Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine

Action 1999 Windows LucasArts Third Person Puzzle based Fighting Adventure

Indy looking for the Infernal Machine

Another game from the Indiana Jones saga. Released in the latest 90s, we should have expected a bit more. The game story is a nice one, typical from Indy's series. You are going after some mythological machine from Babylonians. Everything happens during WW2, so the historical context is a nice one for a story telling. You will control Indy in a 3rd perspective (very similar to Tomb Raider) and you will have to run and jump through various obstacles in order to proceed along the game. Of course you will have your whip and various weapons if you need them occasionally. Overall the game is good, though it fails at certain graphics details that are too basic for a games of that period (just look at the ladders and you will know what I mean). Also the 3D rendering could have been a bit better, but it's acceptable, in particular during the cut scenes play. Strangely enough there is not the epic music theme, so you won't feel too much into the character as you should (Indiana Jones theme is pop culture).

Tomb Raider wannabe

LucasArts have released more than a dozen Indiana Jones games and more than two dozens Star War games, as well as five Monkey Island games. No matter, as long as he makes games that are as good as this one, we don't care. This fantastic adventure is the first entirely 3D rendered Indiana game, and by gameplay and visual appearance looks hell of a lot like Tomb Raider 4. In a race for a mythological Babylonian power source, our hero joins forces with the CIA and collects four pieces of the Infernal Machine, a biblical device that should open a portal to another dimension. While still very fun and great with fantastic graphics and 3D view, I can't help but think about Tomb Raider all the time. It's just too similar. It looks like Lucas was trying for a competition with the famous archaeologist, but forgot that nobody can reach her fame or quality in the gaming world. He should be content with the way things are - Indiana is the strongest on the big screen, while Lara is the main babe in the gaming world. Stil, a great and adventurous game.

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