Star Wars Super Bombad Racing
Game Info
Playstation 2
Lucas Learning, Ltd.
Kart Racing
ESRB Rating
The Good

• Quick and easy to pick up
• Great for multiplayer sessions
• Translation to "cute" characters well done

The Bad

• Power-ups are mostly ineffective
• Long loading times
• Races are easy to beat


Never has one word been used overtly and continuously throughout a piece, be it a movie, cartoon or game, since the Smurfs abused the word "Smurf" to describe everything that needed an adjective. This word is "Bombad", the term coined by JarJar Binks in Star Wars: Episode One, which supposedly means awesome or bad (as in -to-the-bone). But enough about this.

Super Bombad Racing is a kart racer, fashioned after such successful games like Mario Kart and Crash Team Racing. Most of your favorite characters (and JarJar) have been superdeformed (big heads, little bodies) and placed in various hovercrafts so that players can race around Star Wars themed tracks. Along each of the tracks are scattered rows of power-ups and alternate means to go from start to end. Also included is an Arena Mode and multiplayer modes for up to four players.

While not startlingly detailed, Bombad Racing is consistent. The characters are well modeled and are carefully crafted to not be as cheesy as some kart games have been. Even more serious characters, like Darth Maul and Obi-Wan, have been handled well. The courses look decent and the game runs at a fairly good rate, slowing down some in multiplayer mode or when there are a lot of racers on screen. The real problem with the graphics is the apparent lack of detail. Most items are blocky and underdetailed. This leaves Bombad Racing looking like a cross between Mario Kart and Legos.

Loose and easy. That's really all that needs to be said. For the most part, the controls are very loose. Unless you perform a "Bombad Turn", most of your corners will be taken wide. But, then again, the "Bombad Turn" is really the only time you'll actually use the Brake/Reverse button in this game. With so many things to run into on the courses, it's not very often that a player will get up to a decent speed and feel like they're racing. But, these limitations don't keep the player from winning. Often, most tracks can be beaten in a few tries. Sitting down for one night can unlock most, if not all of the tracks. While there may be multiple ways to get through a certain track, once you find a way to beat the race, you'll most likely not want to explore.

Also, loading times are a bit much. I can understand if the player just started a track anew, but if you want to restart a race, it's the same length of time. There is no difference in loading time from starting out cold and racing a circuit to restarting a track. Just under half of the player's time will be spent in loading screens.

What this game comes down to is that this is a decent game for younger players and is fun for casual gamers who want a party-type game. If you enjoyed Mario Kart, this has the same feel behind if. While much better than most Star Wars games, it still has too short of a shelf-life for single players who want to race more than 9 tracks over and over again.

- - Vane

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