Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace last edited by cwf97 on 09/12/19 12:30PM View full history

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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace is a 3D sci-fi fantasy third-person action-adventure game developed by Big Ape Productions and published by LucasArts for the PC on April 30, 1999. It was later ported to the Sony PlayStation in North America (on August 31, 1999), Europe (on September 24, 1999), and Japan (by EA Victor on December 9, 1999).

A video game tie-in with the 1999 space opera film of the same name, The Phantom Menace follows Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi throughout the invasion of Naboo by the Trade Federation. After their escape from a Federation trap and their rescue of Queen Padmé Amidala, the game focuses on their efforts to return to Coruscant (after being stranded on Tatooine, where they must enlist the help of young Anakin Skywalker). Some later levels has players taking the role of Padmé herself (along with Captain Panaka, the head of her security force).

Gameplay

The gameplay is a mix of shooting action, puzzle solving and fetch quests (along with a dialogue tree). The Phantom Menace is notable for its nearly top-down third-person perspective.

Force abilities for the Jedi are rather limited compared to later games, but make use of mind control during certain character dialogues. These special replies are highlighted purple instead of the standard yellow text. Padmé and Panaka lack the Jedi's ability to double jump, yet have access to a larger array of blasters. The game features two lightsaber battles against the Sith Lord Darth Maul in similar fashion to the film. Darth Maul taps the Dark Side of the Force to attack with lightning in addition to being able to Force push and double jump.

Missions

  1. Trade Federation Ship - Obi-Wan
  2. The Swamps of Naboo - Obi-Wan
  3. Otoh Gunga - Obi-Wan
  4. Gardens of Theed - Obi-Wan
  5. Escape from Theed - Obi-Wan
  6. Mos Espa - Qui-Gon
  7. Mos Espa Arena - Qui-Gon
  8. Encounter in the Desert - Qui-Gon
  9. Coruscant - Captain Panaka
  10. Assault on Theed - Obi-Wan, Queen Amidala
  11. The Final Battle - Obi-Wan, Queen Amidala
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