The game is primarily action based, and the player controls Indiana
Jones through levels based on events of the movies. Jones's main method
of attack is his bull-whip, but he can also damage enemies by punching
or rolling into them. Occasionally a gun can be found that has unlimited
ammo, and grenades are available in limited numbers. Besides attacking,
the whip can also be used as a method of swinging across pits.
Once in a while, the game breaks the mold from the typical action and
plunges the player into various other types of gameplay, such as flying a
plane, riding a mine cart, and going down a mountain on a raft.
Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures uses the same engine as the Super Star Wars series
and is divided into 28 areas, many of them in side-scrolling view and
others in driving stages. If Indy dies in an area, the player restarts
from the beginning of the current area. All three of the movies are
featured in the game, but Raiders of the Lost Ark is the only one playable upon starting the game. In order to play Temple of Doom and Last Crusade, the player must progress through the game or use a password.