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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 3.6
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.5
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.4
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.9
Overall User Score (20 votes) 3.6

Critic Reviews

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Gamezilla (Nov 08, 1999)
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.
Gamer's Pulse (Feb 08, 2000)
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).
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.
Mega Fun (Nov, 1999)
Die Macht war beim Spielen des Adventures mit mir! Aber leider nicht mit den Programmierern von Star Wars Episode 1: Die dunkle Bedrohung. Dieses Adventure weist leider nicht die Qualitäten auf, die man von Lucas Ans eigentlich gewohnt ist. Die spielerische Tiefe des Titels lässt sehr zu wünschen übrig, und die einzelnen Charaktere wirken in der Nahaufnahme extrem pixelig und fast schon deformiert. Die Steuerung ist nicht besonders direkt und teilweise sehr schwer zu handhaben. Aber dennoch hat dieses Spiel eine gewisse Faszination. Nicht nur die interessante Story, auch der geniale Star-Wars-Sound verleihen ihm eine besondere Atmosphäre. Besonders Star-Wars-Fans sollten dieses Game einmal näher betrachten.
Consoles Plus (Nov, 1999)
Cette adaptation suit fidèlement le film. Cependant, la mauvais réalisation technique en fait un jeu très banal.
SWTPM was a top movie, and the game has the same high quality and polish. I can't get over how much fun I had playing as Obi-wan. You could do everything just like in the movie - deflect lasers with your light-sabre, fling droids down the hall with your force-push, do acrobatic fighting moves. Just brilliant stuff. I recommend the film (and the prequels - or is that sequels?) to those who haven't seen them in order to appreciate the attention paid in the game to recreating the themes and atmospheres of the films. There were a few glitches here and there and maybe a few things could've been more polished as it were, but I really enjoyed this game and I think most people will - especially Star Wars fans.
Video Games (Oct, 1999)
Mit diesem Star Wars-Spiel geht es mir gleich wie beim Film: Hier wird uns ein an sich knapp überdurchschnittliches Adventure geboten, das jedoch durch das epische Star Wars-Feeling doch einige Zeit bei der Stange halten kann. Rein spielerisch werden uns aber keine Innovationen, einige tricky Passagen und viele unfaire, weil kaum beeinflussbare Kämpfe geboten. Der Sountrack ist selbstverständlich Kult und für mich über jeden Zweifel erhaben, auch die Synchronsprecher konnten mich überzeugten. Wer nichts mit der Star Wars Thematik anfangen kann, ist mit anderen (hochwertigeren) Action-Adventures besser bedient.
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.
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.
GameSpot (Sep 16, 1999)
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 (Nov 19, 1999)
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 ?
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.
The Video Game Critic (May 18, 2005)
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.