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  • Summary: Step into the shoes of the legendary hero, Indiana Jones, in an all new epic adventure! Set in the year 1939, Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings follows the rogue archaeologist on an all-new globe-trotting quest. From San Francisco's Chinatown to the lush jungles of Panama, Indy must useStep into the shoes of the legendary hero, Indiana Jones, in an all new epic adventure! Set in the year 1939, Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings follows the rogue archaeologist on an all-new globe-trotting quest. From San Francisco's Chinatown to the lush jungles of Panama, Indy must use his whip, fists and wits to fight through ruthless opposition as he spars with his nemesis, Magnus Völler, in a race for a relic of biblical proportions - the Staff of Moses. Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings features completely interactive environments, where players need to call upon their wits and daring to make each spring-loaded environment a weapon in order to dispense of foes in clever and unexpected ways. Also, embark upon thrilling action sequences that remain true to the spirit established in scenes such as Indy's pursuit of the motorcade in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the mine-cart scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and the free-for-all aboard the tank in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Wield your Wii Remote like Indy’s signature whip for a variety of uses - from combat to navigation to puzzle-solving. Use your highly interactive Hot Set environments and your wits to defeat your enemies. Explore exotic locations around the globe in an all-new story that puts you on an epic quest for the Staff of Moses. Apply your smarts to navigate Indy through challenging terrains with the many maneuvers Indy can do with his whip. Engage in burst gunplay moments and use careful aim and the environment to take out enemies. Face overwhelming odds and escape signature run-for-your-life moments, like a daring escape from a collapsing temple, by matching fast-paced onscreen gesture prompts. Experience thrilling chases and control vehicles - fly a biplane in a canyon trench, take the reigns of a wild elephant through the streets of Istanbul and navigate a raft down a raging river. Cooperative gameplay mode allows you and a friend to brave the challenges in a variety of game modes in an entirely new quest with a familiar character never playable before in an Indy game. Unlock four-player versus mode where you and your friends go head-to-head in a real biplane combat or take on three of your friends in a free for all tank battle! Whether you are brawling baddies or wielding your whip, use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk as nature intended with the intuitive gesture-based combat system. Discover more than 20 artifacts and rewarding unlockables throughout the game. For those old-school gamers there is nothing better than unlocking the classic Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis game on Wii! [LucasArts] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 32
  2. Negative: 7 out of 32
  1. The sum is greater then the whole with Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings. The two player adventure is well done, and the classic Fate of Atlantis game holds up to this day.
  2. Nintendo Power
    75
    Ultimately enjoyable, with some nice gameplay variety and good sound-alike voice acting. [July 2009, p.85]
  3. Games Master UK
    70
    Seems to forget Indy's also a teacher. All the action, none of the smarts. [Aug 2009, p.66]
  4. The world could really use an awesome Indiana Jones game. Sadly, Staff of Kings is not it.
  5. Staff of Kings tries to do so many things that it fails to nail any of them. The combat is clumsy, the adventuring is dull, the shooting is uninspired and the presentation is severely lacking.
  6. The game is marred by badly implemented controls, poor design and a highly forgettable plot.
  7. Perhaps nobody expected Staff Of Kings to be an Oscar-worthy tale, but the game is marred by its inexcusable “controls,” which lean heavily on the Wii’s motion-sensing capabilities without making them even passably responsive.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Jan 1, 2020
    8
    The story here is entertaining, and a fun globetrotter. The motion controls work to say the least, though there is a lot to be desired.
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    The story here is entertaining, and a fun globetrotter. The motion controls work to say the least, though there is a lot to be desired.
    The real meat of this game lies in it's bonus content. The multiplayer coop and death match aren't the best in the world, but they are definitely enjoyable, and I'd recommend to the coop to anyone, assuming they already own it. It's not much, but it's good fun.
    But there's something else. You can unlock Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis for MSDOS, through the SCUMMVM engine. I would've written a review on it's page, but it doesn't exist so I'm writing it here. I would consider Fate of Atlantis to be one of the best point and click adventure games of all time, and is worth it not only for Indy fans, but for anyone interested in p&c/a games. I'd say the Wii version isn't the best way to play, but it isn't bad. Using the wiimote in place of a mouse and keyboard works, but isn't preferable in a lot of cases. There are also somethings you just can't do, but they aren't things required to beat or enjoy the game to it's fullest, they're mostly just different things you can do in combat.
    If it weren't for TFoA, this game would have a much lower score, but it really ties this whole package together.
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  2. nickk
    Jan 21, 2010
    8
    I really enjoyed this game! can not understand the bad reviews. OK its not a masterpiece but its quie enjoyable!
  3. Jun 14, 2019
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Very fun and a great game. Feels like your in a Indiana Jones movie and very addicting. The game has a very good storyline that is easy to understand and is action packed. The Wii remote is sometimes hard to use is the game but is worth i. Expand
  4. RussC
    Jun 12, 2009
    7
    I don't know what scores mean, the real test was wanting to play through the game, and it delivers on that front. Visually it was fun to I don't know what scores mean, the real test was wanting to play through the game, and it delivers on that front. Visually it was fun to look at, with great locations that really deliver the Indy spirit home. Environmental fighting was great fun, and the motion controls worked suprisingly well (just don't expect hooks to work until you get the hang of it). Great rental play-through for single-player, co-op is pretty meh as it removes the fighting and replaces cinematic cut-scenes with comic-book styled drawings. Expand
  5. MattF
    Jun 13, 2009
    7
    The Good Location variety and detail Shooting portions are awesome Fighting is really good with a little practice Sound effects and score The The Good Location variety and detail Shooting portions are awesome Fighting is really good with a little practice Sound effects and score The Bad Ledge deaths Save Points Cannot skip intros and tutorials Waggling to avoid death is cheap The Notable Storyline is not painful like Crystal Skull Multiplayer is fun and easy, great bonus Fate of Atlantis is cool Overall it is a really fun game for Indy fans Expand
  6. jasonh.
    Jan 10, 2010
    6
    I'm about half way through, and had to stop playing. The game is plagued by irritating controls and glitches. Some of the game is I'm about half way through, and had to stop playing. The game is plagued by irritating controls and glitches. Some of the game is extremely entertaining, such as the brawling and the shoot outs. What's left though is a tedius trek through a world made up of invisible ledges and impassible waist high boulders. In other words, though the game is very linear, the next step may become confusing. Oh yeah, and the camera angle can get frusterating. Expand
  7. Oct 20, 2010
    4
    It's very disappointing that every attempt at a decent Indiana Jones game has failed, and this game is no different but even worse thanIt's very disappointing that every attempt at a decent Indiana Jones game has failed, and this game is no different but even worse than previous attempts. This game looked so promising at first for the interesting gunplay mechanics and the idea that you could pretty much use everything as a weapon. None of the game works. The gunplay is actually generic, a failure, and is never a challenge. The combat system is hard because it barely works and is hard to control. There is even a multiplayer mode where Indiana Jones and hi father have to work together in a completely separate adventure which, too, isn't fun at all. The vehicles are hard to control and the game is so generic it is nearing the unplayable line. The game doesn't even have the Indiana Jones charm. The only thing fun about this game is that it includes the classic Indiana Jones Atlantis game that still stands out among other games (like this one). Its a shame, but be warned that game is generic, hard to control, and repetitive. Expand

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