Raiders of the Lost Ark
|Raiders of the Lost Ark
|Howard Scott Warshaw (Programmer) & Jerome Domurat
|Howard Scottt Warshaw's second
Raiders of the Lost Ark is yet another complex adventure game from
the devious mind of Howard Scott Warshaw. It is widely believed
that ROTLA is the first videogame to be based (sort of) on a movie, although
it really doesn't have much in common with the movie other than the famous
dig for the Ark. ROTLA is one of the 2600's few true adventure games,
and most people will go their whole lives without seeing the ending.
To say Raiders of the Lost Ark is complex is a bit of an understatement.
Not only does ROTLA require the player to use two joysticks simultaneously
(one for movement, and one for your inventory), it requires the player
to use abstract logic to solve the various puzzles. Now this may
not sound too difficult, but combine the extreme difficulty of the game
with some very abstract looking graphics and you've got one challenging
game. Oh did I forget to mention that timing is also important in
ROTLA? Certain events happen only at certain times in the game,
this can make an already challenging game downright impossible.
Well if you're not scared off by now, then you just might
have the right stuff to play this game. The secret to ROTLA is to
know where your going, how to get there, and what you need to have once
you're there. Unfortunately since this game is only loosely based
on the movie (very loosely), knowing the plot isn't going to help you
much. You goal is to get the shovel, find the proper mesa, and dig
up the ark. As you may have guessed, getting the shovel and finding
the proper mesa isn't as easy as it sounds.
The first thing Indy must do is go down a screen into the
marketplace and find the headpiece to the staff of Ra which is conveniently
located in one of the baskets (sorry, no Marion and no Nepal). While
your waiting for the headpiece to appear (it take a second or two), you'll
want to pick up the key, revolver, and grenade which are also in the various
baskets. Once you have all the goodies, go back up to the starting
screen and place the gernade next to the wall. Quickly walk down
to the market and back up and there should be a large hole blown in the
wall, enter this hole. You should now be in the temple (funny I
don't remember this part of the movie). Move to the center of the
temple and you should see a timepiece (the large blocky thing that looks
like a mutated sundial), pick it up and exit to the lower right. You're
now stuck in the temple prison (Doh!), but thankfully you can use the
whip to break your way out by shooting the walls. Once you've made
an Indy sized hole exit the room to the upper right (alternatively you
can try and find the secret exit which is about a half inch from the bottom
of the left wall, but getting through there is tough).
Now you should be in the temple treasury, time to loot
and pillage. Wait until half past the hour (use your timepiece to
see the current time), and grab the coins in the center of the room. Now
walk in and out of the room until you have two baskets of coins, and the
ankh. You can also pick up the Chai if you want (it looks like a
funny symbol), but this is only used to uncover the Yar on the mesa for
extra points. Now walk back to the prison and use the ankh, you
should now be on the mesa field. Notice how your ankh has tuned
into a grappling hook (how convenient!), you're going to need to use the
grappling hook to move yourself from mesa to mesa. Make your way
to the mesa at the bottom of the screen, drop the grappling hook, and
move down off the screen. Now you're in the map room, select the
key and walk down the yellow strip (don't fall off!). Once you reach
the center of the map room, walk onto the pedestal and select the headpiece.
Now wait until noon (this shouldn't take more than a few minutes)
and the location of the ark should appear on the mesa map. Remember
this location! Select the key, and walk out of the map room and exit at
the bottom of the screen.
Now you're in the room of tiny thieves (goody!), carefully
weave your way through the thieves and exit at the bottom of the screen.
You're now in the secret black market (shhh! Don't tell anyone, it's a
secret!). Walk over to the shovel and while touching it; drop two
baskets of coins (in my day a shovel only cost one basket of coins.).
You can also buy extra bullets here, but you shouldn't need them. Exit
at the bottom of the screen and you should now be in the regular market.
Go back to the temple and pick up an ankh and a basket of coins.
Exit back to the market place and (left two screens, down one) and buy
the parachute (stand on the white box and drop a basket of coins). Now
use the ankh to get back to the mesa field and make your way to the correct
mesa (you do remember which one it was right?). Drop the ankh, select
the parachute, and get ready for the toughest part of the game.
Walk off the side of mesa and immediately use your parachute.
Now carefully guide Indy past the tree branch and into the hole
on the side of the mesa. Once inside the mesa (who knew the were
hollow?), drop your parachute and make your way to the bottom of the screen
(don't let any of the thieves touch you). Now stand of the pile
of dirt, select the shovel, and walk back and forth. Indy should now start
"digging" up the Ark. If you selected the proper mesa you'll appear
in the Well of Souls with the Ark and win the game, otherwise you'll fall
into the Valley of Poison (oops!). The length of the pedestal Indy
is standing on depends on how well you did (the higher the pedestal the
better you did), but there's a bug in the game which won't let you attain
the highest ranking (so stop trying already!).
If you want to find all the game's hidden secrets, you
need to bring the Chai to the mesa field before you enter the final part
of the game. Grapple yourself over to the flying saucer mesa (the
one that looks like a UFO), and fall off the side. Now as your falling
you need to quickly drop the Chai and use the parachute. If you
did this correctly you'll see the Yar zoom up the screen and you won't
die by falling into the Valley of Poison. If you've done this and
played particularly well (didn't lose any lives or use any point deducting
shortcuts) then you'll see HSW2 in your inventory at the end of the game.
These are Howard Scott Warshaw's initials and the 2 denotes that
this is his second game.
Raiders of the Lost Ark was one of those games that everybody
had, yet no one seemed to be able beat. I guess that stands as a
testament to how popular the movie was, and how hard the game is. While
it's definitely not for everyone, ROTLA is one of the great classics of
the 2600 and deserves a special place in Atari history as one of the most
complex games ever made.
||Radiers' Lost Ark Cartridge
to 2600 Software