Boo! Hiss! to you, Mr Harrison Ford, for not wanting to be Indiana Jones again. Oh, the hours of entertainment you brought to the movie screen! Will we never see their like again? The Indiana Jones movies were the ultimate adventure films, weren’t they? But when the curtains went down on The Last Crusade, that was it, the end of an excellent trilogy.
However, the folks at Lucasfilm Games (part of the LucasArts Entertainment Co, who made the Indy films) had different ideas. Especially Hal Barwood, a games designer, who teamed up with Lucasfilm’s Noah Falstein to create a new Indy adventure, especially for a computer game.
The story they came up with was Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. It’s a corker of a plot, well on par with previous films. In fact, the story has been turned into a comic (which is also excellent), already published in the States and coming over here soon.
IT’S ALL QUITE BIZARRE
Everyone knows the story of Atlantis, that highly developed kingdom that disappeared without trace, and it’s an ideal myth for Indy to chase after. Back in the 1930s, where Indy’s adventures are set, Atlantis mania was at fever pitch, with many books published about the strange city. Many concentrated on a mysterious metal, orichalcum, vril or firestone, which was claimed gave Atlantis its power and the Atlanteans their superior knowledge.
Guess what happens when a mysterious character presents Dr Henry Jones with a strange key which fits and unlocks a bizarre statue dating from 1500 BC, revealing a peculiar, previously unseen, metal orb? Yup, the trail for the fate of Atlantis begins.
The story’s written to an Indy-type formula (evil Nazi officer as Indy’s arch enemy, beautiful old chum Sophia Hapgood and endless clues and puzzles to follow up and solve). Ideal material for a Speccy game, isn’t it? So, hold on for a while and you’ll have one! US Gold, who handle Lucasfilm over here, have one up their sleeves.
It’s planned to be a 3D isometric arcade adventure and is currently in the development hands of Attention to Detail (convertors of Lucasfilm’s Night Shift). It’s not the same game as Barwood and Falstein are creating in the States (that’s 16-bit only), but the story and characters are. We’ll be following up this one with a preview very soon!