Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings

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Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings

There's always a faint ripple of excitement when LucasArts comes out with a new Indiana Jones game, but like a faded band trying to relive former glories, we know deep down that our faith is misguided, and another numbing disappointment awaits. We still live in hope.

To dig into why people care so much, you have to understand how phenomenally brilliant the Indiana Jones games once were. LucasArts was once arguably the most consistent and progressive game developer in the West, and punted out a couple of particularly superb adventures, most notably 1992's The Fate of Atlantis - a PC/Amiga title that remains one of the finest games in the genre. As one of the very first fully voice-acted releases, it gave rise to the belief that games were going places as an interactive narrative medium. Nearly two decades on, we're still seeing the fruits of that evolution in titles like Heavy Rain.

But in the wake of Fate of Atlantis, LucasArts moved onto bold new IP, and eventually backed away from the whole 'adventure' genre as it milked the second Star Wars trilogy instead. By the time it returned to the Indiana Jones brand, it obviously made more commercial sense to churn out a couple of B-grade Tomb Raider knock-offs with added pugilism.

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LucasArts details new Indy game

LucasArts details new Indy game

Has co-op with secret character.

LucasArts has lifted the lid on Wii, DS, PS2 and PSP game Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings, which was partially revealed yesterday.

Sadly we're still without a date, but there are some rather rough screenshots to be had, plus word of campaign co-op featuring a familiar character who has never been playable before.

Staff of Kings is set in 1939 as World War II breaks out across Europe, and locations vary from Chinatown in San Francisco to the dense jungles of Panama. The prize - as the title suggests - is a powerful relic: the Staff of Moses. And Indy will have to move fast to beat nemesis Magnus Voller to the punch.

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New Indiana Jones game confirmed

New Indiana Jones game confirmed

It's coming to Wii, DS, PS2 and PSP.

It's official - a new Indiana Jones game is currently in development.

That's according to US magazine Nintendo Power. As reported by Kotaku, this month's cover features our hero and confirms the name of the game is Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings.

Apparently you'll be able to "crack the whip, dodge traps, solve puzzles" and, most excitingly, "throw an octopus" in the new game. It's being developed for Wii, DS, PS2 and PSP.

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