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Weapon 117
05-22-2008, 09:17 PM
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Atari/Atari 2600)


Based on the original Indiana Jones film, Raiders of the Lost Ark (http://movies.aol.com/movie/raiders-of-the-lost-ark/3348/main) lets you control a poorly detailed Indy (he looks more like a traveling salesman than an adventurer) through a number of stages as he seeks out the Ark of the Covenant. You whip snakes, confusingly collect items (half of which you have no idea how to use) and die a lot. The gameplay also requires the use of two bulky Atari 2600 controllers at once. Do yourself a favor and simply forget it exists.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Atari/arcade)


Atari fared much better with this Indiana Jones game, based on the second film. Indy works his way through multiple catacombs, fending off Mola Ram's followers while freeing children trapped in cages. The multi-tiered stage design is relatively cool and the mine cart stages, which move along at a rapid pace, are lots of fun. Just make sure you skip the horrible NES port it's almost as bad as having your heart ripped out of your chest.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (multiple developers/multiple consoles)


Four different Last Crusade (http://movies.aol.com/movie/indiana-jones-and-the-last-crusade/2401/main) games were released for multiple platforms. Lucasfilm Games created The Graphic Adventure for the PC, utilizing an engine similar to the Monkey Island games (with such functions as "look" and "talk"). Taito produced a simple platformer for the NES in 1991 featuring a variation of action and puzzle solving (one particular segment requires you to spell the word "Jehovah"). Ubisoft made an even worse NES adventure two years later, with horrible graphics and gameplay, and U.S. Gold released an awful platforming romp for the Genesis shortly thereafter, with bad controls and below-average visuals. Out of the four, The Graphic Adventure fares best. The others are dogs named Indiana.

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (LucasArts/PC)


Fate of Atlantis works in a similar manner to the Last Crusade Graphic Adventure, but has a few extra touches. Instead of using the same old format, you take one of three "paths". You can let a bad guy have it utilizing the Fists Path, you can call upon a beautiful female sidekick to help you solve puzzles with the Team Path, or you can use Indy's rugged cranium to solve puzzles on his own with the Wits Path. No matter which route you take, this original Indy property is rather fulfilling.

Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine (LucasArts/PC, Nintendo 64)


Another original game that did well for the Indy franchise, Infernal Machine has the crafty old archaeologist doing battle with Russians as they attempt to dig into the ruins of Babylon for an ancient treasure. Unlike Fate of Atlantis, however, this game takes a more traditional platforming route, allowing you to control Indy in real time while utilizing his whip, solving puzzles and paddling around in a rubber raft. The PC game is fun, and LucasArts later released an equally enjoyable Nintendo 64 edition, developed by Factor 5 (Lair, Rogue Squadron).

Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures (JVC/SNES)


Before Infernal Machine was released, Factor 5 created this Indiana Jones game for the SNES. Greatest Adventures spans all three movies, complete with still images and familiar themes. Players guide Indy through a number of platforming stages as he dodges deadly objects (including the infamous rolling boulder), beats down enemies and collects treasures. The game also includes vehicle levels, including a mine cart and a biplane. This Indy game is one of our favorites, mainly because it's just as much fun as Factor 5's SNES Star Wars games and we don't need to buy three of them to get the complete Indy experience.

Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb (LucasArts/Xbox, PlayStation 2)


The Collective did a surprisingly good job putting together Indy's debut on the PS2 and Xbox. This time around, the archaeologist searches for the legendary Chinese treasure, called the Heart of the Dragon while fending off trouble in a number of locales such as Prague and the jungles of Ceylon. Like Infernal Machine, the game focuses on platforming and puzzle solving, but features a better combat engine and improved visuals and sound. Since this game's release, The Collective has moved on to bigger and better things namely Silent Hill: Homecoming, due in September.

Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure (Williams/arcade)

Not to be outdone by Atari's arcade game, Data East produced a well-designed pinball game that arrived in arcades in 1993. The machine features several skill shots, sound samples (including the "whip crack"), and various modes spanning across events from all three films, such as Get the Idol and Tank Chase. This game's still making the rounds in older arcades, but if you can't find it, don't worry. Stern Pinball plans to release a new Indiana Jones pinball machine that should release sometime next month, complete with content from the Kingdom of the Crystal Skullmovie.

Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (LucasArts/various platforms)


The Lego Star Wars games did unbelievably well for LucasArts, so it shouldn't be a big surprise that 'it will return with another one of its hit licenses. Lego Indiana Jones plays very similarly to the Star Wars games. You control Indy (or a number of characters) across multiple levels, building objects, collecting treasure, beating enemies into blocky submission and avoiding danger. The game, which supports multiplayer for up to four players, arrives on Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii June 4th.

Indiana Jones (LucasArts/Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)


First introduced at E3 2006, this game features a number of impressive aspects, including real-time damage to in-game objects, a script supervised by George Lucas, outstanding visuals (the San Francisco fight stage looks great') and fun, action-packed gameplay. Indy can either use his fists to fend off bad guys or turn to his trusty whip and revolver to get the job done. Sadly, LucasArts has kept mum on the details', but we're guessing it'll show up when Crystal Skull (http://movies.aol.com/movie/indiana-jones-and-the-kingdom-of-the-crystal-skull/25440/main) hits DVD. Cross those fingers.

Source: http://www.gamedaily.com/articles/galleries/a-history-of-indiana-jones-video-games/

05-22-2008, 11:00 PM
Another Great Find by Weapon! Hopefully theses upcoming Indiana Jones games for the 360 and PS3 will be good.

Q: Why does it still say The official Indian Jones game is not being released till 2009 when the movie just came out and the Lego's game is out in 2 weeks?

Did they just not update it or is it a misprint, i'd doubt a game would come out that long after the movie was released.

05-23-2008, 01:03 AM
the only one i've ever played was temple of doom on the 64...that was an annoying game. having said that, the new title seems interesting, may be worth a shot.

05-23-2008, 08:53 AM
The new one looks quite good tbh. But I am going to give the Lego game a miss. I didn't get into Lego Star Wars so I can't see myself getting into this one either.

05-23-2008, 12:09 PM
For a funny review of the Indiana Jones games and a bunch of other games in general check out the Angry Video Game Nerd. go to screwattack.com for his videos, funny as hell

Lord Xanatos17
05-23-2008, 12:20 PM
I remember watching the video they revealed for the xbox360/pS3 Indiana Jones Game. It looked amazing. can't wait.

05-23-2008, 12:29 PM
Great find Weapon.

And I would just like to add; Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine.

Is the best out of the lot of them :P


05-24-2008, 01:35 AM
Great!! I love Indiana Jones, I watched the fourth movie today, and it's the best movie I've seen, I'm waiting for the videogame

05-26-2008, 03:38 PM
The best ones were the LucasArts Adventures. The 3D games sucked...
And now I can't wait for Lego Indiana Jones ;P

05-26-2008, 04:24 PM
Fate of atlantis is/was an epic win.