Star Wars: Episode I: Racer is a Racing Game created by LucasArts, released originally for the Nintendo 64 and later for PC, Apple Macintosh, Game Boy Color and Sega Dreamcast, based on the Podracing scene from The Phantom Menace.Anakin Skywalker, Sebulba and 21 other Podracers compete on over two dozen different courses in a tournament which culminates in the Boonta Eve Classic race on Tatooine featured in the movie. Racing at speeds in excess of 600 mph can strain a Podracer's engines, but they can be repaired in flight, and pit droids will make repairs between races. Vehicle upgrades can be bought at Watto's parts supply house.Sega adapted this game for arcades in 2000 as Star Wars: Racer Arcade. A sequel, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, was released in 2002 for the PlayStation 2.
Artistic License - Physics: While Podracers could hardly be called realistic in the first place, the idea of vehicles that float off the ground needing traction or losing speed over certain terrain, such as off-road plains, is a bit of a stretch.
Adaptational Badass / Lethal Joke Character: Ben Quadinaros, the guy with the four-engine pod that blew up at the beginning of the race in the movie. As might be expected from a pod with four engines, he's one of the fastest racers in the game, though not the most maneuverable.
Mawhonic, whose pod was smashed to pieces by Sebulba not even a minute into the movie's race, has a milder example of this, thanks in part to his great speed and good handling.
Ascended Extra: Most of the racers are taken straight from the podracing sequence of Phantom Menace, most of whom only got seconds of screentime at best.
Big "NO!": Anakin Skywalker lets out one of these whenever his podracer is destroyed.
Classic Cheat Code: For the Nintendo 64 version, holding down the Z button and using the L Button to set RRTANGENTABACUS as your file name gave you access to the debug menu when you paused. In this menu you could change things like your acceleration and top speed, invulnerability, enabling zero gravity on the whole track, and enabling an otherwise unavailable control scheme.
Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Crashing your podracer in the first game is not uncommon, but the game instantly respawns your pod seconds later, although this may cause some parts to be damaged or set you behind a few racers, not to mention it can hamper a time trial race. Revenge ultimately scrapped this mechanic by giving your pod a "health bar" of sorts that, when you deplete it, makes you crash and restart the race.
Easter Egg: The Hidden control scheme mentioned above uses two joysticks to simulate the arcade version's control scheme, which mimicked Anakin's double-lever set up from the film.
Excuse Plot: The first game doesn't even have a story, but the sequel has this, in that Sebulba is back after eight years for revenge, and Anakin of course has to take up his old pod again to beat him in a tournament; but other than the intro, it has no impact on the rest of the game.
Frictionless Ice: Ando Prime has a frictionless frozen lake, which is doubly weird since pod racers use anti-gravity to float.
Lethal Lava Land: Mon Gazza is a barren red hot planet full of spice mines, tunnels overlooking pools of molten lead, and giant digging machinery, but surprisingly little in the way of actual fire and lava. Some of the Baroonda courses ironically has more of this, most notably Fire Mountain Rally and The Inferno, all with the usual Convection Schmonvection.
Logo Joke: In Revenge, a podracer breaks the LucasArts Gold Man, who is then repaired by some pit droids.
Marathon Level: Several of the race courses are quite long, most notably Fire Mountain Rally.
Mordor: Malastare; in this game, it's represented as a barren, rocky wasteland with lots of toxic swamps and flying creatures.
Mythology Gag: The introductory music for Oovo IV sounds like an original sound cue, but it's actually a scrapped music cue from the intro of Empire Strikes Back.
Nintendo Hard: Racing any of the later races without upgrading your podracer will turn the game into this—especially in the Invitation Circuit. Let's just say if you don't learn how to get a good head start, spam the boost, or avoid crashing even once later on, the other racers will mop the floor with you.
Noob Cave: Boonta Training Course and Mon Gazza Speedway, especially the latter track—it's so short and flat, you can beat it in well under a minute, and easily overlap other racers!
Overdrive: The engines overheat and burst into flames if Boost Mode is not turned off before too long, which can result in your engines deteriorating. And unless you pay for the rather expensive repairs, you'll start the next race with a half-broken engine.