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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

User Reviews

Well... it could be worse Windows Ivan Obretenov (9)
It's like the movie.... you know, flashy and dumb. Windows Zovni (9350)
The worst Star Wars movie based video game..... Windows James Kirk (159)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 18 3.7
Windows 36 3.3
Combined MobyScore 54 3.4


The Press Says

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88
PlayStationGamezilla
This game is a must have for any action-adventure or Star Wars gaming fan. The game plays wonderfully and offers a nice challenge for a wide variety of skill levels, yet is not overly difficult. Phantom Menace will keep you occupied for quite a while with the amount of levels available and the time it takes to finish them. Really, the only (minor) gripe I have is that it would be nice to have the ability to change camera’s angle at times. Other than that, this game is loads of fun, which is why I give it a score of 88.
81
WindowsGamezilla
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is just like the movie. Some people are going to love it and others are going to walk away from it with mixed reviews. I, personally, thought the game was enjoyable to play and was excited when I had a chance to write a review for it. As with any game that is based on a movie, there were inconsistencies in the storyline that a few Star Wars freaks might find irritating. I know I would have liked to have a chance to control Jar-Jar and take on a few thousand droids on Naboo, but they didn't put that in the game. Maybe, if enough of us write suggestions to the "master" programmers at LucasArts, they will see the light (saber) and we can "force" them to make an add-on pack for it.
78
WindowsPC Zone
The Phantom Menace shows too much of its console-led, mass-market roots to come across as a cutting-edge PC game. The visuals are crisp and colourful and the levels do look spectacular, but the reliance on the film's plot stifles what could have been so much more. It's disappointing that The Phantom Menace fails to make the grade, although the next game in the saga, Obi-Wan (or Jedi Knight III), is sure to be nothing short of spectacular. Oh, and if you're not a Star Wars fan, feel free to take a few points off the score - if you haven't done already.
78
WindowsGame Over Online
Upon first seeing this game I thought of it as a blatant cash in, but, upon some further playing, I found this was not so. The Graphics engine may be a rather quick put-together job, but the actual gameplay can be quite fun (up until you meet the "adventurous" bit). Luckily, the action picks up again afterwards and you'll happily be hacking away again at those lanky tin cans. I have to end this with a note to the level designers that they have done a lovely job and saved this game from doom.
77
PlayStationGamer's Pulse
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was a mixture of good gaming with bad graphics and glitches. The gaming was good enough to keep me interested the whole way through without having the graphics and glitches forcing me to toss the disc in the trash. In essence it is the classic toss up of whether graphics or depth is more important, and it seems Big Ape chose depth. My biggest complaint about the game is that I had a harder time killing Jabba the Hut's champion fighter than I did killing Darth Maul (who was in the game’s final fight).
77
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Allerlei punten dragen ertoe bij dat het spel een beetje steriel overkomt en te weinig betrokkenheid kweekt bij de speler. Louter en alleen het feit dat het spel op zo'n goed verhaal van een bekende serie gestoeld is, tilt het boven de grijze massa uit. Dit, samen met de schitterende tussenanimaties en het ongelofelijke geluid, maakt het spel waarschijnlijk nog aantrekkelijk voor de Star Wars fanatici.
76
WindowsPower Play
„Star Wars: Die dunkle Bedrohung“ ist doch ein erfreulich abwechslungsreiches und dadurch angenehm kurzweiliges Spielevergnügen — und das trotz der Unzulänglichkeiten. Grafisch präsentiert sich das Abenteuer eigentlich recht ansprechend, wenn da nicht die gräßlich flachen Bitmap-Objekte wären, die die 3D-Optik verunstalten. Schade auch, daß die Spielperspektive nicht verändert werden kann, was teilweise in ungünstigen Blickwinkeln gipfelt. Die Steuerung ist manchmal auch verbesserungswürdig, vor allem weite Sprünge müssen exakt ausgeführt werden, wodurch man von vornherein einige Fehlversuche in Kauf nehmen muß. Da man letztendlich die Gegner-KI nicht unbedingt als anspruchsvoll bezeichnen kann, ist das Spielvergnügen insgesamt nur von kurzer Dauer — allerspätestens nach drei Tagen sollten geübte Zocker den Abspann bewundern dürfen. Aber: Falls man nicht einmal eben kurz nach Amerika jetten kann. um sich den Film anzusehen, ist man mit der Softwarevariante (vorerst) gut bedient.
76
PlayStationAbsolute Playstation
While this game is not a disaster, its nowhere near as good as it could (or should) have been and makes you wonder how bad the 'racer' game that was cancelled on our system must have been. Phantom Menace took me back a few years to the bad-old-days when game developers fought amongst themselves to grab all of the best movie licenses and then spent so much money on them, that they couldn't afford the time to make then into a half decent game. There can't be too many gamers out there who haven't bought at least one of those poor games. Don't get me wrong though, this game isn't terrible, just not great. Younger gamers may like its simplicity, but could never complete it without using a 'guide' due to the obscure events that must be completed to progress through the later levels. By level six I was struggling to keep my eyes open and playing it to the end was a real chore, only done in the interests of giving it a fair review.
75
PlayStationConsoles Plus
Cette adaptation suit fidèlement le film. Cependant, la mauvais réalisation technique en fait un jeu très banal.
74
WindowsPower Unlimited
Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace is een gemiddelde aktie/adventuregame en volgt de film op de voet. De soundtrack is meesterlijk maar de graphics laten soms te wensen over.
71
WindowsPC Gamer
Ultimately, The Phantom Menace just isn't much fun. It's simplistic button-pushing and combo-jumping exercise. Rather than build upon the cool environments of the movie, it slinks around the outskirts of them. All the awesome sound effects and music and colored lighting and rolling destroyer robots in the world can't change the fact that this game plays like a series of barely interactive postcards from the film.
70
WindowsPlayer One
Bref, malgré un petit souci de jouabilité, ce titre est à ranger dans la catégorie des bons jeux, mais pas exceptionnels.
70
WindowsGame.EXE
Замашки примитивной аркады, где нельзя поднять с пола ни один из сотни разбросанных бластеров, зато за специально предназначенным к подбору экспонатом прыгаешь минут сорок; бредовая "квестовость", запертая в пустой беготне и приставании ко всем встречным, пока случайно не наткнёшься на того самого нужного, которого требуется угостить любимым напитком в баре и договориться; плюс наносящий ку де грас экшен с толпами андроидов и роботов с силовыми полями, турелями и неузъявимыми танками, упорно убивающий первичную веселость худшими наработками Лариски Крофт. Может, она у них консультантом устроилась в надежде получить роль в "Эпизоде Втором"? Господи, кому-то ведь и его рецензировать придется...
70
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Un jeu qui déçoit un peu par la faiblesse de sa partie aventure. Mais la réalisation est très correcte, et on a droit à des graphismes travaillés, et une ambiance très bien recréée. Les combats quand à eux sont nombreux, et deviennent vite répétitifs... Un jeu qui aurait pu être excellent s'il avait eu un véritable scénario. A réserver aux fans de Star Wars, qui ont déjà vu le film.
70
WindowsWomenGamers.com
When I popped in the CD and finally got to the options screen, I was amazed to see actual fight footage from the movie! That should have been my first clue that this game was going to be just like the movie, but we will get back to that.
67
WindowsGame Revolution
All in all, The Phantom Menace successfully captures the movie, both good and bad. Jar Jar is annoying in the movie - Jar Jar is annoying in the game. Pacing isn't always perfect in the movie - pacing isn't always perfect in the game. But while it has its snafus, the game can still be a lot of fun. This is a good recommendation for those without the highest standards looking for a good long action game or ardent fans of the movie. The force is strong within this game... why? Because it's filled with "mido-chlorian" goodness. Sheesh.
65
WindowsGamesmania
Daß die Kämpfe nicht ganz überzeugen, ist besonders schmerzlich, weil sie so geballt auftreten. Es bleibt also ein Spiel mit vielen großen Welten und Ereignissen, das viel zum Erforschen bietet. Und das eben viel von der Geschichte, den Personen, der Örtlichkeiten von Episode 1 auf den Bildschirm holt. Das dürfte der größte Bonus sein. Ein Spiel, das man schon kaufen kann, wenn man Star Wars-Stoff braucht. Aber um des Spieles selbst willen muß man es nicht haben.
65
WindowsJeuxVideoPC.com
Il était une fois, dans une très lointaine galaxie… (musique) une trilogie cinématographique qui avait fait un tel foin que, des années et des années après sa sortie, son créateur se décida à en sortir une nouvelle. La Menace Fantôme, ou Episode I, se déroule, comme chacun sait, bien avant la saga de Luke Skywalker. Mais nous ne sommes pas là pour parler du film, car si vous lisez ce test, c’est que vous connaissez par cœur le scénario de la Guerre des Etoiles. La Menace Fantôme, c’est aussi l’un des nombreux jeux tirés de l’univers imaginé par Georges Lucas (oui, LucasArts, ça vient de là, vous l’ignoriez ?). Dans ce jeu d’aventure et d’action, vous allez suivre pas à pas (et avec quelques digressions) le scénario du film.
62
WindowsIGN
Overall, The Phantom Menace is a mildly entertaining game that can be extremely frustrating and quirky at times. The game does rely heavily just on its Star Wars credentials and I have a feeling that if the game weren't set in the Star Wars universe it would be easily overlooked. It is addictive, though, and I was tempted to crawl out of bed on several occasions to try to get past another friggin' jump puzzle. But I do wonder how good it could have been with a better camera angle and more character development.
60
PlayStationOfficial U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM)
For some fans, this blend of superb atmosphere and mediocre gameplay will be enough to make the game enjoyable. At times, it even kept me content. But even that and the cool five-minute-long MTV music video that shows the making of the movie (among other things) isn't enough for me to recommend this to anyone but the most rabid fans.
60
PlayStationSuper Play
För en oerfaren TV-spelare som verkligen älskar den senaste Star Wars-filmen kan Star Wars: The Phantom Menace erbjuda några dagars hyfsad spelunderhållning. Men för den som tycker att ett bra Star Wars-spel bör innehålla mer än klichéartade och dåligt sammansatta Tomb Raider-banor, taskigt samplade repliker och vapen som lämpar sig bättre för Rambo än för Obi-Wan Kenobi är detta spel verkligen ingenting att ha.
60
WindowsAll Game Guide
Though the game's faults abound, I couldn't begin to count the number of times I exclaimed, "This is SO cool!" That has to make up for some of them, but nothing can dispel at least some disappointment. What it all comes down to is that the Force is with The Phantom Menace -- but only as much as it is with the Jedi in the game.
60
WindowsGameGenie
I recommend anyone who enjoyed the film, but wanted to see more lightsabre dueling, or battle droid dismemberment to go out and buy the game, because on PC you can choose to spend more time fighting and less time talking, or vice versa. And anyone else who simply likes an enjoyable action adventure with the added benefit of the Star Wars background should give it a try too, because, just like the movies, it really is a heck of a lot of fun.
58
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Wie konnte aus diesem Prestigeobjekt nur ein dermaßen uninspiriertes Baller-Hüpfspiel mit verkümmerten Adventure-Ansätzen werden? Pixelgenaue Sprungorgien, reichlich "und nun?"-Ratlosigkeitsmomente sowie ins Wirre abdriftende Massenkämpfe. Die Designer haben kaum etwas ausgelassen, um mich auf die Palme zu bringen. Die kantige, viel zu künstlich wirkende 3D-Spielwelt zeigt vor allem bei Dialogen ihr häßliches Gesicht, wenn die Kamera ganz nah heranzoomt. Die Musik mit Ausschnitten aus dem Soundtrack rettet etwas Atmospähre. Auch der gute Wille zu Abwechslung und Komplexität sei vermerkt; an Phantom Menace hat man lange zu knabbern. Und es ist schon irgendwie befriedigend, mit dem Laserschwert in einem Rudel Kampfroboter zu landen, um diese per lässigen 360-Grad-Schwusch in qualmenden Schrott zu verwandeln. Trotz solcher zusammengekratzter positiver Aspekte hat die dunkle Seite der Spielspaß-Macht gesiegt.
55
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Nutze die Macht, George! Laß’ Dich von Deinen Gefühlen leiten. Hat nur leider nicht ganz hingehauen – das husch-husch veröffentlichte Action- Adventure wirkt wie mit dem heißen Lichtschwert gestrickt. Die überwiegende Anzahl der elf Level verkommt zu Hüpf- und Schieß-Orgien, die groß angekündigten Adventure-Elemente spotten jeder Beschreibung. Wenn man es nicht wüßte, müßte man glauben, Grim Fandango und Konsorten kämen von einer anderen Firma.
55
WindowsPC Gamer Brasil
Quando, há alguns meses atrás, a equipe da Lucas anunciou que tinha desenvolvido alguns jogos baseados no filme, muitos de nós ficaram completamente extasiados. Muitos foram levados a acreditar em algo realmente bom, que traria toda a fantasia e as emoções do universo da série Star Wars para a tela do PC. Nada mais justo, já que gerações cresceram assistindo no cinema todas as aventuras de Luke Skywalker e sua turma. Porém, a grandee verdaded veio como um tiro em uma noite escura. O lançamento dos tão aguardados títulos se fechou em dois jogos. "Star Wars Racer" (um jogo de corrida sem grandes novidades) e "A Ameaça Fantasma" (um adventure que prometia muito além do que todos os outros puderam cumprir). Outro título, ficou às sombras e foi desenvolvido por uma sub-divisão da Lucas com ênfase ao lado educativo - Star Wars - The Gungan Frontier. Um jogo onde o objetivo é criar, no estilo Simcity, eco-sistemas perfeitos para as criaturas do filme.
50
WindowsJust Adventure
Do I personally recommend this game? Yes, but not as an adventure game. This is a game that was marketed for the general public. Yet I am positive that LucasArts couldn't care less what a 43-year-old male does and does not like. Bottom line--my three sons, aged 16, 11 and 9, who wouldn't know a real adventure game from Pokemon, love this self-proclaimed action/adventure game, and that, my friends, is the bottom line--cold, hard cash. But here's another bottom line, LucasArts and all you other companies screwing us adventure gamers--I control the purse strings in my house, and I will no longer support games or companies that continue to bastardize the adventure genre. I wish I could report that Phantom Menace is a good but failed try at an adventure game, but it is a sheep in wolf's clothing. I never thought the day would come when I would dread the release of a new LucasArts game, but Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine just dropped off my list of must-have adventure games.
42
PlayStationGameSpot
This game manages to disappoint all audiences. Game players will be frustrated by the game's sketchy control. Fans of the movie will be bummed out by the overall presentation. It all adds up to one Death Star-sized failure.
40
PlayStationJeuxvideo.com
L'exemple type du jeu mal pensé. A part les musiques, tous ses aspects ne sont pas terribles et le jeu sent bon l'appât à fan de Star Wars. Heureusement ceux-ci ne se laisseront pas avoir... heu, n'est-ce pas ?
40
PlayStationDigital Press - Classic Video Games
If the addition of the music video is substantial enough for you to think about a purchase, consider this: The DVD is cheaper, has better production values, and it has an entire movie on it! Your DVD remote will most likely give you better control too. Even if this game had the force behind it, you still wouldn't want to play it.
33
PlayStationThe Video Game Critic
Phantom Menace has its share of action sequences, but too much of its gameplay revolves around tedious puzzle solving. In the end, the frustration outweighs the fun. A music video is included as a bonus, but it looks terribly grainy. Phantom Menace should attract a lot of Star Wars fans, but only die-hards will be able to see it through to the end.
30
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
LucasArts seems to have phoned this one in. There’s a good game in here somewhere, but the whole experience seems dumbed down for the sake of all the nongamers whom they’re counting on to buy the game simply because it has Star Wars in the title. Instead of taking this opportunity to introduce nongamers to the joy of computer gaming, they took the path of least resistance and ended up with a product that will please few. The hard-core gamer will find little of interest, but hard-core Star Wars fans (and I’m sure there’s a lot of overlap between those groups) will buy it anyway. My advice to them: Don’t remove the shrinkwrap. The game will be worth something on the memorabilia market, and you won’t have missed anything by not playing.
30
WindowsSpel för Alla
Nej, det här är tyvärr inte alls ett bra spel. Jag tror att det blev jäktat från första stund för att hinna bli klart till filmens premiär. Jag hade gladeligen väntat ett tag till om resultatet hade varit bättre. Både äventyrare och actionfans blir troligen lika besvikna över Star Wars: Episode 1 - Phantom Menace. Håll er borta från det!