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My son loves playing the Wii - it can keep him occupied for hours, so when he needed a new game he decided he wanted Lego Indiana Jones after playing it at a friend's house. So at the reasonable price of £19.99 I agreed.
The game is a platform game where your character is a Lego Indiana Jones, as long as other characters from the films. The aim is to move around the different lands completing puzzles.
My son is 5 and has no problems at all playing this game. Many of the puzzles he can figure out by himself without much adult intervention, yet there are some that have him a bit confused and quite frustrated at times.
The game is a great copy of the film - you have snakes in walls, Indiana Jones uses hiw whip for different things and the music is from the film (which can get quite annoying at times!!).
There are different modes you can play in so my husband can join in the playing action too although that can get quite frustrating as both characters have to move in the same direction at the same time or the screen can freeze. Frustrating when it's a 5 year old and a 35 year old who have different playing abilities!!
All in all I would definitely recommend this game to any child who has a love for the characters. But they do need a lot of patience!!!
My son sometimes insists I play this game with him in two player mode and then bosses me around the screen as he seems to know exactly what is going on, that is until he doesn't! This game, with its myriad of puzzles to solve seems ridiculously easy at times and at others has us both scratching our heads until we figure it out!
Based on the first three Indiana films, it follows quite closely certain aspects of the films and even though my son has yet to see these fairly iconic films, he loves the character of Indie and all the other characters as well and enjoys battling all the baddies.
You cannot die in this game although it is quite amusing how the lego characters shatter and then materialise again. The fact that you cannot die is great if you are a five or six year old who gets upset about these things and frustrated about having to start again, but is less challenging for adults but then the game is not meant for adults (although my husband enjoys playing it with him more than I do)!
Apart from the combative nature of the game, my least favourite aspect (whereby you can punch and kick as well as using hand guns, machine guns right up to bazookers and cannons!) what is great is that there is so much more to it than that. Other than story and free play mode there is also a lot of exploring to do, structures to build, puzzles to solve, characters to be or interact with, treasures to find. There are different areas to visit in 'Barnett College' including a library, an art room, a mail room and a math classroom in each of which there is something to do.
When my son first got this game it was difficult to get him off it and although it has since been superceded he does sometimes still go back to play on it. This is the only lego series game we own so I can't compare it to others in the series but my six year old boy loves it. I would say that it doesn't appeal quite so much to my little girl!
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Wanted to be drawn into a decent platform game and am a bit disappointed. Had been waiting for the price to drop for quite a while and picked this up for about £12. Certainly glad I didn't pay the full price. The puzzles get more tricky and involve a bit too much random try this with this that and the other character and maybe you'll work it out in the end. My patience limits are low and so just cheated on a walk-through for a bit and then have kind of dragged on through it since. The baddies can be a bit too tedious to deal with and just become annoying. The vehicles are a bit primitive and you get the feeling you're kind of in control. The stages are very much from one perspective which seems a bit rubbish. Pointless and irritating big deal about collecting stuff to get more stuff which is done better elsewhere but not in this incarnation. Compared with mariogalaxy or Zelda, in a different and lower league altogether. Obviously low spatter, which is not such a bad thing. The film clips between levels are weak and clumsy. Not tempted by any of the other lego wii stuff if this is representative.
Lego Indiana Jones really is a fantastic game. Its a great sequel to all Lego games, and trust me, this one is one of the best of them all! Its so realistic as in the way the movie is, like at the beginning of one Indiana Jones movie there is the antidote bit and the dance, that's actually in the game which makes the game totally cool! Like how the game is set up etc. You can chose from the whip, spade, spanner, rifle, machine gun, normal gun, bazooka and much more weapons and stuff to help you along the game! The machine gun is far the best to me! As well as playing as Indiana Jones and co, you can actually create your own characters which makes the game even more better! Once finished a game in story mode you can use free play and then use your characters you have created! Along the way there are things you can collect, from where you will need to dig for them, hunt for them, jump for them and much more. Also coins which you collect can be used to buy characters unlocked from the library in the main hall. Its two player which means your friends can join you in the adventure, which is great help! Overall its a great Lego but realistic game which all Wii owners should have!
If you like other Lego games, you will like this one. If you don't, however, you won't. The game is a role playing one and is very child friendly, having slightly funny scenes that are better for a younger audience, and anyone can start playing at any time in a game alongside the first player, which is good for children who have invited friends round. However, the game can seem repetetive and is a bad choice for a more serious gamer- if you like first person shooter games, for example, I doubt you will enjoy this. It is quite boring for someone who prefers fast-paced action like me, and so any serious gamers should definitely find something else to play- you will find this a waste of money. SO overall, if you want a game for someone under the age of ten, they may well like this. Otherwise, buy something else.
This game is good way to waste a few hours of your life. I bought this game when i had an operation on my knee and it is a great simple game. There is no real thought needed to complete the levels. It is designed for kids so what do you expect. I've really enjoyed all the lego series of classic films. Everyone knows the movie so i don't need to explain the story line. I like that the game sticks to the plot of the movies although its own little tongue in cheek comments and jokes.
If you have never played these type of games before basically you move through the level as a character working on puzzles, smashing stuff up and collecting studs and treasures. Throughout the game there are hidden secrets which you can unlock, these include star wars characters from the previous series of lego games. You get a massive range of different characters to play with, my favourite is the thugee. You get to use a whip as a weapon and all your normal guns but the weirdest weapon is the skreaming woman.
Its a really easy, mindlest game that can be played whilst your chilling out but is strangly addictive.
Lego have released a series of games for the nintendo wii, all with different characters which offer a variety of adventure and puzzles for a wide range of ages. Lego Indiana Jones is my favorite of all these games, as there is more emphasis on the puzzle than on the fighting! Inidiana Jones can be single player or multi player. Due to the style of the game, different characters which you collect along the way allow you to achieve different functionality. This allows you as two player, to work together as a team as you can each do things which the other character cannot. You learn which things each character can or cannot do, and you unlock them as you go. Once you have finished all the games in story mode you then go on to play each game in free mode, where you can select the characters you want. This actually enables yo to be able to complete the game properly as you can now chose the characters you really need. For example Indiana can use his whip, girls can jump higher etc. Hours of fun!
Warning: This game is highly addictive.
If you've seen the Indiana Jones trilogy (the first three, not the latest) then you will find a lot of familiar scenes in this game. The game is split into separate sections for each movie and you can play a variety of the characters from the movie(s).
I's not one of those games where you just smash everything up and then you're done. This is essentially a puzzle-style game. You have to solve the scenarios to move on to finish the levels and get on to the next stages.
The bit that keeps me laughing though is the fact the whole game is made up with lego: the characters, the scenes, the vehicles, everything. Some of the puzzles mean you need to collect lego pieces, others you need to assemble pieces and yet others you need to use a specific character to progress. So it's a good game to work on the kids' lateral thinking abilities.
The Wii's controllers are used to good effect too, where you can use your Wiimote as a Indie's whip.
The gameplay is excellent, physice realistic, scenery impressive, and all-in-all faithful to the movies and just the right level of humour to match old Harrison's style.
If you love the Indiana Jones films, then you will love this game. All 3 films are inculded in this game (I'm glad that Crystal skull isn't because it was awful). I found the game a bit difficult at first, and it might be an idea to buy a stratergy guide. You get to battle with all you favourite bad guys, solve lots of puzzles and seek out the worl's greatest treasures including the holy grail. You also get the chance to play as any character who have been involved in the 3 films. For me this game brings back memories when I was younger and watching the films, this time I get to control one of the greatest characters in film history. If you are as big a fan of the films as I am this game is a must, I just hope that they bring out a Spiderman or Back to the future lego game out.
It seems to be that, since the Nintendo Wii took the gaming world by storm with a pro-active style of gameplay a couple of years ago, it has had a string of games which have very much lived up to the hype. And Lego have jumped on the Wii bandwagon, releasing a string of 'accessory' lines by teaming up with various well known film series and creating a Lego game in conjunction with them. The first of these was the Lego Star Wars saga, with all six episodes chronicled in a highly entertaining platform game. On the back of the success of this game, Lego brought out their next game: Lego Indiana Jones, which takes us through the three original Indiana Jones films.
This was the first Lego game for the Wii that I played, and I was very impressed at the time. I had only just acquired my Wii, and so everything was a novelty. The gameplay is very easy, as you start the game at the college, and then choose which of the three films you want to adventure through. The main characters from each film are available for play, but you need to complete each individual section of the level before you can go back and choose random characters to play as. This is quite good, as different characters have different attributes, making it impossible to complete the game first time around. You actually have to keep doing the levels with different characters to complete it.
The game is highly playable, I would rank this at 9 or 10 out of 10 for the playability factor, and it is highly addioctive. The graphic designers have gone to town on this and the other Lego games, and the tiny details are as impressive as the overall game. However, it's not all plain sailing if you compare the game to its predecessor, Lego Star Wars. My personal experience has seen improvement, as I played the Indiana Jones game first before then moving on and playing the Star Wars game, but it is a little disappointing to see Indy not reach the high mark set by Star Wars.
There is more diversity with the Star Wars game, and the game takes a lot longer to complete as there are more episodes, but I still found Indy immensely enjoyable. The charcaters are cleverly presented in Lego character format, and it appeals to most fans of the film, Lego in general, and gamers who love a solid platform game. Lego Indian Jones is available on many other consoles as well as the Wii, but I have only played it on the Wii. It is addictive and you will lose hours when you think you have lost minutes, but the intrigue and interest does not wane from repeating the levels as you are always striving for another part of it you haven't fully completed.
Lego Indiana Jones is available on the Wii for around the £15-£20 mark now. Obviously, many online and in store shops will have it at cheaper rates for pre-owned copies. It is worth trawling the net and shops for this game, as it is highly playable and recommended.
These LEGO games always make me chuckle ... Lego Star Wars, Lego Indiana Jones, Lego Batman - if you would have told me ten years ago that there was going to be an Indiana Jones computer game in which he was made out of Lego, it definitely wouldn't have believed you!
'The Original Adventures' is based on just that- the first three Indiana Jones films. Through the stories and environments of Raiders of the Lost Ark, to the Temple of Doom and the Last Crusade you are tasked with guiding Indy and his companions whilst dealing with a range of blocky baddies.
The gameplay is very similar to Lego Star Wars, if you've ever played that. It's kind of like a platform / adventure game, with a few mini-puzzle elements. Just like in Lego Star Wars, the individual skills of each playable character are necessary to progress in the game. And just like in Lego Star Wars, it's a hell of a lot of fun blowing baddies up into little pieces!
So, this game essentially goes by the Lego Star Wars formula. There are loads of extra bits and bobs to unlock and collect, several fun vehicle sections - (including, of course, a mine cart!) and lots of other movie references that'll put a grin on your face.
I feel the developers have done a particularly good job with the rope swinging, which is easy to do and feels great. Movement and combat is, like Lego Star Wars, fluid and intuitive, although again I found the lackluster use of the Wii's motion controls to be a little bit disappointing. Ultimately though, controlling Indy and his pals is great fun, so this isn't really a negative point.
The graphics in 'The Original Adventures' are great, too. I'm still as smitten with 3D animated Lego folk as I was when Lego Star Wars first came on the scene, perhaps more so! The beauty of the Lego concept is that these games are absolutely action packed and satisfying to play but completely un-gory and kid friendly.
Some may find this game to be a bit too easy. It IS really a game for kids, though, and this didn't bother me. In fact, although I've breezed through the game over a couple of days (and I'm well on the way with unlocking all the bonus stuff!), I still think I'll come back in the future due to the 2-player same machine co-operative mode. I personally believe that all games should have 2-player same machien co-operative play - there's so much fun to be had without having to mess around setting a game up online!
Overall, if you're either an Indiana Jones fan or a Lego fan (or both, like me), this really is a game you must consider. It's a fun little romp with solid gameplay and lots to do, and a great co-op multiplayer mode.
Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures is the new game from the successful LEGO series. Made in part by Lucas Arts, it means that there are no imitations here, everyone looks the way they're supposed to (well, as much as they can being Lego) and the situations you find yourself in are straight from the movies.
You start off in college, from here you can pick and choose what you want to do. On the first floor are three doors, one for each film. There are 6 levels for you to explore from each film, and relate directly to each respective movie, for instance you fight in Marion's bar in the "Raiders", save Willy from the fire pit in "The Temple of Doom" and find the tomb of Sir Richard in "The Last Crusade". All of this fully immerses you in the films and is superb for a big fan of the films like myself.
There are also rooms for playing mini games and to purchase various extras, from characters to hints. Throughout each level you can use Indy's trademark whip to smash various destructible objects, or alternatively you can just hit them. Each contain tokens/coins of varying colours and amounts, these can be used to purchase different characters and unlock the mini games. Some contain pieces which you must piece together to advance the level. Don't worry though, it's just a case of pressing a button in order for your character to automatically build them.
You can play as over 60 different characters, each with different attributes. These attributes will make or break how many different areas you can explore. For instance, some areas can only be unlocked by a Thuggee character, and some areas can only be accessed by smaller characters. So, that'll be a job for Short Round then. This gives the game a very in-depth feel and shows the game developers wanted to give the fans what they wanted; a good all-around game.
There are many different things to collect throughout the game, from shiny idols to red bricks which enables you to purchase different mini games. The levels themselves are evenly paced are quite vast. They're not too big that you get lost, but take enough time that you don't feel short changed. There's a lot to do and to collect, you have to build ropes, move boxes, things like that. The puzzles aren't that hard, so kids should be able to get through them without much trouble.
There are great animation sequences of various scenes from the films, all done in a very tongue in cheek way. They're a nice little break from the levels and quite funny to boot. They look good but not exactly going to give the Wii's processor any problems.
Overall a fun game for people of all ages! Especially recommended for anyone who grew up with the original trilogy and loves it like I do, five stars!
I absolutely love this game! It came as part of the bundle package when we bought our Wii and I'm so glad it did because I don't think it's the kind of game I would usually buy.
I warn you now that this game is incredibly addictive. From the moment that we put the disc in the drive, my partner and I couldn't stop playing. I don't think it helps that we're both perfectionists and strived to get 100% by collecting all the packages, all the treasure chests and making sure that we had enough 'money' to get the true adventurer status on every level. In order to get 100% you do have to replay the levels in a 'freeplay' mode so you can choose the characters with the specific skills or tools that you'll need. (clue, always get the bomberman, he is an asset and always have a girl, they can jump a lot higher than men)
You can play this game quite easily and rush through it not collecting things, avoiding some of the areas. There are parts where it gets quite hard and you're not sure what you're meant to be doing, so there's a bit of trial and error involved but once you get the hang of the game play you definitely won't be disappointed.
If you are good enough to get all the items in all three areas (each based on one of the original 3 indiana films) then it will open bonus games which are so much fun but can take a long time to complete.
I can't stress how much I recommend this game. I thought I was going to be playing an easy kids game but I was happily wrong!
Now call me shallow and immature if you must but the only reason I wanted this Wii game was because it has 'Lego' in the title. I could not resist the funny little lego style people on the front cover. Just look at the picture - how could you resist that?!
This game is based on the Indiana Jones films. The plot is surprisingly close to the actual film plots. The twist in the tale is rather than using animation to create life-like characters from the films, it uses animated lego characters. Genius!
Although I haven't actually seen the films for years, there were parts in the game that jumped out and triggered memories from the actual films. This attention to detail really brings the game to life. For instance, when in the Lost Temple Indiana Jones must use something to put in the place of the Maya head in order for the Temple not to collapse around him.
The game follows a story and there are big parts that you just watch, which set the scene before you commence playing the game. Once you have played in game mode, you can go back in free mode and collect any items that you missed but that you require later on.
As you play, more characters from the films are unlocked, which is not only fun and interesting but vital when you need a certain character's skills to deal with a specific situation. You even get to unlock different Indiana Jones people. When I first realised this happened, this was sadly quite an exciting moment for me! I cannot overemphasise the brilliance of using lego animation in a computer game. Indiana Jones is always accompanied on his missions and you can flick between his and his accomplice very easily with just the click of a button. This is important as each has different skills and carries different items.
There are numerous items that you need to collect in order to play the game. This makes things a little more confusing. For instance if you collect the bits and pieces from the bad guys that you kill, you can store them up to use as disguises later. As you can see from this, although on the face of it, this is a very simple game and lots of fun, there is a more complicated element, which keeps you hooked. It isn't frustrating though, with having to go back again and again doing the same thing.
You seem to get unlimited lives to play with. Well, I didn't manage to kill of Indiana Jones and believe me, I tried!! This is great because it means you don't have to worry too much about getting the controls right early on. You can drop off the side of mountains as often as you need in order to figure out how to get him to swing from vines or walk across bridges. For someone like me, who gets impatient with games and generally is pretty useless at them, this is a really good aspect to the game. Whereas with something like Mario, you can easily run out of lives and then have to start all the way from the beginning, with Indiana Jones, the game just keeps on giving. This makes you stick with it a little bit more.
You can play in single or double player mode. You can also save three games simultaneously, which is a massive bonus. (I am so fed up of Zoo Tycoon on DS Lite, where each time my husband wants a go he has to delete my zoo and vice versa.)
You will need a Wiimote and a Nunchuck to play this game. It took a while for me to get used to the controls, as there are so many different moves you can make. However, constant reminders pop up at the bottom of the screen, such as 'press z to pick up an object' so you do not have to worry about reading the instructions too carefully - a big bonus for someone as impatient as I am! Please don't be put off by the pages and pages of game control information in the manual. Although it is useful to dip into. You really can just start playing without even referring to it and just pick things up as you go along.
The animation is great. The facial features and movements are bizarrely human, considering it is played out by animated lego charaters. The background images are really detailed and interesting and reflect the scenes from the film perfectly. I did however find that sometimes the screen images could be quite dark and so it was difficult to follow where the characters were going.
It states it is for 7+ years and I think I would agree with this. The controls can be quite confusing. Although there are prompts along the way to help you, you do need to be able to follow what you are doing, while reading the prompts at the bottom of the screen and have a fair idea of where on the nunchuck the various buttons are once you have read the prompt. Although I managed to look away from the screen and locate the relevant buttons and then go back to game play without dying too often! Our friend's kids love this game... possibly the lego element to it! But I think also the fact you don't have a limited number of lives and the fun story line to it. However, it is also excellent for adults. If you grew up with the Indiana Jones films, you will love this.
This game retails at £35, so one of the more expensive Wii games on the market but it is definitely worth it. I am sure that you would get your money's worth on this one. We certainly have! Also, I think at the moment Morrisons have it for £15 so run out and get it quick!!
There is a quite a bit of humour in this game, which reflects the humour of the films themselves. Although it is annoying to have to watch the various introductory scenes play out, there is one part early on where on of the tribesmen laugh at the adventurers and it is just so cute and realistic that I always smile along (but I'm quite simple and these little things bring me great pleasure!). I cannot recommend this game highly enough. It is fun and quirky but most importantly for any serious gamers out there, it has great graphics and lots of plots and changes in game play that will keep you hooked.
Well this game suprised me a bit, i was expecting a bit of a simple kids game, but what i got was an superb role paly game with plenty of puzzles to keep the brain ticking over.
It makes it a bit easy because you can't die but not too easy.
The graphics are really good and the movement of the characters is really smooth.
I would say the star wars game is slightly better but this is still a really good game, and the graphics for the backgrounds are brilliant.
2 player mode is great fun, but one player mode still has enough to keep you intrested.
The different roles of different characters makes it good aswell.
All in all this is a well thought out game, with smooth gameplay and many little novel ideas which keeps it intresting.
I still prefer the star wars version but this will keep many gamers happy especially fans of the film