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Wednesday -  June 30, 1999

Podracer Guide! - Cali @7:45pm EDT

GameSpot has released an excellent Guide to Lucasarts' Star Wars: Episode I Racer. You'll need more than the Force to emerge victorious. Fortunately, you can get all the tips, tricks, and cheats for Racer in their in-depth strategy guide.


Monday -  June 28, 1999

More Podracers Tips - Cali @10:04pm EDT

Darth Vader has sent a tip were you can knock out the another podracer:

There are some ways to knock out another podracer (helps if you're bigger than your target):

1. Swerve hard into it. I mean really hard. It will either take a lot of damage or blow up.

2. When it's just ahead of you, turbo boost into it. If done right and if you hit him exactly dead-on, he will explode.

3. On the Tatooine tracks, get a big podracer like Ark "Bumpy" Roose. At the little crack that you have to scrape through, just sit there right in front of it. Podracers behind you will start exploding all around you.

4. Knock him into a wall.

5. When using Sebulba, flamejet him and them swerve into him. The flame will light him up (which will decrease his maneuverability) and the swewrve will knock him out.

6. Try boosting into him when he's on ice.

7. Weak podracers include:

a. Anakin Skywalker
b. Slide Paramita
c. Bullseye Navior


Sunday -  June 27, 1999

Pod Game Codes - Cali @10:30pm EDT

RRCYYUN gives you a new pod in the place of Bullseye Navior. Discovered by Student

RRDEBUG: To get Cy Yunga first unlock Bulleyes Navior then enter in an empty game slot for a code RRCYYUN. It really works. Discovered by Marcus Seevers

GAMESHARKS CODES - For those of you who want the codes for Gameshark, here is the page for the all of the codes. It is said that you must have the GameShark Version 2.2 Or Higher & The Game Must Run In LOW Resolution Mode for the codes to work. If You try to use these codes in in HI resolution mode, they will not work and the Game will crash.

Podracers Tips - Cali @10:04pm EDT

Philip C. has sent Podracers.com a cash tips worth checking out.

Extra $1000 Cash: When buying new parts for your Pod, press Shift+F4+4 to get an extra $1000 cash. This can only be done five times.

Here is a tip from LHA353

On Sebulbas Legacy follow these instructions to beat sebulba:

  1. play as Neeva Kee
  2. always be holding z,a,and controll pad up
  3. experiment with the track
  4. Do NOT Confront SEBULBA head on!
  5. When neccecary ram other players into sebulbas right side

Here is a tip from Josh Beeler:

If you're looking for more money to upgrade your pod faster, go play the  higher-level tracks first off, utilizing your boosters at every chance to get by your opponents, when you're ahead of everyone else, it always seems that if you don't slow down a lot, or hit the walls, they never pass you.

Toast has sent a N64 Boosting Trip. I think we already had this one submitted but for any of you who haven't tried it yet, here are the details:

For all N64 users, if your old controller is kinda flabby and you have trouble boosting, try this trick: When you tur on the console, the analog stick is automatically calibrated. Hold the stick back a little (mere millimeters/fractions of an inch) while switching on the power. Now when you let go of the stick and it centers itself, its already in the "nose down/boost" position. You can check the amount of downward drift when you're in the canteen or the junkyard and are allowed to browse by pressing the "z" trigger. Your sights should slowly crawl to the floor. In the race this has practically no effect on your performance (except on jumps where you should take care to pull back the stick a little) but greatly supports your boost power up.

Here is a pod background tip from Dodger:

Anyone who has the CD can also find backgrounds under \gnome\data\images (saving a download) along with a piccy of the development team and some other bits. All the sound FX from the game are here as wav files under \gnome\data\wavs (customize windows sounds like crazy!) Some cool music here as well.

Another Mutliplayer Tip:

If you guys want to play multiplayer over the net, a really good place to play is at www.heat.net. All you have to do is download the katalyst program and sign up for free. Just go to the room "Starwars: Racer".

We have added these tips in our strategy section for future references.

Make It Simple Review- Cali @9:56pm EDT

Make it Simple has a review of   Episode 1 Racer. Here is an excerpt:

"Longevity wise, the 4 tournaments provide a lot of racing, with varied tracks and some good challenge later on.  Experienced gamers will feel something is missing though - the racing is all of the game play.  Without story lines or even a nice winning sequence, the game is quickly relegated to the arcade style genre - games that are great to play often, but not for long periods of time".

3d Unlimited Review- Cali @7:02pm EDT

3D-Unlimited has a review of Star Wars: Episode 1 - Racer. The review covers all points in the game and features 5 screenshots. Here is a clip:

The control of the pod seemed touchy, but after a few races, the pods became much easier to steer. However, using the keyboard seemed almost an impossibility for me and therefor used my Microsoft IntelliMouse (3-Button). No matter what view, one will feel the amazing speeds topping at 600 MPH. The acceleration and deceleration are also well done. I didn't get to try the repair feature, except the auto repair. And I did not get to feel the affect of my pod overheating.

LiveWire Review - Cali @5:48am EDT

Kyle has sent news that Live Wire has a review of Pod Racer. Here is an excerpt:

The sound is wonderful, they really take advantage of 3D hardware. You can tell how close the other racers are judging by how far away it sounds like it is. All of the racers have different voices, taken from the movie. When you hit a jump, and you're flying through the air, it almost seems like you can hear the air rushing by your ears.

Kyle also mentioned a nice and interesting site which recently launched called Watto's Pod Racer Website.


Saturday -  June 26, 1999

N64 Pod Site - Cali @11:16pm EDT

N64.com has a new Star Wars Racer site. The site includes features such as; Podracers, History, Strategy, Trivia, Contrest, Gallery, Pod Pit Stop and more. I have added a link to the site for future references.

Podracer Reviews- Cali @10:29pm EDT

Here are the latest Podracer Reviews worth checking out.


Friday -  June 25, 1999

Podracer Contest - Cali @10:29pm EDT

Computer Games Online & LucasArts have teamed up to provide you with an opportunity to WIN FREE copies of Star Wars Episode I: Racer! Thrill to the famous Tatooine pod racing scene from the blockbuster movie The Phantom Menace in this great new Star Wars game! You too can roar through racetracks across eight fantastic worlds as you compete against the galaxy's best pilots. The contest will run until July 12, 1999. Contest winners will be posted in the July 14, 1999 edition of the CG Online Action Newsletter. The winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize.12 prizes will be awarded. Check out CDMag for more details and to fill out the form.


Tuesday -  June 22, 1999

Star Wars: Racer - Secrets - Cali @5:59am EDT

Cheat Empire has updated their site with some secrets for Lucarts' Star Wars: Racer. Here are the details:

Star Wars: Racer - Secrets
On your second lap in the galactic league snow level, there is a secret entrance to the left at the start line. A tent opens up. Or, you can trigger this by going backwards on the first lap, back to the arch in the rocks, then go forward, and the secret entrance will open. Discovered by S Michael Anderson

High Floating:
On any Oovo IV level just before exiting an anti-gravity tunnel pull up and keep pulling up away from the ground and if done right, after exiting you will keep floating in the air hugging the ceiling. Discovered by Speedup82

We have added the these to our strategy section for future references.


Monday -  June 21, 1999

Podracer Backgrounds- Cali @5:18am EDT

Darren was kind enough to send us some awesome Podracer backgrounds. You can either view them by clicking on them below, or you can download it (145kb). Here are some details from Darren:

2 backgrounds of Episode 1 Racer. For those who have the game, they might recognize these but for those who don't, just a little eyecandy to hold them off! :-) Both are 800x600 in jpg format.


Saturday -  June 19, 1999

Avault Review- Cali @1:42am EDT

Avault has released a review of Star Wars: Episode I Racer.

The Podracing sequence in Phantom Menace is an intense and visually stimulating experience. LucasArts attempts to capture its excitement in Star Wars: Episode I Racer, but the game burns hot and bright for a moment, then fades away.

As always, Avault specialized in supplying the review with some excellent screens in 3dfx. Here are three of them worth checking out.

Friday -  June 18, 1999

MGON Review- Cali @9:12pm EDT

MGON has published a review of Star Wars: Racer. Here is an excerpt:

The gameplay standard is very high. It is very hard to find to many faults and my only major gripe was with the need to unlock tracks and Podracers as you go. It seems that most arcade style games force this and it should really stay on the more arcade style platforms. There are a few other minor points, which detract slightly from the game. The voice of Anakin Skywalker and the announcer continually droning “a new lap record’ quickly becomes nothing short of annoying.


Wednesday -  June 16, 1999

More Podracer Money - Cali @3:33pm EDT

Billy over at VE noticed that GameSpot mentioned a money cheat for LucasArts Episode I: Racer. For those of you who really want to increase money to give it a try.

Podracer Quick Take - Cali @6:17am EDT

CD Mag has a preview of Star Wars: Racer. It includes screenshots. Here is an excerpt:

So, we've spent the last couple of evenings playing Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace. What a concept this is—not only an adventure game set in the Star Wars universe, but a chance to play as several of the main characters from George's latest brainchild. And it's not slow in delivering on that "be part of the movie" fantasy. Immediately after the game's introduction—a spiffy PC-rendered version of Episode One's opening scene—you're dropped into the action as Obi-Wan Kenobi, trying to escape a Trade Federation battleship and warn the people of Naboo. How cool is that?

Podracer Art! - Cali @5:05am EDT

Magixx.de has posted a nice painting and an artwork of Lucasfilm's Star Wars Racer. Head on over there and check it out!


Monday -  June 14, 1999

Gamers Central Review - Cali @4:35pm EDT

Gamers Central has just released a review of Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer. Here is an excerpt:

This game isn't exactly the Need for Speed even though great speed is involved. In The Need for Speed series, your car will always cross the finish with a perfect paint-job. Well, this is definitely not the case in the Episode 1 Racer as the engines can be quite fragile sometimes. But hey, there is little that will hold its structure properly when it collides with another object at a speed of over 600-MPH!


Friday -  June 11, 1999  

More Pod Reviews - Cali @9:35am EDT

Here is a quick rundown on the latest Podracer reviews running around on the net.

CNN Review - Cali @5:37am EDT

Jeff Sperry sent word that CCN.com has a review of the Star Wars Racer. Here is an excerpt:

In a word, this game is fast. Simulating speeds in excess of 600 mph, it's one of the fastest--if not the fastest--racing games out there. To this end, the folks at LucasArts have faithfully re-created the essence of pod racing from the movie. The landscape rushes by at dizzying speeds, and once you've mastered the game's controls, turning a lap at full speed without hitting everything in sight is a gratifying experience.


Thursday -  June 10, 1999

More On The Demo - Cali @4:24pm EDT

I just checked out Lucasarts.com's Spotlight on Episode I Racer. The site has been updated with the demo. Here are some more details concerning the demo which was released last night. Here are some more mirrors:

Note: Star Wars: Episode I Racer is a 3D-only game that requires a 3D accelerated video card to play.

Minimum System Requirements

  • COMPUTER: 100% Windows 95/98 DirectX compatible computer required.
  • GRAPHICS CARD: 4MB AGP or PCI 3D Accelerator card required.
  • CPU: Pentium 166 or faster required. Pentium 200 or higher recommended.
  • MEMORY: 32MB or higher RAM required. 64MB or higher recommended.
  • CD-ROM: Quad speed IDE or SCSI CD-ROM drive required for for the full version.
  • SOUND CARD: 100% Windows 95/98 DirectX or Aureal compatible 16-bit sound card required.
  • INPUT DEVICE: 100% Windows 95/98 compatible keyboard and mouse required.

DIRECTX: Microsoft DirectX 6.1 must be installed prior
to playing Racer.

NOTE: Your system may require the latest Windows 95/98
drivers for your particular hardware.

HARD DISK SPACE: Installation requires 28 MB free hard drive space. It is recommended that you have an additional 50 MB of free space available for the Windows swap file.

Episode 1: Racer Demo - Cali @2:57pm EDT

3dfiles has news about the Podracer demo (17 MB) being released. Here are the details:

Climb on, strap in and experience the pure adrenaline-pumping excitement of the Podracing sequence from Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. Take the controls as Jedi-to-be Anakin Skywalker, or any one of over 20 Podracers, and feel the full-force blast of two massive jet engines at simulated speeds of up to 600 mph. Rein in a turbine-driven chariot through 8 spectacular worlds. Negotiate through flaming methane lakes, Tusken Raider assaults, anti-gravity tunnels and much more in a pulse-pounding, do-or-die fight to the finish where anyone will do anything to cross the finish line. How far will you go?


Monday -  June 7, 1999

Firingsquad Review - Cali @1:53am EDT

Thresh's Firingsquad has a review of Star Wars Racer. It's packed with almost 50 screenshots of the game. Here is something Calbear had to say concerning the game:

Looks like the Lucas Arts team has once again fallen victim to the "What a great license, we don't need to work on this game" syndrome. Not a bad game, but not a great one either.

Gamespot UK Review - Cali @1:49am EDT

Gamespot UK have a review of PodRacer. Here is an excerpt:

You can take the part of a number of different characters, including Anakin Skywalker, the young Darth Vader. Each has a different racer. There are also additional, incidental characters scattered throughout the game, not only during the races but in the cantina that serves as the central hub of the game, down to the vehicle parts shop and the repair bay.

SW Racer N64 Guide? - Cali @1:34am EDT

Kevin 'Rifter' Rank from Planet Starsiege sent word about this month's Expert Gamer Magazine having a guide for SW Racer for the N64. Here are some details:

As far as I can tell, the tracks are identical on the PC version, so the magazine works great. This is the June 1999 issue. They did leave out one really nice shortcut on the Boonta Classic.  A little bit after the start, there is a rock wall on the right. If you go along that wall, you will find a small opening. Blast up that opening at full speed, and you will jump back onto the race track, and shave several seconds off your race time. Another pretty key shortcut that came from the magazine is on the Ando Prime tracks. Just past the start/finish lines on the left side, you will see some red and yellow tents. After the first lap, you will notice one has an opening. If you blow through it, you in a secret tunnel that goes through the mountain.

Speedy 3d Review - Cali @1:19am EDT

Speedy3d has a Star Wars Episode 1 Racer Review. It talks about all the good and bad points in the game. They give the game an overall score of 8.9/10. Here is an excerpt:

The graphics are smooth, the gameplay is addictive, and the controls are very innovative, key elements in a great game. The only things that kept this game from getting perfect scores all across was the slight clipping (extreme in some tracks), and AI that knows the track too well, plus missing Internet play really take away from the game. Either way I will recommend this game to anybody that likes starwars, and/or racing games.

Two Podracer Sites - Cali @1:12am EDT

Two Podracer sites have been released on the net

  • Slightly Racing SW Racer Site: This site consists of News, Files, Links, Shots, Cheats and chat.

  • Pod Pit: This site consists of News, Files, Links, Storlyine, The Pods, Racer Stats, N64 Racer and PC Information.

Sunday -  June 6, 1999

Podracer Suggestions & Tips - Cali @9:01pm EDT

Here is a tip from Marcus Seevers on what to do after you unlock the Bullseye Navior:

After you unlock Bullseye Navior. Use him for all of the next races. Don't use any of your money from the races before and save for his pod. I beat the game in 3 1/2 hours. I love it. 

Here is a tricky tip from Trendkill about the Junkyard:

If you go to the junkyard and don't find what you are looking for, just go back to the change pods and select any pod (including the one you are using now).  Now when you go back to the junkyard it will have all new parts. Just repeat as many times as you want until they have the part you need.

Here is Player Taunt tip from MarMax:

If you hold the Z button while selecting "start race" you will see you and another pod racer insulting each other.

Here is a suggestion from Aaron:

I saw that the only way you can play Pod Racer for the PC is through a Network/IPX. Well, many people on AOL, or any other server for that matter don't have a local area network. It came to my attention that the Microsoft Internet gaming zone has an "IPX room" if you may, that allows you to play networks games with other people. However, I have not tried playing it.  Some games do not work on the zone IPX. Correct me if I'm wrong about this, just thought it might be a helpful tidbit for star war PC gamers like me. 

Here is a suggestion from Toast about backtracking:

Take your time on the advanced tracks to check out the short cuts, it's the only way to win. Backtracking is confusing, but sometimes it's easier to spot a short cut reentering the main track than to see where it branches.

For future references, we have add these tips to our strategy section.

Saturday -   June 5, 1999

SW Game Giveaway - Cali @10:24pm EDT

Evil Avatar.com will be giving away Not One, Not Two, But Three Star Wars Arcade Action games!

  • SW Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode 1: Racer
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron

No fancy Jedi Mind tricks are necessary to get into the contest. Just head on over to the Star Wars Episode 1 Game Give-Away page and post information.

Monolithic Illusions Review- Cali @7:46pm EDT

Monolithic Illusions has a review of Episode 1: Racer. Here is an excerpt:

The podracers could have had higher polygon counts; but they are very detailed, each with a unique paint-job. Sebulba's racer even has a flamejet that you can use against other players, once you get his podracer. At the beginning, you start off with only a few podracers to choose from. You get new podracers by beating the boss in each level.

Friday -   June 4, 1999  

Utopian Minds Review - Cali @11:19pm EDT

Jesse over at Utopian Minds has news about a review of the Nintendo 64 version of Star Wars: Racer. They give the game an overall score of 8. Here is an excerpt:

SW: Racer is a healthy addition to the overloaded racing library on N64. It does what it wants to do correctly. It isn`t F-Zero, it isn`t Wipeout, and it isn`t Ridge Racer, but that`s OK. It`s not supposed to be.


Thursday -   June 3, 1999  

Evil Avatar Review - Cali @9:38pm EDT
Evil Avatar.com has a review of Episode 1 Racer. Here is a clip:

A racing game of course just screams for multiplayer, but, thanks again to the severe consolitis Racer suffers from, the only option is for LAN play. I’d really like to slap a knot on the head(s) of whoever decided to cripple the game this way. How many people who buy this game happen to have a LAN to play on whenever they’re hungry for multiplayer? I don’t, so I can’t really judge the game in multiplayer, but I’d venture to say that if they’d done this PC version of the game the way they should have, it would have been sweet. As it is, though, I’ll have to cut some major points off for one of the most idiotic, grossest oversights in a game I’ve seen all year.  Score - 3 Stars

Wednesday -  June 2, 1999

-Teaser Video- Cali @7:22pm EDT

Jos-Br Rogad has sent news that Lucasarts has released a teaser video (6.21MB) for Episode 1 Racer. The video is about 1 minute long. Please make sure you download Quicktime to view this video.

-More Podracer Tips- Cali @6:57pm EDT

Michael Pama sent a tip for when you are racing Sebulba on Tatoonie.

When racing Sebulba on Tatoonie pass him on the left hand side of his racer because when he flashes his vents it comes out on the right hand side.

Here are some comments from Roky concerning some tips posted last Monday.

About Damned Man's Tip #2: you can upgrade any pod you want, just don't race in the stinky pods. In single player, the upgrade level and damage level for all equipment in all pods are equal.  This doesn't mean they perform exactly the same; they just have the same equipment in the same condition. FWIW, I have the Win9x version not N64.

  1. Always race "winner take all," and uh ... always win.

  2. Buy repair droids as early as possible.

  3. Buy all major upgrades from the junkyard.  The money you save will be your own.

  4. Replace a good part with a broken version of the same thing in the junkyard.  That may sound like stupid advice, but you get a lot of money sometimes and it's only a minor setback.  If you race clean, the part will be repaired within a race or two.  Same part, more money.

Here is another comment, this time from TarLung concerning his tips posted last Monday.

I read Damned Man's Racer tips and I thought I'd let you know that in the PC version, your upgraded parts automatically transfer from racer to racer whenever you switch.  I think it's the same in the N64 version, but I'm not sure I haven't played it much.

-PodRacer Top 10!- Cali @5:56pm EDT

TheForce.net reports GameWEEK has announced their June Top Ten. As predicted by GameWEEK Magazine editors over two months ago, Star Wars: Episode One Racer, for Nintendo 64 by Nintendo took over the top spot in Video Gamers' lives this month, just as the movie itself did at the box office.

"I don't think there was ever a question as to who would be number one this month," said Andy Eddy, West Coast Editor of GameWEEK Magazine. "This was just the month of 'Star Wars.'

-Latest Podracer Reviews- Cali @10:17pm EDT

Nintendojo has a review of Lucasarts' Star Wars Episode 1: Racer. Here is an excerpt:

What Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer does perfectly is emulate the scene of the movie it is modeled around. The pods are well designed and resemble those found in the film to a tee, which is exactly how it should be. With the RAM Expansion Pak everything is crisp, clear, and well defined. The detail is right on par with the likes of Turok 2, if not better, and the use of color is overwhelming on certain stages. Even when the game is flowing at breakneck speeds the imagery stays tight and the graphical extras (lens flare, transparencies, etc.) never look lame.

Here is a quick rundown on the latest review:


Tuesday, June 1, 1999

-History of SW Games- Cali @6:06pm EDT

Jediknight.net has news that Gamespot has released an excellent article on the History of Star Wars games has been released. They talk about X-Wing, Rebel Assault, TIE Fighter, Dark Forces, Rebel Assault II- The Hidden Empire, Yoda Stories, Shadows of the Empire, Star Wars Rebellion, X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter, Jedi Knight, Rogue Squadron, X-Wing Alliance, Star Wars- Episode I Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode I- Racer, Star Wars Episode I: Obi-Wan and Force Commander. An article entitled "Is this the end of classic Star Wars games" is also included. Here is the direct link to the Star Wars Episode I: Racer article.

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