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Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures Review

Proving that LEGO can still whip it good

You can almost picture the board meeting at Traveller's Tales; a dozen metaphorical lightbulbs popping up above the heads of those in attendance as the sales figures for the LEGO Star Wars series flooded in. Once the mental cogs were turning, you could have seen the outcome a mile away: "People loved a new take on a classic movie franchise!", "The LEGO concept works!" and finally, "Quick! What else can we LEGO-ise?" With LucasArts already on board and a fourth movie being released, the proposal for LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures must have almost written itself. Swap a lightsaber and a Darth Vader helmet for a whip and a hat, and you're away... right?

Well, kind of. If you have some knowledge of how simplistic LEGO Star Wars was initially before Traveller's Tales tweaked it for LSW: The Original Trilogy, you'll see that LEGO Indiana Jones slots neatly into the middle of the evolutionary chain. It's not that LEGO Indy doesn't improve on the already-enhanced formula of the three LEGO Star Wars games, because it does to a degree. However, it does also feel like a bit of a stop-gap as we wait for LEGO Batman; like a chef taking the leftovers from yesterday's rather delicious dinner rather than fresh ingredients and making something else with those instead. And then putting hats on the finished dish. Lots and lots of hats.

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You've Got To LEGO

Of course, if you're one of the few people who've never experienced a Traveller's Tales LEGO game (all of them Star Wars-related and one which was, rather cheekily, just a combination of the other two), you won't be aware of the totally inoffensive action that awaits you with LEGO Indy. Essentially, it's a matter of visualising the entirety of the movie franchise in your mind and then replacing all the vaguely non-child friendly elements - hearts ripped out of chests with bare hands, face-melting demonic entities, heads severed by giant saw blades, whatever - with simple LEGO-based humour involving burnt-off clothes, melted plastic and headless bodies walking around on their own. Yes, it's still got all the bare-fist fighting and whip-swinging action that Indiana Jones has become famous for, only now it's... well, tame and made entirely of plastic.

If all this is sounding incredibly familiar, that's probably because it is. As we said, LEGO Indy is a subtle evolution of the LEGO Star Wars formula and aside from the obvious difference - that it's Indiana Jones, not Star Wars - it's hard to spot the changes at first. You still solve a majority of the puzzles by building items from piles of LEGO bricks strewn about the place. You still control two (and occasionally more) characters at once, with the option to switch between them depending on the skills that are needed to advance through an area.

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You even still have to collect as many LEGO studs, hidden LEGO kits and super secret Power Bricks, now disguised as parcels that need to be 'mailed', by playing levels repeatedly with different characters. Yes, it really is that similar.

The Same, Only Better

But wait! Before you walk away with a disappointed look on your face, know this: LEGO Indy is still great fun. It's great fun in spite of the similarities - hell, because of the similarities - simply because Traveller's Tales nailed the LEGO concept pretty much perfectly when LEGO Star Wars: The Original Trilogy rolled out. As such, the cliche "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" has never been so apt. Between the totally tongue-in-cheek humour and the simple-yet-absorbing combination of platform, combat and puzzle action, it's all great... even though the lack of true progress is a little disheartening.

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  1. mattsponge Thursday 5th Jun 2008 at 16:30

    ive got lego star wars its the same as th same but is very vilont when thay die but think its s**t with all thats blocks you cant die on it so itwoulld be well easy i think though so its a poor game were you cant die and its for kids and ou have only 3 action packed movies thats not many its s**t sorry some peaple but its s**t is for babish peaple and im 14 i got bored of lego star wars i worn you dont buy this game plz dont wize your wast money on the game when you cant die only your blocks go down its for kids though :P

  2. mightyjake Thursday 5th Jun 2008 at 17:27

    ive got lego star wars its the same as th same but is very vilont when thay die but think its s**t with all thats blocks you cant die on it so itwoulld be well easy i think though so its a bull s**t game were you cant die and its for kids and ou have only 3 action packed movies thats not many its s**t sorry some peaple but its s**t is for babish peaple and im 14 i got bored of lego star wars i worn you dont buy this game plz dont wize your wast money on the game when you cant die only your blocks go down its for kids though :P

    What on earth was that gibberish? Would it kill you to maybe use a commar or full stop now and then? And anyway, I think this game looks quite good and I enjoyed lego star wars and i'm 13 so I quite strongly disagree when you say it's baby-ish and only for kids.

  3. AaPelo Thursday 5th Jun 2008 at 18:53

    Im 15 and i really enjoyed Lego star Wars.

    Im not to fond of this though as it looks like a cheap version of star Wars. I Dn't think its going to match Star wars, but it needs to include more than 6 levels for each movie and the new movie needed to be included.

    Lego is something that Adults and Kids can enjoy, Just because all of us like playing with Lego games instead of trying to act all hard and pathetic. Aimed at Mattsponge

  4. Cybermaster Thursday 5th Jun 2008 at 19:07

    Definatly getting it, but I would of thought it'd get a higher score, after Star Wars II got 92% and this is suposedly the best yet.

  5. hulkbuster Thursday 5th Jun 2008 at 19:27

    ive got lego star wars its the same as th same but is very vilont when thay die but think its s**t with all thats blocks you cant die on it so itwoulld be well easy i think though so its a bull s**t game were you cant die and its for kids and ou have only 3 action packed movies thats not many its s**t sorry some peaple but its s**t is for babish peaple and im 14 i got bored of lego star wars i worn you dont buy this game plz dont wize your wast money on the game when you cant die only your blocks go down its for kids though :P

    WHAT THE HELL IS THIS GUY ON :?: i think you need to take more water with it :lol: :lol: :lol: As for the game....i'v been looking forward to this for sometime and i'm off down to gamestation tomorrow for my copy :wink: :wink: .

  6. chibir0b0 Thursday 5th Jun 2008 at 19:34

    Is Indy's dad in it? If so I am sorted.

  7. colemanbenjamin Thursday 5th Jun 2008 at 19:40

    ive got lego star wars its the same as th same but is very vilont when thay die but think its s**t with all thats blocks you cant die on it so itwoulld be well easy i think though so its a bull s**t game were you cant die and its for kids and ou have only 3 action packed movies thats not many its s**t sorry some peaple but its s**t is for babish peaple and im 14 i got bored of lego star wars i worn you dont buy this game plz dont wize your wast money on the game when you cant die only your blocks go down its for kids though :P


    You need to calm down!
    Did you mabe swallow a lego brick when you were younger? you seem to hate lego?this game looks good
    im buying it!

  8. Nuttycam Thursday 5th Jun 2008 at 20:13

    I'll definatly buy this, I saw a video of Lego batman somewhere and if I remember correctly it was quite a bit different.

  9. x-man2000 Thursday 5th Jun 2008 at 21:11

    ive got lego star wars its the same as th same but is very vilont when thay die but think its s**t with all thats blocks you cant die on it so itwoulld be well easy i think though so its a bull s**t game were you cant die and its for kids and ou have only 3 action packed movies thats not many its s**t sorry some peaple but its s**t is for babish peaple and im 14 i got bored of lego star wars i worn you dont buy this game plz dont wize your wast money on the game when you cant die only your blocks go down its for kids though :P

    1. Don't swear on the forums.
    2. We probably won't take advice from someone who can't use punctuation.
    3. I'm 15, and I liked Lego Star Wars. I can appreciate that you found it easy and childish, but that doesn't mean that everyone of your age group will not appreciate it because of this.

  10. Anonymous Friday 6th Jun 2008 at 17:21

    This game looks good, i think that it will be a nice change from Star Wars! :o

  11. kimoliver Saturday 7th Jun 2008 at 02:57

    I really enjoyed Star Wars, great fun after a few beers!
    This looks excellent too, I will definitely be getting it.

  12. Bruiser Saturday 7th Jun 2008 at 09:15

    what are the controls like?

  13. 91nintendo Saturday 7th Jun 2008 at 09:39

    I got it yesterday and it is absolutely brilliant!

  14. luigi360 Saturday 7th Jun 2008 at 15:54

    New super mario bros is wicked :lol:

  15. Randomite Saturday 7th Jun 2008 at 20:18

    I find the main reason you marked this down a bit well unfair. Don't Mario games and Zelda games use exactly the same old concept?

  16. ibarnaby64 Sunday 8th Jun 2008 at 13:18

    Is Indy's dad in it? If so I am sorted.

    *In a scottish accent*...JUNIORRRRR!

  17. hulkbuster Sunday 8th Jun 2008 at 17:25

    ive got lego star wars its the same as th same but is very vilont when thay die but think its s**t with all thats blocks you cant die on it so itwoulld be well easy i think though so its a bull s**t game were you cant die and its for kids and ou have only 3 action packed movies thats not many its s**t sorry some peaple but its s**t is for babish peaple and im 14 i got bored of lego star wars i worn you dont buy this game plz dont wize your wast money on the game when you cant die only your blocks go down its for kids though :P

    WHAT THE HELL IS THIS GUY ON :?: i think you need to take more water with it :lol: :lol: :lol: As for the game....i'v been looking forward to this for sometime and i'm off down to gamestation tomorrow for my copy :wink: :wink: .

    YEP i got it friday afternoon and its cool :!: and i think its a bit harder than LEGO STARWARS was and thats a good thing :D .

  18. Anonymous Monday 9th Jun 2008 at 19:21

    My friend's got this he sais he has to keep restarting because he does stuff in the wrong order?

  19. Anonymous Monday 9th Jun 2008 at 19:29

    You use B to shoot, swing the remote to whip and you can steal dead eniemies weapons :D

  20. Anonymous Monday 9th Jun 2008 at 19:31

    What does New Super Mario Bros got any thing to do with this

  21. wiikii007 Monday 9th Jun 2008 at 19:43

    i don't see y this should lose marks because its the 'same lego concept' because that means if it came out be4 lego starwars games did u would have given it more because it was the first time u had seen the desighn. What about people who have not played the lego star wars games?

  22. mogwaimovies Tuesday 10th Jun 2008 at 16:11

    ive got lego star wars its the same as th same but is very vilont when thay die but think its s**t with all thats blocks you cant die on it so itwoulld be well easy i think though so its a poor game were you cant die and its for kids and ou have only 3 action packed movies thats not many its s**t sorry some peaple but its s**t is for babish peaple and im 14 i got bored of lego star wars i worn you dont buy this game plz dont wize your wast money on the game when you cant die only your blocks go down its for kids though :P

    well i'm 21 and even though i found it kinda easy i still love the game its great and not just for kids!!!

  23. King gerbil Tuesday 10th Jun 2008 at 20:16

    Most of these replies are insults to that guy who can't spell properly. I might get this, good but I have got a bit tired of Lego :( Maybe if Lego Batman restyles the gameplay I'll get that.

  24. stuartw099 Wednesday 11th Jun 2008 at 16:54

    its a good game and u shouldnt mark it down 4 dein the same lego concept

  25. MetaIke Thursday 12th Jun 2008 at 17:50

    Looks a good game but I won't be buying it as Brawl is my main game and have only a certain amount of money :cry:

  26. Winston99 Saturday 14th Jun 2008 at 12:19

    I just bought this game today, and it is really good. I agree that it hasnt changed that much, though i thought it was quite good. Bring on Lego Batman!

  27. Pokemario Sunday 15th Jun 2008 at 14:52

    I've been thinking of buying this for a while. Everyone I heard from say it's good, so it looks like I'll be buying it some time soon.

  28. Hardware Monday 16th Jun 2008 at 00:40

    Is this game very similar to Lego star Wars? Yes. Yes it is! Is that a bad thing? No, it isn't. Star Wars was great fun! Is it aimed at kids? Yes! But so what! Why should kids be the only ones who get to enjoy this funny little game! Although if you didn't like Star Wars then stear well clear of this, also you're probably dead inside!

  29. orsie Friday 20th Jun 2008 at 16:05

    the best lego game i've played so far well probally until lego batman i could stand here all day talking about this but i wont i've got to do other stuff :D so i'm going to say its amazing :lol:

  30. mcs31 Friday 15th Aug 2008 at 19:51

    Ive only played it on xbox360 at legoland for two minutes, but i enjoyed that so much! I'm just a little worried about controls, as the whole you stick and buttons thing worked well, so i'm wondering if it works with a classic controller? I might have to invest in one if it does.
    Oh and just like to mention LEGO IS THE BEST THING EVER!

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