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Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

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  • Summary: Join Jedi-to-be Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars race of your life! Relive all the thrills and excitement of the Podracer sequence from Star Wars: Episode I. Hang on tight - with afterburners on, Podracers max out at a simulated 600 mph! Race in furious competition against more than 21Join Jedi-to-be Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars race of your life! Relive all the thrills and excitement of the Podracer sequence from Star Wars: Episode I. Hang on tight - with afterburners on, Podracers max out at a simulated 600 mph! Race in furious competition against more than 21 opponents! Take on over 21 tracks in 8 unique worlds. Avoid hazards such as methane lakes, meteor showers and Tusken Raiders! Featuring spectacular 3D environments! Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jul 2, 2020
    80
    With games like Jedi: Fallen Order and The Old Republic, it’s hard to say that Star Wars: Episode I Racer is one of the best Star Wars games out there, but I’d be hard-pressed to find another licensed racer I enjoyed as much as this one.
  2. 80
    Those looking to play a Nintendo 64 classic on a modern system will have a great time with Star Wars Episode 1: Racer on Switch. However, those looking for any significant updates will be left wanting. This is a very straightforward port of a game from 1999. Motion controls are its most substantial update and they ultimately fail to impress. That being said, even the most bare bones port leaves us with an amazing racing game with gameplay that has excellently stood the test of time.
  3. Jul 2, 2020
    80
    With games like Jedi: Fallen Order and The Old Republic, it’s hard to say that Star Wars: Episode I Racer is one of the best Star Wars games out there, but I’d be hard-pressed to find another licensed racer I enjoyed as much as this one.
  4. Jun 24, 2020
    70
    A competent port of a Nintendo 64 classic, Star Wars Episode I: Racer looks great with the added spit-shine, controls tightly, and performs excellently, with no slowdown in frame-rate. Loading screens have also been removed entirely, which was not really an issue in the original versions, but it is something that should be commended here. At a budget price, many will be pleased that this will help them re-live a piece of nostalgia, and for those on the fence, do not hesitate as this is a great quality port in both docked and handheld modes, yet it will leave others wondering what Aspyr could have done by adding in an online multiplayer and improved AI.
  5. Jun 29, 2020
    70
    This port is certainly nothing to write home about, but the core game is a classic, priced at just $14.99. Nostalgia, and the ability to play in handheld mode, are enough to recommend STAR WARS Episode I Racer on the Nintendo Switch eShop to fans.
  6. Jun 29, 2020
    65
    A no-frills, but technically sound reissue of a solid game, that still doesn’t live up to its potential.
  7. Jun 30, 2020
    50
    Star Wars Episode 1 : Racer could have been a nice port on Switch, but the game still suffers from too many flaws to really satisfy. Fast and exhilarating, this Switch version seems unfinished, and features bugs, popping and clipping effects, without mentioning a horribly compressed soundtrack that does not justice to its brilliant composer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Jun 23, 2020
    10
    Boas memórias da época de N64! Ótimo jogo, cheio de carisma, pistas rápidas e envolventes, mundos que saem do óbvio, poderiam ter aproveitadoBoas memórias da época de N64! Ótimo jogo, cheio de carisma, pistas rápidas e envolventes, mundos que saem do óbvio, poderiam ter aproveitado mais a franquia e fazer outras continuações! Muito legal terem relançado pra switch, mesmo se tratando de um Port. Expand
  2. Jul 2, 2020
    8
    I absolutely love this game. Nothing bad to say about it. Great port. Looks fine.
  3. Jun 23, 2020
    8
    As a kid, Star Wars Racer was my favorite racing game on the Nintendo 64. So when I heard that they were remastering this game for theAs a kid, Star Wars Racer was my favorite racing game on the Nintendo 64. So when I heard that they were remastering this game for the Nintendo Switch, I was super excited! I picked up this game and played through it day 1. This is an interesting racer with the fact that it has several mechanics involved with it. The racing style represents a combination style of games like F-Zero and Mario Kart. There are no track battle items, but the turns aren't as cruel as F-Zero. I do have to state a couple of concerns for this game though. From time to time, I did notice a couple of graphical glitches. They did not break the game or hurt me for the most part, but I did encounter a collision glitch that happened once. The other thing I will caution to players is that the tracks can be long. While most tracks are between 3 and 5 minutes, there are some tracks that can be 8 minutes are longer. The other negative is that there was not an online mode included, but this for me is a nitpick. Overall, a very nice re-release of a old school classic. Expand
  4. Jul 5, 2020
    8
    Great game, brings back memories. Used to play this a lot on the pc back in the days and it's exactly the way i remembered it. Today thisGreat game, brings back memories. Used to play this a lot on the pc back in the days and it's exactly the way i remembered it. Today this still is a lot of fun. Ofcourse the graphics are really outdated, but the gameplay is just excellent. Expand
  5. Jun 28, 2020
    7
    I realise that this is not a full remake but I think anyone apart from those returning for nostalgia will be disappointed.

    Star Wars fans
    I realise that this is not a full remake but I think anyone apart from those returning for nostalgia will be disappointed.

    Star Wars fans will find the music to be very compressed. Even through an expensive home cinema system the soundtrack is tinny and has no dynamic range.

    Those who haven't played the original and are just after a decent wipeout / F Zero style racer will find far better elsewhere. Fast RMX with its blinding speed and realistic graphics makes this game feel slightly boring. Its also in the same price range.

    I am not saying that Episode 1 Racer is terrible. The framerate is smooth and the controls feel alright. It is just very dated and even at £12, too expensive.
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  6. Jun 24, 2020
    3
    Extremely poor audio quality. It looks like their goal was to compress all ïn-game audio to a 2MB file. I had to mute all sounds because it isExtremely poor audio quality. It looks like their goal was to compress all ïn-game audio to a 2MB file. I had to mute all sounds because it is really awful. Graphics are OK even though that some UI elements are refreshed and some are original which leads to weird results. Wait for the audio patch! Expand
  7. Jun 28, 2020
    1
    Extremely disappointing.
    LAN play was promised, but isn't there. (Checked after patch)

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