LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures Review
- Posted June 4th, 2008 at 22:21 EDT by
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With an FPS around every corner, LEGO Indiana Jones offers up some pure comedic, platforming entertainment that will keep you busy for hours on end or for fifteen minutes at a time.
- Over 60 playable characters
- Great co-op action
- A variety of unlockables
- Lack of online play
- Frustrating camera functionality
Tired of playing in a galaxy far, far away? If so, Traveller’s Tales is back with an all new addition to their LEGO franchise. LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures offers up fans of the series one game packed with every adventure from the 1980s films. While the game does take you through those first three films, you may notice that the plot doesn’t always follow suit. Much like within the Star Wars trilogy, Traveller’s Tales has added in segments of play of their own in order to increase the game’s total length.
While this may take away from the authenticity of the movies, the developers have done a great job implementing the game’s elements to those specific areas. This has resulted in nothing but extra whip-lashing Indy fun for gamers of all ages and should stop fanatics of the series from complaining.
While fans of the Star Wars series will feel right at home with not only the game’s elements, but also with the familiar control scheme, newcomers will experience a minor learning curve in order to get up to speed. Regardless, one of the best things going for the LEGO franchise is the fact that just about anybody can pick up the game and play.
The control schematics are mapped to the DualShock 3 controller flawlessly. The face buttons are primarily used in order to jump, punch, use Indy’s whip, active other characters' special talents and to build things in order to advance through the level. If there is one issue that the controls do have, it's that sometimes they’re not always 100% responsive. I sometimes found myself tapping the X button to jump or the O button to whip a German into pieces, but it never happened; Indy would just stand there looking dumbfounded which led to several deaths. Surprisingly, these didn’t detract much from the gameplay since you can’t truly die in a LEGO game.
Anyone who has played a LEGO title will tell you that the gameplay itself is ridiculously addicting and that the simple idea of collecting bolts and unlocking extras keeps the game fresh and worth playing. LEGO Indiana Jones is no exception to this simplistic formula -- it's executed perfectly. You’ll escort Indy and a slew of over 60 playable characters through a variety of platforming stages and puzzles, the latter of which aren't always so obvious to figure out. However, bust open enough bolt-filled LEGO structures and you’ll eventually move forward.
Collecting every bolt you find is not the only way to unlock extra features; you can also collect packages and mail them back to the college in order to purchase them. Packages and mailboxes can be found in levels, however getting to each isn’t always so easy. Sometimes it may even seem impossible. I had a lot of trouble trying to figure out which character would be able to get to a package and then sometimes what dother character would give me the easiest access to the mailbox, but in the end, it’s worth the time to figure out. Packages can include regenerating health or even a bolt multiplier thus leading to unlocking the rest of the cast that much quicker.
One of the key components to the gameplay itself is the ability to go back over certain stages in Free Mode in order to collect things you couldn’t before. For example, see the small hatches in levels that only vertically challenged characters like Short Round can crawl through to be able to access hidden areas. Other times you may have to go back to an area with a rocket launcher equipped in order to to blast through a pile of LEGOS and gain another piece of artifact treasure.
Since each character has his or her own class, it keeps the game from becoming stale even after long periods of gaming. As expected, Indy has his trademark whip. On the slightly more peculiar spectrum, women jump higher than the men (take that NBA!). In adverse instances, some characters are equipped with books to read hieroglyphics and others are equipped with shovels or wrenches to dig up or repair precious items. Regardless of what you’re trying to do, the title will supply you with the right character ... (continued on next page)
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- 5:27pm EDT - June 4th, 2008
Lego Starwars was an amazing game.
Lego Indiana Jones will be killer.
- 5:50pm EDT - June 4th, 2008
why would someone by a game like that and play it. People these day talk about money to waste, and yet wasting it on that game?
- 6:23pm EDT - June 4th, 2008
@style_paniro - How is it a waste? I've got this for my PC, and my 5 year old son loves it. I also plan on getting the Lego Stars Wars as well as this for the PS3. Just because you're not a fan of the Lego games doesn't mean they aren't fun for others.
Personally I think a rating of 8 is a little low, I would give it an 8.5 for sure.
- 7:11pm EDT - June 4th, 2008
just because it doesnt have online play doesnt mean it should get marked down because of that! i love games that are single player only!
- 8:15pm EDT - June 4th, 2008
That "translucent, horizontal line" that pops up and floats down every so often occurs in lego star wars too. My hdtv is brand new. It must be related to something with the game, not the tv.
- 8:22pm EDT - June 4th, 2008
I picked the game up yesterday, it is quite good. The game itself is identical to the Star Wars one (which was great), but if nothing changes for the next one I'll likely pass. Still it is awesomely funny and well worth it.
- 11:24pm EDT - June 4th, 2008
looks good, the starwars ones rocked!
- 2:18am EDT - June 5th, 2008
Absolutely loved the Lego Starwars games to death... To bad I won't be able to get this game til' halfway through July.
- 6:41am EDT - June 5th, 2008
I don't agree that not having multiplayer is a con...this really isn't an online type of game....did they say the same about lego star wars? And will they say it again when lego batman comes out later on this summer?.....must every game have online multiplayer to get a good score?...our reviewers( not just this site) are doing us a disservice when they lower game scores for games that do not include online play....soon developers will only make online play, and that sucks....
- 7:09am EDT - June 5th, 2008
the only thing i don't like about the LEGO games is the fact that the people are flexible and don't have yellow skin, also they don't quite look 99% like plastic
- 10:00am EDT - June 5th, 2008
cant wait :D
- 5:11pm EDT - June 5th, 2008
platnum anyone. going to be a great game
- 6:52pm EDT - June 5th, 2008
"the only thing i don't like about the LEGO games is the fact that the people are flexible and don't have yellow skin, also they don't quite look 99% like plastic"
Then it's good that this is a LEGO game then and not a game about real people...
- 2:32am EDT - July 2nd, 2008
Bought this game, and havnt got bored of it yet!
Although, with a week playing and almost half way into it, the playtime may be quite short.
However, it is a good game and would recommend it to anyone who liked the Lego Starwars games, the Indy films and even anyone who doesnt like either, its still a fun game that tenses your brain in some parts, and lets you have a general laugh at others.
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