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Review: LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures

by Steven Williamson on 12 June 2008, 12:21

Tags: LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, LucasArts Entertainment, PC, Xbox 360, PS2, PSP, DS, PS3, Wii, Action/Adventure

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Storyline from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade.

The aim of LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure is to move through a number of stages that make up the first three Indiana Jones’ films: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade.

Starting off from a central hub, where you’ll eventually be able to choose which switchable characters to bring with you on each mission and access mini-games or view your completion progress, you start off in control of Indiana Jones and his guide Satipo as you head through the South American jungle collecting LEGO studs along the way and using your whip to traverse over sheer drops and climb onto ledges.

Like the previous LEGO game, you can switch characters and utilize their abilities, which you’ll need to do often in order to solve puzzles and progress through the story.

In the opening level Satipo’s skill is being able to dig, which allows you to unearth collectible artifacts and also find items that you can then construct by pressing the ‘A’ button to build the likes of a bridge or a platform that allows you to progress to the next area.

In each level there are puzzles that you cannot solve or an area that you cannot get to unless you use a particular character’s skill. Thanks to this element of the game-play and the fact that you can only bring two characters on a mission, it ensures a huge degree of replay-ability, which should see you playing levels again to unearth the hidden areas and secrets.

The array of characters on offer is huge and the variety of abilities that the characters possess keeps the action fresh. My favorite character-specific ability is using Marion’s pet monkey which allows you to access secret areas and discover hidden secrets, but there’s plenty of others to choose from, including an umbrella slide by Marcus Brody.

Pleasingly, your side-kick doesn’t stand around like a spare-part either, but helps you fight villains and will also use objects in the area to aid your escape.