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Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings (PSP)

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The PSP release of Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings is a trimmed-down rendition of the PS2/Wii versions and also different from the Nintendo DS release. The general storyline is the same, as it is set in 1939 just before World War II begins. Indiana Jones is in search of the Staff of Moses, even though that is not the main quest until halfway through the game. It starts in a Mayan ruin where Charles Kingston takes Jones to the resting place of the jade sphere, a Mayan astronomy guide. Another colleague, Magnus Völler, strikes out on his own and quickly runs into trouble. The sphere becomes a bone of contention when the story picks up a few years later when Jones is in San Francisco. He receives a call from Archie Tan who is hunted down by the Chinese who also hold his granddaughter Suzy captive. Jones has to infiltrate Chinatown and rescue both. The sphere then brings him to Panama and eventually also Nepal. The importance of the Staff of Moses is only gradually revealed, as well as Magnus Völler as the main villain.

The game consists of a series of very different action sequences with scripted events, a lot of fighting and minor elements of puzzle solving. Generally Indy is able to fight melee combat using a number of punches and combos, use a pistol and a whip, and manipulate the environment. Many items such as bottles, spears or chairs can be picked up to be used as weapons, while certain items also need to be manipulated to retrieve clues, open valves or lower platforms. Often there are maze-like level layouts and a limited time frame to complete them.

There are hidden artifacts to collect, and a number of primary and secondary goals that provide Glory and Fortune points. These can be spent to upgrade Indy's abilities (such as additional health, stronger defence or tougher punches) or to unlock concept art or cheats.

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Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings PSP More thugs, but now in Panama
Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings PSP Title screen
Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings PSP Glory points can be spent on RPG-like upgrades.
Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings PSP Escaping from a warehouse on fire.

Alternate Titles

  • "Indiana Jones und der Stab der Könige" -- German title
  • "Indiana Jones et le Sceptre des Rois" -- French title

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The Press Says

GamingXP Aug 31, 2009 82 out of 100 82
Cheat Code Central Jul, 2009 3.7 out of 5 74
Everyeye.it Jul 26, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Jeuxvideo.com Jul 16, 2009 14 out of 20 70
Spazio Games Jul 30, 2009 6.3 out of 10 63
Eurogamer.pt Jul 03, 2009 6 out of 10 60
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Oct 22, 2009 58 out of 100 58
Game Chronicles Jul 12, 2009 5.2 out of 10 52

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Sciere (270426) added Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings (PSP) on Nov 01, 2009