The Indiana Jones Phenomenon
While not as popular as another devilishly handsome rogue created by George Lucas and also played by Harrison Ford, Indiana Jones still retains a prominent spot in the Lucas/Spielberg pantheon of great popcorn movie characters, even 22 years after his theatrical debut.
Lucas, inspired by the movie serials of his youth, set down the characters bold strokes while working on his first Star Wars screenplay in the mid 1970s (the Star Wars films, of course, are also big-budget nods to those serials). He envisioned an archeologist who wore a leather jacket and a fedora, carried a bullwhip, and traveled the globe in search of lost relics.
Philip Kaufman was originally interested in directing, but he moved on to make The Right Stuff, so Lucas pitched the idea to Steven Spielberg while the two vacationed in Hawaii in 1977. Spielberg, who had always wanted to make a James Bond film but couldnt (the series was reserved for British filmmakers), saw Indiana Jones as the next best thing.
Screens Large and Small
Harrison Ford was cast after Tom Selleck dropped out due to his involvement with the TV show Magnum P.I. Raiders of the Lost Ark premiered on June 12, 1981 and quickly became a smash hit, scooping up 11 Academy Award nominations (it won 5 on the big night).
The inevitable sequel, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, was actually a prequel, which meant that the story took place before the first films adventures. It opened on May 23, 1984 to mixed reviews from critics. Many parents complained that the violence was too extreme for a PG-rated movie, leading the MPAA to create the PG-13 rating.
Most fans regard the series finale, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the second-best film in the trilogy, right behind Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was released on May 24, 1989 (May premieres are common with Lucas and Spielberg movies). Starring Sean Connery as Indys father, The Last Crusade reveals the origin of our heros nickname (which was actually the name of a dog George Lucas had in the early 1970s) and brings back the ever-dependable Nazis as villains, who are in pursuit of the Holy Grail this time.
The Last Crusade also showed us a young Indiana Jones during the opening sequence, prompting Lucas to create and executive produce a Young Indiana Jones Chronicles TV series that aired from 1992 to 1993. It covered Indys adventures between childhood and his early 20s and it featured a wide variety of historical figures, part of Lucass desire to have an educational component in the show. Lucas also used the show as a testing ground for computer-generated techniques (such as shooting a small group of soldiers and using a computer to replicate them until they turned into an army) that were refined in his Star Wars Special Editions and prequels.
Marvel Comics picked up the license to publish Indiana Jones comic books and did so from 1983 to 1986 before canceling the series. Dark Horse Comics, which did the same thing with Star Wars when Marvel dropped it, picked up the lapsed license in the mid-1990s and published new Indiana Jones storylines. The character has also shown up in a series of novels.
Indiana Jones was a natural video game hero too, of course, and he made his digitized debut in the Raiders of the Lost Ark cartridge published for the Atari 2600 in 1982. A series of console, computer and even pinball games followed over the years as LucasArts kept the character alive, either by developing the games themselves or licensing the character (the Raiders cartridge was published by Atari as part of a licensing deal).
Everyones favorite adventurous archeologist will live forever through games, comic books and novels, but Harrison Ford has expressed his desire to play the character one more time. Lucas and Spielberg would like to make a fourth film too, so it shouldnt come as a surprise that another Indiana Jones film, known only as Indy 4 at the moment, is set to go into production in 2004 for a 2005 release. The principals involved with the project will only reveal that the story will be set during the 1950s.
If you want to learn more about Indiana Jones, visit TheRaider.net or The Indy Experience.com, as these sites feature copious amounts of information about the making of the original films, influences on the series, links to various articles, and much more.
Exotic Locales. Journey deep into the jungle to uncover lost artifacts.
You Are Here. The game evokes the movies with maps that show Indy's journey
around the world.
Crack That Whip. Indy can also employ his whip to disarm opponents or pull
them toward him.
Trapped. Another of Indys sidekicks finds herself in need of a rescue.
Tail Gunner. Take out the bad guys on motorcycles or you wont get far.
Tips and Tricks
The revolver and shotgun do a lot of damage to opponents (the shotgun does more than the revolver), but ammo isnt plentiful, so save both weapons for tough enemies or those times when you have to fight two or more of them.
When fighting two or more enemies at the same time, use the whip to knock one of them down and then turn your attention to another while the first one tries to get up. Alternate between them until you finish them off. You can throw in attacks with a gun to end the battle faster.
Use the whip to disarm your opponents. When you encounter someone with a gun, disarm him first with the whip, even if youre planning on finishing him off with a different weapon. If you can, grab the gun and use its ammo, leaving the bad guy unarmed.
The whip is also a good long-range weapon to use when your health is critically low and you need to keep the bad guys at bay but youre out of gun ammo. Dont forget to use the whip to grab someone by the neck and pull him toward you so that you can clock him.
Break all the crates you find. Some contain useful items.
Remember that you can use many of the objects in your environment, such as chairs, shovels, and bottles. They make handy weapons in a pinch.
Always fill Indys canteen when you see a fountain, even if his health is at 100%. Fountains dont show up very often (and when they do, theyre usually just past a group of bad guys), so your canteen allows you to replenish health when one isnt nearby.
Practice your timing when Indy lets go after swinging across a chasm with his whip. If you release too late, he will fly higher through the air before landing, and hell take a little damage when he lands, If you release at the right moment, hell make a smooth landing.
Indy can get his fedora knocked off during a fight, but you can always pick it up and put it back on afterward. If you cant find it, dont worry it will show up on his head again when you start the next level.
Tso reminds you to explore and look around. Theres lots of stuff in the levels for the observant player. With that in mind, check behind the waterfall at the beginning of the first level. Youll find a secret cave that holds the first artifact in the game, the Idol of Ramba Vihara.
Stumped? Visit the walk-throughs available at GameFAQs.com. (The Mac and PC versions of Emperors Tomb are the same as the console editions, so you can follow walk-throughs written for any platform.)
|Mac OS X version 10.2.6 or higher
|800MHz PowerPC G4 processor or higher
|256MB of RAM
|32MB Radeon 7500 / GeForce 2 class 3D hardware acceleration (64MB Radeon 9000 / GeForce 4 Titanium or better recommended)
|2GB of free hard disk space