Indiana Jones and the Fountain of Youth

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No, that’s not the new name of Indy’s next film or some kind of bizarre crossover with the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean film, but it is the name of a project that is already ten years in the making by die-hard fans of Lucasarts’ classic adventure games featuring the Man in the Hat.

This one takes place in 1939, before the invasion of Poland by the Nazis, as they scour the globe in search of yet another artifact for the Reich. But the Fountain may only be the start of a race to attain an ancient weapon of forbidden power and only Indy can stop them in time. Doesn’t he always?

The free PC-only demo lets you sample a bit of the impressive gameplay. For those unfamiliar with this type of adventure game, it’s the kind of point-and-click exploration and puzzle busting that were incredibly popular in the eighties and the nineties. You’ll need to scour scenes for clues, examine notes, and break through devious puzzles to beat those nefarious Nazis.

From the sharp art style and polished soundtrack to the puzzles – and even a little fighting – it’s like playing the sequel to Indy’s other adventure, the Fate of Atlantis, all over again. So if you miss those old Lucasarts’ styled adventures – or need something to help forget Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – try this one out or visit the site and check out the history behind it.

When, and if, the game is finally finished, it’s going to be released as a completely free fan tribute. Definitely keeping my eyes on this one.