Indiana Jones and The Staff of Kings Review? - High-Def Digest Forums
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 06-09-2009, 04:05 PM
dandeeswish's Avatar
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 1,712
Default Indiana Jones and The Staff of Kings Review?

Thinking about getting this for the Wii....has anybody played it yet? How is it?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06-09-2009, 04:09 PM
Snadinator's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 19,563
Default

This was supposed to come to the PS3 and 360 but they canned them due to time constraints. Talk about canning the wrong version.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-09-2009, 04:11 PM
dandeeswish's Avatar
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 1,712
Default

Yeah I know, I don't understand the whole time constraint thing too, wasn't it announced in 2005? LOL
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-09-2009, 04:39 PM
twonunpackmule's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 32,843
Default

I'm more pumped about the extra Point and Click Indiana included. That's a hugely nostalgic thing for me, and remind me of my 6 year old days.
__________________
PSN/Live - Twonunpackmule
3DS - 0817 - 4464 - 1180

Any game that features paid loot boxes should be rated AO.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-10-2009, 11:00 AM
nmcmahan52's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 12,219
Default

here's the game informer review, 5/10

Quote:
ANOTHER NUKED FRIDGE

When a player inserts Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings into his or her Wii, the Archaeological Institute of America should be on hand to present an alternative: Play this game, or open the Ark of the Covenant. One choice brings instant face-melting death; the other inflicts a thousand lifetimes of pain and suffering upon a personís inner Indy fan. Choose wisely.

This may seem like a lose-lose proposition, but believe it or not, there is reason to invest in this game. If you dig around in its menus, youíll find the classic PC adventure game Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis tucked away in the special features. Losing none of its magic since 1992, this port utilizes the Wiiís IR functionality to secure flawless navigation for the conversation trees, menus, and environment interaction. Like most adventure games, Fate of Atlantis is paced in molasses. It puts heavy emphasis on brain-twisting puzzles, and features an extensive narrative (which is penned brilliantly and accompanied by spoken dialogue). The slow pacing may be a turn off to some, but the time you invest is justified with huge payoffs surrounding the Atlantean and Indiana Jones mythologies. All told, Fate of Atlantis is a finely crafted Indiana Jones experience that does the license proud.

Staff of Kings is the exact opposite. If you thought that the latest film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was a stretch for the famed fedora, this game will twist your perception of Indy to the point that it would make sense for him to French kiss a cobra.

The only aspect that sings of the archeologistís exploits is the object of desire: Mosesí staff, a religious artifact that plays off Indyís phobia of snakes. Itís a perfect match, yet the narrative seems to be afraid of it, as the story is pushed to the side to such a degree that some scenes donít even conclude. I guess weíre supposed to use our imagination to form our own conclusions.

This buthered tale takes Indy to temples and crypts set in Turkey, Panama, and Nepal. All are festooned with gorgeous architecture and sites to marvel. But the architects all make the same mistake of creating booby-traps with obvious workarounds. Nothing kills an adventure vibe more than bad puzzles, and Staff of Kings specializes in them.

Whenever Indy would crack his whip at a foe, I expected to see the Three Stooges join into the fight. The fisticuffs, which boil down to Indy and his foes swinging ridiculous props at each other, end up being comical. The sordid controls that fuel your swings donít help matter, either.

Gunplay boils down to Duck Hunt without any moving targets. Point. Shoot. And move on to the next lame shooting gallery. Driving and flying offer little in terms of gameplay outside of the harrowing challenge: Can you drive or fly straight?

Only approach this game if you intend to play Fate of Atlantis. Staff of Kings hardly finds the Indiana Jones pulse.

-ANDREW REINER
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-10-2009, 12:39 PM
Bane's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 17,895
Default

Can't say that surpriises me much, but I was still hopefull. I'll still pick this up if I can find it for around $15 just for the FoA bonus.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-10-2009, 12:40 PM
Onslaught X's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 37,577
Default

Well, that must hurt like a mother....
__________________
Don't Reach, Young Blood

Part of The Finer Things Club, The Ghostbusters Club, The American Psycho Club, The SDF on 360 Club
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-10-2009, 04:04 PM
dandeeswish's Avatar
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 1,712
Default

Awww...crap I ordered it yesterday and will be here tomorrow. It still looks like fun....keeping fingers crossed. Thanks for the review post as well.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-10-2009, 04:57 PM
twonunpackmule's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 32,843
Default

It's funny...I'm buying for the port of the old Lucas Art's game. So, it's good to know that it works rather well with the Wii mote.

The "actual game" is the bonus.
__________________
PSN/Live - Twonunpackmule
3DS - 0817 - 4464 - 1180

Any game that features paid loot boxes should be rated AO.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' - HIgh-Def Digest Review Attebery Blu-ray Software General Discussion 416 07-07-2011 08:16 AM
Indiana Jones and Staff of Kings (PS2) - Reviews or Impressions? ElwoodJD Game Room 1 06-17-2009 04:28 PM
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Lost Skull review Glenmulder HD MOVIE SOURCE 0 10-08-2008 10:37 PM
The new title is Indiana Jones and the... Onslaught X Film Forum 8 09-10-2007 12:19 AM
shoud I consider dvd versions of indiana jones and jurassic or?? RAMBOJVR General Discussion: Both Formats 14 08-06-2007 04:48 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off