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Raiders of the Lost Ark

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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!

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  • FLUX Magazine
    • April 1995 (Issue 4)- #11 in the Top 25 Worst Video Games of All-Time* Retro Gamer Magazine
    • January 2008 (Issue 46) - #23 in the “Top 25 Atari 2600” Games poll

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  • MobyGames ID: 14996


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Game added by Servo.

Additional contributors: PCGamer77, Sciere, Alaka, LepricahnsGold.

Game added September 29th, 2004. Last modified May 18th, 2023.