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Star Wars: Episode I Racer is a racing game released by LucasArts for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, Macintosh, and Dreamcast platforms.

It is a racing game that is based on the podracing scene from Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, putting the player in the cockpit of 23 (25 counting cheat code character replacements in the Nintendo 64 version) different podracers on 25 different tracks on 8 unique worlds. Jake Lloyd, Andrew Secombe, Lewis MacLeod, Greg Proops, and Scott Capurro all reprise their roles from the movie.

Opening crawlEdit

For generations, the GALACTIC PODRACING
CIRCUIT has thrilled citizens of the Outer
Rim Territories with its fast and dangerous
contests of repulsor and turbine-driven
land vehicles.

Amid the ruffian and racing elite, one
champion stands above the rest. His name
is Sebulba, a cunning and ruthless pilot
who wins by any means necessary.

To challenge him, all the best Podrace
pilots gather on the desert planet Tatooine
for the legendary BOONTA CLASSIC
determined to claim the title of fastest
podracer in the Galaxy...

Tournament structureEdit

Players can enter the tournament with a character, wherein placing first, second, or third earns the player prize winnings (if chosen) and unlocks the champion of the track. Not all tracks feature unlockable racers; however, winning a race also unlocks new tracks. With the prize money, players can buy upgrades for their podracers.

Amateur Podracing CircuitEdit


Sebulba races through the winter terrain of Ando Prime.

  1. Boonta Training Course
  2. Mon Gazza Speedway
  3. Beedo's Wild Ride
  4. Aquilaris Classic
  5. Malastare 100
  6. Vengeance
  7. Spice Mine Run

Semipro Podracing CircuitEdit

  1. Sunken City
  2. Howler Gorge
  3. Dug Derby
  4. Scrapper's Run
  5. Zugga Challenge
  6. Baroo Coast
  7. Bumpy's Breakers

Galactic Podracing CircuitEdit

  1. Executioner
  2. Sebulba's Legacy
  3. Grabvine Gateway
  4. Andobi Mountain Run
  5. Dethro's Revenge
  6. Fire Mountain Rally
  7. The Boonta Classic

Invitational Podracing CircuitEdit

  1. Ando Prime Centrum
  2. Abyss
  3. The Gauntlet
  4. Inferno


Starting RacersEdit

Unlockable RacersEdit


SWE1R (R-20)R-20 Repulsorgrip250 truguts
SWE1R (R-60)R-60 Repulsorgrip400 truguts
SWE1R (R-80)R-80 Repulsorgrip600 truguts
SWE1R (R-100)R-100 Repulsorgrip1200 truguts
SWE1R (R-300)R-300 Repulsorgrip2600 truguts
SWE1R (R-600)R-600 Repulsorgrip6000 truguts
SWE1R (Control Linkage)Control Linkage200 truguts
SWE1R (Control Shift Plate)Control Shift Plate400 truguts
SWE1R (Control Vectro-Jet)Control Vectro-Jet700 truguts
SWE1R (Control Coupling)Control Coupling1600 truguts
SWE1R (Control Nozzle)Control Nozzle3800 truguts
SWE1R (Control Stabilizer)Control Stabilizer7500 truguts
SWE1R (Dual 20 PCX Injector)Dual 20 PCX Injector800 truguts
SWE1R (44 PCX Injector)44 PCX Injector2200 truguts
SWE1R (Dual 32 PCX Injector)Dual 32 PCX Injector5600 truguts
SWE1R (Quad 32 PCX Injector)Quad 32 PCX Injector7000 truguts
SWE1R (Quad 44 Injector)Quad 44 Injector10400 truguts
SWE1R (Mag-6 Injector)Mag-6 Injector14000 truguts
Top Speed
PLUG2Plug2 Thrust Coil1000 truguts
PLUG 3Plug3 Thrust Coil2400 truguts
PLUG5Plug5 Thrust Coil6000 truguts
Plug8Plug8 Thrust Coil14000 truguts
BLOCK5Block5 Thrust Coil17500 truguts
Block6thrustcoilBlock6 Thrust Coil20000 truguts
Air Brake
MARK IIMark II Air Brake700 truguts
MARK IIIMark III Air Brake1400 truguts
MARK IVMark IV Air Brake3600 truguts
MARK VMark V Air Brake7000 truguts
Tri-Jet Air BrakeTri-Jet Air Brake10400 truguts
QUADRIJETQuadrijet Air Brake14000 truguts
Coolant RadiatorCoolant Radiator50 truguts
STACK-3Stack-3 Radiator100 truguts
Stack6Stack-6 Radiator300 truguts
Rod Coolant PumpRod Coolant Pump900 truguts
Dual Coolant PumpDual Coolant Pump2700 truguts
Turbo Coolant PumpTurbo Coolant Pump5400 truguts
Single Power CellSingle Power Cell150 truguts
Dual Power CellDual Power Cell300 truguts
Quad Power CellQuad Power Cell800 truguts
Cluster Power PlugCluster Power Plug1400 truguts
Rotary Power PlugRotary Power Plug4000 truguts
Cluster2 Power PlugCluster2 Power Plug7000 truguts

Other versionsEdit

PC versionEdit

The PC version has different cheat codes, as well as additional cut scenes for the racetracks introductions as well as an opening cinematic (scenes of which were re-created with in-game models and tracks in the N64 version). It should be noted that in the PC's opening movie, Gasgano is seen being knocked out of the Boonta Eve Classic by Sebulba, though other sources list Gasgano as having finished the race. The music is vastly superior in the PC version (it plays from the CD and is in WAV format), and the speedometer uses vector graphics instead of raster graphics in the N64 version, for a superior effect. Also, the title screen is different, and the PC version supports multiplayer over IPX, instead of multiplayer on the same platform.

Game Boy Color VersionEdit

The Nintendo Game Boy Color version of the game is notably different from the other versions. Tracks are played out like Drag Races, as in there are no laps. Players race against a track favorite, and winning will grant the player a new character to play as. In addition, at the game's start only Anakin Skywalker is available. All of the racers appear, but only a handful of the planets remain. However, each planet has four different courses. Upon beating four races on one planet, players may duel Sebulba. If they win, they gain Sebulba's pod. If they lose a future race, they lose Sebulba's pod until they unlock it again.

Gameboy Color Planets and CoursesEdit

Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch releaseEdit

Twenty-one years after the original release of the game, it received an HD re-release for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch that added local multiplayer functionality. It was originally scheduled for May 12, 2020, but was delayed and eventually released on June 23 of that same year.[3]


In March 2004, GMR Magazine rated Episode I Racer the fifth best Star Wars game of all time. ranked the game as an honorable mention in a Top 10 Star Wars Video Games list.[4]

Review scores
Publication Score
IGN 7.6 of 10 (N64) 8.0 of 10 (PC)
GameSpot 8.4 of 10
EGM 9.5/9.0/9.0/9.0 (N64) 8.0/8.0/8.0 (PC version)
Compilations of multiple reviews
Game Rankings 76 of 100


In the Episode I novel and movie, Anakin Skywalker's podracer was clocked at 941 kph (about 585 mph), granting it the title "Fastest Podracer in the Galaxy". Episode I Racer disregards this information because podracers, with maximum acceleration, could achieve speeds of 1046.1 kph (650 miles per hour) without boosting.

Also, in the game, Ben Quadinaros's podracer had a boost thrust of +643.7 kph (400 mph), which is double the boost thrust of Anakin's pod, 321.9 kph (200 mph), thus granting Quadinaros's pod a stunning top speed of 1689.8 kph, (1050mph) which is the fastest speed of all podracers, on a flat surface.

Strangely, the game also shows Anakin Skywalker potentially racing on a number of planets, and even being favored for a race track on the planet Baroonda, even though there is very little (if any) indication that he ever raced on any planet other than Tatooine. Therefore, it is likely that any involvement he had with podracing on these other planets would be non-canon in the Legends continuity



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