Raiders of the Lost Ark (Atari 2600)

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Raiders of the Lost Ark is an adventure game which is loosely based on the movie of the same name. In the game you control Indiana Jones on his quest to find the Lost Ark of the Covenant. The ark is hidden somewhere in the valley of poison. Your mission begins in the Egyptian city of Cairo; next you must find your way to the Temple of the Ancients where there is a secret map room. In the map room you will find a hieroglyphic indicating an object you must have to unlock the secrets of the map room; when unlocked, you will be able to find where in the Mesa Field the entrance to the Well of Souls is located. If you can find your way safely across the Mesa tops into the Well of Souls, you will locate the ark and win the game! The game uses two joysticks for control; one joystick moves Indy around the screen and uses a selected object, the second joystick allows you to select and/or drop objects from your inventory. On the many different locations of your journey you will come across different objects (some hidden) which can be collected to help you out. You may find weapons (like a whip or gun) for defense, or objects (such as a key or money) which can be used to unlock new areas or receive help. You begin the game with three lives, and the game ends when all lives are lost. There are plenty of enemies to hinder your progress, and of course numerous snakes!


Raiders of the Lost Ark Atari 2600 Uh oh, here comes trouble!
Raiders of the Lost Ark Atari 2600 Indy must pass through the dark hall while avoiding the thieves.
Raiders of the Lost Ark Atari 2600 The map room.
Raiders of the Lost Ark Atari 2600 I'm near the lost ark!

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One-of-a-kind 2600 adventure game! Ian Kelleher (8) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

Tilt Mar, 1983 6 out of 6 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan, 1984 13 out of 15 87
Adventure's Planet Jun 12, 2006 80 out of 100 80
Game Freaks 365 Jul 05, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
All Game Guide 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
TeleMatch May, 1983 3 out of 6 60
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 6 out of 10 60
The Video Game Critic May 23, 2008 C 50


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Raiders of the Lost Ark was named #23 in the “Top 25 Atari 2600” Games poll in Retro Gamer Magazine (Issue 46).

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