STAR WARS EPISODE 1 RACERReviewed By: Rick Casteel
Genre: Arcade/Racing SIM
Our current challenge is a great game by Lucas Arts. “Racer” is based on a segment of the Episode 1 film of 1999. In it, young Skywalker enters into a “Pod” race against other racers from different planets. Pods are a sort of souped-up hover-craft; fancy, single seat piloting carts strapped to two huge jet engines. Each comes with differing capabilities such as acceleration, speed, turning, repair, traction and a few others.
The player selects a driver-character complete with Pod at the start of each circuit. As you win or place in races you earn the ability to upgrade your Pod. A player does so at the alien Watto's junkyard. Watto is a creature from the movie and the settings and environments such as his shop are wonderfully rendered. You will race in a variety of settings and worlds and tracks are added as you complete races. Your tracks and opponents are progressively more difficult as the circuits' progress.
One of the elements “Racer” gets dead-on is the sense of speed that is a major part of the game. The Pods travel along at speeds averaging 400-500 MPH and have boosting capabilities upwards to 1000 MPH! Your alien opponents are comical to look at but prove tough competitors in the world of Pod racing. The tracks are easy enough in the early goings but get extremely challenging as you earn the right to race in different circuits. The planets are themed and detailed to perfection. There isn't any extraneous plot or side activities to get in the way of the racing enjoyment except to upgrade your Pod at Watto's shop. This is a minor but sometimes necessary aggravation as you try to keep your winning edge.“Racer” is free from any violence or adult material (though I have wondered what those other racers were yelling at me in alien language as I passed by?), which is rare in most games these days. Hebrews 12:1 says, "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us." Racer provides the race that will definitely test the patience!
Year of Release—1999
SW Episode 1 Racer is an excellent game. I am a fan of racing games, primarily on the N64 that I use at my friend's house, but Racer is a unique game. It combines my love for the SW universe with a fast paced racing game. I enjoy the various characters and types of terrain used in the game. My favorite terrain is an ice planet. Racer is certainly one-of-a-kind in game play. I wholeheartedly recommend SW Episode 1 Racer to any racing fans and/or to those who enjoy the Star Wars universe. My Ratings: [5/5]
—Nathan Worthington, age 20
…if the game was so good (as I agree) what was "slightly offensive"? The reckless endangerment of the race? The wild gambling on the outcome? The bad jokes made by the commentator whenever somebody crashed? ; ) Just curious… probably the most enjoyable Episode I based game out yet… My Ratings: [5/4]
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