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With the larger-than-life Indiana Jones slashing his whip across the big screen in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a smaller, blockier version is leading families on a humorous romp through the earlier movies in Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, a video game that goes on sale across all platforms June 3.
Es ist auch schade (und unverständlich), dass der Online-Modus des unmittelbaren Vorgängers über Bord gekippt wurde - außerdem solltet ihr nicht mit Überraschungen rechnen; Indy setzt genau da an, wo Star Wars aufgehört hat. Nichtsdestotrotz gibt es eine enthusiastische Empfehlung für alle großen und kleinen Abenteurer: Weil Traveller's Tales mal wieder das Kunststück vollbracht hat, nicht nur die Essenz der Filme perfekt einzufangen, sondern das Ausgangsmaterial auch noch toll spielbar in das herrlich alberne Lego-Universum zu integrieren, ohne es lächerlich zu machen. Das ist etwas, was nur den wenigsten Entwicklern von Film-Umsetzungen gelingt.
Normally, Lego Indiana Jones would get an A-rating from me. However, being the third in the Lego franchise based on Lucasfilm movies, there is not enough innovation here to warrant more than a B+. The addictive gameplay, well-rendered graphics (even on an aged system), easy control scheme, innovative cooperative features and tons of replay value make for a winner. I am a pretty critical guy when it comes to games, but playing this is just too much fun.
Lego Indiana Jones’s success comes from keeping the fun gameplay of the Lego Star Wars games, but injecting the classic Indy moments, music, and characters. This is the perfect way to introduce kids to the movies if you don’t feel the melting faces and the Temple of Doom are appropriate for them. For the somewhat budget price tags of the console versions, Lego Indy’s got a lot of gameplay and unlockables to make sure you get your money’s worth, especially if you have a friend with whom to play.
All in all you will not regret the time you spend playing this game. It is fun, challenging enough to make you scratch your head a few times and takes you back to a time in your youth when playing with Lego was cool, hell it still is cool!
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This is the sort of quality, all-ages, inoffensive platformer that everyone can pick up and enjoy. It’s highly recommended for gamers with children, casual players, and Indiana Jones fans, and certainly worth a look for any gamer who enjoys a solid romp. It may be on the easy side, but it has oodles of charm and more than enough fun gameplay to last a weekend.
Traveller's Tales has once again delivered an experience that boils down to smashing stuff over and over again while searching for secrets, while also managing to make that formula fun and addictive. It's certainly not a huge leap over the LEGO Star Wars titles, and in fact still has some of that series' issues, but it's no less enthralling and certainly a fun adventure worth taking on.
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LEGO Indiana Jones may not be quite as engaging as LEGO Star Wars, but it’s still a lot of fun to play through. That’s doubly true with a friend. The quest isn’t particularly long, but there’s plenty of incentive for a second run-through (or a third …), and Indy fans will definitely have a blast re-living the original films -- LEGO-style.
If LEGO Indy has any major drawback, it's that it's so dependent on its humorous presentation for its appeal. You can tell the developers know this, as the game's relaxed difficulty makes it more of an inevitable march to the finish line, ensuring you see every last cut-scene. Some might feel compelled to dig through Free Play mode and track down every last bonus item, but it's easy to see one run through Story mode being enough for many. Still, even if you make only one trip through LEGO Indiana Jones, it'll be a great ride.
Lego Indiana Jones serves as the expected progression from the Lego Star Wars games. The great pacing, humorous cutscenes, and challenging-but-not-cheap puzzles make this the most enjoyable Lego game yet. It's not the hardest game, but it has enough hidden goodies to make you play through more than once. Both newcomers and diehard fans of Traveller's Tales' previous Lego offerings will find plenty to enjoy here.
But, hey, don't get upset Indy fans! Like I said, the game is still fun. It's just not Lego Star Wars II fun. And let's be honest, Lego Star Wars II set the bar pretty high. There's still plenty to like about Lego Indiana Jones, from the John Williams score, to the clean, crisp visuals (although I would have liked to have seen more made out of actual Legos), to the plethora of unlockable content. Also, if you've got kids it's a great way to introduce them to the franchise without having to awkwardly explain why Indiana is pissed at his dad for knowing that Elsa talks in her sleep. Overall it's a solid enough title that simply had the misfortune of having a more talented older sibling.
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Traveller's Tales is still very much inside its Lego comfort zone, and that's not a bad thing - fans of their previous games will find a lot to like here. Those that think the Lego formula needs some reinvention won't be as satisfied - the developers are obviously playing it safe. Still, the game is an enjoyable romp and does an admirable job paying tribute to its source material.
Indiana Jones is een buitengewoon leuk platformspel dat behoorlijk wat verfrissende spelelementen kent en de films op een komische manier weet te brengen. Vooral in de coöperatieve spelmodus is het een waar genot om te spelen, maar ook in je eentje staat Indy garant voor de nodige uren speelplezier. Daar kunnen de technische mankementjes, de ontbrekende online modus en de ietwat lage moeilijkheidsgraad nauwelijks iets aan veranderen.
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The magic just isn't here. Repeating the success of Star Wars with a radically different license requires more than Star Wars as a foundation. It really never finds Indiana Jones' pulse, and ends up being somewhat a mess, albeit a moderately fun one.
What it boils down to is that if you've played any of the previous LEGO games, you know pretty well what you're getting into with LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures. The shift in focus from combat to puzzles suits the theme, but it's somewhat marred in execution. I appreciate what the developers were trying to do, but a bit more polish really could have helped elevate this. It lacks the recent summer blockbuster from its roster, though it still seemed set to release alongside it. Perhaps a little more time in the development oven could have ironed out the last wrinkles and made it more solid and compelling. As it is, it's an OK title with lots of replay value for fans of the source material, but serious action junkies could probably get that itch scratched better elsewhere.
Reprenant le concept farfelu mais néanmoins génial de Lego Star Wars, l'adaptation de la première trilogie d'Indiana Jones ne surprend pas, mais elle saura séduire ceux qui attendaient impatiemment cette nouvelle parodie. Bien que le soft ne soit pas dépourvu de petits défauts de gameplay, il offre une expérience de jeu vraiment sympathique, surtout en mode coopératif.
But love for the subject matter aside, the problems we mentioned at the start of the review make LEGO Indy the worst LEGO game to date. The levels aren’t that interesting, the mixture of real-world textures and plastic LEGO pieces jars and the characters are nowhere near as desirable as the Star Wars gang. It’s just never that exciting, which is surprising considering what a constant thrill the films are. It’s fun in small doses, but not as consistently entertaining as LEGO Star Wars.
Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures doesn't quite live up to its Star Wars cousins, mainly due to the fact that Star Wars is simply a more memorable series, but it's still a brilliant adventure and great fun. Although the gameplay is quite familiar, the settings and puzzles make for a game that feels quite different to Lego Star Wars. Traveller's Tales' latest is unlikely to evoke the same kind of memories in as many people as Lego Star Wars did, but Lego Indiana Jones is still an adventure worth taking.
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I really came into this with high hopes for Lego Indiana Jones. The very idea of it brought pleasant childhood memories to the fore, so I really did want the game to be good. Perhaps that very eagerness led to somewhat more disappointment than would have otherwise been elicited by the ultimate banality of the proceedings. Having said that, if you’re one of those who enjoyed Lego Star Wars, you should have fun playing Lego Indiana Jones as well. Very young or nostalgic gamers might really get a kick out of this one too. Sadly, those of us who can lay claim to having grown up in any respect may not.
So, in the end, perhaps the worst thing you can say about Lego Indy is that it is not as instantly likeable as the Lego Star Wars games, and that it’s more of a relationship you’ll have to work at instead of being the love at first sight Travellers Tales' previous efforts were. However, many would argue that those are the kind of relationships that always end up working out best in the end. Although I would have to admit I’d still only give this one a six, even if I had a few drinks on me at the time.