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"The adventure begins"
―Tagline[src]

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace is an action-adventure game released by LucasArts in 1999, coinciding with the release of the movie.

Visually, the gameplay is similar to 3rd-person "over the head" view games, but actions such as jumping, climbing, or pushing objects are very limited, relying mostly on interaction and riddles. The player at separate times controls Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, and Captain Quarsh Panaka. The game also offers a variety of weapons and slightly different expansion of the same movie storyline and is rather similar to the 2005 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith video game.

Opening crawlEdit

The game has two opening crawls. The first is identical to that of the movie:

Episode I
THE PHANTOM MENACE
Turmoil has engulfed the
Galactic Republic. The taxation
of trade routes to outlying star
systems is in dispute.

Hoping to resolve the matter
with a blockade of deadly
battleships, the greedy Trade
Federation has stopped all
shipping to the small planet
of Naboo.

While the congress of the
Republic endlessly debates
this alarming chain of events,
the Supreme Chancellor has
secretly dispatched two Jedi
Knights, the guardians of
peace and justice in the
galaxy, to settle the conflict....

The second crawl appears after Level IX, following Palpatine's proposal to call for a vote of no confidence in Chancellor Valorum :

Queen Amidala's pleas to the
Republic Senate have been in
vain. Although Supreme 
Chancellor Valorum has been 
removed from office, and
Senator Palpatine is poised
to replace him, the Senate
can take no action against
the Trade Federation.
Frustrated, the Queen has
decided to return to her
planet.

The Jedi Council, meanwhile,
has denied Qui-Gon's request
to train young Anakin. While
the boy's future remains
uncertain, he has joined the 
Jedi as they escort the Queen 
to Naboo.

Having convinced the Gungans
to aid her people, Queen 
Amidala and her loyal followers
plan to infiltrate the Theed
palace, where they hope to capture
the Trade Federation
Viceroy and bring an end to
the conflict....

PlotEdit

The plot closely follows that of the movie, although it expands on some minor events that could have been silenced or cut from the movie, or shows them from a different character's point of view. For example, it follows Amidala's 'adventures' on Coruscant during Anakin Skywalker's interview in the Jedi Temple, something that is never shown or mentioned in the movie.

There are also some apparent inconsistencies or contradictions to the storyline, in order to generate a new narrative. These include, unlike the movie, Jar Jar Binks being imprisoned on his return to Otoh Gunga and the player has to rescue him to continue the adventure.


Once Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi escape a trap by the Trade Federation, they start roaming the Saak'ak ship in order to reach the hangar and escape. Their way is blocked by battle droids, however. The player controlling Obi-Wan reaches the hangar to see their ambassadorial ship, Radiant VII, be destroyed.

The two Jedi escape to the surface of Naboo but are separated. Qui-Gon finds a native, Jar Jar Binks who later finds Obi-Wan. When the three are reunited, Jar Jar leads them to Otoh Gunga. On their arrival, however, they realize that Jar Jar had been exiled and since he returned, he is imprisoned. Obi-Wan frees him and they leave together in order to reach Theed with a Bongo.

In Theed, they find out that the streets are roamed by battle droids. They reach the Queen Padmé Amidala but then an explosion separates Obi-Wan and Amidala from the rest of the forces and it's up to him to protect her while reaching the hangar. The team finally reunites and the ship leaves the planet.

Due to a hyperdrive problem, the ship lands on Tatooine. Qui-Gon with Padmé go to Mos Espa in order to find a replacement. There he meets with a boy slave, Anakin Skywalker, who is preparing his podracer for the next day and needs Qui-Gon's help to find machine parts that will fix it. During his stay in Mos Espa, Qui-Gon breaks into Neg's apartment in order to save an Ithorian hostage and named Tomo, whom Neg had taken as a slave boy. Jinn also saves the merchant Vek Drow from an attack. He is rewarded with machine parts that he trades for the parts he needs for Anakin's podracer.

JabbaChamp

Jabba as seen in game, with his Interpreter, and the corpse of his champion in the pit below.

On the day of the race, Ann Gella lures Qui-Gon into an arena where Jabba the Hutt forces him to battle his champion. Qui-Gon wins and is given 50 Peggats to use in a bet with Watto where Qui-Gon hopes to win Anakin's freedom and the hyperdrive he needs.

In the arena lounge before the race, a professional hit man named Jym Lang had been hired by Jabba to assassinate the unsuspecting, half-drunken Teemto Pagalies in the betting room. However, Lang is manipulated against committing the murder by Qui-Gon's mind trick.

Shortly before the race, a thief steals a part from Anakin's racer and gives it to a scavenger, but Qui-Gon finds him and claims it back. Finally Anakin wins the race and the company leaves the planet for Coruscant.

However, while nearing the ship, Qui-Gon is assaulted by a mysterious Sith-like figure, but he manages to survive and escapes on the ship.

On Coruscant, the two Jedi escort Anakin to the Jedi Temple to be interviewed by the Jedi Council. Captain Panaka and Amidala are to be escorted to Senator Palpatine, however, mercenaries hired by the Trade Federation kidnap the Queen, who is taken captive in the Coruscant underworld. Panaka rescues her and they successfully reach Palpatine.

After addressing the Senate, Amidala returns to Naboo with Panaka and the two Jedi. There, they fight to retake the planet. Queen Amidala fights her way against droids towards the palace where she, Panaka and other soldiers enter the building and begin their search for Nute Gunray.

Meanwhile, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn are fighting Darth Maul, during which the two Jedi get separated.

Captain Panaka and the Queen find and arrest Nute Gunray, but not before being attacked by numerous battle droids and finding security keys to help them search the palace.

Obi-Wan find himself away from Qui-Gon Jinn and Darth Maul, only being able to observe the battle from a distance in the Theed Generator Complex. He fights his way through the Trade Federation defenses who are guarding the reactor core. The Padawan must rely on his dexterity to jump from platform to platform until he reaches the duel. Qui-Gon gets stabbed in the chest shortly after Obi-Wan manages to catch up. Kenobi now must face Darth Maul alone. He manages to defeat the Sith Lord and exchanges some last words with his fatally injured master. Kenobi promises Qui-Gon Jinn to train Anakin. Shortly thereafter, Qui-Gon dies.

LevelsEdit

AppearancesEdit

By type 
Characters Creatures Droid models Events Locations
Organizations and titles Sentient species Vehicles and vessels Weapons and technology Miscellanea

Characters

Creatures

Droid models

Events

Locations

Organizations and titles

Sentient species

Vehicles and vessels

Weapons and technology

Miscellanea


Cover galleryEdit

This is a gallery of the different cover variations of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

PCEdit

PlayStationEdit

Voice castEdit

Alternative optionsEdit

"Try me!"
―Obi-Wan Kenobi, before killing a room of Gungan guards[src]

In various levels of the game, the characters can commit vast amounts of evil actions without restarting the game level, and without making the characters orient any more toward the dark side. Such options are:

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi can destroy TC-14, along with other harmless droids and unarmed personnel on the Trade Federation ship.
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi can massacre almost the entire population of Otoh Gunga, including females and children (but not Boss Nass, Jar Jar, or any of the other bosses.).
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi can kill allied soldiers and civilian men, women, and children in Theed.
  • Qui-Gon Jinn can kill most of the civilians in Mos Espa. This includes men, women (even Anakin's mother), and children (except Anakin).
  • Qui-Gon can briefly flirt with Ann Gella and Tann Gella in Mos Espa.
  • Qui-Gon can kill all of Jabba's court except for Jabba himself. If he uses force push enough times on Jabba's Interpreter Qui Gon can kill him without killing Jabba.
  • Panaka can shoot anyone (except Amidala) and anything he wishes on Coruscant, taking their items instead of trading for them. He can also kill the protocol droid at the entrance to the city tours to avoid having to give her Republic Credits.
  • Padmé Amidala can kill her own guards (except Panaka) and civilians. She can also shoot down Nute Gunray instead of capturing him.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Mace Windu was at one point meant to be a playable character and players originally were intended to be able to drive an AAT-1 and a STAP-1 in the game, but these options did not make the final cut. A side quest involving Klatooine paddy frogs was cut from the final game, as were the related characters Jabba's porter and Jira. An entire planned level of the game driving the tribubble bongo in the Planet Core also did not make the final cut; neither did a conceived Gungan Battle level starring Roos Tarpals.
  • Most NPCs in the game will either hold a dialogue with the PC or refuse to. Mat Rags is the only NPC who is programmed to make a random decision on whether or not he will.
  • Due to an in-game bug, Qui-Gon can kill Maul on Tatooine. Interestingly, this will result in the player failing the mission, although on rare occasions this may not happen, and if Qui-Gon returns to Mos Espa's entrance, the guards will attack him for killing someone.
  • The only characters voiced by the same actors as in the films are Watto, Anakin Skywalker, and Jar Jar Binks.
  • For reasons unexplained, Skywalker Ranch insisted Gamorrean guards on Tatooine be cut from the game. They were replaced with an as-yet unnamed gray-skinned species, to which the Scavenger belongs.
  • Some NPCs were designed to look like Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, David Bowie, and Sean Connery. Gillian Anderson and David Bowie inspired the appearance of tourists on Coruscant. Sean Connery inspired the appearance of a Naboo prisoner in Theed. David Duchovny inspired the appearance of a hobo in the Restricted Area of Coruscant.
  • Several events and quotes of the game mimic the original trilogy, particularly in the Tatooine levels. For example, several thugs in Mos Espa claim that they have a death sentence in five systems, much like Cornelius Evazan. A Jawa sandcrawler can be found in Mos Espa Arena, its inhabitants killed by Tusken Raiders. The bar in the Mos Espa Arena is similar to Mos Eisley Cantina and a character almost identical to Max Rebo is playing in the bar. The track "Attack of the Sandpeople" plays when attacked by Sand People. Also on Naboo when you have to push a stump into a pit the track "The Magic Tree" plays when in the Swamp mirroring Dagobah.


Critical ReceptionEdit

Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace received generally mixed to positive reviews, and was praised for its graphics, exploration, action and sound. However, the game was criticised for its simple gameplay controls and camera angle which provided a short field of view. The PC version holds an aggregate score of 63.35% and 56.42% for the PlayStation version at Game Rankings. The PC version has slightly better and detailed graphics in comparison to the PlayStation version.

BibliographyEdit

External linksEdit

Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
Books
Full adaptations
Book-and-record · Junior novelization · Mighty Chronicles · Movie Storybook · Novel
Partial adaptations
Journal: Anakin Skywalker · Darth Maul · Queen Amidala
Episode I Adventures: 13: Danger on Naboo (Game Book) · 14: Podrace to Freedom (Game Book) · 15: The Final Battle (Game Book)
Adventures: 11: Danger on Naboo (Game Book) · 12: Podrace to Freedom (Game Book)
Anakin's Pit Droid · Anakin Skywalker · Anakin's Race for Freedom · Dangers of the Core · Darth Maul's Revenge · Droid to the Rescue · Droids Everywhere! · General Jar Jar · Gungan Trouble! · Jar Jar Binks · Jar Jar's Mistake · Jedi Escape · Meet the Jedi High Council · Obi-Wan's Bongo Adventure · Podrace! · A Queen's Diary · Ready, Set, Podrace! · Save Naboo! · Sith Attack · Watch Out, Jar Jar!
Comics
Comic series: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · Trade paperback
Obi-Wan Kenobi · Queen Amidala · Qui-Gon Jinn · Anakin Skywalker · Trade paperback
Manga: 1 · 2
PhotoComic
Video games
Battle for Naboo · Jedi Power Battles · Obi-Wan · Obi-Wan's Adventures · Episode I: The Phantom Menace · Racer · Racer Arcade · Starfighter
Activity books
Battles to Color · Heroes and Villains Coloring Book · I Am a Droid · I Am a Jedi · I Am a Pilot · I Am a Queen · Micro-Vehicle Punch-Outs · Queen Amidala Paper Doll Book · The Ultimate Star Wars Episode I Sticker Book
Behind the scenes
The Art of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace · Illustrated Screenplay · The Making of Episode I The Phantom Menace · The Official Souvenir Magazine · Script facsimile
Guide and reference books
Incredible Cross-Sections · Inside the Worlds of Star Wars: Episode I · Jedi Power Battles: Prima's Official Strategy Guide · Portfolio · Prima's Official Strategy Guide · Racer: Official Nintendo Player's Guide · Racer: Prima's Offical Strategy Guide · Secrets of the Sith · Scrapbook · Starfighter: Prima's Official Strategy Guide · The Visual Dictionary · Who's Who: A Pocket Guide to the Characters of The Phantom Menace · What's What
Other material and merchandise
Star Wars Customizable Card Game: Coruscant Limited · Tatooine Limited · Theed Palace Limited
Star Wars Trading Card Game: The Phantom Menace
Insider's Guide · Soundtrack · Toy line
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