Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
The man with the hat is back (and I’m not talking about Paul Mellerick!). From the third Indy film comes an instant Game Gear classic; the smallest screen of all does real justice to the famous adventurer.
Like the film, Indy’s mission’s to grab the Holy Grail before the Nazis do, which takes him on a trek through some of the most dangerous places in the world. Why the Grail couldn’t be hidden in somewhere like Surrey’s beyond me!
US Gold have done an excellent job converting the film to a handheld machine. The characters look great — Indy’s even got his trademark hat, coat and whip.
You’re thrown straight in at the deep end, amid a series of underground caves. Indy’s gotta race through, grab the old Cross of Coronado and find the way out smartish!
Along the way, pick up extra whips and make it to markers — time’s constantly running out so get there pronto! The markers also record your position so you restart there if you die.
Our hero’s only got a small amount of energy so watch out, he can lose it in so many ways. Long falls, bullet wounds and hitting the roof all sap his strength. Go easy!
Onto Level 2 and it’s time to board the train! Racing along the roof of a circus train, you’ve gotta jump gaps, kill villains and dodge circus animals. These pesky critters have a habit of popping up through the roof when least expected!
Level 3 takes you to the catacombs beneath Venice. Race along the deserted, maze-like corridors and find the way out. Like the first level, you explore using a combination of ropes, platforms and jumps.
This is where the real skill lies. You’ll need to know the controls like the back of your hand if you want to come out of it alive! Timing’s crucial as this level’s pretty tight can just about be completed in time, just don’t hang around! To make matters worse, rats and fireballs are always getting in the flickin’ way!
Level 4 sees you scaling the outside of a Nazi-infested castle. Timing’s essential here, too, and the rats are out in force, so watch the floor!
Later levels are even trickier and include the Nazi airship. All tie major movie scenes are represented — they should bring back some superb memories indeedy!
There are some great touches to this game, making it a real beaut to play. You get a whole heap of lives and continues, and even though it’s a bit tough to start with a little bit of trial and error should see you through. Whatever, it’s well worth the effort…
The sprites look good, all the characters well defined and colourful, the theme tune sounds just like the real thing and adds to the feeling you’re playing a cracking game.
Indy 3’s a great platform game and the Game Gear deserves it! It’s also good to finally see a film-based game done well and in the spirit of the movie. Grab your hat and coat and rush off on the adventure of a lifetime!
It’s so easy to say things are never as good on the small screen but there’s always an exception to the rule. Indy 3’s that exception! From the moment you switch on you can tell this one’s gonna be a goodie. The size of the sprites, especially Indy, Impresses straight away and, even though the game-play’s a little bit tricky to get to grips with at the start, you’ll soon get the hang of it. With plenty to see, do and explore and just the right amount of fives and continues, you’ll want to come back for more. Great graphics, a superb music sequence and epic gameplay are gonna ensure Indy 3’s success when It hits the streets! Go get It when you can!
A brilliant movie game, edge-of-your seat stuff.
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