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2000

New Indy 3D Patch
Tuesday February 08, 2000

A new patch that incorporates Update 1.1. Installing this update will solve problems regarding RETURN TO PERU and catching that rascal Volodnikov in NUB'S TOMB. More info and download it here.

 

New BIG In-Joke
Tuesday February 08, 2000

It has been more than a month since there was interesting Indy 3D news. But we found something that you 'must' know, it's sooo cool!! There is a hidden chamber in the game. Something similar to the MI3 room. There is a "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" room in the Bonus Peru level!!! Shocked? You're not alone.
How to get to the secret Close Encounters room on the Peru level. You know when you have to whip the statue to make the boulder fall? Well after that, go to the room with the catacomb things, and then make your way through the whoooole level until you get to that point again and then climb up to where the boulder was. Then save game and good luck on the puzzle.

 

Indy 3D Desktop Themes
Friday March 24, 2000

New at the official spotlight of Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine (indy.lucasarts.com): You can now download the Indy Desktop Theme witch includes icons, sounds, cursors, background tile, and wallpaper. Download them now!!

 

Indy 3D for Dreamcast
Tuesday March 28, 1999

Bad news for the PS-X owners. Indiana Jones won't come out for PS-X but will appear for the Dreamcast. The Indy 3D Dreamcast game will be ready for this fall (I hope) and it might also be announced during E3 in May.

 

Fate of Atlantis 2
Tuesday April 25, 1999

Nope, LucasArts is not planning to make a sequel to their "Indy and the Fate of Atlantis" game but somebody else is. Is won't be new for some people but the reason why I mention this now is that Adventure Gamer posted a preview on that upcoming fan made sequel. Click here to read the preview. You can also visit the Indy Project site, for more info on the game.

 

Infernal Machine for N64
Thursday May 11, 1999

Good news for the N64 owners! There were some rumors lately that LucasArts was planning to release the Infernal Machine for Nintendo 64. They are no rumors anymore. LucasArts announced that the Infernal Machine for N64 will be released this summer. LucasArts at E3 2000.

 

Fate of Atlantis 2 theme samples
Sunday, July 23, 2000

No, it's not LucasArts' next Indy project but new stuff for the fan made Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis sequel (Indy Project). Indy's enemies are going to have their very own music, a special tune when the Nazis appear. They already have 6 samples of the Nazi theme to show how far a midi-based track can be modified to serve in different plot situations. You can download them and send in comments. Visit this page to download and for more info. You must download them from me, they are superb!!

 

Udoiana Raunes 3 is in the works!
Thursday, August 3, 2000

The men, Stefan Zwanzger and Thomas Wagner, who created the superb Indiana Jones like Adventure game Udoiana Raunes revealed that a third part is in the works. Here's a part of the mail we received from Stefan about Udoiana Raunes part three:

"New graphics, new style... The official Website will relaunch within the next months. There you will get further information. It will be great, I promise..."

Stefan, we can't wait to play it!!

 

Indy 3D for N64 release date and info
Friday, August 4, 2000

IGN64.com lists the upcoming release of Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine for the N64 as November 2000. Mike, who has send me the news, also wrote what you may expect of the N64 version...

"LucasArts isn't just porting this game to another system, either. They are completely redoing the controls, which is what the PC version received critic for. If you've played Zelda 64, then you'll know what I'm talking about when I say that Indy will be able to lock onto the nearest enemy and strafe around him using the Z trigger button. This will also allow actions such as whipping specific objects to be easier. Another thing being borrowed from Zelda 64 is that players will be able to configure any item that you can use, such as guns, to the bottom three yellow C buttons. This game will make use of the N64 Expansion Pak, allowing it to be run in hi-resolution mode. Everything else about the game, like the levels and story will be be the same as the PC version."

 

Indy 3D for N64 preview at IGN
Tuesday, August 15, 2000

Mike has send me some more Indy 3D news today. IGN64.com has some brand new screenshots of the N64 version of Indiana Jones and the Infernal machine plus an early look at the game, here's a part of their preview:

IGN64 crept into Nintendo’s E3 booth earlier today and had a quick go with Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine N64, and we’ve got some great news: it’s truly excellent. Factor 5 and LucasArts have really whipped the disorganized PC game into shape for its 64-bit debut, complete with a tightly coded new engine, and welcomed additions like real-time lighting effects, soft-skinning, a completely new animation system, a Zelda-esque Z-targeting system, analog support, and more – all running in high-resolution mode with a smooth frame rate. Can you say “whoa”? Go ahead, this game deserves it.

 

Infernal Machine for N64 and GameBoy
Thursday, September 7, 2000

ign64.com has posted a new preview article of the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine Nintendo 64 game. It's an interesting article that also tells us what LucasArts, and Factor 5 have improved. The N64 version of the Infernal Machine plays much tighter, more responsive, and with a whole slew of extra little goodies like it should have when the PC version came out. Click here to read article.
And there's also good news for the Game Boy Color owners! LucasArts announced few days back that Indiana Jones & the Infernal Machine will hit GameBoy in Spring 2001 in Color. In addition LucasArts will be releasing a new Star Wars games for Game Boy. Click here to read the full press release. It has been since 1993 that, the only other Indy Game Boy game, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade came out.

 

New LucasArts poll...
Sunday, September 24, 2000

The Official LucasArts website has posted a new Poll and it's very interesting for the Indyfans! The questions is "Which of these is your favorite Indiana Jones Game?" You can choose from the Infernal Machine, the Fate of Atlantis, and the Last Crusade. At this moment, the Fate of Atlantis is winning with 58%. I'm not surprised, FOA is still is one of the best adventure games ever made. But why is Indy's Desktop Adventures not mentioned in the poll?!

 

More Infernal Machine on N64 info
Wednesday, October 4, 2000

Mike has let us know that ign64.ign.com has posted a preview of the Nintendo 64 version of Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine. Here's a part of the preview:

IGN64 crept into Nintendo’s E3 booth earlier today and had a quick go with Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine N64, and we’ve got some great news: it’s truly excellent. Factor 5 and LucasArts have really whipped the disorganized PC game into shape for its 64-bit debut, complete with a tightly coded new engine, and welcomed additions like real-time lighting effects, soft-skinning, a completely new animation system, a Zelda-esque Z-targeting system, analog support, and more – all running in high-resolution mode with a smooth frame rate. Can you say “whoa”? Go ahead, this game deserves it.

Hit the link above to read the full preview.

 

Infernal Machine week at IGN64
Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Just when I thought nobody was interested in the N64 version of the Infernal Machine IGN64 starts something great! During the next 5 days they will take you through Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine N64 with detailed chapter breakdowns, a comparison of the PC version, and great new videos and screenshots. Here's a part from the first day with Indy at IGN:

If you've ever played the PC version of Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine then you know what type of game it is and what genre it falls primarily under. Like the Tomb Raider series, Indy explores vast, puzzle filled 3D environments complete with platform jumping, swimming, item placement, and enemy interaction. The good news for Nintendo 64 owners is that Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine features enough visual and control improvements to set it apart from its PC predecessor, and as we intend to demonstrate, it is by far the superior version to own.

Hit the link above to start IGN64's adventure.

 

Infernal Machine for N64 gone Gold!
Friday, October 27, 2000

Adventure Gamer reported today that the Nintendo 64 version of Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine has gone gold:

Through an exclusive arrangement with Blockbuster, LucasArts is pleased to announce that Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine for Nintendo 64 has been approved for manufacturing. You can rent the game at Blockbuster beginning the week of December 11th (U.S. and Canada).

There's also good news for the Monkey Island fans: Monkey Island 4 has gone gold too! You may expect it in the week of November 6th.

 

Infernal Machine N64 not for stores!!
Monday, October 30, 2000

I have heard here and there that the Infernal Machine for N64 might not be available to by in stores. I couldn't believe this so I went to LucasArts.com to look for evidence. And unfortunately it's true, here's what I have found:

Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine for Nintendo 64 will soon be here. Take advantage of our pre-order special and pay $49.95 including free shipping and handling. Don't delay, because this offer expires 12/8/00 and this game WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT RETAIL.
Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine will not be available to buy in stores. Due to anticipated demand, there is a two-games per customer limit on this title. Don't miss out - pre-order today!

Click here to read more at the LucasArts Company Store.

 

More Infernal Machine sales info
Wednesday, November 1, 2000 - Gilles V

The International House of Mojo has placed a part from the latest LucasArts press release about the Infernal Machine for N64 sales. LucasArts have struck an interesting deal with Blockbuster Video. It's an exclusive rental/sale agreement for the N64 version of the Infernal Machine. Here's a part of the press release:

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - October 30, 2000 - LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC today announced that Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine for Nintendo 64 will be distributed in December 2000 as a retail exclusive with Blockbuster stores nationwide. The action-packed game can be rented at participating Blockbuster store locations, as well as purchased on each company's Web site, www.blockbuster.com or companystore.lucasarts.com.
Nintendo 64 titles have consistently been one of the most popular video game rentals at Blockbuster, and the retailer will employ their "Guaranteed To Be There" program at participating store locations for Indy's Nintendo 64 debut. Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine also will be available as a previously played game (PPG) in Blockbuster stores following its new release period.
"This distribution arrangement represents a unique retail opportunity for LucasArts and Blockbuster and will greatly benefit Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine," says Mary Bihr, vice president, worldwide sales and marketing for LucasArts.

 

Win the Infernal Machine for N64!!
Thursday, November 2, 2000 - Gilles V

ign64.com has teamed up with LucasArts to give away a wide variety of prizes related to the coming Blockbuster release of Infernal Machine for N64, including 10 copies of the title, t-shirts, and an official Indiana Jones hat. And all you have to do to earn a chance at winning is answer a few questions. Hit the link above for more info. Thanks to Mike for letting us know.

 

Infernal Machine to N64 interview
Friday, November 10, 2000 - Gilles V

IGN64.com has an interview with the developers from Factor 5 who were in charge of the game's translation of LucasArts' Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine to N64. Here's a part of it:

LucasArts viewed the Blockbuster partnership as a very unique opportunity for this title. When we shared pre-release versions of Indy N64 with the people at Blockbuster, they were very excited about the potential of this title. Blockbuster has become a significant force in this industry - particularly on the game rental side, which plays a large role in influencing video game customers. We looked at this as a tremendous way to provide special attention for this release.

Thanks to Mike for letting us know. Hit the link above to read the interview.

 

Udoiana Raunes 3 plans...
Sunday, December 3, 2000 - Gilles V

Stefan Zwanzger (creator of Udoiana Raunes) has let us know that he is still planning to make the third installment of the Indy-alike adventure game Udoiana Raunes. He has a script entitled Udoiana Raunes in Search for Indy4 in which Udoiana's last mission is to bring Ford, Spielberg, Lucas and Connery back together to do a fourth Indy flick. Raunes will have to die in order to do that. Zwanzger also said that he can't promise us that this new game will ever happen, at this moment. Hit the link above for more info on Udoiana Raunes.

 

Infernal Machine GameBoy Screenshots!
Thursday, December 14, 2000 - Gilles V

I have always wondered how they would transform the Infernal Machine for Game Boy. Now I saw some screenshots of the Game Boy Color version at pocket.IGN.com, and it looks great!! Here's a part of their article about the Game Boy Color version:

The title will span more than 19 different levels, each separated by very cinematic transition scenes that are trademark of the Indiana Jones films. In the game, you'll be able to use four different weapons, from a revolver to a more rapid-fire machine gun, and even an explosive hand grenade. Of course, Indiana Jones will have his whip on his hip at all times which can be pulled out when the more powerful weaponry isn't available. Soviet soldiers, spiders, scorpions, snakes, wolves, jaguars, sharks, jellyfish, and poisonous lice will be your targets as you make your way through the varying terrain to solve puzzles and find secrets to continuously unfold the game's storyline.

Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine on Game Boy Color is currently slated for release in March 2001. Hit the link above for more info and some great screenshots!!

 

Indy and the Infernal Machine for N64
Friday, December 15, 2000 - Gilles V

Nintendo.com has a preview of the soon to be released Infernal Machine for the N64:
You can rent Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine at Blockbuster stores only. If you want to purchase it new, you'll have do it online at www.blockbuster.com or companystore.lucasarts.com.
Blockbuster will use its "Guaranteed To Be There" program at participating store locations for Indy's Nintendo 64 debut. Previously played versions of Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine will eventually be sold at participating Blockbuster stores. Since the Pak has three save slots, used ones are likely to be played up. Source: TheForce.Net

 

 

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