The podracing game from 1999 is finally back on PC.
After 19 years, the classic podracing game Star Wars Episode 1: Racer has been re-released for PC on GOG.
Best known as an N64 game, the GOG version is functionally a port of the original PC version released in 1999 (not a remaster or remake) allowing it to run on modern operating systems. This is the first time people will actually be able to buy Racer since it came out on Dreamcast in 2000 — unless you manage to find a very old physical copy, of course.
As you can see in the video at the top of the page, Racer can run at 60fps and 1080p resolution, though playing the game at a 16×9 resolution does stretch it from its original 4×3 format. Its LAN multiplayer mode is also working in the GOG version, allowing up to eight players to race against each other as long as they are connected to the same network.
While the textures and text resolution certainly don’t hold up, the game has otherwise aged surprisingly well. However, players will need to use GOG Galaxy’s special video setting options to change the resolution to 16×9, and will also need to map buttons manually in order to use a controller.
Star Wars Episode 1: Racer is available right now for $10 on GOG.com, along with a whole bunch of other classic Star Wars games that are on sale leading up to May 4th.
Tom Marks is IGN’s PC Editor and pie maker. You can follow him on Twitter.