Steven Spielberg is one of the most beloved filmmakers of all time, and with his career coinciding with the dawn of video games, the gaming industry has always sought to adapt his work. Things didn’t always go to plan, however, with 1982’s HEY considered one of the worst video games of all time and a factor in the video game crash of 1983.
Still, there have been plenty of shining gems when it comes to Spielberg-related games. Spielberg’s adventure franchises IndianaJones and jurassic park in particular, have contributed to dozens of games over the years, and Spielberg himself has personally created several game franchises. With new India and JP releases on the horizon, this is the perfect time to reflect.
Raging Jaws (2006)
Jaws is the film that made Steven Spielberg a household name and is considered the very first blockbuster. As Spielberg walked away after the first film, the franchise about a giant great white shark would continue for over a decade with a series of increasingly frazzled sequels.
Raging Jaws it might not be the greatest shark game ever, but it’s probably the most enjoyable official game Jaws Gameplay. Players control Jaws on an open world map of Amity Island and can wreak bloody mayhem in both natural and man-made environments.
The Goonies II (1987)
1985 The Goonies is one of the most iconic family adventure films of all time with a stellar cast of youngsters including Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Ke Huy Quan and Corey Feldman. Steven Spielberg created the story and was heavily involved in its making.
by Konami The Goonies II was released for the NES in 1987 and is the only extended media Goonies released with an original story. Players control Mikey as he saves his friends from the Fratellis. Most of the game is a 2D platformer with plenty of weapons and bonuses, including boomerangs and spring-loaded shoes. The game also features RPG elements where the player searches for coins and interacts with NPCs.
Back to the Future: The Game (2010)
Steven Spielberg did not realize Back to the future; that honor went to Robert Zemeckis, though the film proudly opens with a “Steven Spielberg Presents” card. One of the most beloved film franchises of the 80s, the story was neatly wrapped up in the third film, leaving little room for expanded media.
But that finally changed with Telltale Games’ Back to the Future: The Game. This five-episode graphic adventure starred Doc and Marty in an original story set in 1876, 1931, and 1986. Despite an open ending, no sequel was made, but Telltale produced another Spielberg tie-in, Jurassic Park: The Game.
Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine (1999)
The popular IndianaJones Movies have always inspired filmmakers and game designers, leading them to create their own action-adventure video games like this. In the 5th generation of games, grave robber has become a very popular 3D adventure game franchise. The time had come for Indy’s first foray into 3D gaming, and LucasArts delivered with Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine.
In an interview with Classic adventure gameHal Barwood revealed he wanted to make a game based on UFOs set in the Cold War era, but George Lucas blocked that idea, which sounded too much like the next one India 4. Instead, Indy’s World Adventure involved the god Marduk and the Tower of Babel. The game had a great story with better plot twists and deeper characters than Crystal Skull Kingdom.
Medal of Honor: Airborne (2007)
During filming Saving Private Ryanone of Spielberg’s finest films, the director came up with the idea of making a World War II video game that would be both entertaining and educational, according to IGN. Thereby, Medal of Honor was born and the franchise saw its 15th installment released in 2020. The games feature first-person gameplay, usually set in World War II.
Which makes Medal of Honor: Airborne interesting is how each level begins. The player is parachuted into a battle and can choose where to land before pursuing the mission objective. In this way, the game was a precursor to modern Battle Royale games. Airborne only had a few levels, but they were terribly designed and highly replayable.
Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb (2003)
On the gameplay side, Emperor’s Tomb is by far the best 3D IndianaJones gaming experience. An excellent combat engine allows Indy to fight enemies with his fists or with his whip, guns or improvised weapons, such as table legs. The graphics and control are also a huge upgrade over the slower paced infernal machine.
The story sees Indy battle Nazis and supernatural threats while searching for the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi. cursed temple Wu Han assists Indy, along with Mei Ying, who fights alongside Jones on some missions.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Arcade (1997)
In 1994 and 1997, SEGA released a pair of terrific arcade games based on jurassic park and The lost World. Both featured first-person shooter gameplay for one to two players. The lost World was an upgrade in every way, with improved graphics, gameplay, and light weapons as opposed to gamepads.
Some versions of the game come in an eye-catching theater-style cabinet, and later versions featured movable seats and an 80-inch screen. The game was hugely popular and remains one of the most beloved arcade games of the 1990s. The legacy of these releases led to other jurassic park arcade games in 2001 and 2015.
Medal of Honor: Frontline (2002)
Medal of Honor: Frontline is arguably the definitive and most iconic first-person shooter of World War II. Although this is the first in the series without the participation of Steven Spielberg, it allowed players to discover Saving Private Ryan unforgettable opening scene of the storming of the Normandy beaches. This jaw-dropping level of openness was one of the most talked about of its time.
The game has brilliantly balanced spy elements with great combat gameplay. Players took part in famous battles, infiltrated enemy submarines and installations, and launched hilarious bar fights to complete their mission. Acclaimed composer Michael Giacchino provided an unforgettable score that was both emotional and uplifting.
Jurassic World Evolution 2 (2021)
The 1990s introduced the world to both amusement park management games and a film franchise about dinosaurs running amok at an amusement park. Mixing these two things together seemed like a no-brainer. There were several jurassic park manager sims created over the years, but those of 2018 Jurassic Park Evolution is the one who really understood.
Evolution allowed players to build their own Jurassic Park, breed dinosaurs, and then watch them fight and eat people. It also featured voiceovers from the cast of the films. The sequel was released in 2021 and adds more dinosaurs, a new US setting, unpredictable behaviors, DLC updates, and the ability to play through the events of the movies. Plus it’s hot with Jurassic World: Dominionaccording to Newsweek.
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (1992)
After the success of The Last Crusade: The Graphic AdventureHal Barwood was commissioned to create a new IndianaJones game with an original story. This new game would see Indy searching for the lost city of Atlantis in a global race against the Nazis. It also introduced fan-favorite character Sophia Hapgood. The terrific story was adapted into a comic book by Dark Horse Comics.
Fate of Atlantis was one of the gems of LucasArt’s golden age of point-and-click adventure games. To this day, some fans still consider him the real India 4. Several attempts at a sequel failed, although Barwood continued to produce Indiana Jones games until 2003. After a long hiatus, fans will soon be rewarded with a new IndianaJones game, which was announced in 2020.
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