I turn on BBC One after work – what’s this? Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom? One of my favourite films and, in my opinion, THE best Indy film?? Get in! That’s my evening sorted.
Then I felt depressed at how poorly Indiana Jones has translated over to consoles. After doing my research, I felt lower than Short Round. So, if you’re a big Indy fan, take a look below at NAGF’s quick-but-comprehensive history of Indiana Jones video games:
Raiders of the Lost Ark – 1982 – Atari 2600
Atari… why’d it have to be Atari?? Raiders of the Lost Ark – Indy’s first game outing – was one of those games that plonked you slap bang in the middle of the game with no indication at all of what to do. Much wandering around, joystick jiggling and swearing at the TV. Would Indy have it any other way, though?
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – 1985 – Atari
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom took the children from the film and ran with it, as you were tasked with walking aimlessly around caves until you rescued all the little blighters from eating monkey brains and getting whipped. A NES version was released in 1988 from Tengen, which was just as irritating. But we must admit – we do like the music…
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – 1989 – Various
LucasArts now had their grubby mitts all over the Indiana Jones licence, and to celebrate in 1989, they released two different versions of Last Crusade. One was called The Action Game whilst the other was named The Graphic adventure. The difference? Simple. One was a side-scroller and the other was a Manic Mansion-style point and click adventure. Try and guess which one is which – go on, it’s fun!
And though the above action game was also released on the NES, that didn’t stop Taito from coming along and releasing a fucking awful second version in 1991.
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis – 1992 – PC
Can’t get enough of that point and click goodness which LucasArts were such a dab-hand at. It was Indy’s first true, original gaming adventure, and saw him try to find the lost city of Atlantis with his tart. Who was psychic. That crazy old Hitler was at it again, trying to find Atlantis to increase his arms and rule the world. Is it wrong to turn Hitler into some kind of gaming supervillain? Find out yourself – it was re-released over Steam in 2009, and is still a great distraction nearly two decades on.
Indiana Jones’ Greatest Adventures – 1994 – Super Nintendo
Classic SNES! Like the majority of LucasArts’ Super Nintendo titles this was fun to play, graphically sound and dripping with MIDI goodness. The game was the complete package, spanning all three movies across 28 delicious Nazi-busting levels. Even better – you can download it now via the Wii’s Virtual Console! /advert.
Indiana Jones and his Desktop Adventures – 1996 – PC
This and Yoda Stories were the most amazing games ever. Period. Honestly, if you can find either of these titles then snap them up. They are the definition of unearthed gems.
Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine – 1999 – Various
Well, the PC version was released in 1999 whilst an N64 and Gameboy Colour incarnation touched down in 2001. Psychic tart Sophia Hapgood from Atlantis made a return as Indy faced off against the Soviets, looking for four parts of an ancient Babylonian power that could open portals to other dimensions. Or something. Infernal Machine got mild praise, but much criticism for its infernal controls.
Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb – 2003 – Various
Set before the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones is sent to China, where he has by now managed to upset or come into physical conflict with every single race on the planet. Set in 1935, he again fights Nazis, but also manages to make a trip to the Netherworld where he encounters dragons and dead Chinese emperors. Yeaaaaahhhh…
Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures – 2008 – Various
Hooraaaaay, Lego! This was great co-op fun and represented the trilogy very well – though we do like to argue that it isn’t quite as good as Lego Star Wars (hmmm, seems to be a theme here…). We love the cutscenes though, especially the ones below for Temple of Doom! Let’s just turn a blind eye to the Crystal Skull version, eh?…
Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings – 2009 – Various
Noooooo, terrible Wii whip controls… 🙁