Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings

Common Sense Media says

Fast-paced, combat-heavy adventure starring you as Indy.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Much like the films they're based on, these games show Germans (Nazis) as the primary "bad guys."

Violence

Not over the top, but this game includes plenty of hand-to-hand fighting, use of location-based weapons (planks, chairs, wrenches) and gun-play. The enemies the fall down on the ground when defeated and then quickly fade away. There is no blood or gore.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

A few off-color words can be heard such as "hell," "damn" and "bastard."

Consumerism

These products are part of the profitable Indiana Jones brand, which includes films, toys, and video games.

 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game isn't for young kids as violence plays a significant part of the gameplay, but it's not excessive or out of context within the game universe. Because of the gun play, fist-fighting, and makeshift melee weapons, this game is more ideal for teens and adults.

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Kids say

What's it about?

Good news for fans of Indiana Jones flicks: Not only is there a new edge-of-your-seat adventure this summer, but you get to star as the legendary 20th century hero. Not based on one particular film, though with "set pieces" borrowed from many of them, LucasArts' INDIANA JONES AND THE STAFF OF KINGS is an all-new, action-heavy video game playable on the Nintendo Wii and other consoles and handheld machines.

Combat, puzzle-solving, racing, and exploration make up the four main gameplay elements in this third-person adventure, as you race to find Moses' staff (carried during the Exodus) before the Germans can locate it. Players will traipse through deadly jungles of Panama, explore burial chambers in Istanbul, traverse across snow-capped mountains of Nepal, and fight through the streets of San Francisco's Chinatown. The game also lets you race motorcycles, biplanes, rafts -- and even on the back of a wild elephant.

Is it any good?

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The Nintendo Wii version makes great use of Indy's whip as your motion-sensing Wii Remote can be snapped around to break items, inflict damage on baddies, or used to pull one towards you by their feet before you head-butt or punch them into tomorrow. The Wii Remote and Nunchuk controller can also be used to throw left and right hooks, respectively. At times in the game, Indy relies on his trusty pistol to shoot at enemies. While there isn't any multiplayer modes in Indiana Jones and the Staff Of Kings, there are many unlockable game modes, secret areas, and items and other goodies to add to the game's longevity. It might not be as fun on other systems due to the lack of motion-sensing controls, but you can count on the Wii version to satisfy fans of the films.

Families can talk about...

  • Since this game isn't tied to one of the Indiana Jones films, families can talk about whether this interactive adventure can stand up against the games based on popular Indiana Jones movies. Also, do you get the sense LucasArts is trying to create something worthy on its own merit or is this simply a marketing ploy, a quick cash grab to exploit the popular movie license?

Game details

Platforms:PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2
Price:$49.99 (Nintendo Wii)
Available online?Not available online
Developer:LucasArts
Release date:June 9, 2009
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:T for Mild Language, Violence (Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP)

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Kid, 10 years old June 30, 2009
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13
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very hard game

good action but hard to play, rent first because i gaurantee tou will get stuck at some point
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old June 11, 2009
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Fairly Good

I got it for the ds. It was mainly for the wii and i should of gotten it for the wii. for the Ds the graphics arent the best. It may be hard to control sometimes for the ds. its really fun. If you have a wii though get it for the wii.
Teen, 15 years old Written byGamerbro June 10, 2009
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10
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Fairly lame.

When this game was first announced, it was being sold as a physics funhouse, with such great tech as euphoria and digital molecular matter.Then it became a wii game. So, predictably, it's a mash up of repetitive combat and soul crushing mini games.

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