Star Wars Episode I: Racer

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This article is about the console versions of the game. For the Sega arcade game, see Star Wars: Racer Arcade.
Star Wars Episode I: Racer
Windows cover
Developer(s) LucasArts
Publisher(s) LucasArts, Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo 64, Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Color, Macintosh, Dreamcast
Release date(s) Nintendo 64
  • NA May 19, 1999
  • PAL June 1999
  • JP July 21, 1999
Windows
  • EU May 1999
Game Boy Color
  • NA December 1999
  • EU December 17, 1999
Macintosh
  • NA February 2000
Dreamcast
  • NA April 4, 2000
  • EU August 4, 2000
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer

Star Wars Episode I: Racer is a racing video game based on the pod race featured in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The game currently holds the record for the best-selling sci-fi racing game having worldwide sales of 3.12 million beating other series like Wipeout and F-Zero.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

This racing video game features a variety of tracks spanning several different planets and includes all and more of the racers featured in the movie, including, but not limited to, Teemto Pagalies, Dud Bolt, Mars Guo, Ben Quadinaros.

Game modes[edit]

Sebulba's secret flamethrower, being used on the Boonta Eve Training Course. (N64 version)

The following is a list of different playing modes featured in the game:

  • Tournament: The primary game mode. Race for money to buy parts or pit droids, and unlock new tracks, racers, and upgrades. There is no difficulty setting in this mode.
  • Free Race: Allows you to practice any previously unlocked courses using any unlocked racer. However, you cannot earn money or unlock tracks and racers. You can, however, set the difficulty of your opponents.
  • Time Attack: The same as Free Race except you race against the clock constantly trying to improve your time. This mode is absent from the PC version in which, instead, the free play mode allows the player to set the number of computer opponents to 0.
  • 2 Player: Race against another real player on any unlocked course. You can adjust the difficulty, number, and speed of the computer opponents.
  • Multiplayer: Race against other players on a local network on any unlocked course. The PC version uses the deprecated[2] IPX protocol in order to accomplish this, while the Macintosh version uses the TCP/IP stack. The multiplayer mode can support up to 8 players.[3]

History[edit]

Star Wars Episode I: Racer was developed and published by LucasArts for Windows PCs in April 1999. Later the game was ported and released for several others platforms namely Nintendo 64, Dreamcast and Game Boy Color.

Versions[edit]

There was originally going to be a PlayStation version of the game, but it was never released.[4]

The Nintendo 64 version received a special edition Star Wars Episode I Racer hardware bundle with the standard gray/black console and a copy of the game. While the Nintendo 64 cartridge took advantage of Nintendo's Expansion Pak memory unit to add additional textures during in-game play, the N64 cartridge memory limitations resulted in all prerendered cinematics being removed from the game. The Game Boy Color release featured entirely different game play from its console and PC counterparts. The Game Boy Color hardware was technically incapable of rendering the 3D graphics used in the other versions, so it was instead based on abbreviated tracks using an overhead 2D view. The Game Boy Color version of the game had an additional "Rumble" feature, in which you could put an AAA battery into the game card to activate vibration.

Support[edit]

As the game support ended finally with the end of LucasArts as developer in 2013, there are several technical compatibility issues with newer hardware and operating systems. The game's community tried to take up the support themselves with own written unofficial patches and compatibility adaptions.[5]

Reception[edit]

In March 2004, GMR Magazine rated Episode I: Racer the fifth best Star Wars game of all time. The game currently holds the record for the best-selling sci-fi racing game having worldwide sales of 3.12 million beating other series like Wipeout and F-Zero.[1]

Review scores
Publication Score
IGN
7.6 of 10 (N64)
7.2 of 10 (PC)
GameSpot
8.4 of 10 (N64)
8.2 of 10 (PC)
EGM
9.5/9.0/9.0/9.0 (N64)
8.0/8.0/8.0 (PC version)
Compilations of multiple reviews
Game Rankings
75.78 of 100 (N64)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Guinness World Records 2011 - Gamer's Edition. Guinness World Records Ltd. 2010. p. 76. ISBN 978-1-4053-6546-8. 
  2. ^ by Microsoft, it was removed in Windows Vista and above
  3. ^ http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00000K599
  4. ^ "Star Wars: Episode I: Racer - PlayStation - IGN". 
  5. ^ Bucko A51 (2013-12-02). "Star Wars Episode I: Racer". www.play-old-pc-games.com. Retrieved 2014-03-07. "While Star Wars Episode I: Racer will install without any issues on a 32 bit machine, if you are running the 64 bit version of Windows then the installer will simply not run. There is a replacement installer on the internet but it is rather over complicated to use and in our tests it didn’t work either. Help is at hand however, as we have written our own 64-bit compatible installer. The installer will also copy the fan-made patch, which makes it possible to run the game on (most) modern PCs." 

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