Raiders of the Lost Ark
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3  |  Raiders of the Lost Ark (Atari 2600)
Ditto , 8/12/2003 4:29:30 PM

You know, LucasFilm could have taken a lesson from E.T. and had this game converted to dust and buried under several feet of concrete. I really hope this is the game that prompted the creation of LucasArts since I have some fond memories of some of the early titles from that company. This is what I’m thinking.

It was 1981 and Raiders of the Lost Ark was a smash hit. Then, some little devil whispered into George Lucas’s ear, “Hey, you should really make a video game out of this.” Fifteen minutes and $25 dollars later Raiders of the Lost Ark for the 2600 came rolling off the assembly line. New to these new fangled video game contraptions, old George hadn’t really paid that much attention to it. Being bored one day he decided to get the local ten year old to set up his Atari for him so he could check out his little moneymaker. Fifteen minutes and a belt of scotch later the entire department responsible for producing the game disappear under mysterious circumstances and LucasArts was formed.

I give this game one redeeming quality. The opening soundtrack is a pretty good, duplicating the original movie score rather well even given the technical limitations of the 2600’s sound capabilities. I can see myself having been incredibly excited by the opening number prior to the utter disappointment that I was about to experience. Other than that I found the game to be just one chunk of junk after the other. Poor Indiana looked like a ribbed phallic symbol. Things that were supposed to be characters within the game were represented by some kind of color smear in a square shape. The only villain in the game that I found tried to hump my leg after stealing my stuff. Controls were horrendous requiring that you utilize one controller for movement and another for item selection. This gets really frustrating when your trying to switch from something like a key to a gun before that bad guy sneaks up behind you. I can see where LucasFilm was trying to go with this, offering a challenging and interactive experience, but they just failed miserably. I give this game a 3 out of 10.

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