Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (video game)
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|Star Wars Episode I:
The Phantom Menace
|Developer(s)||Big Ape Productions|
The plot closely follows that of the film, although it expands on some minor events that could have been silenced or cut from the film, or shows them from a different character's point of view. For example, it follows Queen Amidala and Captain Panaka's adventure on Coruscant during Anakin Skywalker's interview in the Jedi Temple - something that is never shown or mentioned in the film since the film follows Anakin's point of view.
The Trade Federation, led by Viceroy Nute Gunray, has a formed a blockade of the planet Naboo. Hoping to resolve the conflict, the Chancellor of the Galactic Republic, Finis Valorum, sends two Jedi Knights, Qui-Gon Jinn and his padawan, Obi-wan Kenobi, to negotiate with the Viceroy.
However, after they arrive on the ship, the room they are being held in begins to fill with poisonous gas. Realising it is an assassination attempt, the two Jedi escape the room and fight their way through the ship, battling the Trade Federation Battle droids. They reach the hangar bay and escape in a ship to the swamps of Naboo.
There, they meet with Jar-Jar Binks, an exile of the underwater Gungan city. He brings them there, where they fight off hostile Gungan guards before confronting Boss Nass. Qui-gon manages to convince him to spare Jar-Jar's life and they depart for Theed, where they rescue Queen Amidala. Along with Captain Panaka they flee the besieged capital and make an emergency landing on the desert planet of Tatooine.
As Qui-Gon escorts Anakin back to the ship, he is attacked by a mysterious Sith warrior. Qui-Gon fights him off and escapes with Anakin. The group returns to Coruscant so that the Queen can speak with the Chancellor. After Panaka escorts her through the dangerous streets of Coruscant, she decides to return to Naboo and retake Theed.
During the attack, the Sith warrior reappears, revealing himself as Darth Maul. Qui-Gon and Obi-wan duel Darth Maul, pursuing him into the generator complex, while the Queen and Panaka invade the throne room and defeat Gunray.
Obi-wan becomes separated from Qui-Gon and Darth Maul, allowing the villain to stab Qui-Gon. Obi-wan then attacks him and finally defeats him by cutting him in half. Qui-Gon makes Obi-wan promise to train Anakin as a Jedi before he dies of his wounds. The game ends with a celebration on Naboo.
List of levels
|Trade Federation Ship||Obi-Wan Kenobi||Escape from the ship|
|Swamps of Naboo||Follow Jar Jar Binks to find Qui-Gon Jinn|
|Otoh Gunga||Rescue Jar Jar Binks and reach the bongo bay|
|Gardens of Theed||Navigate through the gardens to reach the city|
|Escape from Theed||Escort Queen Amidala safely to the hangar|
|Mos Espa||Qui-Gon Jinn||Contact Watto and help Anakin Skywalker repair his podracer|
|Mos Espa Grand Arena||Make a bet with Watto and help Anakin Skywalker prepare for the podrace|
|Desert Encounter||Duel with Darth Maul and hold him off until the starship takes off|
|Coruscant||Captain Panaka||Save Queen Amidala from mercenaries and escort her safely to the Senate Chambers|
|Assault on Theed||Obi-Wan Kenobi / Queen Amidala||Duel with Darth Maul / Reach the palace|
|The Final Battle||Defeat Darth Maul / Capture Nute Gunray|
The player gets to play as either Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, Queen Amidala or Captain Panaka, depending on the level. If the player is playing as either of the two Jedi, he / she can use a lightsaber or execute a Force push in addition to using blasters, proton missile launchers and explosives (which are available for Amidala and Panaka). The player may also encounter and interact with other non-player characters. Throughout the game, the player will be fighting against Darth Maul, Trade Federation battle droids, AATs, Tusken Raiders, armed robbers etc.
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace received generally mixed to positive reception, the PC version holding an aggregate score of 63.35% and 56.42% for the PlayStation version at Game Rankings.
- UK Playstation sales chart, December 1999, published in Official UK PlayStation Magazine issue 52
- "New Issue of GMR has me H-A-R-D". Chud. 2004-03-02. Retrieved 2013-04-12.