With a new Indiana Jones movie out now in cinemas, we can’t stop thinking about action-packed archaeological adventures. There’s a dearth of actual Indiana Jones games available on modern consoles, but there are plenty of games like Indiana Jones. But which ones are the best?
The games on this list all capture the spirit of Indiana Jones in one way or another. Perhaps they let you set out on an epic adventure to find a rare artefact. Or maybe they see you travelling the world, visiting mysterious and often dangerous locations. Whatever the reason, we’ve rounded up eight of the best games like Indiana Jones below. So grab your whip, your compass and a good pair of walking shoes – and jump on in.
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1. Uncharted 4
- Playable on PS4, PS5 & PC
Indiana Jones, meet Nathan Drake, the main protagonist of the Uncharted games. We think you’ll both get on pretty well. Like Indiana Jones, Nathan Drake is well-versed in history, and he also loves travelling the world in search of mythical lands and artifacts. Along the way, he has to negotiate harsh environments, engage in both fist and firefights, and of course, plunder quite a few temples. And so, if you’re after one of the best games like Indiana Jones, the Uncharted series is a must-play. Uncharted 4 is a good place to jump in, available on its own on PS4 and as part of the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection on PS5 and PC.
2. Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Playable on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S & PC
Surely everyone is familiar with the Tomb Raider series, or at least its plucky and adventurous protagonist, Lara Croft. She’s another character who’d get along rather swimmingly with Indiana Jones, unless of course they were competing for the same treasure. In any case, all of the Tomb Raider games offer an Indiana Jones-like experience, with you travelling the world, engaging in combat, raiding tombs, and generally just putting yourself in great danger. Rise of the Tomb Raider is the most recent entry in the series, and also quite possibly the best. Even better, it’s playable on most current formats.
3. Adam’s Venture Origins
- Playable on PS4, Xbox One, Switch & PC
Adam’s Venture Origins sort-of pales in comparison to Uncharted and the modern Tomb Raider trilogy, but it still deserves a place on this list of games like Indiana Jones. After all, like the above protagonists, titular Adam has a thirst for adventure and exploring places he probably shouldn’t be. Across the five-or-so hour running time of the game, you’ll accompany Adam to multiple locations including Jerusalem, London and Paris as he tries to take down a mysterious organisation. The story isn’t the greatest here, granted, but you can certainly feel like Indy himself as you work through the game’s solid mixture of action and puzzle-solving.
4. LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues
- Playable on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S & PC
It’s a travesty that Traveller’s Tales hasn’t made a new LEGO Indiana Jones game, or at least remastered the existing ones. As it is, LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures and its sequel, LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues, are practically considered retro by now, having released on PS3 and Xbox 360. The good news is they’re readily available on PC, and if you have a modern Xbox console, they’re playable via backwards compatibility. The visuals are a little dated now, sure, but there’s still plenty of joy to be found in taking control of a minifigure version of Indy in a brick-built adventure that retells the story of the movies.
5. Strange Brigade
- Playable on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch & PC
With a fair bit more firefighting than Indiana Jones is used to, and perhaps more awakenings of the undead, Strange Brigade might seem like a strange choice when it comes to rounding up the best games like Indiana Jones. But with its archeological themes and settings that see us exploring ancient ruins, it’s easy to imagine Indy being amongst the cast of colourful characters here. Sure, the focus is more on shooting and staying alive than it is on recovering ancient, mysterious artefacts, but it’s still worth picking up if you want to feel like an intrepid explorer.
6. Deadfall Adventures
- Playable on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S & PC
It’s a good number of years old now, Deadfall Adventures, having originally launched in 2013. It’s still very much playable on PC though, and on Xbox consoles thanks to backwards compatibility. Developed by The Farm 51, Deadfall Adventures is a first-person shooter full of high-octane action. It’ll appeal to fans of Indiana Jones thanks to its treasure-hunting premise that will have you travelling the world. Along the way, there are puzzles to solve and temples to be explored, and it’s imperative that you stay ahead of both the Nazis and the Russians. Basically, this is an Indiana Jones game in all but name.
7. Broken Sword
- Playable on PC
A point and click adventure game, the inclusion of Broken Sword on this list might seem a little strange. It shares many elements with the Indiana Jones series, however, including having a protagonist who has a keen interest in history and mysterious artifacts. The original Broken Sword, which is by far the best entry in the series, sees you trying to unravel the mystery surrounding a man murdered for his manuscript. It’s a pursuit that will see you travel around the world, and come face to face with the Templar order. While it may be slow-paced, then, Broken Sword has the sense of adventure and mystery that Indiana Jones fans are likely to crave.
8. Joe Wander and the Enigmatic Adventures
- Playable on PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S & PC
This one is a bit of an undiscovered gem. If you’re fan of old-fashioned platform games, you’d be wise to check out Joe Wander and the Enigmatic Adventures. As the titular adventurer, you need to make your way through a range of environments, using your whip to swing over gaps and grab hold of objects to move them into place. Along the way, you’ll need to avoid hazards, deal with enemies, and of course collect treasure. It’s quite different to everything else on this list of games like Indiana Jones, but if you’re after something that’s less violent and more focused on platforming, this could be the game for you.