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When Raiders of the Lost Ark hit the silver screen in 1981, bringing with it one of the most iconic characters of the 20th century, Indiana Jones, it caused a sensation. A whole generation were exposed to the potential thrills and adventure latent in the stereotypically ‘stuffy’ field of archaeology.
What many don’t realise though, is that archaeology has always had a certain air of glamour, at least when Holywood is concerned. What’s more, the Spielberg-directed Indiana Jones films served as a revival of a long dormant, but well established film genre.
Back in the Golden Age of Hollywood, a period that ran from around 1930 to 1950, action/adventure films of the sort Indaian Jones emulates were extremely commonplace. From The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, to King Solomon’s Mines and Secret of the Incas, virtually every year, one or two exotic adventures came out to thrill and amaze audiences.
This tradition continues right through to today, with notable examples such as the National Treasure movies continuing to carry the flame for far-flung adventure on cinema screens. Though if one wants to really see where the genre is flourishing today, one needs to look to a different medium.
As far as the 1989’s The Prince of Persia, game developers have been seeking to recapture the thrills of Indiana Jones in video game form. After all, the format is a perfect fit for the themes and events prevalent in this type of storytelling.
Over the years, some of the world’s biggest game franchises, from Tomb Raider, to Assassin’s Creed, have actually sought to capture the essence of what makes the Adventure/Action genre so compelling. If you’re eager to dust off your hat and dive into a new gaming adventure today, try out these titles below.
Few games have ever succeeded in capturing the feeling of being within an Indiana Jones-style adventure quite like the Uncharted series.
Ever since we were introduced to their dashing protagonist Nathan Drake in 2007’s Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, the series has pioneered new highs for the genre, building on the influence of games like Prince of Persia, Assassins’ Creed and Tomb Raider to create a well crafted and engaging gameplay experience.
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What really sets the Uncharted games apart though is their commitment to cinematic storytelling, and it is this reason that anyone looking for the thrill of adventure should dedicate some time to tracking these titles down and enjoying all they have to offer.
Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead
Nowadays, the most common format for games belonging to this genre is third person and 3D, this makes sense given that this enables players to explore their environment more capably. But fear not if you prefer your games to take a slightly different pace, as there are a host of equally compelling titles to serve your archaeological interests.
Take Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead as a key example of this. This game takes all the thrills and adventure of this category, and serves it up as one of the most exciting and innovative slots titles to see the light of day in recent years.
Developed by Swedish studio and industry mainstays, Play ‘n GO, this game, which delivers plenty of one-armed bandit thrills through its ten payline, five reel format, is sure to scratch your itch for adventure while simultaneously letting you sample the best the igaming sector can offer in 2023.
This is one game that wears its influences proudly on its sleeve, with Rich Wilde cut from the cloth of Indaina Jones and the Hollywood greats that came before him.
Tomb Raider (Survivor Reboot)
Since the inception of the 3D-era, Lara Croft has been somewhat of a standard bearer for the action/adventure genre, with the first three Tomb Raider games on the classic PlayStation warmly remembered as groundbreaking works.
In the interest of moving with the times, the Tomb Raider series has undergone several reboots of the years, with the most significant—and critically well received being the “survivor” reboot that began with 2013’s Tomb Raider.
This recast Lara Croft as a younger and less well polished adventurer, and it stands up today as one of the greats of the modern genre. Two sequels followed this—2015’s Rise of the Tomb Raider and 2018’s fantastic Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
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