Star Wars Episode I: Racer is a racing video game based on the pod race featured in The Phantom Menace. The game features a variety of tracks spanning several different planets and includes all and more of the racers featured in the movie, including Teemto Pagalies, Dud Bolt, Mars Guo, Ben Quadinaros and more.
The following is a list of different playing modes featured in the game:
Tournament: The primary game mode. Race for money to buy parts or pit droids, and unlock new tracks, racers, and upgrades. You can't decide how hard the other racers are going on you.
Free Race: Allows you to practice any previously unlocked courses using any unlocked racer. However, you cannot earn money or unlock tracks and racers. You can, however, set the difficulty of your opponents.
Time Attack: The same as Free Race except you race against the clock constantly trying to improve your time. This mode is absent from the PC version in which, instead, the free play mode allows the player to set the number of computer opponents to 0.
2 Player: Race against another real player on any unlocked course. You can adjust the difficulty, number, and speed of the computer opponents.
Multiplayer: Race against other players on a local network on any unlocked course. The PC version uses the deprecated IPX protocol in order to accomplish this, while the Macintosh version uses the TCP/IP stack.