Join three heroic starfighter pilots in harrowing deep space and planetary missions to save the planet of Naboo. Rookie Naboo pilot Rhys Dallows, mercenary Vana Sage and alien pirate Nym form an unlikely alliance as they join together against an unexpected assault on the peaceful planet.
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Release Date: Jan 21, 2002

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Join three heroic starfighter pilots in harrowing deep space and planetary missions to save the planet of Naboo. Rookie Naboo pilot Rhys Dallows, mercenary Vana Sage and alien pirate Nym form an unlikely alliance as they join together against an unexpected assault on the peaceful planet.
  • Pilot three unique starfighters: the sleek Naboo starfighter, nimble Guardian Mantis and lethal Havoc.
  • Engage in over 14 challenging missions to save Naboo: deep space dogfights, attack runs, escort missions, and more.
  • Vast environments take you deep into Star Wars worlds: from enormous open plains of Naboo to the furthest reaches of space to the interior corridors of the Droid Control Ship.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 2000, XP or Vista
    • Processor: 350 MHz Pentium II, Athlon class, or equivalent CPU
    • Memory: 64 MB RAM Required. 128 MB RAM Required for Windows 2000 and XP.
    • Graphics: 16 MB DirectX 8 compatible PCI or AGP video card
    • DirectX®: DirectX 8.0 or greater
    • Hard Drive: 620 MB
    • Sound: 16-bit
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67 of 75 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2014
It's not the best Star Wars title out there, but it is one that hits me at heart. I use to play this on the PS2 when I was younger, and it was the FIRST PS2 game I ever owned. Nostalgia hit me hard when I saw Steam had this and had no choice but to by and play. I don't regret it. It's a game I have had a lot of fin playing, and the only thing that could make it better is if Jedi Starfighter became available.

Basic concept of the game you play in three different ships running through various missions during the timeline of just before and during Episode I: The Pahntom Menace. You can win fairly easily, combat is okay but ONLY if you have a controller or joystick. It's difficult to manuever your hand as the game asks you to, since rolling left and right to keep yourself straight is the E and Q keys. Either have something on standby, or change the config before you tear your hair out trying to play the game.

I'd rank the game on a personal level of a 6 or 7. It's fun if you don't mind spending the money, just don't expect endless hours of replay value, maybe just a small handful. Still a decent game in my opinion for fans of flight simulators and or Star Wars.
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220 of 306 people (72%) found this review helpful
523 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 30, 2015
The controls are cancer. You can't change them. Flying is harder than it should be.

And I'd know, I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home.
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50 of 57 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2015
People did not like The Phantom Menace much, so this game was already at a disadvantage as it came out.
Combine that with clunky controls that are hard to set up to work halfway intuitively. My play sessions consisted of a single mission, maybe two, at a time and every time I started up the game I rebound the keys ever so slightly to make them slightly better for me.
By the time the final mission rolled around I was finally pleased with how it felt, and the game was entirely enjoyable.

The plot isn't anything special, but it's sufficiently seeped in Star Wars lore that it was entertaining for me. It features a cast of three new characters experiencing the invasion of Naboo and getting caught up in the conflict. Missions are split up about 50/50 between planetary battles and space battles, but you are always in one of the three titular Starfighters. Each character has his/her own ship, which controls slightly differently and has different secondary weapons and looks.

It's not the huge budget movie tie-in you might be used to, but those also tend to be very bad.
If you're patient enough to jump in and out to tweak the controls to work for you and have some fondness for Star Wars that at least somewhat extends to the prequel trilogy this might be a fun title to pick up.
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35 of 38 people (92%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
READ ME: How to rebind the buttons!

Everyone that say you can't rebind the buttons in this game are wrong, but you can't rebind the buttons in-game, instead you have to do it in the "pre-loader"-thingy.

When you click on the icon to start the game it brings up a Small selection screen,

Instead choose:
Options --> Configuration Options --> (wait) --> Select tab: Keyboard
Now you just have to click in the desired field and then press the button you want, you can clear the field with Alt+Del.

Pro tip:
#1: Abandon all thoughts on using the mouse! (you can do it but it's crap).
#2: Don't rebind all buttons to around WASD, (flying a Naboo N-1 Starfighter is a job for 2 hands!).
#3: Don't use: WASD, instead use: ESDF it allows for more "secondary buttons" around your fingers.
#4: If you have a numpad I suggest you use that for the other hand.
#5: While you are in the options menu you can also change the resolution to fit your screen.
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Are you looking for an arcade-y space combat game? Then yes, play this. In a world where space combat sims grew on trees, I might say this game was too mediocre to recommend, but in a world where this genre has been in hibernation for a decade, and Rogue Squadron doesn't work on any computer newer than Windows 98, it's hard to pass this one up.

You get to fly three different ships. One is a bomber, in which you'll do a lot of airstrikes and ground based targets. One is a dogfighting specialist, with totally awesome and totally OP homings lasers. The last is the N-1 as seen in Episode 1, a powerful all around fighter.

Mechanically, the game is solid, with one exception: the ridiculous camera shake whenever you get hit by anything. Which makes it almost impossible to react meaningfully if you're ever under attack, so you usually take several more hits as a consequence.

The game's biggest issues come from level design, though. Some missions are straightforward and fun. However sometimes the difficulty ramps up for what usually feels like ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t reasons, in most cases an over-abundance of tanks or turrets that are way too accurate, do way too much damage, and make your camera shake like a maraca. And then there are friendlies you have to escort that have no interest in their own survival. There's one mission towards the end that starts out positively frantic, then you spend the rest of the mission boredly waiting for NPCs slowly move down a path. Basically, the mission design is totally inconsistent in terms of fun and the difficulty curve is whack, which is a shame because you end up spending more time retrying the frustrating bits than you do enjoying the fun parts.

The story is shoddy, but serviceable. It's not well developed, and the dialog is lacking, but you can tell what they were going for, and it doesn't get in the way. Some parts rely on the movie to fill in what would be huge gaps. And yes, the plot is focused largely on the invasion of Naboo, so if you can't handle the stink of Episode 1, then don't bother, but that really shouldn't be the reason to avoid this game.

There are also some unlockable bonus missions, and mission medals to earn if you want more from the game. It's just the right amount of extras, IMO.

The graphics show their age, but there's nothing to complain about.

Like most games in this genre, you really want a joystick, but a console controller will do. Mouse and keyboard will NOT. Note: You can't rebind keys or change other options from in the game, but you can do it from the Windows game launcher that opens before the actual game starts up. Which is kind of annoying.

This review probably sounds pretty negative, but overall the game is fun. There's just not much to say about it aside from the complaints. You fly a spaceship and blow up other spaceships, what more do you want?
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29 of 34 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
I've been wanting to play this again for quite some time and found it on Steam for dirt cheap. All in all, gameplay runs good, XBOX controller works great, flying is a breeze, just as I remember from back in the day. Some people might call the graphics a bit dated, so what? They hold up quite well and Its still one of the best space flght battlers ever IMO.

There is one major problem though, a lot of people are getting this annoying as hell screen flickering during the opening logos as well as during the cinematic cutscenes. The rest of the game is good, no flickering during actual gameplay or minor cutscenes. I'm on Windows 10 Home 64bit and I've tried everything to to take out the flickering. I've done Compatibilty Mode for every system, I've looked to the forums but got more questions than answers, searched for patches, there are none. I can still play the game just fine, and maybe I'm nitpicking a bit, but it would be great if someone could figure this mess out. Still 8\10 from me.
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37 of 49 people (76%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
25.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 13, 2015
The game's basic premise is: Shoot spaceships. Don't crash into the ground. Don't let people shoot you.

graphics aren't the best but it's a fun game to pass time.

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50 of 73 people (68%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 25, 2015
I hate not reccomending this, as I used to love this game more than I did Starfox back in the day.

There is nothing wrong with the's still the same awesome console game...but this is a very lazy port from a console to PC. the lack of being able to change controls, and whatever the heck is wrong with the intro and cutscenes is what makes the game a letdown.

I couldn't fix whatever causes my PC to shudder during cutscenes and I'm guessing its because the game is old...though I can load other older games just fine. I'll just blame that on George Lucas I guess. There's also a few fixes that may/may not work on inverting the axis and changing controls. Look to the forums for those fixes and best of luck.

I got the game in a bundle so I can't gripe too much. I can't play it, but it wasn't why I bought the bundle, so nothing lost, nothing gained. However I can't reccomend this to people planning to pay for it and play it, because they probably won't get the experience they were hoping for.
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56 of 85 people (66%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2013
Its fun. But not really a game you would play for a long period of time.

I remember playing this on PS2 years and years back xD

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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2014
An arcade space shooter set in the prequel universe, specifically around the time of Episode 1. Gameplay is pretty fun with 3 different ships in various missions. Extra bonus goals help increase the longevity of the game's 15 missions and make it a real challenge.
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2.4 hrs
Posted: October 12
Pull out your joysticks for this one, and strap in. This seems to be a gem, if you come in without expectations.

Rogue Squadron it is not. But it's an arcade dogfighter which is decently entertaining. Sure, the voice acting sucks. Sure, I can't follow the storyline for any length of time. Sure, it only plays with good frame rates on one of my 3 computers, despite all of them being built post-2011 and this game being from the PS2 era.

Mouse controls are useless. Keyboard controls are almost useless and difficult to change. If you have a joystick, use it. It works and works well. But you might be stuck with the default bindings. No HOTAS support, though.

AI is pretty good. When they shoot at you, they'll hit at an acceptable rate, unless you're an ace at flying. In that case, it's easy to outpace them even on the most difficult settings. Weapons are standard for any arcade shooter. Nothing special, but a couple shots will take down the shields of just about everything, and a couple more will strip the hull.

I've gotten a good way through the game in the few hours I've played it on Steam. Maybe it'll get worse later, but for now I'm having a blast dropping droid fighters like they were hot.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 8
Good game completely ruined by horrible controls :(
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unknown Jedi sentinel
8.1 hrs
Posted: October 7
i originally played it for the xbox, when i was a kid, and i think this game is worth playing ever since.

what i liked about this game is the gameplay, the story, and the characters

so don't let the others decide how good this game is.
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1.5 hrs
Posted: October 2
Star Wars: Starfighter is an older SW game that revolves around three separate stories; a rookie hotshot Naboo starfighter pilot, a scavenger, and a former pirate. You play one of the three of their ships (different times for different parts of the story) and defeat the bad guys in dogfights in space or in planetary atmoshpheres.

The game is a bit dated and the story is passively interesting (for SW nerds, takes place before Ep. 1). The control scheme reflects this. No strafing, but their is a roll option, as well as braking and boosting (which I believe is unlimited, but you lose more control of your craft). Your lasers hit instantaneously, so targeting ahead of your enemy isn't necessary.

I'd reccommend it only if you like SW games and like older flight sim feels. There is a small learning curve with the control scheme, but I reccommend making two changes in the options screens: 1) change zoom in to R, roll left to Q, and roll right to E (default is zoom Q, roll right R, roll left E), and 2) bring up the mouse sensitivity (really bring it up, unless you are fine using the arrow keys to steer up, down, left, right). It makes it a bit closer to Star Conflict control scheme.

Probably most importantly, get it on sale. I wouldn't pay more than 6 bucks for it. Not that it isn't worth it, but the control scheme, dated flight sim, and niche SW flight sim appeal makes it a game only good for a few people. If you don't like the first 3 missions, you won't like the rest of the game.
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Jackey boy
19.7 hrs
Posted: September 24
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2.7 hrs
Posted: September 21
One of the worst Star Wars games. Horrible.
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2.9 hrs
Posted: September 18
This game is fun if you know how to enjoy it, I find this space simulation a fun to play dogfighter, the ship that I enjoy flying the most was Nym's bomber, this is the craft that made this game fun. I would say this game is sold at a reasonable price, better than $the price of 9.99 for such a fun game.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: September 7
For some reason the cut scenes were flashing so much that it hurt my eyes and I had to skip them.

The controls for keyboard and mouse are terrible. There is no built in support to reconfigure them. If for some reason you are determined to play it you can apparantly directly edit the config files.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: August 22
No... just no...
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35.0 hrs
Posted: August 13
An absolutely underrated gem of a Star Wars game. The voice acting especially is flawless. The controls do take a bit of setting up and getting used to but after a small amount of time and configuration you'll be aces. My only gripes is that the AI becomes predictable after several plays and once you have it figured out it loses much of it's difficulty. But good luck getting all Golds on Hard because you will need it.

PS. When you open the game menu don't hit Start Game, go to Options and then Configuration Options for controls. So ignore every part of any review that says 'controls can't be changed.'
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