The Ten Best Non-Star Wars LucasArts Games

By Kyle LeClair in Daily Lists, Video Games
Monday, September 16, 2013 at 6:00 am


You know, there tend to be some rare moments when you realize that despite having existed for quite a while, there are some Topless Robot lists we surprisingly haven't gotten around to yet. I honestly thought we did a list of the best LucasArts games in the past, and while a search reveals The 10 Best Original LucasArts Adventure Characters and The 10 Best Sierra Adventure Games, I honestly can't seem to find any record of a list solely devoted to LucasArts games. Huh...(by the way, if it turns out I'm wrong on this, feel free to correct me and smack me upside the head).

It honestly strikes me as odd, because given how many great games LucasArts has made beside the onslaught of Star Wars titles they've put out, which could fill out their own entire list here (and probably have), you'd think a list like that would be a pretty obvious addition to our various lineups of nerd trivia, but nope, not there. So to finally remedy this situation (and as a much-belated memorial for them being killed by the mouse earlier this year), here are ten of the greatest games LucasArts ever pumped out, and let us never forget the awesomeness they provided us over the years.

Honorable Mention: Armed and Dangerous

While Armed and Dangerous is definitely a terrific shooter with a great sense of humor, it was also the only game here that wasn't developed by LucasArts - only published by them - so I felt I couldn't include it in the top ten. That being said, though, this game is still notable for two things: One, being one of LucasArts' best titles from 2000 and beyond, and two...

...It has the Land Shark Gun.

It's a gun that shoots sharks. TUNNEL sharks. Sharks that pop up and devour your opponent. My god, how did we not have more of this? How did this not revolutionize the industry? Do you realize that I might've actually given a crap about the Gears of War games if they had included a shark gun? Armed and Dangerous is great game that sadly slipped through the cracks, but legacy it left with the Land Shark Gun will truly live on in our hearts forever...

10. Gladius

Well, here's one that odds are you probably haven't heard of. A turn-based gladitorial strategy RPG? Definitely doesn't seem like the type of game you'd expect LucasArts to develop. But they did, and the result is what's been called one of the best games from the '00s that you probably didn't play. After building a school for budding gladiators in the land of Gladius, your goal is lead a group of trained heroes out amongst worlds of various warrior cultures and mythical creatures in order to prevent a gigantic war from happening, which you complete through lots of combat, naturally. The combat is a mixture of rock-paper-scissors-esque set of classes and a golf-like swing meter to determine an attack's effectiveness, which may sound odd and simple yet quickly gains a lot of depth due to the sheer amount of variety provided. So yeah, less God of War and more Final Fantasy Tactics, but that's what makes it such a unique gem worth looking at.

9. Loom

Well, I'd tell you about Loom myself, but first it looks like this nice man in the corner might have something to say about it...

...Well geez, way to drone on there, buddy. But indeed, that is a lot of what makes Loom a pretty spectacular adventure game, along with an incredible and unique fantasy world and gameplay, and a stellar story that can get pretty deep at time. Feeling at times like the best '80s fantasy film (from, um, the '90s) never made, you should indeed rush out and buy Loom now! Aye.

8. Metal Warriors

You know, while LucasArts made a ton of unique and creative adventures over the years, sometimes the simplest concepts can truly yeild the best results. Case in point, the concept of "man in giant mech suit fights evil invasion." LucasArts' take on it a simple yet fun action-platformer with a good chunk of action, a nice variety of mechs to play as, and some sweet little touches like the ability to even leave your mech. In fact, that last part makes up what some have said is the game's defining feature, the multiplayer mode, in which you and a friend duke it out in split-screen, rocketing back and forth and trying to blow each other away while swapping between mechs to liven the destruction up. Needless to day, Metal Warriors made good use of the golden age of multiplayer to create a damn good action game built around the joys of giant mechs, as it should be.

7. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis

...Hey, just because I didn't let the Star Wars join the party here doesn't mean I'm going to leave out other beloved Lucasfilm franchises, you know. When those wacky Nazis are it again, this time trying to uncover Atlantis in order to find a machine that grants them godlike powers, it's up to Indy and his love interest du jour, Sophia Hapgood, to stop them. Boasting some then-unique bits like branching paths (referred to as Wits, Team, Fists, evidently showcasing a lack of ability to predict the internet) and action-esque fight scenes that actually make it possible to die in a LucasArts adventure, along with a globe-trotting story that feels like classic Indy (rumors even abound that it was originally planned to be a then-fourth film), The Fate of Atlantis is a terrific game and a great addition to the chronicles of Indy, aliens be damned.

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