HAPPY STAR WARS DAY EVERYONE, may the fourth be with you… now I bet you haven’t heard that today. 😉
Star Wars Episode 1: Racer was released first in 1999. By LucasArts for Windows, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color and Macintosh, then in 2000 the Dreamcast and Arcade version came out.
THE ARCADE GAME
The arcade racer was developed by AM5 and LucasArts and released by Sega, featuring four tracks Tatooine (Easy), Bantha Tracks, Etti IV (Normal), Smuggler’s Cove, Malastare (Hard). Pixelito Challenge features four laps and Tatooine (Expert), Boonta Eve Classic has three laps.
The player controls in the arcade were impressive, with two handheld throttle controls, gave the game a true authentic Star Wars experience. The pod racers do not have collision damage either, which is true in many arcade racers. There are multiple arcade types, with a twin type setup, two individual games joined together (4 maximum) and a deluxe cabinet featuring a 50″ screen and was molded in the shape of Anakin’s podracer.
You can choose from four podracer pilots, Anakin Skywalker, Ben Quadinaros, Gasgano and Sebulba.
THE CONSOLE AND PC VERSIONS
In the PC and console releases you play as Anakin Skywalker, Aldar Beedo, Ark “Bumpy” Roose, Ben Quadinaros, Boles Roor, Bozzie Baranta, “Bullseye” Navior, Clegg Holdfast, Fud Sang, Mars Guo, Mawhonic, Neva Kee, Ratts Tyerell, Sebulba, Slide Paramita, Teemto Pagalies, Toy Dampner and Wan Sandage.
In the console and PC version, there are three game modes. Tournament Mode, where you compete in a championship, you earn money for completing races. You use the money to buy parts or repair droids, unlock new racers and tracks. Free Race mode is more of a practice mode, perfect for learning tracks. Finally, Time Attack where you of course, race against the clock to get the best time, this version is missing from the PC game.
Multiplayer mode on console versions of Star Wars Racer are done via split screen. The PC/Mac versions can be done via LAN and you can have up to 8 players.
GAME BOY COLOR VERSION
This version of the Star Wars Racer was very different to the others, obviously due to hardware limitations. The opening sequence is really impressive, the game itself is a top-down view and plays out more like a drag race.
GAME PLATFORMS: Arcade, Nintendo 64, Sega Dreamcast, Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Color, Mac OS
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