Title Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Game Type Adventure Company LucasFilm Players 1 HD Installable Yes Compatibility All Amigas HD Installable Yes Submission Alkis Polyrakis Profiled Reviewer Review After the success of their first two adventure games, Maniac Mansion and Zak Mackracken, LucasFilms decided to take advantage of one of their most popular heroes: Indiana Jones. Indiana Jones and the last Crusade was the last game produced under the name of LucasFilms, since a few months later their computer games department became an independent company: The famous LucasArts. Although this game had the potential to become a real masterpiece (based on a best selling movie, and its use of an engine that was already loved by the gamers) it ended up as merely a good game, for reasons explained in this review. Story The story of the game is practically identical to the one of the movie. This method has two disadvantages: Those who haven't seen the movie will have trouble following the story, as the lack of important information is annoying in some parts. As for those who have seen it.. well, an adventure is not fun if you already know what will happen. Indiana Jones is an archaeologist. More than that, he's a man of action (and if you're thinking of Laura Croft, you need professional help). Indy's quest is to find the Holy Grail, the cup Jesus Christ is said to have used at the Last Supper. (To drink from the cup is to have eternal youth.) The Holy Grail reminds us of the Ark of the Covenant in the first film, and in both cases Nazi villains join the chase. Interface Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade uses the same SCUMM (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion) engine that was used in their two first adventure games. As usual, you can see a list of the available commands and the inventory items at the bottom of the screen. Interaction with the game takes place by clicking on a command and then on an item, either in your inventory or in the game screen (open door, use key on door). Big changes: You now control only one character instead of three, Indy, and the number of positions used for saving your game is more than adequate. You can also use keyboard shortcuts instead on clicking on the commands, which is very helpful. Graphics & sound Even today, one can appreciate the graphics of this game. Some of the hand-drawn images are breathtaking. The animations are also excellent, except for the arcade sequences, which could have used some more frames. The sound effects are plentiful and well done, too. As for the music.. well, I was surprised to find out that most of the scores used in the Last Crusade movie, which gave Williams an Oscar nomination, are not used in the game. Maybe it was a copyright issue, I wouldn't know about that. The music in the game is still good, although somehow out of place in some areas. Puzzles The good thing about the game's puzzles is that many of them have multiple solutions. On a few occasions, you will be able to take a different path than the one in the movie. Most of them are logical, while others are based on trial and error. Some people will tell you that this game sucks because it is full of arcade sequences. Well, that's not exactly accurate. I mean they are there, but there is a way of avoiding almost every single one. The problem is, you rarely have to do anything smart in order to avoid fighting; most of the times it's just a case of choosing the right phrase in the dialogue tree.. and since you have no idea what your opponent will like or dislike, you save and restore too many times. When I bought this game, I had neither a hard disk nor a second disk drive.. which made the whole situation extremely frustrating. The game has also several mazes which will confuse inexperienced players. Near the end, Indy will have to enter a temple full of booby traps. Even if you have seen the film, in which case you will know what to do, you will often have no clue as to how to do it! And the worse thing is, you cannot save the game in the temple! It took me several hours to get past the first and last trap.. not fun, dear LucasFilms, not fun. Summary Well I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who hasn't got a hard disk.. but since most people do nowadays, you might as well give it a try. Although I do believe it's the worst LucasFilms/Arts Amiga adventure game, it is not a bad game at all.