Star Wars Episode I: Racer is now available for modern PCs
Another classic Star Wars game has arrived on retro games site GOG.com, for fans of the lesser appreciated prequel movies.
For many people, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is not fondly remembered. Indeed some fans choose to gloss over its existence entirely. But it did give us one good thing—podracing.
That incredible sequence in the middle of the first prequel gave us an awesome video game too: Star Wars: Episode I Racer. The game was originally released on Windows and Nintendo 64 in May of 1999, followed by releases for the Dreamcast, Macintosh, and Gameboy Color. An arcade version of the game was also released in 2000, with thruster handles and a big boost button the center of the console.
The game was very well received, and is considered one of the better Star Wars-related games every created. A sequel, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, was released for Playstation 2 in 2002, but the original is the game that everyone remembers.
Well, now it's available to play again on modern computers thanks to GOG.com. Racer is available for a very reasonable $8.49, and works on Windows 7 and up. For a nearly 20 year-old game it holds up remarkably well, and the diversity of the tracks is still impressive.
GOG has been adding Star Wars games to its library since 2015. Both Knights of the Old Republic games are up there, as well as the classic X-Wing and TIE Fighter games from 1994.