Indiana Jones Whips Up the Fun
By Stephanie Ross
In the lengthening
line of comedic Lego character games, the light-heated
LucasArts put a comedic twist on another George Lucas
film favorite with “Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures”.
So, get your bull whip ready and put your fedora on because there’s
action, adventure, and mystery ahead for players of every
playing on the PS3, Xbox 360, or Wii, Lego Indiana Jones will
pull you into the fun and fantastic world of
Lego. The smooth graphics carry well across the different platforms,
so the result for every gamer is a lively cartoonish experience
where nearly everything is made of Lego bricks. The smiles experienced
when picking up a toy store Lego brick set featuring tiny plastic
characters engaging in amazing adventures will transfer to laughs
after popping in your game disc or cartridge.
George Lucas’ and Steven Spielberg’s
epic collaboration on the Indiana Jones film series is re-envisioned
with a softer
edge, more suitable for children, yet in a comedy style that adults
will appreciate. The little Lego guys and gals we all love are
dressed up as Indiana, Marion, and the rest of the gang from the
first three Indiana Jones films. During cut-scenes which propel
the story forward, there will be silent film style gags, and in
game there will be little surprises that will have you chuckling.
simple, and for the most part you set the pace. Fighting Nazi
has never been more fun. Punch them out and watch
them break up into to little Lego pieces or get fancy and use weapons
or vehicles to break through to your goal. As you progress in your
journeys as Indy, you’ll trade him off in-game to play as
different characters from each film. The game is choc full of little
puzzles to solve in order to get to the next area of the level
you are in. Many puzzles will require you to trade off the character
you are currently playing for another, so that you can reach a
higher area or use a certain tool. Many will find that the puzzle
solving elements of the game are akin to Tomb Raider.
If you get
frustrated with a puzzle, you always have the option to return
to the game’s main area, Barnett College, where
you can buy characters, play mini-games, and jump from film to
film to seek out more adventure. If you ever get bored or stuck,
just go back to school and see what’s in store.
The value of
Lego Indiana Jones lies in the game’s replay
value. When you get the hang of it, you’ll want to replay
every level over and over with new characters you have acquired.
Secret areas are only accessible by some characters, and your
efforts will be well rewarded.
Lego Indiana Jones stands up well to its Lego Star Wars predecessors.
graphics are on par with what can be expected
of a Lego world, the music serenades with an A+ score from the
original film series, and the replay value makes it a game you
will keep coming back to as you discover something new every time
you play. If you wanted more out of Lucas’ films, you can
even consider this game a kind of “special cut”, because
you’ll play through scenes of the films that never existed
but add on nicely to the stories.
all ages, “Lego Indiana Jones: The Original
Adventures” is a gaming experience you won’t regret.
Kids will love the Lego aspect, and adults will enjoy seeing these
classic films come to life like never before. Luckily, the game
is available for every nextgen console and handheld system, from
the Xbox 360 to the Nintendo DS. So whether you like playing on
the road or in your living room, Lego Indy is right there with