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This review is from: Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures - Nintendo Wii (Video Game)
+Great Nostalgia for the Indiana Jones Fan
+Great sense of humor through the cutscenes
+Simple gameplay, anyone can pick up and play
+A varied number of puzzles through the game
+Lots of secrets to uncover
+Music score taken directly from the films
-Big emphasis on hand to hand combat isn't great when you're fighting someone with a projectile
-Minor camera issues
In 2005 the gaming public was introduced to LEGO Star Wars. That game went on to become a phenomenon. It was fun, simple and humorous. LEGO Indiana Jones plays very similar to the LEGO Star Wars games in many different ways. There are slight differences, however, and while LEGO Indiana Jones is certainly a treat, it isn't quite as good as LEGO Star Wars.
If you've played LEGO Star Wars, then Indiana Jones is instantly familiar. You'll go through all three of the original films. Throughout the levels you'll be two or more different characters and able to switch on the fly. Much like the Star Wars games, characters have abilities they can use to get you further into the game. Some characters can find secret passages, some can double jump. Indy, of course, uses his whip. There's a much bigger emphasis on puzzles in LEGO Indiana Jones, but there's nothing here that's too challenging or taxing. Anyone should be able to pick up and play LEGO Indiana Jones. There's also co-op play and a friend can jump in whenever they feel like it and drop out whenever they feel like it.
There are also studs that you can collect. Studs are the currency you can use in the hub to do things like purchase hidden characters or other bonuses. You can get studs by destroying certain objects or simply by taking down enemies.
The biggest difference between LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Indiana Jones is the way combat works. In LEGO Star Wars most characters either had a blaster or a lightsaber. Indiana Jones relies much more heavily on hand-to-hand combat. You can find weapons and use them, but they have limited ammunition. The only bad thing about the gameplay in Indiana Jones is that there's so much of an emphasis on hand-to-hand combat that it leads to unnecessary deaths sometimes. When the bad guy has a gun and you don't, half the battle is dying to get to him and take him down. Luckily, there's no penalty for dying in LEGO Indiana Jones other than losing studs. There's no such thing as a game over.
Just like LEGO Star Wars, there's the story mode where you use the characters the story gives you, and then you can go back in Free Play Mode to uncover more secrets you otherwise couldn't before. You'll want to go back in Free Play Mode in order to get all the secrets. There are treasure chests to find in every level as well as a red package. You can't get all the hidden treasure chests in a level without going back in Free Play Mode. The main campaign probably won't take you that long. Half the fun of LEGO Indiana Jones is going back into levels and uncovering secrets.
In terms of production values, LEGO Indiana Jones is a winner. The LEGO world is incredible to behold. While there's no voice acting to speak of in the cutscenes, there's a great amount of humor, and there are a lot of classic scenes that are reenacted very well. LEGO Indiana Jones is easily a looker, but it also sounds great. There are a couple of camera hang ups, but nothing too big, and it runs pretty smoothly too. The music is pulled directly from the films. John Williams score still sounds good almost thirty years later.
LEGO Indiana Jones shouldn't be missed. If you enjoy Indiana Jones or if you enjoyed LEGO Star Wars, then LEGO Indiana Jones is a must. It emulates the film very well and is so simple to play that anyone can pick it up and go with it.