Initially released in 1992, this point-and-click adventure saw a quick reissue from LucasArts Entertainment Company on CDROM with full voice acting! Though Mr. Jones is not voiced by Harrison Ford, Doug Lee did not disappoint. This game is a blend of fantasy and re-imagined history.
Picture it, 1939. The world is in an upheaval. It is the eve of a global crisis, World War II. Here we are introduced to our hero, Indiana Jones, smashing his way through history... And his workplace, Barnett College (he falls through the floor a couple times). After finding the item he was asked too by a visiting colleague, Mr. Smith, Indy and Smith duke it out! Mr. Smith isn't who he says he is, he is really agent of the Third Reich, Nazi Klaus Kerner! Dun dun dunnnnnnnnnn!
After careful inspection of Lerner's coat, Indy discovers a newspaper clipping that showed Jones collaborated with Sophia Hapgood. Having given up archeology to become a psychic, Indy travels to Sophia's sold out performance. Indy must see Sophia, in the hopes of warning or rescuing her from the Nazis and their nefarious plans! So, he travels to New York.
This game allows the player a lot of differing choices, which was a new concept when it first launched. A three-path approach. You are able to fight your way through most situations, if you so choose. Though a brash approach, this becomes more difficult in the later part of the game (Nazis are tough, yo!). This is the fist approach. You can also use your counterpart, Sophia, and create a team approach. Using both of your talents, you can use your smarts to defeat any situation. Finally, you can be a sassy, smart mouth and attempt to talk or trick your way out of all situations. This is the wit approach (arguably the most hilarious approach).
An endearing quality of this game is the humour. The game doesn't take itself too seriously and we end up with amazingly cheesy one-liners that you will remember and giggle at for years to come!
The interaction between Sophia and Indy is also interesting. While Indiana Jones, a product of his time, some times attempts to place Sophia in the "damsel in distress" role, she will have no part of it. A smart and sassy female character, Sophia knows what she is comfortable with and not. Despite being sidelined into the role near the end, these characters fit well with each other. Both with distinct personalities.
Nazis are the main enemy of this game. Its hard to fault it for this though, it is set in the period right before the Second World War. Nazis were the threat on everyone's mind! They are pretty cardboard cutout evil. Magical artifacts from the lost civilisation of Atlantis will ensure victory for the Third Reich! Its an old game and its funny. You get to right Nazis on U-boat, you can't really go wrong.
I want to say that the graphics in this game haven't aged well but I love old games and I still think these are beautiful. For a younger or new gamer experiencing this game for the first time but being used to new generation graphics it might be a bit of culture shock. The voice acting is good, with the actors being able to convey actual emotions (except the Nazis but Nazis don't have emotions).
Like similar point-and-click adventure games, there are some difficult puzzles. I think it comes with the territory. The puzzles are generally fun with only the occasional rip out your hair and scream moments.
This game is easy and stable to run. Its available on Steam for $4.99. You can download a ROM easily. It's an entertaining and funny experience you won't be sorry you had!
- Creative interactive
- Funny dialogue
- Interesting characters and scenes
- Some frustrating puzzles
- Cardboard cutout evil enemies