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Welcome to PodRacers.Com!Saturday -  December 25, 1999  

Racer Mac Demo! - Cali @8:09 pm EDT

Lucasarts has news about the demo of Star Wars: Racer for the Macintosh being released. Here are some further details:

File: Star Wars Racer Demo | Source: Lucasarts
File: Star Wars Racer Demo | Source: InsideMacGames
File: Star Wars Racer Demo | Source: AusMac

Size: Approximately 22.4 MB

Description: Star Wars: Racer brings all the intensity and high-speed thrills of the Podracing sequence from the motion picture Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. The game dares players to take control of sleek and blindingly fast Podracers in a series of electrifying and dangerous races throughout the Star Wars galaxy. Inspired by Anakin Skywalker’s epic race against the nefarious Sebulba in the motion picture’s Boonta Eve Classic, the game challenges players to compete in the perilous outlaw sport of Podracing, where the object is to win at all costs.

Each Podracer is propelled by two massive jet engines and controlled from a small cockpit that hovers behind, connected by 15-foot cables. Speed is the name of the game in Star Wars: Racer as the lightning quick vehicles are capable of reaching simulated speeds of up to 600 miles per hour, while skimming a mere 4 feet above the ground.

Star Wars: Racer allows players to contend as Anakin, reigning champion Sebulba, or more than 22 other Podracer pilots in the ultra-competitive multi-race Galactic Circuit, or jump right into single race mode. Each beautifully detailed Podracing vehicle can be upgraded with a variety of parts to increase acceleration, cool engine boosters, and enhance maneuverability.

I have added this information in our downloads section for future references.

 

Saturday -  December 4, 1999  

Pod Racer Hint & Codes  - Cali @8:09 pm EDT

The Ahn Fahn has sent us news about some podracer hints and cheats. He mentioned that they should work on N64 and PC.  Nearly all should be performed with a fully upgraded pod. 

The Abyss: Here is how to get a lap in under 25 seconds on abyss. You need to play with Bullseye Navior because he has the sharpest turns in the game. You may also want to have a fully upgraded pod.

Race the track normally until you get to the second section of track that is surrounded by the wires. Start your boost well before you see this section. Stay on the right side of the track and turn on your side. Just as you enter this section, ram into the left wall and hold back. You should fly out of the track. Just head towards the finish line and try to land without crashing. Easy as pie.

To get a lap in under ten seconds, just follow these steps. It's really pretty easy, too. Play with Bullseye Navoir. Just ride the lower track, and take the long winding route. When you reace the part where the ending track is above you, turn on your side and jump off the right wall. You will be on the concrete under the bridge now. Just ride the concrete upwards-you will fly through the bridge. Now hold back and turn slightly to the right. You should get about a forty second lap. But while you are still in the air, fly quickly to the right and jump the right wall past the finish line. Land back on the track where you first fell off and start process over.

Bumpy's Breakers: This secret can be performed with nearly every pod, but they must all have full upgrades.
Race the course normal until you reach the last big jump before the sharp left turn. As you approach the jump, make sure you have full speed (600 should do it). Stay to the very right, and just as you are about to jump, slam on left. If you did this right, you will be heading towards a rock wall. Hold the pitch up and acceleration buttons the entire time. You will go through the wall, and will land on the other track. This saves you about 4 to 5 seconds.

Legacy: Race the course all the way to the last section where you can take the top route or the bottom. Just as the right wall disappears, jump off the right side and ride the right wall. You should make it to the top on the other side and save a few seconds.

Zugga: This will get you passed the huge sandcrawler without having to go under him. Just as you exit the tunnel before him, take a right and ride up the triangular polygon. If you make it to the apex without crashing, you will fly over the edge and you can shave a few seconds off your lap time.

Inferno: Play with Mars Guo. Perform this just after the starting line. Turn on your side, and keep riding into the right wall while holding back. Once your front end is in the air, turn left and still hold back. You should fly up and over the left wall and land on the next portion of track, saving lots of time.

Guantlet: Race the course normal until you get to the bursts of fire coming out of the ground. Turn completely around and follow the wall that is now to your left. Turn on your side and start climbing the wall (works best with Mars Guo). Work your way up to the top. The technique is hard, but you should get the hang of it. Just constantly hold back, and keep alternating left and right, spending a little more time holding left than right. Make sure not to fly over the edge until you reach the fence that connects to this rock wall. Then fly off and start heading towards the part of track that looks like a bunch of concentric circles. After heading that way for a second or two, head back to the right and you will see a very long straightaway below you. Just land on it, and then finish the course. Can we say under 3 minute 3 lap on Gauntlet? Sure we can.

 

Sunday -  October 31, 1999  

PodRacers.com Information
Podracers.com has now turned into an information site. If you have any news you would like to submit that is Podracer related news, it will be reported at Lucasgames.com from here on out. For older news, feel free to browse through our archives section. This What's new section will give you the latest updates that have been updated in our sections here at Podracers.com. Feel free to browse around for what you need to make your Podracer gaming experience more suitable.

 

Thursday -  October 28, 1999  

Dreamcast Marks Off PodRacer
According to Dreamcaster.net, Pod Racer Arcade will not be coming to Dreamcast. Here are the details from the site:

Unfortunately, it's true. An employee of Lucasarts commented on the Dreamcast Technical Pages that the Pod Racer arcade game, being developed by Lucasarts and Sega, will not be ported to Dreamcast. Possible reasons include the rumor that Pod Racer was reportedly running off a new arcade board known as "Hikaru", which would make a Dreamcast port difficult. However, while the arcade version may not be ported, the console version of Pod Racer may still make an appearance. Hopefully, Lucasarts will take the time to imporve the visuals from the PC and N64 versions, as many developers have decided not to take that route and have only delivered high-resolution versions of N64, and PlayStation games. For those who missed the movie of Episode I: Pod Racer Arcade, it can be downloaded here.

 

Sunday -  October 10, 1999  - Cali @8:09 pm EDT

Pod Tips From Vulture!
Here are 2 more cheats for your podracing enjoyment. My buddy Vulture was kind enough to send these for us all over a month ago. I am finally now getting a chance to post them. I have more I will post very soon:

  • When in tournament mode, press SPACE on 'start race' to see your character taunts it's opponenet and vice verca, and in game push the taunt key to hear more.

  • When in "Buy parts" screen, select on a certain item so you see it enlarged in the chart, and then press SHIFT+4+F4 to get 100 truguts. this can be done 5 times only before a race.

These tips are for the PC platform of the Star Wars Episode 1: Racer game. We have added them to our Strategy section for future references.

 

Webdog Checks Podracers.com - Cali @8:01 pm EDT

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Wednesday -  October 6, 1999  

Podracer Tips - Cali @8:12 pm EDT

Starhiker has sent some Podracer tips. Here they are:

1)  On the Oovo IV and Baroonda courses, big podracers are generally more trouble than their worth.  Neva Kee or Anakin are good choices for these races.

2)  As far as upgrading a podracer goes, it doesn't make much sense to have the fastest podracer on the course if it you can't control it or it takes forever to reach the top speed.  Upgrade speed, turning, and acceleration about equally.


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