Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Fast-paced, combat-heavy adventure starring you as Indy.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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
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

What 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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Teen, 14 years old Written byJonahC January 23, 2013

UGH! Terrible!!

This game sucks. Took me 45 minutes to beat. Story line is so-so. It has about 5 levels and little to no problem solving. It is way too easy!! This game is easi...
Teen, 13 years old Written byJustino4 April 24, 2011

Violence and Some Bad Words

The bad content in this game contains violence and some bad words. All of which is within the boundaries of teens, so the rating T is good for this game.

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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