelty Potential: You can set bystanders ablaze with the flamethrower then watch them run around screaming in an alien language. You can even tie them up with the whipcord first, and there's absolutely no penalty for killing civilians. The game does record how many innocents you've killed, but that's it.
- Videogame Flamethrowers Suck: Mostly averted. It will instantly kill practically any non-boss enemy. Well, they'll spend a few seconds writhing in agonizing pain, but the point is they won't be attacking you. Due to it's limited range, you probably won't be using it against common Mooks armed with blasters too often. But against hoards of Bando Gora rushing you, the flamethrower is invaluable as they can shrug off quite a few shots from your standard blasters. Just remember that it draws fuel from your jetpack, albeit at a much slower rate.
- Villainous Breakdown: Gardulla the Hutt, and later Montross, as he's being dog-piled by the Bando Gora and eaten alive.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Jango and his informant/self-appointed adoptive mother, Rozatta.
- Walking Armory: Jango. He can collect weapons from his enemies, but he also has:
- Fire-Breathing Weapon: A flamethrower on his right wrist. Perfect for humanoid enemies with melee attacks, like the Bando Gora cultists.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Excellent for binding your foes or capturing a bounty.
- Poisoned Weapons: The Kaminoan saberdarts, perfect for One Hit Killing those wild nexu in the Malastare jungle.
- Sniper Rifle
- Stuff Blowing Up: Starting with thermal detonators and ending with special missiles.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Komari Vosa is platinum blonde.
- Zerg Rush: The favored tactic of the Bando Gora cultists. Better keep that flamethrower handy.