Lego Indiana Jones

Posted by staff | Posted in Wii Games | Posted on 16-10-2010

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  • Swim, climb, and shimmy
  • Use a variety of weapons from the environment
  • Use Indy’s signature whip as a multi-purpose tool
  • Unlock more than 60 playable characters
  • Mix-and-match lego parts to create unique characters

Product Description
Lego Indiana Jones WiiAmazon.com
Your Favorite Hero in Lego FormLEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures takes the fun and creative construction of LEGO and combines it with the wits, daring and non-stop action from the original cinematic adventures that enthralled audiences everywhere (Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). With a unique tongue-i… More >>

Lego Indiana Jones

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Pros:

+Great Nostalgia for the Indiana Jones Fan

+Great sense of humor through the cutscenes

+Simple gameplay, anyone can pick up and play

+A varied number of puzzles through the game

+Lots of secrets to uncover

+Music score taken directly from the films

Cons:

-Short campaign

-Big emphasis on hand to hand combat isn’t great when you’re fighting someone with a projectile

-Minor camera issues

In 2005 the gaming public was introduced to LEGO Star Wars. That game went on to become a phenomenon. It was fun, simple and humorous. LEGO Indiana Jones plays very similar to the LEGO Star Wars games in many different ways. There are slight differences, however, and while LEGO Indiana Jones is certainly a treat, it isn’t quite as good as LEGO Star Wars.

If you’ve played LEGO Star Wars, then Indiana Jones is instantly familiar. You’ll go through all three of the original films. Throughout the levels you’ll be two or more different characters and able to switch on the fly. Much like the Star Wars games, characters have abilities they can use to get you further into the game. Some characters can find secret passages, some can double jump. Indy, of course, uses his whip. There’s a much bigger emphasis on puzzles in LEGO Indiana Jones, but there’s nothing here that’s too challenging or taxing. Anyone should be able to pick up and play LEGO Indiana Jones. There’s also co-op play and a friend can jump in whenever they feel like it and drop out whenever they feel like it.

There are also studs that you can collect. Studs are the currency you can use in the hub to do things like purchase hidden characters or other bonuses. You can get studs by destroying certain objects or simply by taking down enemies.

The biggest difference between LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Indiana Jones is the way combat works. In LEGO Star Wars most characters either had a blaster or a lightsaber. Indiana Jones relies much more heavily on hand-to-hand combat. You can find weapons and use them, but they have limited ammunition. The only bad thing about the gameplay in Indiana Jones is that there’s so much of an emphasis on hand-to-hand combat that it leads to unnecessary deaths sometimes. When the bad guy has a gun and you don’t, half the battle is dying to get to him and take him down. Luckily, there’s no penalty for dying in LEGO Indiana Jones other than losing studs. There’s no such thing as a game over.

Just like LEGO Star Wars, there’s the story mode where you use the characters the story gives you, and then you can go back in Free Play Mode to uncover more secrets you otherwise couldn’t before. You’ll want to go back in Free Play Mode in order to get all the secrets. There are treasure chests to find in every level as well as a red package. You can’t get all the hidden treasure chests in a level without going back in Free Play Mode. The main campaign probably won’t take you that long. Half the fun of LEGO Indiana Jones is going back into levels and uncovering secrets.

In terms of production values, LEGO Indiana Jones is a winner. The LEGO world is incredible to behold. While there’s no voice acting to speak of in the cutscenes, there’s a great amount of humor, and there are a lot of classic scenes that are reenacted very well. LEGO Indiana Jones is easily a looker, but it also sounds great. There are a couple of camera hang ups, but nothing too big, and it runs pretty smoothly too. The music is pulled directly from the films. John Williams score still sounds good almost thirty years later.

LEGO Indiana Jones shouldn’t be missed. If you enjoy Indiana Jones or if you enjoyed LEGO Star Wars, then LEGO Indiana Jones is a must. It emulates the film very well and is so simple to play that anyone can pick it up and go with it.
Rating: 5 / 5

Upon the full Saga release of LEGO Star Wars, we found INDY along with his LEGO game trailer. I was giddy with fanboy anticipation not only for the chance to replay RAIDERS of the LOST ARK, but for the chance to get the corresponding toys and the chance to see the LEGO retelling of many of the classic scenes. The re-teaming of game developer Traveller’sTales and publisher Lucasarts heralds the transition of the most recognizable archeologist this side of Laura Croft to LEGO form.

If you’re worried that the INDIANA JONES LEGO GAME will be the same game as Star Wars LEGO just recycled using INDY’s locales & characters, fear not. Besides LEGO Dr. Jones’ striking resemblance to LEGO Han Solo, the simple action, uncomplicated controls and the team play of the first game, INDIANA JONES is it’s own unique game. This time characters have a broad range of physical abilities: ladder-climbing, sneaking, cliff- shimmying and cliffhanging (literally) and this time even swimming. Combat gameplay in the game is also altered, sure at times INDY has got a gun, but ammo is an issue and INDY is more of a brawler, than a shooter. Characters use what is at their disposal, chairs and other surroundings that can be broken, then used as throwing weapons. But, what of INDY’s most recognizable tool, no not his fedora, his whip, does it do more than the teaser character in Star Wars? The answer is YES. Now more than just a grappling hook, the whip is an important multifunctional problem-solving game tool and a major part of unlocking levels.

There’s still plenty of constructive creativity and puzzles to solve. There is still plenty of pantomime LEGO-style story recreations of the original 3 films (Raiders, Temple of Doom, Last Crusade), true to the wicked sense of humor that makes the LEGO games so much fun to play and watch. What’s also familiar is the family-accessibility of the game. In fact, in spite of the story’s placement in history, taking place in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, it should come as no surprise that there are NO SWASTIKAS on any of the LEGO German soldiers that INDY fights.

There are loads of unlockable-playable characters from the films, 60 in all, some INDY variations, side kicks and characters like Brody, Short Round, Willie Scott, Toht, Henry Jones Senior, Sallah, Marion Ravenwood, and rogues gallery of LEGO villains like Rene Belloq. New with the release of this video game, characters each have skill and quirks unique to them: for example INDY reacts to his fear of snakes, Henry Jones Sr doesn’t like rats, but can do an “umbrella slide,” Sallah is better a excavation. This feature makes the sidekicks as important as Indy and two play co-op is essiential (althought the Wii doesn’t offer online co-play this time). These characters can be used for the LEGO staple the “mix-and-match” bodyswapping (found in the college Art Dept.), just like the toys. Cross-gender swaps are always good for a laugh.

Like Star Wars, the opportunity for game replay is there , instead of the Cantina Hub, Indy’s school of Professorship Barnett College serves as the pre-game menu. This is where your artifact go after collection and where you can pick and chose the characters, films and scenes you will play upon re-entry (like before unique characters will provide new play options and unlockables). On Indy’s campus you can unlock extras, buy characters and special features.Speaking of extras…Look for the Star Wars Cantina hidden in Cairo (with Disco Indy theme music, too), also look for other SW guest appearances throughout the game.

Ultimately, the game sticks to the LEGO formula and ultimately it works well. We can look forward to the LEGO adaptation of INDY IV. or maybe LEGO Young INDY Chronicles, I for one can’t wait to play the LEGO Picasso and the LEGO Al Capone. Seriously, the LEGO BATMAN, will probably be pretty good (without Lucasfilm behind it), but the LEGO / Warner property I most want to see is the reboot of the LEGO HARRY POTTER games. The CREATOR Harry Potter and CREATOR Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets weren’t very good, the over-focus on building and virtual blocks. The current format will make the 7 books of the Potter series much more bankable and playable. I’ve got a good feeling about this…

Rating: 5 / 5

When LEGO Star Wars: The Original Trilogy hit the DS, it suffered horribly from bugs and glitches that made it nearly impossible to enjoy the game. From characters suddenly hitting you for no reason, to glitches that froze up the game entirely. Apparently they all learned something. LEGO Indiana Jones is not nearly as crude in its development.

As it goes, the handheld games are usually never as good as the console counterparts. LEGO Indiana Jones on the DS doesn’t have all the same level designs as its console counterparts. It’s overall a smaller game, but it does at least share many similar qualities in the gameplay department.

You’ll play through all three of the original movies. Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, and The Last Crusade. In each level you’ll play as whoever the story dictates you be at that time. When you complete a level once on story mode, you can return later in Free Play mode with different characters and uncover new secrets you otherwise couldn’t before. It’s all simple stuff and much of it plays like the console games. You can’t go through a level as a single character, though. Puzzles and obstacles often force you to switch to a different character.

Throughout your adventures you’ll also collect studs, which can be used to purchase hidden characters and other goodies. Collecting studs can be done by destroying objects or by simply defeating enemies. If you should ever perish, there’s no penalty other than losing studs. There’s no such thing as a game over in LEGO Indiana Jones, and just the same it’s a fairly easy game.

Well, mostly easy. LEGO Indiana Jones puts much more emphasis on hand to hand combat. In the LEGO Star Wars games characters either had a lightsaber or some kind of blaster. In Indiana Jones you can pick up a gun at some spots, but they have limited ammo. Most times, however, you don’t have the luxury of a gun while your enemy does. Thus, you’re forced to take them down with your own two fists. Unfortunately, half the battle of getting to them is dying. When the enemy has some kind of projectile and you only have your fists, getting to them can be a pain.

Two people can also play, but both will need a copy of the game in order to do so. It takes a minute or so to set up. It isn’t quite as easy as just picking up a controller and joining in, but a player can still drop out pretty much any time he wants.

There are some features exclusive to the DS. Such as being able to switch characters using the stylus or having to blow into the microphone for certain tasks, but these are really not all that special and instead feel a little tacked on.

Graphically the DS game looks pretty good. When the 3D mechanics of the DS are brought out, you’re usually getting a good game. But the best part is that this doesn’t suffer from so many bugs or anything. It’s a good looking game, but it’s also a good running game. There are a few issues with the camera (as the console versions suffer from this as well) and the levels aren’t exactly the same, but it’s still good all together. If you’ve played the console versions, however, just keep in mind that you’re getting a relatively smaller game, but still a great experience. Much of the music is the same as the movie. It sounds pretty good for the most part, although some of it coming from the DS’s speakers doesn’t sound as good as it does from the actual consoles.

If there was anything that Lego Indiana Jones truly suffers from, it would be that the game is just simply too short. While there’s a ton to uncover in freeplay mode, the main story itself won’t take you too long to complete. It’s not that long on the consoles, and as I said, on the DS you’re getting a smaller game… so expect it to be even shorter. It doesn’t stop it from being an amazing game, however, and there’s a lot of replay value here.

Even on the DS, Lego Indiana Jones is a treat. It may not be as big and expansive as the console versions, but it is still a great game to behold.
Rating: 5 / 5

LEGO Indiana Jones is a sweet game. Of course, this is in line with the LEGO Star Wars (LSW) series that kicked us off. Also, this release coincides with the movie release, just like the Star Wars series.

There are really three aspects of these LEGO video games that apply: ease of play (all ages), strategy, and hilarious humor. LEGO Indiana Jones (LIJ) definitely hits these aspects up – such a fun game.

If you have played the LSW series, you are familiar with the basic controls: four buttons for action, jump, attack, and special. When in Free Play mode, you use the character switch button as well. Same concept here. So easy a child can play and enjoy it, but therefore good for adults as well!

The strategy is more for the older kids (ages 10 and up), I think. The strategic elements of the game are primarily in the Free Play mode, such as deciding which characters to use for which scenarios. Also, a youngster may not fully comprehend the abilities of Indy and his whip. And that is a new feature in this LEGO video game (sort of… more like an expansion of an old theme, I suppose) – your character interacts with the environment differently. For example, in LIJ, you can use the whip to disarm enemies, activate levers, and perform puzzle solutions. It’s just a tad different (kind of a mix, really) of the LSW strategies. But you will notice some similarities and understand what I mean by “an expansion of an old theme.” Basically, if you played the LSW series, this will be familiar to you; if not, it won’t be that difficult, especially for the older players.

Another cool aspect of the environment is that your players can fully interact with it now. This is new. Basically, you can now swim, climb, and pick up objects and whatnot. Also, you can use the objects that you pick up – like chairs, bottles, etc. – to inflict damage on your enemies. This makes the game even more entertaining as the possibilities are quite varied with each play.

In the LSW series, the graphics were very cool and true to the films that they represented (down to the sound effects and music). LIJ is no different – you will love the ambience as it recreates the places that Indiana visited in the movies. It is so cool interacting in the places that you watched on film at a younger age (some 20 years ago) – it’s like watching the movie again, only it is more exciting now because you are in engaging in it!

Another thing that delighted me was the number of characters that you can unlock. I won’t give away any secrets, but basically, if you saw them in one of the three movies, you will see them in LIJ, as well. It is super-cool to play with the good guys and villains, as each have their own specialty moves and whatnot. Plus, it brings back memories with all the rest of the game interaction. Very cool. (Interesting that Indy is the focus of the movie/game, and yet there are over 60 characters you will be unlocking!)

And like LSW2, you can “create” your own characters. That is, you can mix and match character body parts to essentially create new people to play with in the Free Play mode. Kinda cool if you like the whacky things, but I did not find it particularly cool – sometimes it is not practical: like putting female body parts with a male’s head. Kind of like LSW2 where you could put C3PO’s head on Princess Leia’s body. It’s funny, in some ways, but not necessarily the coolest. That is all I am saying.

Anyway, to wrap this up, LEGO Indiana Jones is a superb game. I recommend it for people who like to play vastly simple and exceedingly fun games. Also, if you have kids, the simplicity will make it a playable game for them. However, unlike the LEGO Star Wars series, they may not be as familiar with Indiana Jones (unless you showed them the latest movie that just came out or have the previous collection). My recommendation is that if your kid was not overly impressed with Indiana Jones in the movie(s), then LEGO Indiana Jones may not be too fun for them as a video game, even if they like the LEGOs. That is, the LEGO theme should not be the reason why you purchase this game – Indiana Jones should be. Just a recommendation.

But other than that, I love these sorts of games. They generally take about 40 hours to complete, and if you shelve them for a moderate amount of time, you will still enjoy picking them back up and playing them later on, trying to rediscover all the hidden spots for things. Very fun concept, easy gameplay, and good strategy – and you will crack up playing it, too. An easy 5-star rating.

(P.S. I recommend the Windows/PC version over the game console versions, by the way, because of greater capabilities and a generally lower price. However, if you already have the consoles and are not a big computer player, then you will still have as much fun.)
Rating: 5 / 5

I’m a 42 year old man, who just received “Lego Indiana Jones” for his birthday. Now, I’d been hearing about Lego Star Wars for a long time, and how much fun it was. But I just didn’t buy it. I mean, how could having a Lego experience compare with Star Wars Battlefront or Star Wars Battlefront II, which was extremely realistic and fun to boot? Well, the truth is, in a campy and fun way, the Lego series takes what you love about the movies, and makes it truly a fun, interactive experience.

Lego Indiana Jones follows the plots of the three movies faithfully (with a few minor plot detail changes that totally don’t detract from the enjoyment). Each “movie” has six missions in it, and your goal is to make it through each level. The process of making it through the level is not at all challenging, but really is smart in it’s intuitiveness and manor. You instinctively know what to do in each level, and sometimes the challenge comes from trying to figure out how to do it. Embedded in each level are ten “treasure chests” filled with an artifact piece. Find all ten, and you get an artifact from that mission. Normally, I’m not into the side missions, or extra bonus things that some video games have, but finding these treasure chests became an obsession of mine!

All through the game, Lego has embedded some wry humor and playful puns that only enhance the game. For example, in the min-movie that opens “Temple of Doom”, Willie’s opening dance number is hilarious for her coughing. Since the Lego people don’t actually talk but grunt at each other, it makes it even more funny. And Elsa Schneider’s greeting at the Venice pier is one for the record books!

I’m throughly loving this game, and as soon as I am finished (I’m purposefully playing it slow to get the most enjoyment out of it over the longest period of time), it’s off to Lego Star Wars for me! Highly recommended for all ages, and all Indy fans!
Rating: 5 / 5

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