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Star Wars Episode One might have been a pretty ropy movie which spawned an equally ropy tie-in in the form of The Phantom Menace, but one its most hyped sequences actually gave rise to this surprisingly enjoyable racer. It's a futuristic racing game, like WipeOut or Extreme G2, which does a great job of recreating the thrills and spills of the movie's podracing sequence and actually proves to be a very exciting game. You take the role of the young Anakin Skywalker or one of the many strange alien drivers on offer and must take part in a series of high octane races which take you through a variety of environments behind the controls of one of several impressively fast podracers. Each character has a unique racer which can be upgraded by winning races, while victory also unlocks new tracks upon which to test your skills. There's little else to the game to be honest, with no storyline to speak of, but as far as these things go, this one stands up pretty well today. The game does a good job of recreating the atmosphere of the movie, even using the actor who performed the role of the commentator, along with Jake Lloyd himself, while the visuals also nail the look and feel of the film. The courses are varied and exciting to race on, with several different environments to experience and plenty of mad jumps and hair raising moments along the way. The sound is equally as authentic and adds much to the overall feel of things, while the controls are simple and responsive. Overall, this is a surprisingly fun game which no one really expected.

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Star Wars: Episode I - Racer is a science fiction racing game released in 1999 by LucasArts, a leading software company devoted to provide only high-quality, amazing and unique games. In this game you can choose your racers, each having their own skills, and the selection of them is large. The vehicles you are driving are looking weird, but this is part of science-fiction, isn't it? I tried this game because racing is included among my favorites game genres, and I was pleasantly surprised by the insane speed I had to cope with. This is one of the main appealing reasons to try Star Wars: Episode I Racer. Despite its quality to be extremely fun, it has a high level of difficulty, that keeps you concentrated not to crash and to have a smooth race. I was a bit dissapointed about the lack of details in the graphics, I totally think it was possible for the producers to work more at this aspect. But the vehicles and gameplay look realistic. Moving forward. Winning races will reward you with extra finances that can be used for upgrading your vehicles, improving the speed, acceleration and other parts of it responsible for a great, fast and smooth performance. Even if this game supposed to be hard, I finished it in about 2 hours.
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer (pc game)
3.75 out of 5 (4 votes)

Images gallery:

  • Epic Star Wars intro
  • Here one of the character introduced in episode 1
  • Top down introduction view
  • Introduction race sequence
  • Spaceship smoke
  • Game introduction title screen - cover
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  • Courtesy of My Abandonware.