Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (video game)

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Star Wars Episode I:
The Phantom Menace
The phantom menace video game.jpg
Developer(s) Big Ape Productions
Publisher(s) LucasArts
Designer(s) John Barnes
Mike Ebert
Dan Ross
Eric Wilder
Platform(s) Windows, PlayStation, Macintosh
Release date(s) PC
  • NA April 30, 1999
  • EU May, 1999

Macintosh

  • NA February 4, 2000

PlayStation

  • NA August 31, 1999
  • PAL September 24, 1999
  • JP December 9, 1999
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is an adventure video game released by LucasArts in 1999. It is based on the film of the same title.

Plot[edit]

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.

Synopsis[edit]

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.

Qui-Gon scour Mos Eisley for the vital ship parts needed to escape the planet and encounters slave child Anakin Skywalker. Qui-Gon makes a bet with Anakin's master Watto and wins Anakin's freedom.

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[edit]

Level Character(s) Objective(s)
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

Gameplay[edit]

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.

Critical reception[edit]

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%[1] for the PlayStation version[2] at Game Rankings.

The game was a bestseller in the UK.[3] In March 2004, GMR Magazine placed The Phantom Menace number 4 on its list of 5 worst Star Wars games.[4]

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