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    Star Wars: Episode I - Racer

    Game » consists of 5 releases. Released Apr 30, 1999

    Based on the podracing scene in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Racer is a fast-paced arcade-style racing game where players pilot dangerous anti-gravity vehicles known as "podracers".

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    Overview

    Now THIS is podracing!
    Now THIS is podracing!

    Star Wars: Episode I - Racer is a 3D sci-fi fantasy racing game developed and published by LucasArts for the PC (exclusively in North America on April 30, 1999), Nintendo 64 (worldwide on May-July 1999), and Mac (exclusively in North America on December 16, 1999). It was later ported to the Dreamcast in North America (on April 4, 2000) and Europe (on August 4, 2000).

    A video game tie-in with the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Racer has players controlling pilots of "Podracers": unique anti-gravity racing vehicles consisting of a small cockpit connected to two massive motors. As one of over 20 different racers (each with their own unique Podracer), players participate in numerous tournaments throughout the galaxy in the Galactic Podracing Circuit.

    It received two sequels: the arcade-based Star Wars: Racer Arcade and the console-based Star Wars: Racer Revenge. Podracing was also a mini-game in the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic series. The game also received a handheld adaptation by Pax Softnica for the Game Boy Color on December 6, 1999.

    Gameplay

    Characters

    Note: While the characters are given individual backstories which show some to be inexperienced or unmotivated to seek victory, the game treats them all as dedicated and talented racers.

    Anakin Skywalker

    A hero from the film which the game is based on. Anakin is a young human, notable for being the only of his race capable of participating in the dangerous game of podracing.

    Sebulba

    Sebulba, a Dug, is a popular and successful racer who worked his way to the top by cheating. He is the only racer in the game to have a weapon. When using Sebulba's taunt, a flamethrower spouts out sideways.

    Bozzie Baranta

    Once a mechanic for Gasgano, Bozzie chose to become a racer. He was fairly successful in this venture.

    Aldar Beedo

    While Aldar Beedo is a talented racer, his first priority is his work as a hitman, taking out racers to pave the way to victory for whoever pays for his services.

    Toy Dampner

    Dampner is a menacing pilot. While he is known to race elsewhere, he prefers the tracks of Oovo IV, where he is a crowd favorite.

    Dud Bolt

    A racer hired by Sebulba who is paid per race based on how many competing pods he is able to take out.

    Gasgano

    An experienced and talented racer who does not hesitate to take out racers who get in his way.

    Mars Guo

    A loudmouth braggart with a fondness for gambling and drinking. While he is a competent racer, his tendency to anger other racers often leads to his downfall.

    Ebe Endocott

    Once a daredevil delivery man, Endocott was encouraged by his boss to take up podracing, where his daredevil ways and piloting skills let him achieve some success.

    Cy Yunga

    A talented racer with an advanced pod. Yunga is only available in-game through a cheat code, causing him to replace "Bullseye" Navior.

    Ratts Tyerell

    Ratts Tyerell is a racer who gained success for his swift reflexes. He owns one of the largest podracers in the circuit.

    Fud Sang

    A somewhat mediocre and unknown racer, who nevertheless is paranoid of being sabotaged by his opponents.

    Boles Roor

    A podracer who also excels at singing, Roor pilots an outdated podracer that nevertheless boasts a high top speed.

    Ark "Bumpy" Roose

    Roose is a particularly dim-witted pilot who is known for indiscriminately ramming into opposing racers.

    Wan Sandage

    Sandage is a podracer who gained a great deal of fame on his homeworld of Ord Radama. However, he is less successful on other planets, where he suffers from disorientation.

    Jinn Reeso

    Little is known about Jinn Reeso. He is only available for use through a cheat code, causing him to replace Mars Guo.

    Ben Quadinaros

    Quadinaros is an inexperienced racer, racing out of his league with an experimental four-engine pod.

    Slide Paramita

    Paramita is an elitist racer who uses a small pod. He disapproves of racers who use bulky podracers.

    Mawhonic

    A very talented racer who sells parts in his spare time.

    "Bullseye" Navior

    Navior is a talented pilot who gained the nickname "Bullseye" for his unique looking eyes.

    Teemto Pagalies

    Despite being a drunkard, Pagalies is one of the least corrupt racers in the sport. He is a crowd pleaser, known for performing daring stunts during races.

    Ody Mandrell

    Mandrell is a racer who participates not for money, but for an adrenaline rush. His tough skin lets him survive otherwise deadly crashes.

    Neva Kee

    Neva Kee stands out among the other racers for his unique podracer. Its engines are attached directly to the cockpit and jut out behind it. This makes the cockpit the frontmost part of the pod, greatly increasing the risk of death in a crash.

    Elan Mak

    Elan Mak is actually a bounty hunter named Kam Nale. He joined the podracing circuit in order to hunt down Aldar Beedo. When he discovered his talent for the sport, he became involved with it beyond his initial intention to only use it as a front to catch Beedo.

    Clegg Holdfast A reporter for Podracing Quarterly, Holdfast participates in races primarily in order to get an inside scoop. Despite his ulterior motives, he showed himself to be a talented racer.

    Planets

    Tatooine

    Only two of the game's courses are found in Tatooine. The first is the Boonta Training Course, an easy map that acquaints players with the game. The second is the Boonta Classic, which is a relatively faithful recreation of the racetrack from the movie.

    Mon Gazza

    Mon Gazza is a Mars-like world with vast red deserts, crowded but small cities, and lava pits. Tracks here often involve large open spaces that quickly turn to narrow corridors.

    Ando Prime

    Ando Prime is an ice world. Tracks here take players through numerous caves, and often take them across slick, icy surfaces. Many tracks in this world feature a shortcut that opens up in laps 2 and on, in which the racer may turn left immediately past the finish line and enter a tent that hides a tunnel.

    Aquilaris

    Aquilaris is composed largely of water, and its tracks take place largely in the infrastructure built on the water. Players are taken through underwater tunnels through which massive fish may be seen.

    Malastare

    Malastare is a dark world with many sharp turns and visual obstructions such as gas and rocky pillars. Tracks here are narrow and unforgiving.

    Baroonda

    Baroonda is a jungle world. Players race through a variety of environments here, including thick rain forests, beaches, and a volcano.

    Ord Ibanna

    Racetracks on Ord Ibanna are all located on infrastructure floating in a cloudy sky. These tracks often feature elevated shortcuts that are difficult to stay on because they are narrow.

    Oovo IV

    Oovo IV is a large, asteroid-like world. Players race through open expanses along with urban areas. The highest speeds achievable in the game are found here in anti-gravity tunnels.

    Track Overview

    There are several tracks on each of the available planets, and every racer has at least one signature track. There are 25 tracks in total, divided into four categories: Amatuer, Semi-Pro, Galactic, and Invitational.

    Tracks in order of appearance:

    Boonta Training Course

    Planet - Tatooine

    Circuit - Amateur

    Advantage - Sebulba

    Mon Gazza Speedway

    Planet - Mon Gazza

    Circuit - Amateur

    Advantage - Teemto Pagalies

    Beedo's Wild Ride

    Planet - Ando Prime

    Circuit - Amateur

    Advantage - Aldar Beedo

    Aquilaris Classic

    Planet - Aquilaris

    Circuit - Amateur

    Advantage - Clegg Holdfast

    Malastare 100

    Planet - Malastare

    Circuit - Amateur

    Advantage - Dud Bolt

    Vengeance

    Planet - Oovo IV

    Circuit - Amateur

    Advantage - Fud Sang

    Spice Mine Run

    Planet - Mon Gazza

    Circuit - Amateur

    Advantage - Mars Guo / Jinn Reeso

    Sunken City

    Planet - Aquilaris

    Circuit - Semi-Pro

    Advantage - "Bullseye" Navior / Cy Yunga

    Howler Gorge

    Planet - Ando Prime

    Circuit - Semi-Pro

    Advantage - Ratts Tyerell

    Dug Derby

    Planet - Malastare

    Circuit - Semi-Pro

    Advantage - Elan Mak

    Scrapper's Run

    Planet - Ord Ibanna

    Circuit - Semi-Pro

    Advantage - Wan Sandage

    Zugga Challenge

    Planet - Mon Gazza

    Circuit - Semi-Pro

    Advantage - Boles Roor

    Baroo Coast

    Planet - Baroonda

    Circuit - Semi-Pro

    Advantage - Neva Kee

    Bumpy's Breakers

    Planet - Aquilaris

    Circuit - Semi-Pro

    Advantage - Ark "Bumpy" Roose

    Executioner

    Planet - Oovo IV

    Circuit - Galactic

    Advantage - Toy Dampner

    Sebulba's Legacy

    Planet - Malastare

    Circuit - Galactic

    Advantage - Sebulba

    Grabvine Gateway

    Planet - Baroonda

    Circuit - Galactic

    Advantage - Anakin Skywalker

    Andobi Mountain Run

    Planet - Ando Prime

    Circuit - Galactic

    Advantage - Mawhonic

    Dethro's Revenge

    Planet - Ord Ibanna

    Circuit - Galactic

    Advantage - Ody Mandrell

    Fire Mountain Rally

    Planet - Baroonda

    Circuit - Galactic

    Advantage - Ebe Endocott

    Boonta Classic

    Planet - Tatooine

    Circuit - Galactic

    Advantage - Sebulba

    Ando Prime Centrum

    Planet - Ando Prime

    Circuit - Invitational

    Advantage - Slide Paramita

    Abyss

    Planet - Ord Ibanna

    Circuit - Invitational

    Advantage - Bozzie Baranta

    The Gauntlet

    Planet - Oovo IV

    Circuit - Invitational

    Advantage - Gasgano

    Inferno

    Planet - Baroonda

    Circuit - Invitational

    Advantage - Ben Quadinaros

    Even though the planets host multiple races, it does not mean that those races are at all similar.

    Attribute Overview

    Each pod has 15 total attributes that determine its racing performance. You can buy parts for them, but you can only affect 7 total attributes by doing so. The others are set in stone for each unique pod.

    Upgradeable Attributes:

    Repair Rate - Affects the speed at which the pod repairs its damage.

    How to Upgrade - Buy some REPAIR parts.

    Best Part: Cluster 2 Power Plug 7,000

    Cool Rate - Affects the speed at which the pod cools down just after using your boost.

    How to Upgrade - Buy some COOLING parts.

    Best Part: Turbo Coolant Pump 5,400

    Airbrake Inverse - Affects the speed at which a pod can slow itself

    How to Upgrade - Buy some BRAKING parts.

    Best Part: Quadrijet Air Brake 14,000

    Maximum Speed - Affects your top speed.

    How to Upgrade - Buy some MAX SPEED upgrades.

    Best Part: Block 6 Thrust Coil 20,000

    Acceleration - Affects the rate at which a pod can achieve its top speed

    How to Upgrade - Buy some ACCELERATION upgrades.

    Best Part: Mag 6 Injector 14,000

    Turn Response - Affects the speed at which a pod reacts to steering commands.

    How to Upgrade - Buy some TURNING upgrades.

    Best Part: Control Stabilizer 7,500

    Anti-Skid - Affects the ability of the pod to stay on course during a hazardous race or through a sharp turn.

    How to Upgrade - Buy some TRACTION upgrades.

    Best Part: R-600 Repulsorgirp 6,000

    Non-Upgradeable Attributes:

    Maximum Turn Rate - How good a pod can turn.

    Deceleration Inverse - The rate at which a pod will slow down without applying brakes.

    Boost Thrust - Dictates how fast a pod can go during a boost.

    Heat Rate - How fast a pod overheats.

    Hover Height - How high a pod sits in the air whilst idling.

    Bump Mass - Dictates how much damage your pod deals during a collision.

    Damage Immunity - Your pod's ability to resist damage during collisions.

    Intersect Radius - The size of your pod. The larger it is, the more hard it will be to navigate tight spaces.

    Podracer Overview

    Speeds are in miles per hour (mph).

    Sebulba's Pod is the fastest pod before upgrades, capable of reaching speeds up to 600 mph without using boost.

    Ben Quadinaros has the fastest unmodified pod with boost, reaching speeds of over 1000 mph.

    The highest speed without cheats is in the neighborhood of 1400 mph, during the zero gravity portions of Oovo IV.

    The highest speed with cheats is reportedly roughly of 3000 mph.

    The only character with a weapon onboard their Pod is Sebulba, who has hidden flamethrowers on each side that can be activated to damage other racers.

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