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Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis

MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
84
3.4
FM Towns
...
4.7
Macintosh
91
3.2
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Description

Indiana Jones is back! The great archaeologist and adventurer has to solve a grand mystery once again, aided by his trusty whip, his sharp wit, and his courage. A man who calls himself Mr. Smith is interested in a certain ancient statue. When the unsuspecting Indy hands it over to the client, he finds out that Mr. Smith is in fact a colonel in the Nazi army! Why was he so interested in that statue? A young woman who had once worked together with Indy, the pretty red-haired (and a bit troublesome) Sophia, tells him the whole thing must have a connection with the legendary lost continent Atlantis. Gathering clues from all over the world, Indy and Sophia embark on a grand journey across the globe.

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis is a puzzle-solving adventure game conceived in the spirit of Indiana Jones movies; however, it is not based on a specific movie, introducing a new, independent story. The game utilizes LucasArts' SCUMM system, with action verbs the player chooses from a menu; objects that can be interacted with are highlighted. The game contains many puzzles of various kinds (mostly inventory-based) and dialogues with multiple choices. There are also a few simple hand-to-hand fights against the Nazis, some of which can be avoided.

The middle part of the game can be played in three "modes": co-operation (Indy and Sophia), adventure (Indy alone), and action (Indy alone, with less puzzles and more action). In each mode there are different locations to visit, different puzzles to solve, and different characters to meet. The CD version of the game adds voice-overs to all the conversations.

Screenshots

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis Amiga At the scene of the car wreck in Monte Carlo. (Wits Path)
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis DOS Some talk with the doorman may help to go in.
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis Amiga The local merchant.
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis Macintosh Well I can't jump it

Alternate Titles

  • "インディ・ジョーンズ アトランティスの運命" -- Japanese spelling
  • "印笫安那.瓊斯系列:亞特蘭提斯之謎" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Индиана Джонс и Судьба Атлантиды " -- Russian spelling
  • "אינדיאנה ג'ונס: בעקבות סודה של אטלנטיס" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Indy IV" -- Informal title
  • "Indiana Jones y el destino de la Atlántida" -- Spanish title
  • "Indiana Jones IV" -- Informal title
  • "Indiana Jones i Sud'ba Atlantidy" -- Russian title
  • "Indiana Jones et le Mystère de l'Atlantide" -- French manual title
  • "FoA" -- Commonly abbreviation

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User Reviews

Played it with my dogs. DOS Happy Rabbi (1305)
Best adventure game I have seen. DOS Mike Spicely (6)
An adventure for the adventurers DOS אולג 小奥 (168743)
If I could have only one game, this'd be the one DOS MAT (71464)
The best Indiana Jones adventure since -- well, since the trilogy. DOS Mumm-Ra (382)
One of the all-time best adventure games. DOS Zovni (9360)
Best use of a franchise. DOS Terrence Bosky (5235)
A good game, though probably over-hyped by adventure buffs. DOS RussS (781)
Another of LucasArts' classics, perhaps one of their most overlooked? DOS Locut0s (598)
Absolutely the best Indiana Jones game of all time. The best ADVENTURE game of all time. DOS James Kirk (159)

The Press Says

The DOS Spirit DOS Nov 18, 2005 6 out of 6 100
Gamers.at DOS Jun 30, 1992 94 out of 100 94
PC Games (Germany) DOS Oct, 1992 92 out of 100 92
Amiga Joker Amiga Jan, 1993 91 out of 100 91
Tilt Macintosh Mar, 1993 18 out of 20 90
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 90 out of 100 90
PC Gamer UK DOS Jun, 1994 89 out of 100 89
Génération 4 Macintosh May, 1994 84 out of 100 84
Datormagazin DOS Jun, 1992 4 out of 5 80
Power Play Amiga Feb, 1993 72 out of 100 72

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

CD-ROM version

There are two versions of this game: a floppy version (11 disks) and a CD-ROM version. The floppy version features talked interactions for only the introduction, while the CD-ROM one is a full "talkie".

Comics

A Fate of Atlantis comic book series with four issues was published by Dark Horse in 1991. It was based on the story created by Hal Barwood and Noah Falstein, but only loosely followed the game's storyline.

Development

The original script for the game was written by Hal Barwood who also wrote movie scripts for The Sugarland Express (1974), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Dragonslayer (1981). He later created the story for Star Wars: Yoda Stories (1997).

For a short period, lead artist Bill Eaken worked at Sierra On-Line, and he hated every second of it. When he did the evil ghost animation at the end of Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, where it swirls around and comes right up to the player and speaks, he made it say "F**k Sierra."

Fights

You can press Insert during fights to "sucker punch" your opponents and win immediately. Some enemies which can be circumvented by solving a puzzle are immune to this move. To this day this is being reported as a cheat, even though it is a feature of the game and clearly pointed out in the manual (page seven).

This is either a sign of how widely this game was pirated or of how few people actually read manuals.

German version

In the German CD-ROM version a small swastika in Kerner's pass was removed. It is still there in the disk version.

Plot

The story line of this game is fairly accurately based on history. Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler attempted to rewrite history in an effort to prove that the Aryan race in fact descended from the Atlanteans. To this end he instigated archaeological digs in Iceland, the Middle East and Tibet. Similar occult/Nazi material appears in Raven Software's Return to Castle Wolfenstein.

More information about this can be found in the book Himmler's Crusade: The Nazi Expedition to Find the Origins of the Aryan Race.

References

  • When you are trying to sell the mask to Omar-Al-Jabbar, one of the things he gives to you is a baseball ball "signed by Lou Gherigh", as he says. But if you look at the ball, it's signed by "Ron Gilbert". Ron Gilbert worked for Lucasarts and was the creator of Monkey Island.
  • Several Harrison Ford movies are referenced in FoA. For Example, Indy complains that when he was in school, the principle would always send letters home to his father that began with "Regarding Henry..." (Regarding Harry is a 1991 drama which Ford starred in)
  • When Indy plays with the flashlight in the Monte Carlo hotel, one of the shadow puppets is the comic book character Max known from comics and the later Sam & Max Hit the Road.
  • In the CD-ROM "talkie" version, when Indiana strains physically he lets out a Wookie roar.
  • Many of the street names in Monte Carlo are insider gags. Among other things there is an "Avenue des Troi Bois" and a "Boulevard des Guerres des Etoiles". "Trois Bois" is French for "three wood", which is obviously a reference to Guybrush Threepwood from Monkey Island. "Guerres des Etoiles" translates as "Star Wars".

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #93 overall among the “150 Best Games of All Time”
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #4 Most Memorable Game Hero (Madame Sophia)
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #14 Most Memorable Game Hero (Indiana Jones)
  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1994 – Best Game in 1993 (Readers' Vote)
    • Issue 02/1994 – Best Adventure in 1993 (Readers' Vote)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #37 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • PC Gamer
    • November 1999 - #42 Best Game of All Time
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1993– Best Adventure in 1992
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – Best Adventure Game in 1992
    • Issue 02/1993 – Best Presentation in 1992
Information also contributed by Agent 5, ClydeFrog, game nostalgia, Garcia, Istari, James1, PCGamer77, Rupert Breheny, St. Emydius, Swordmaster, Terrence Bosky and William Shawn McDonie

Related Web Sites

  • AmberfishArts - Fate of Atlantis 2 Fangame (Founded in 1998, IndyProject set out to create a sequel to the 1992 LucasArts adventure Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. FoA2 will resume where the original game ended, and tell its story to the end. It will be a faithful recreation of the feel and atmosphere of the original.)
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