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Having received Lego Star Wars for DS for Christmas and loved it, I decided it was time to invest in Lego Indiana Jones.
The first thing I noticed about the game was before I even bought it. Having had the complete saga in one game for Star Wars, I was hoping that I could get the same for Indiana Jones. This was not the case however - there are two games. So I bought the first one (Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures) and will have to buy the second separately.
On first appearance, the Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures is very similar to the Star Wars game. You start off in the college where Indy has his day job, which acts rather like an interactive menu that the character walks around. From there you can enter the levels, buy extras, customise characters and play mini games.
The levels take the form of episodes from the three original movies, with six levels per movie. You have to play them in order, so you start at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The gaps in the story which you don't complete in the levels are filled in by amusing cut scenes.
The gameplay itself is fairly easy. Most is done using the buttons on the DS rather than the stylus. The stylus is used for Indy's whip and other characters special objects, and to pick up items. The action is in a kind of platform style layout, although there are vehicle sections. You also use the microphone to blow into, for blowing up rafts and blowing out torches.
Graphics wise, I was perfectly happy. This is the Nintendo DS, so it's never going to be brilliant, but it was perfectly good by DS standards. The music as usual is a little tinny but sounds pretty good for the DS, and it is not too repetitive - you get the well known themes but there are plenty of different themes through the levels and different sound effects too.
As well as completing the story in each level you earn points by collecting lego studs. The studs are lying around, hidden in objects or given as rewards for doing things. You can use these points in the college to buy stuff like mini games.
One thing I thought was that the levels can be quite repetitive. One level set in the jungle is going to be pretty similar to another set in the jungle. It's fun destroying stuff to find points, and figuring out how to get across rivers, but a lot of it looks the same.
There are hidden objects in each level, my favourite being the red brick. In Lego Star Wars, I often couldn't find this in story mode (you can play in free play with any character once you complete story mode, which makes it easier to find things), but I found a lot more in Indiana Jones. I'm not sure why this is, but I think that they are perhaps just easier to get to with standard characters.
The characters all have different abilities, which is why some can get to places others can't. Indy can use his whip to cross gaps or climb, Marion is a monkey carrying character so she can use a monkey to climb places, there are small characters to go in small places, spade carrying characters to dig up stuff...
The red brick hidden in each level unlocks a mini game or bonus feature which you can buy in the college. I've got a lot of fun mini games, and a 2x points multiplier. I like the "whip drag" games, where Indy is being dragged behind a van by a whip and you have to avoid rocks and collect studs. I also really like the "chilled monkey brains" games, based on That scene from Temple of Doom. You have to chill the brains in a time limit. Sounds horrible, but in true lego fashion it's a bit silly.
Overall, I've had a lot of fun from this game. I love the Indiana Jones movies, maybe not quite as much as Star Wars, but not far behind. However, I felt that the Star Wars game really had the edge on the Indiana Jones game. I think the larger variety of characters and location in Star Wars attributed to this, keeping things fresh in every level. Plus of course the game was twice as long with the six films in it.
That said, I would still recommend Lego Indiana Jones. I love the lego game series, I think it's great fun and a bit silly - and better than the official film games on DS, at least as far as my experience with an official Star Wars game goes. I'll be buying the second Indy game at some point, and Lego Harry Potter is out soon.
Lego Indiana Jones is another game by Lego after the success of the Lego Star wars series for PS2, and The Lego Star Wars game for Nintendo DS. This is the first Lego Indiana Jones Version, which has game play from the original adventures: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, and Last Crusade.
The cover is as you'd expect, a big Lego made Indiana Jones sporting the front. It is a nice simple design which shows aspects of excitement and fun which makes this cover attractive.
The game is very much an adventure game, and a 3D platform game. You play as Indiana Jones in most levels, with a partner containing special skills, and you must explore the area to progress, collecting Lego bricks and unlocking artefacts and so on. Each level gets progressively harder with more puzzle like challenges, and the need to utilise each character to their potential to complete.
I found that the game was not too difficult to complete, but if you want to unlock everything and play each mode again as different characters, that will take up considerably more time. If you're still not sick of the game, there are a range of mini games for you to play as well.
I really like the expansive game play this game provides, as there are many modes, and unlockables for you to collect, which you won't find first time round. However, making one play a level more than twice is perhaps too much to ask as you CAN get bored of the levels easily.
The levels are all nicely rendered and themed to the movies, and I think they have great attention to detail. The graphics doesn't seem much improved from the Star Wars games, only different theming, but I could be wrong.
The game doesn't really need immense graphics, so it is acceptable, and it does have movie clips which make up for the flaws in game.
The sound is nothing special, and I usually have it off. A few quirky tracks which grow to annoy sooner or later.
This can be bought for around £10 on Amazon...
I found it extremely fun and I really like the characters on here, well mostly Indiana Jones, as his whip is very powerful!! The levels are exciting and challenging and the theming of each level also deserves a mention! I found the locations immersive and diverse, and it kept quite closely to the films in a way you can recognise and follow.
This is not just a game for kids, it is for everyone, especially those who have been a fan of the Indiana Jones series! I would recommend it for everyone. It is lengthy and well worth the money.
Lego Indiana Jones follows in the footsteps of the other Lego adventures such as Star Wars and Batman. A friend of mine has the Star Wars game and he wasn't very impressed with it, so I was a bit dubious about this game, especially as i had not played any of the Lego games before, but I am a big fan of the Indiana Jones films.
My initial reaction was of disappointment. I found the game quite hard to control and i wasn't really sure what i was doing. There are a few instructions on screen to help you throughout the first stage so you know how to switch characters and choose weapons, but i just felt lost at first. After a few attempts, I finally got my head around it and the game just grew and grew with pace and excitement. There are boxes to blow up, bridges to build, and lots of baddies to kill too.
I agree with some of the other reviews that say that some of the levels can be a bit long and tedious, but overall, i think the gameplay is great, enough for children and adults to enjoy.
I picked up my copy second hand for £8 but i don't think i would pay more than £10 for it.
It's a good game based on some great films, but i think it could have been a bit better.
I got this last Christmas when I bought a DS, so it was one of the first games I tried. It was given to me as a gift, which I'm glad of because I probably wouldn't have chosen it myself as I'm not a big fan of games like this as such, or Lego, or Indiana Jones even.
... Basics ...
Indiana Jones The Original Adventures is a role-playing adventure game produced by Lucas Arts. It was released last year, certificate U, so it's suitable for both adults and kids alike. After playing it for myself, I would say that younger kids would probably enjoy this as it's of medium difficulty, but there's enough to it to keep adults amused and entertained for a while too.
... Game Overview ...
Fans of Lego or Indiana Jones are probably very positive about this game, but it's has a wider appeal than that. It's describes itself as a game in which you "Build, battle & brawl your way out of trouble" as you go through all three classic Indiana movies. As you can tell from this, it's an adventure game, so it's packed with action and new things to discover as you progress.
The game is unique and original in its tongue-in-cheek take of Lego, making it a comical and stylish game. The 'adventure is in your hands' as you explore a variety of scenes and get the chance to play more than 60 characters. It's very interactive, so it's great if you want something to get stuck into rather than get bored of after a few minutes.
You start the game in an academic hall at Barnett College to 'study' the first chapters, including the Lost Temple and Raiders Of The Lost Arc. It doesn't matter if you're not familiar with the films or characters, but if you are then it's an added bonus because you'll enjoy the video snippets and scenes much more.
As you progress through the game, more areas and characters will become available to you, so it's a game that you can play for quite a while and still find new things to do.
... Modes ...
This is a single player game, but you can play wirelessly with others, though I haven't done the latter. If you're a loner, like me, the game does keep you busy and engrossed, with colourful scenes and sound effects to keep you company.
There are two main modes: Story Mode and Free Play.
Story Mode - Watch animated clips and play as the original characters as you relive the story adventures.
Free Play - where you can have adventures as you please as any character you want.
... Controls ...
This game utilizes all aspects of the DS, so it's great for both experienced and newbie players. L&R buttons, the control pad, A,B,X & Y pads, and the microphone are all used, as well as the touch screen, in creative ways. The microphone, for example, is very inventive as you can use by blowing into it to blow out a torch. I find the controls are quite easy to use and get to grips with, but I'm more of a 'try it for yourself' kind of girl rather than reading the instructions first.
There are symbols at the top of the screen to keep you up to date with your current task and health. You can also easily pause/exit the game and view instructions/help guides.
... Actions ...
There's a wide variety of actions to explore as you play. These include :
Switching characters, swinging on ropes and climbing rocks, fighting with enemies, using the whip, carrying objects, digging, blowing out torches, controlling monkeys (yes, monkeys!), blowing up and building objects, detonating dynamite, unlocking free-play/bonus mini-games, collecting special bits & bobs, trying out fashionable hats, and more!
... Gameplay ...
I find this game quite easy to play when you get the hang of it and realise what you're supposed to be doing. It's relatively self-explanatory as you go through each stage, and I like being able to save at fairly reasonable spots rather than having to play for hours and then possibly lose all of your hard work because your battery runs out!
The graphics are of good quality, quite surprisingly so actually, and I was very impressed when I first played. This adds to the smooth flow of the game, and it's quick and fluid whilst you play, with little jitteryness or inaccuracy of control.
... Overall ...
I would definitely recommend this game regardless of your preference for genres or your age. It's something that has a wide appeal, which I say because I thought I'd hate it! It's enjoyable and entertaining, whilst being creative, good quality & fun to use.
[ RRP £14.99 - Available from Amazon at £10.97 ]
I decided to buy this over half term as we had all enjoyed the batman lego game.
We wern't disappointed - if you have played the Lego batman game then this will seem very familiar. The game is really simple to pick up and indy can be controlled either using the buttons or the stylus - personally I find it much easier to use the buttons for this game.
Onece again their are two modes, story and freeplay. I liked the puzzles which you had to complete as quick as possible before the secret panels opened and i think this is something whixh should have been kept for the batman version.
The graphics are great - I love the way the lego builds or destructs itself and the sounds just make me smile all the time. Though that soundtrack does get a little bit annoying after a while and I do play it often with the sound down.
I think this game is a bit simpler than the batman version so is probably better for smaller children but I think anyone over about five should be able to cope with it.
This game covers all the 'Indy' series so there is lots to keep you occupied.
This game can be picked up from about £30 new or cheaper if you buy a preowned version
Another Lego Game for the DS.
First Starwars, then Batman, and no INDIANA!!!
Very similar to the previous games mentioned, anyone can pick this game up, you can be into adventure/platform/puzzle games, or even just a fan of the movie.
You'll enjoy this charming game as you work yourself through it unlocking new characters and stages to play. Trying to work out how to reach those ever so unseemingly unreachable places.
The action is packed, I wouldn't say the game is hard because you don't really get a set amount of lives. You just play until you finish the level. Some can take a long time which is a bit of a pain if you gaming time is limited.
You can only save outside of the levels so beware. Some might find it a little boring after playing the other Lego games but there is still some fun to be had. Maybe it feels a little rushed as there could have been a more varied amount of missions and objectives to do. Fairly easy to complete.
3 out of 5 stars.
This is going to appeal to fans of Lego and fans of Indiana Jones alike, and anyone who has played Lego Star Wars will be familiar with the game play and format.
You are greeted with the familiar Indiana Jones soundtrack, lots of music on the DS can be pretty lame but this sounds great and also looks great as the game starts with Lego Indy going to the lost temple in the "story" mode.
There are two characters always together and you are able to switch between the two by pressing the X button as they have different attributes for example Indy has a whip and his first assistant has a shovel so can dig were Indy can't.Y button enables you to attack the enemy, Indy can punch or X button to whip, which is pretty cool and A button builds the various piles of Lego lying around which normally build something helpful like a platform or a switch to help you on your mission.
The touch pad is utilized by sliding up for example to use Indy's whip or to use the shovel, also used for winding handles and the like.
The main mission is to collect Lego buttons,extra lives and pieces of maps and artifacts which unlock secret stuff and also to complete all parts of the game.
I really like the Lego format and this is no exception, Maybe I am a bit over the top but with Indy whipping and punching and one of his assistants hitting people over the head with his shovel, this is pretty aggressive stuff and the 7+ warning is about right.
A worthy addition to the Lego family and has plenty of life in it as this is going to take a fair time to complete and then objectives such as getting ALL the items in free mode will make it even more playable.
Lego Indian Jones
The Lego games Speak for themselves they are addicting, fun and mesmerising platform games. I purchased Indian Jones 4 months ago and have been addicted to it since then, like a 5 year old is with a new toy on Xmas. I was an avid player on casual games on the PC and this is the perfect game For the DS. One of the best things about it apart from the graphics and dual player concept is how good it is on value for money. All Games can be expensive but I feel that this platform game is worth the money. Not only can you play each level twice in very different ways but for each Indian film there are loads of levels. What is satisfying to see is that the levels are not silly little ones that over as soon as possible. I find that I need to play a level two or three times, to find the little hidden areas that can be missed so easily. My favourite part was when I found out that you can blow onto the DS to blow out candles on the game. For me this quirky feature which made me love the game even more. It is one of the games that appeals to all ages and you can keep playing for a long time without getting bored.
Take the fun and creative construction of LEGO and combine 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-in-cheek take on the original adventures, LEGO Indiana Jones follows Dr. Jones escapades through the jungles of South America to the mountaintops of India. Fans can build, battle and brawl their way through their favorite cinematic moments, from IndyÆs entanglements with snakes to his dashing boulder run.