Remember When One of the Most Iconic Action Trilogies Became an Arcade Game?

Unless you are under ten years of age, there is no way you have never heard of Indiana Jones. Even then, many a parent has busted out their old VHS box set (unless they have upgraded to DVDs) and shown their children one of the most exciting and fun action trilogies to grace the silver screen in the 1980s. Maybe you even took a break from mastering the next level of the Pac-man cocktail arcade game to go see the flick with your friends.

Well, believe it or not, while the second movie in the series, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, was released in 1984, but the accompanying arcade game was available for arcade play in 1985 – which, as of this year, was 30 years ago. To celebrate this milestone, it won’t hurt to have a look back in time at what many critics dub one of the most entertaining action movies of all time.

The Movie

Conceived by George Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg, the second Indiana Jones installment follows the hero on his quest to find a sacred stone. Instead, he accidentally discovers a cult that forces children into slavery and sacrifices live humans to their god.

As a product of Spielberg and Lucas’ genius, what could possibly go wrong? Actually, the movie was criticized for its negative portrayal of Indian culture, including the Hindu religion. While the team wanted to film much of the script in India, the Indian government did not like certain aspects of the script, considering it racist and insensitive. Because they wanted to make too many changes, the majority of the movie was filmed instead in Sri Lanka and London.

After theater release, the film was heavily criticized for its outright violence, even though it achieved a PG rating. It was due to this outcry that the Motion Picture Association of America created a PG-13 rating in the first place, designed to bridge the gap between PG and R rated movies.

The Arcade Game

The popular arcade version of the movie, released one year after the film, follows Indy through five levels. First, the gamer, playing Indy of course, must rescue children from underground mines. Next, Indy must complete a mine cart chase while avoiding crashing or running into enemies. The third level involves Indy trying to retrieve the sacred stone and escape the temple, while during the fourth level the hero must successfully cross a precarious bridge while being chased by the enemy.

Technically the game ends once the fourth level is complete, but the fifth level offers a bonus round where Indiana Jones revisits the underground mines in the first level, but must locate golden idols while fending off bats and enemy guards.

If you remember the 1980s Indiana Jones craze, revisit fond memories and get reacquainted, either by playing the classic arcade game or watching the exciting film again today.