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2.0 out of 5 stars Frustration Central, January 12, 2010
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
And here I thought the Lego series was infallible. So far, all the titles have been fun, challenging, and witty. Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues proves that team Tt is capable of floating a lemon out there after all.

Other reviews have already detailed the differences in this game from its predecessors, so I won't rehash that. I will say that this feels like a rush job. Consider how much attention to detail went into the first Indiana Jones game; clearly the designers loved the movies as much as the rest of us. I suspect that when they saw The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, they must have had the same reaction we all had: man, this movie is poo! And yet, the poor schlubs had to go make a game out of it anyway. You can tell their hearts aren't in it. The layout and "story" are the definition of 'slapdash'. It certainly doesn't help that because the film that inspired it is so bad, nobody I know sat through it more than once; hence, no one gets the references. I can't even remember who played Oxly, can you? Did you even remember there was a character named Oxly? Anyone? No? So while I had hopes that source material wouldn't affect the game quality, it did. Turns out, you can't polish a turd.

There is really nothing about the game that isn't frustrating. By the time you figure out what you're expected to do (as usual for Lego games, the instruction manual that comes with it is about as helpful as a box of toothpicks), you realize, "Man, this is going to be tedious to do seven or eight times." You basically run around the main story locales looking for the one character who can open this or dig up that, so you can use that item to open this door or find this vehicle, just so you can unlock another character or vehicle, etc., etc. It gets rote quick.

The story levels are not really puzzles at all, just a mandate that you do these things in this order, which you will because there is really no alternative. You can't go wrong in the game, which depletes its challenge.

By far the biggest flaws in the game are the "race challenges" you have to perform ad nauseam in each level. You take the designated vehicle through a series of slaloms before a clock ticks down and then you get another character to unlock. The races are usually boring, but some of them are so frustrating that if you're playing this with your young children the odds are good that they will have a couple extra unsavory words in their vocabularies by the time you finish the task. In particular, the "green jeep" race in Part 3 is damn near impossible to complete without having first slammed your controller through the coffee table. Whoever thought these races would be fun ought to be tossed into The Well of Souls--without shoes. Note to all game designers: 'challenging' is not the same thing as 'frustrating'.

If you haven't plunked down your hard-earned for this one yet, save it and put it toward Lego Harry Potter instead.
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