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The game based on the pod racing scenes from Star Wars: Episode I received a unique adaptation on the Game Boy Color.

The game features 5 different planets with 4 tracks each for a total of 20 tracks. Only the first track from each planet is available from the start and the only available pod racer available to select is Anakin Skywalker's. Winning races unlocks further tracks on each planet and allows the player to choose the racers of the beaten opponents. When all four courses from a planet are won, a duel against Sebulba opens up. Winning it unlocks Sebulba's racer, but losing another race takes it away again. All racers differ in top speed, acceleration, turning rate and body strength (i.e. amount of damage the racer can take).

Races are seen from a top-down view and are always one-on-one. Unlike in the film or the console game, there are no laps and the first racer to cross the finish line wins. When normal top speed is reached, a flashing light indicates that a turbo boost is available that allows the racer to reach its real top speed. The turbo shouldn't be used for more than a few seconds, though, because overusing it damages the racer. Crashing into the opponent or track obstacles also causes damage. Too much damage causes the racer to blow up, but the only real effect is some time loss, since it is put back on the track after a few seconds. It is possible to repair damage mid-race at the cost of speed and acceleration.

The game offers a two-player mode via link cable and the cartridge has a rumble feature.


Star Wars: Episode I - Racer Game Boy Color Tailing your Opponent
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer Game Boy Color Main Menu
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer Game Boy Color Stage Select
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer Game Boy Color Finshing second - of two racers :(

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Star Wars: Episode I - Racer Screenshot
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer Logo
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer Screenshot
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer Screenshot

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Critic Reviews

Nintendo Land 2003 95 out of 100 95
Officiel Nintendo Magazine Feb, 2000 88 out of 100 88
Power Unlimited Mar, 2000 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games Jan, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
IGN Dec 08, 1999 6 out of 10 60
Mega Fun Jan, 2000 55 out of 100 55
Super Play (Sweden) Feb, 2000 5 out of 10 50 Jan 05, 2000 10 out of 20 50
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Jun 18, 2005 2 out of 10 20


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Terok Nor (23111) added Star Wars: Episode I - Racer (Game Boy Color) on Apr 12, 2014