Star Wars: Episode I - Racer (Windows)

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Based upon the Pod Racing scenes of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, your mission as young Anakin Skywalker or as one of a collection of strange characters from around the Galaxy is to compete, survive and win in the high speed challenge of Pod Racing.

Each character has a unique Pod that can be upgraded with the credits you win after each race. Finish first to gain the most prestige and compete in greater and more challenging tracks, including the now famous race along the sand dunes of Tatooine that determined the destiny of many lives.


Star Wars: Episode I - Racer Windows Fire Mountain - Outside Fire Mountain
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer Windows Scrappers Run - Cruising the Clouds
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer Windows The classic introduction
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer Windows Anikan's Podracer

Alternate Titles

  • "SW E 1 Racer" -- Informal short title
  • "Pod Racer" -- Informal title
  • "スター・ウォーズ エピソード1 レーサー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Remember when Pod Racing was cool? I still think it is... Kartanym (10765) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A maddening rush of speed--and a maddening control system. Trixter (8712) unrated
Great sci-fi, high speed racer Mullet of Death (604) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Fast Sam Hardy (76) unrated
Great game when mixed with a force feedback and a subwolfer. William Shawn McDonie (1088) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
High Speed and Action Packed MadCat (55) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Great high-speed racing excitment! Null McNull (29) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Revolution Jun 01, 1999 B+ 83
IGN May 27, 1999 8 out of 10 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Aug, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Spel för Alla Aug, 1999 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Jun, 1999 77 out of 100 77
Power Unlimited Aug, 1999 7.5 out of 10 75
Player One Jul, 1999 75 out of 100 75
PC Player (Germany) Jul, 1999 73 out of 100 73
Gameplay (Benelux) Jul, 1999 70 out of 100 70
FiringSquad Jun 06, 1999 50 out of 100 50


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Lucas Arts wanted to call this game Pod Racer, but an older game already existed with that name and legal stupidity prevailed.


Some actors from the movie also appear in the game, including Greg Proops (race commentator) and Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker).


  • Total! (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2000 – Best N64 Futuristic Racing Game in 1999
Information also contributed by James1 and Johnny Szary

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Brian Hirt (10002) added Star Wars: Episode I - Racer (Windows) on Sep 16, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Kartanym (10765) and Jason Savage (38)