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Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace on the PC was developed and released to tie-in with the blockbuster film of the same name in 1999. Featuring a unique form of camera angle that is slightly over and above the character you control it's a refreshing change to the traditional forms of videogame. You control several characters from the film including Obi Wan and the Queen as you go through the events of the film (and some created especially for the game) to the eventual confrontation with Darth Maul.
Graphically this game is based on the PS1 version and looks reasonably good, although it could have been better considering this was made in 1999. The levels all resemble their movie counterparts well, although the characters could have been better detailed. They still resemble their characters though and the same attention to detail is the same for the background characters, especially in the Mos Espa level.
A lot of the music in the game comes from the soundtrack to the movie, which is no bad thing! The soundtrack is good and classic Star Wars. There are some new pieces created for the game itself, although the star as far as sound here is concerned is the voice acting. All of the characters sound like their movie counterparts and reflect their characters well. Jar Jar Binks sounds as annoying as ever, which shows their attention to detail!
The gameplay is varied although generally involves you defending yourself as you try to reach the end of the level; although some levels feature little or no fighting and involve investigation work of a sort as you try and find people or parts in the surrounding area. There are a diverse range of levels, although I have to give kudos to the Coruscant level. In this level made entirely for the game, Queen Amidala gets kidnapped while on her way to the Senate Chambers. As Captain Panaka, you have to scour the underground levels of the city and battle criminal scum until you find her and get her to her destination safe. It's one of the best levels to play due to its originality and well-designed puzzles. The skyscrapers are also a joy to look at! There are also a wide range of weapons to use from lightsabers to grenades to rocket launchers!
While not a great game, this game is actually rather fun to play and is more than a buy the numbers tie-in offering. While most movie tie-in games are a bit of a shambles, this one manages to be completed with its dignity still intact.
This Phantom Menace game was based on the first film released as part of the new trilogy of prequels to the original Star Wars films. I really used to enjoy playing it a lot as it involved good action sequences as well as interaction with other characters, trying to find items and navigate your way around various locations. I probably actually found more fun in playing this game than I did in watching the film it complimented.
During the action you were able to assume the role of famous figures in the Star Wars universe like Obi Wan Kenobi, Qui Gon Jinn and Jar Jar Binks. Using your mouse as well as some of the keys on your keyboard you could run and jump around and most importantly when playing as a Jedi have control of your light sabre which made the most satisfying sounds when turning on and then waving it through the air as you destroyed various battle droids. The soundtrack was great and the music differed depending on which planet you were visiting but definitely reflected the quality of the scores found in all Star Wars films, this added so much to the intensity of the gaming experience and made it particularly atmospheric.
The scenery looked great wherever you were whether that was on Tatooine, Naboo or in the underwater city where the Gungan population lived. It was not the most difficult game I have ever played and even if you died a few times you could persevere and keep trying until you completed the level and then move on to the next stage. I really am a fan of the Star Wars universe and so it was always exciting to get involved in the game and pretend to be a Jedi if only for a short while.
Haha, I remember this game, its old and a bit bland but it is ammusing to play, unfortunatly my copy seems to be broken but even if it still worked I wouldnt play it for now I know it by hearth, most fun was using a trainer I got from an equally nerdy friend wich made using cheats a lot easier since there are some limmits in place in this game if you just use cheats.
its linear, and some of the levels are anoying ( some ? I mean the gungan and coruscant levels ) but in its time it was good, developments in games mean that there are much better starwars games to be had though, instead of this you could get a Jedi Knight or Old Republic game and be better of whit more depth and more Jedi powers than this one, still loved turning the tables on those jawa's though, and the level on tatooine where you had to get parts for anakins podracer was the best.
This game remains one of my all-time favorites. It was buggy, every review I read was quite negative apart from the sound and if you were to judge it via normal standards (quality, longevity, playability, graphics etc.) this would merit 6 out of 10, at best.
I remember buying bags of potato chips merely to get "Star Wars Credits" that you could trade in for various SW-related items at a store; I was saving for a lava-lamp and when I finally had enough points, everyone had ran out of them. I was terribly disappointed, being a child, and the store lady gave me the demo of this game as a consolidation. We went home, I played that first level time and time again and at one point I knew the exact what, how and when of the dialogue. I got the full game for my birthday two months later, and I was just immersed by the atmosphere, to which the music contributed perfectly. I enjoyed slashing or shooting whatever enemy would enter the screen but mostly I enjoyed the sights and sounds that made up the atmosphere and general feel.
Rationally, this isn't anything special. Emotionally, this meant a lot to me because it was really the first thing that really got to me, that made me a part of a different world, as far as media goes.
Star Wars is a great game! The movie was wonderful, and the game just takes it further. It works together, although some things not mentioned in the movie, were in the game (isn't that so with every game that's based on a movie, though)! The graphics were excellent, and the plot was fantastic. You can interact with characters, and speak with them and stuff. For example, in the Tatooine town of Mos Espa, you can walk through a pile of dung (not literally, of course!) and hear all the resident's comments about your, er, uniquness. This is great value for money, and caused me hours of enjoyment. I couldn't keep off the computer, until I'd finished. Even after I'd finished, I re-played some of the old levels, and kept on loving them! If you're looking for a game that will keep you ejoyed for hours, and requires thinking, as well as just practice (unlike a shoot-'em-up games, such as Quake), this is for you.
The Phantom Menace is a game full of action, puzzles and overall fun. To help you on your way, I'm going to describe each level, and what the object of the level is. Level 1: The Trade Federation Battleship Level description: In this level you are Obi-Wan Kenobi. For some of the level, you are with Master Qui-Gon Jinn, but some of it is on your own. This level is mostly action, with a couple of puzzles. This level helps you get the hang of the controls and gives you your first look at the items and enemies you will encounter throughout the game. Object Of The Level: The object of this level is to kill quite a few droids and somehow get off the Battleship and head down towards the swamps of Naboo. Level 2: The Swamps Of Naboo Level Description: You are Obi-Wan again, and you start off on your own, but you encounter Jar-Jar-Binks along the way. This level is set in the watery swamps of Naboo, and there are quite a few Battle Droids around there.This level has a little bit of action, most of it coming right at the end, and there are quite a few puzzles. Object Of The Level: To find Jar-Jar-Binks, follow him and protect him. If he is killed then the game is over. Level 3: Otoh Gunga Level Description: You are Obi-Wan. Qui-Gon sends you to find and rescue Jar-Jar-Binks after talking to the Gungan leaders. Try not to kill any of the Gungans along the way if you can help it. To help you do this, talk to some of the Gungan civilians and some of them will open doors, and give you pass cards to get past security without any trouble. This game has little action, but a lot of puzzles and tricky frustrating tasks. Object Of The Level: To find and rescue Jar-Jar-Binks. Level 4: The Gardens Of Theed Level Description: You are Obi-Wan again. At first you are with Qui-Gon and Jar-Jar, but very early in the game you lose them. This level is set in the gardens of Theed, an
d it is full to the brim of laser-firing lightsaber swinging action. One of the harder levels, you may need to use quicksave quite alot, as you are likely to be killed at least a couple of times. There are hundreds of droids. There are Naboo guards around who will help you and give you information. Object Of The Game: To destroy many droids, and to try and reach the Queen's palace. Level 5: Escape From Naboo Level Description: You are Obi-Wan. Going to reach the Queen's ship, you and the Queen are cut off. Qui-Gon tells you to take another route. The Queen shows you where to go for the first part, but then you take over. You must protect the Queen, if she is killed, the game is over. Also, don't go too far ahead of her, otherwise the game is over. Also, don't block her way, or stand right next to her, otherwise she will say something like " You are stepping on my dress". You will need to scout ahead a little way a few times, otherwise she is likely to be killed. There are also a couple of extra little side missions to take part in. Object Of Level: To protect the Queen, and find the Queen's ship. Level 6: Mos Espa Level Description: You are Qui-Gon (hooray!) This level is set in the sandy world of Tatooine. You must find a dealer who will sell you a T-14 Hyperdrive Generator. But first you must find Anakin Skywalker, he will take you to Watto's shop. Watto won't accept Rebuclic Credits, so you must make a bet with him, but that comes in the next level. Anakin asks you to find 2 parts for his Podracer, and then you can bet Watto for the parts you need. Be careful, if you kill anyone then the whole town will come and hunt you down, including guards with huge axes. Also, look for two women near to Watto's shop and they will tell you that Jabba will lend you the money to bet on the Podrace. Agree to meet them. Object Of The Level: To find Anakin, and get two p
arts for his Podracer. Level 7: The Mos Espa Arena Level Description: You are Qui-Gon. You must meet up with one of the women, and she will take you to Jabba. For the money, you have to fight Jabba's champion. When you have the money, find Watto and make a bet with him. When you bet him, ask him to free Anakin as well. When you have done that, head to Anakin's Podracer, where someone steals his Ignition Capacitor. You'll need to get it back for him. Object Of The Level: To get the money off Jabba, make a bet with Watto and find Anakin's stolen part. Level 8: Encounter In The Desert Level Description: You are Qui-Gon. On your way back to the ship, you will be stopped by Darth Maul, and you will have to give him a Lightsaber duel until he runs off. He has blocked you off from the ship, so you must find a way to get to the ship. When you've done that, Darth Maul comes back, and he tries to destroy the Generator, stop him from doing that by either fighting him or force pushing him, otherwise, the game is over. Object Of the Level: To duel Darth Maul, and stop him from destroying the Generator. Level 9: Coruscant Level Description: You are Captain Panaka. This level is set in the busy planet of Coruscant. The baddies are just criminals, trying to kill you and trying to capture the Queen. There are annoying Hover Canons. Later on in the game, the Queen will be captured and it takes cleverness and boldness to get her back. You go down to the bad part of Coruscant, where people are mean. I would be nice to them, otherwise they'll try to kill you. When you've got the Queen, you must fight a Coruscant Mercenary. Object Of The Level: Get the Queen back , and try to find Senator Palpatine. Level 10: Assault On Naboo Level Description: On this game you will swap between Obi-Wan and Queen Amidala. As Obi-Wan, you and Qui-Gon will fight Darth Ma
ul, and as the Queen, you will have to go through lots of droids to try and find the Trade Federation Viceroy. As Obi-Wan, you are cut off from the fight at the end of the level, and as the Queen you won't find the Viceroy until the next level, so just keep going forward. An action level. The Object Of The Level: To fight Darth Maul, and get closer to finding the Trade Federation Viceroy. Level 11: The Final Battle Level Description: Again you swap between the Queen and Obi-Wan. This is the last level. As Obi-Wan you must get back to the fight, by going through droids, puzzles and you will need to use your skills at the controls at one point in the level. As the Queen you have to find the Trade Federation Viceroy. This level is my favourite, it has everything. Action, puzzles and the final lightsaber duel with Darth Maul. Although, you can just force push him into the melting pit. Object Of The Level: To find the Trade Federation Viceroy, and find and destroy Darth Maul. This game is one of the best I've ever played, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks for reading, Gonda.