The Temple of Doom was undoubtedly the darkest film in the Indiana Jones trilogy. I can still remember the eyes in the soup, the main course of monkey brains and I can still hear those haunting words: “Kali ma…” that the priest spoke, before he pulled the beating heart out of the victim in the underground caverns.
After the opening screen (where you can change the settings with the function keys) the game will put you strait in those very same underground caverns. You get to choose the difficulty level by entering the shaft with the difficulty you want (there are three possibilities).
Once you begin, your whip will be your truest friend. You’ll use it to whip the guards, the bats, the flames and the snakes. You’ll also use it to swing from a ledge to a ledge and to free children. That’s the main objective, to save as many children as possible. Although even if you don’t rescue them you’ll be able to continue. You need to get to the top of the level, where the mining cart awaits you. I bet you still remember the rollercoaster sequence from the movie.
Unlike the movie this cart doesn’t bring you to the end of the action. You use it to get to the next level, where you need to get the sacred stone - remember the plot? You need to return the stones to the villagers. And only from then on you’ll get to the conveyer belt level - remember that big guy getting some extreme massage by the big rock grinding stone?
Well, all in all this game offers quite a lot of action, but some things don’t make much sense. How come the mine is circular? When you walk far enough to one side, you’ll end up where you started (very life-like). Also the game doesn’t follow the plot of the movie (it would have been nice to have the airplane crashing sequence and the elephant riding included). But the main attributes are there. There’s a whip cracking action hero, although by the quality of the graphics it could have been anyone. The opening tune is OK, but the rest of the sound doesn’t really please the ears. It serves to warn you when there’s a bat nearing you though. All point taken in consideration (even the fact that there’s no save option) this game comes out very average, thus the average score!
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