Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures

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Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures

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Our tomb raiding hero returns, this time in Lego form. Lego Indy is a third-person platformer in the traditional sense. As the newest Lego spoof of a franchise this incarnation is a tongue-in-cheek retelling of the events in the three original Indiana Jones movies. Playing through Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and Last Crusade. What results is an action/comedy where the player searches for various treasures while solving puzzles in a world made almost entirely from Lego blocks. For this review we are testing the Playstation 3 (PS3) version.  The three film adventures can be played in any order with each movie providing a number of challenging and fun stages. The general idea in any mission is to attempt to get from the start to the finish. To accomplish this, levers and lifts must be mended and assembled by completing the various types of puzzles while avoiding enemy fire. This allows movement to the next location where the cycle begins anew. While fighting through the stages, anything made of Lego can be destroyed to attain points and be rebuilt into another object. While points are not an immediate concern, after the stages are complete the player can return to Indy’s base at Bartlett College. Once there it’s possible to use the points to unlock other playable characters to use in free play mode. There are more than 60 playable characters, both good and evil.  The action in Lego Indy is fun and simple. In addition to assisting Indy through puzzles he can use his whip as a tool to disarm and attack enemies. There are also things like chairs, bottles and guns which provide easy to use fun weapons for other characters. To progress there are some situations that require a certain type of character. Short Round and small characters can crawl through access shafts and female characters can jump higher than the others allowing access to more inaccessible places for more points collection.  The graphics are perfect for a Lego title with lots of vivid colours and highly detailed environments. The cutscenes spoofing scenes from the movies are fantastic representations of the originals showing great comic timing. They also prove to be the highlight of the game as a whole. Audio is a standard affair with the score from the movies included although there are a limited number of sound effects used which takes away from the overall experience.  Since Lego Indy is a totally co-operative title allowing two players on the same console it not only provides a comical experience but a fun one. While there are no online features the game cannot be improved upon. Indy might have lost the plot at the cinema but Lego Indy is one of this year’s best games for all ages.

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