Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (NES)

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - NES - Tengen.jpg
Platform: NES
Year: 1988
Developer: Tengen
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a game based on the arcade which is based on the movie. You play as Indiana Jones and must stop Mola Ram. This was one of the very few Tengen games that had both an unofficial and official release, this time by Mindscape. In this game, you play two different sections: One where you're running around saving kids (who will give you items) and you are supposed to find the one who has either the red or blue key which can be used to unlock the door to the next level located in the other section of the game; the mine cart levels. Sometimes, the kids in this area will also have the key to the next level. Throughout the game, the player must collect scattered pieces of a map for the final level where you must bomb a random wall to find the hidden exit to the game's final levels. This can be frustrating, and it's not even in the arcade version. The game suffers in lack of gameplay, graphics, and sound. The controls are slippery and when you jump, you gravitate toward the bottom on the screen when you jump. The graphics are terrible, with putrid purple and gross green mountains. The music is okay, but some of the sound effects are awful, such as the bat which has an ear piercing sound that will make your ears bleed.

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The title screen.

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The alternate ending when you whip Willie.


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Music

Indiana Jones of the Temple of Doom contains only four songs, which are all based on the film score by John Williams. These songs were all used in the arcade version. However, the Slalom on Mt. Humol track is not used, which means only three songs are heard throughout the game. In the arcade game, the song was used while Indy is chasing Mola Ram on the bridge, but in the NES version, the main stage theme (Slave Children's Crusade) plays instead.

The arcade version credits Dennis Harper and Hal Canon for music and sound, though Dennis says he arranged the music while Hal worked on the sound effects. The NES version's music is based on the arcade arrangements, and arranged for the NES by Atari's lead audio creator, Brad Fuller, who is probably best known for his NES soundtrack for Tetris: Tengen (NES). To create music for the NES Brad wrote the music in Music-V Language in RPM.

Recording

# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Indiana Jones Theme (Level Screen) John WilliamsBrad Fuller 0:55
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02 Slave Children's Crusade (Mountain Level Theme) John WilliamsBrad Fuller 2:41
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03 The Mine Car Chase (Mine Car Level Theme) John WilliamsBrad Fuller 1:39
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04 Slalom on Mt. Humol (Unused) John WilliamsBrad Fuller 1:05
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Credits

(Source: Verification from Brad Fuller; game lacks credits.)

Temple of Doom appears to be the only game on the NES developed by Tengen that does not have credits. However, we have verified Brad's involvement via a phone call. In addition, the game shares sound effects with Tetris: Tengen (NES).

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Releases

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - NES - Tengen.jpg
Title: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Platform: NES
Released: 1988-??-??
Publisher: Tengen
  USA.svg   USA
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - NES - Mindscape.jpg
Title: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Platform: NES
Released: 1988-12-??
Publisher: Mindscape

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