||Star Wars Episode I
3D accelerator hardware required
Publisher: LucasArts Entertainment Company
ESRB Rating: Teen (Ages 13+) - Animated violence
90 from FamilyPC
The Adventure Begins
Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade
routes to outlying star systems is in dispute. The greedy Trade Federation has
stopped all shipping to the small planet of Naboo, hoping to resolve the matter
with a blockade of deadly battleships.
Live the saga. Take part in epic events from the Star Wars:
Episode I story - and beyond - while taking on the roles of Obi-Wan Kenobi,
Qui-Gon Jinn, Queen Amidala and Captain Panaka.
Unleash the powers of the Force to defeat Trade
Federation battle droids
hordes of opponents, including dangerous Tusken Raiders
wits and cunning to overcome puzzles and outsmart your foes
only a hand blaster or Jedi powers will suffice
the exotic locations of Episode I, including the mysterious Otah Gunga
side quests take you beyond the story from the film
with hundreds of creatures and characters from the Star Wars worlds
beautiful Naboo, wander the streets of Mos Espa, and journey through the
skylanes of Coruscant
Windows 95 or 98, 100% Windows 95/98 DirectX compatible computer, 200MHz
Pentium or faster, 32MB RAM, 4MB PCI or AGP Direct 3D graphics accelerator, 16
bit sound card, quad speed IDE or SCSI CD-ROM, 100% Windows 95/98 compatible
keyboard. Optional support for gamepads and joysticks. DirectX 6.1 is included
on the CD and must be installed before playing.
FamilyPC, September 1999
"The Phantom Menace isn't as exhilarating as Racer, but it puts
you into the virtual shoes of four key players from the movie: Obi-Wan Kenobi,
Qui-Gon Jinn, Queen Amidala, and Captain Panaka. You control the heroes'
movements (running, jumping, swimming, etc.) and weaponry (lightsabers, droid
stunners, and other gizmos) with cursor keys or a game controller. You switch
characters as you reach various checkpoints, and also during skirmishes on the
planets Naboo, Tatooine, and Coruscant.
"Though The Phantom Menace is based on
the film, you're not locked into a linear plot; you'll find plenty of side
quests that let you build skills and strategize your way to success. The
battles are fairly clean, and no blood or guts splatter on the screen. Still,
the object is to fight your way to victory by destroying battle droids, aliens,
and others. You can also select the difficulty level, so novices won't get
frustrated and experienced games won't be bored."
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