Regarded as a classic in the adventure game genre, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis still delights game players to this day with its point and click puzzles and action. Touted by many as best game of the year, it was met with widespread critical acclaim. Released worldwide, it became and has remained one of the most beloved PC games of all times.
It was originally released by LucasArts in 1992 and later reissued on CD-Rom with enhanced features like full voice acting and sound effects. There was another version released in 2009 as an add on to the Wii game Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings. It uses the SCUMM script language where the player interacts with characters and the environment by commands using predetermined verbiage.
The original plan for the game was to use an unused movie script which was rejected by the game makers. The story was ultimately written and designed by Noah Falstein and Hal Barwood. The plot of Atlantis was found by Falstein and Barwood upon visiting George Lucas Skywalker Ranch and spotting a coffee table book.
The main character is Indiana Jones, of course, with his thirst for lost artifacts and protecting them. He has his brown hat, bullwhip, pistol and sidekick to help him on his quest for historical facts.
Speaking of sidekicks, then there is Sophia Hapgood. She is reportedly endowed with special powers of conversing with the dead and attempts to use them to help Indi. She is not only possessed by an interest in archeology but also by spirits at times.
Two other allies of Indiana Jones are Omar Al-Jabbar and Trottier, a Frenchmen. There are several enemies to deal with in the game. Klaus Kerner, a secret agent of the Third Reich, Dr. Hans Uberman and the Nazi troops are against Indiana in his pursuit for the Atlantean artifacts.
The beginning of the game shows Indi looking into the property of Barnett College where he teaches to try to find a statue for a certain Mr. Smith, who later is revealed to be Klaus Kerner. Klaus retrieved a small bead inside the statue and escaped with it revealing who he was to Indiana by leaving his jacket behind full of information.
Indiana followed close behind to find that he had already targeted and ransacked Sophia Hapgood’s apartment, looking for the artifacts from the lost city. She and Indiana have a brief conversation where she explains about a scientist named Dr. Uberman that is after the artifacts to use them as a secret energy source.
They later find, through reading documents from Barnett College, that access to the lost city is granted by putting three stones from the lost artifacts together. They later find the lost city of Atlantis where the battle for power and control ensues between Indiana and Sophia and their enemies. There are a few possible endings to the game, depending on the direction taken.
The game runs on either a Mac, PC or Linux platform and comes in CD-ROM.