Parents' Guide to

Star Wars Episode I: Racer

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Solid remake of fun sci-fi racing in a galaxy far, far away.

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While race fans and people into the original version of this game may feel this remake could've done more, this is still a rock solid sci-fi racing game. A new version of a 1999 Nintendo 64 game, Star Wars Episode I: Racer is a futuristic racing game inspired by the iconic and exciting scene from the movie Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Playing as young Anakin Skywalker, or one of his competitors, you have to steer your way through numerous twisty tracks, some of which have multiple pathways. Along with a "Tournament" mode that has you working your way up the standings so you can take on your rival, this also has you racing against the clock or friends sitting next to you, though (sadly) not against anyone online.

That's probably one of the biggest weaknesses of this game. While it's still a fast and furious racing game, this remake doesn't go far enough. Sure, the controls have been upgraded, and are much improved, but the graphics haven't changed and are as blocky as they were in its original release. This could've also been improved by adding new racers, tracks, and other elements from the sequel, Star Wars Racer Revenge, or the arcade pod racing game Star Wars: Racer Arcade. As a result, this doesn't have the depth of a modern racing game, even if it does let you spend your winnings on better pod parts and pit droids. Still, for fans of the original, or anyone looking for a futuristic arcade racing game, this new version of Star Wars Episode I: Racer will have you yelling, "Now this is pod racing" like a young Padawan.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Aspyr
  • Release date: June 23, 2020
  • Genre: Racing
  • ESRB rating: E for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: August 20, 2022

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