|Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
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Imagine being able to play with Legos without having to get all the pieces. Now you can with Lego Indiana Jones. It takes the fun and creative construction of LEGO and combines it with the wits, daring and non-stop action from the original cinematic adventures. With a tongue-in-cheek take on these original adventures, LEGO Indiana Jones follows Dr. Jones's escapades through the jungles of South America to the mountaintops of India where you will build, battle and brawl your way through your favorite moments, from Indy's entanglements with snakes to his dashing boulder run.
Your Favorite Hero in Lego Form
LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures takes the fun and creative construction of LEGO and combines it with the wits, daring and non-stop action from the original cinematic adventures that enthralled audiences everywhere (Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). With a unique tongue-in-cheek take on the original adventures, LEGO Indiana Jones follows Dr. Jones escapades through the jungles of South America to the mountaintops of India. Fans can build, battle and brawl their way through their favorite cinematic moments, from Indy’s entanglements with snakes to his dashing boulder run.
Of course, pop culture’s most iconic archaeologist will whip through all the classic moments with the help of a host of supporting characters including Marion Ravenwood and Short Round. Players can also mix and match the body parts of more than 60 playable characters to create new heroes just as they could in the best-selling LEGO Star Wars games.
- Everyone’s favorite fedora wearing hero returns to theaters this May in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and families can celebrate the humor and excitement of the original films with LEGO Indiana Jones.
- Tongue-in-cheek humor presents The Original Adventures in a manner only LEGO can whip up, with comical reinterpretations of classic Indiana Jones scenes and elements.
- Use Indy’s signature whip as a multi-purpose tool to attack, disarm, swing across gaps, activate levers and interact with a world of LEGO objects and puzzles.
- For the first time, LEGO Indy characters are fully immersed in their environment; swim, climb, shimmy across rock ledges and pick up and carry objects.
- Use a variety of weapons from the environment to fight enemies (e.g., chairs, guns, swords, bottles).
- Unlock more than 60 playable characters, including villains and supporting characters (Marion Ravenwood, Short Round, Rene Belloq, Willie Scott, Marcus Brody, Jones Senior and Mola Ram).
- Character specific abilities include excavation by Satipo, an umbrella slide by Marcus Brody, and monkey access by Marion Ravenwood.
- Create unique playable characters like Sallah Scott or Mola Round by mixing and matching the LEGO body parts of all playable characters.
- Explore the globe and solve puzzles that encourage creative thinking through the use of teamwork and unique building situations only possible in a LEGO world.
- Cooperative gameplay encourages parents to share the legacy of Indiana Jones with their children in a fun and humorous way.
Experience the Adventure as Indiana Jones
Signature moments from the films
- Swim, climb, and shimmy
- Use a variety of weapons from the environment
- Use Indy's signature whip as a multi-purpose tool
- Unlock more than 60 playable characters
- Mix-and-match lego parts to create unique characters
- super game!!!
In this game you can interact with the enviroment way more than lego star wars. You can pick things up for example, a box. You can also pick guns and enemy's hats off the ground. this is a great game! ...more info
- Great game
I bought this game for my youngest son's 9th birthday. He and his 13-year-old brother play for one hour a day in the co-op mode, and would play all afternoon if I let them. He thanks me on a daily basis for what he calls "the best game in the world." My middle son has the Lego Star Wars v. 1 & 2 games, and loves them just as much, so all are winners....more info
- Dispenses with some of the more tedious activities in Lego Star Wars
I'll be drawing a lot of comparisons to Lego Star Wars OT in this review. I figure most people that are interested in this title are already familiar with the Star Wars titles.
First and foremost, you are going to want to make sure that your computer can handle the system requirements. This game requires a graphics card with shader model 2.0. Most GPUs in computers these days meet that requirement, but it is best to check beforehand. If you are unsure, a demo of the game is available online. If you can run the demo, you can run the full version of the game.
The game allows the use of the keyboard to control the game, but the controls become somewhat cumbersome during the jumping puzzles. I would also recommend using a gamepad. The game fully supports the X-box 360 controller and many others.
Lego Indy has one commanding plus over Lego Star Wars (L:SW), it is far less tedious. In L:SW, if you wanted to unlock everything the game had to offer you had to revisit each level multiple times. You also had to play all of the levels in story mode all over again one after the next to complete the Super Story mode.
Lego Indy has removed the Super Story mode and the minimum stud collection requirement in Free Play (known as "True Jedi" in L:SW, and "True Adventurer" in Lego Indy). Lego Indy has also lowered the cost of all the unlockables. This makes the game feel much shorter, but also removes some of the more tedious elements found in L:SW. This ends up being a mixed blessing. On one hand I've found that it makes the game very short, on the other hand the game wouldn't be more enjoyable by making stud collection a drawn out process or by making you repeat the same levels over and over again.
As far as puzzles go, Lego Indy uses a combination of digging, repairing, high jumping (the jedi double jump in L:SW), exploding silver barriers, thugee (limited character entry only in L:SW), hieroglyph solving (limited character entry only in L:SW with the added caveat of solving a quick memory game), entering small tunnels (as in L:SW), using the whip to access areas, and guard stations (limited character entry only in L:SW). Power bricks are replaced by finding parcels and a post box to mail them in and there aren't any pure vehicle levels like there were in L:SW.
All the standard cheats that were available in L:SW are also present in Lego Indy. Lego Indy also has many characters that can be unlocked, but this time around they feel more generic, as the Indy universe has less unique characters to work with.
Some of the jumping puzzles are a bit tricky, as the controls are often inconsistent when jumping off ladders and ledges. A few jumping puzzles become frustrating, especially in story mode, as the distance that needs to be jumped is right at the character's jumping distance limit, meaning you'll probably have to try several times before you make that jump. This is especially frustrating in areas where you make several jumps just to miss that last one and have to go through an elaborate sequence to arrive at your next attempt.
There are a few kinks. I found myself in situations where my character would spawn over pits or other obstacles resulting in an endless cycle of dying until you revert control to the other character. Lego Indy also employs a new feature where one character remains stationary, like on a switch or movable block, while the other completes a puzzle or moves the block the other is standing on. The CPU controlled character often has problems staying put and doing what you would expect them to do. In most cases this is just an indication that you are solving puzzles out of sequence, but in some cases it's an obvious bug.
All in all this is a great game, one that shouldn't be missed. Lego Star Wars has the slight edge as far as variety goes, but this game makes up for it in avoiding much of L:SW's tedium.
- Great Game! Lots of fun and adventure!
I just picked this game up last night for my PC, and all I can say after several hours of playing it is, "WOW!" This game is a lot of fun, and there is definetly a lot to do and see in this game. I am not a real big fan of adventure games in general, if you can call this an adventure game, but this game is really a lot of fun. This was my first Lego PC game. I have played Lego Star Wars for PS2, and I have the Lego Star Wars game for PC, but have never got around to actually playing it. I have always been a big Indiana Jones fan, and I heard this game was really good, so I went ahead and purchased it. So far, I have have none of the issues that others have had with having problems getting this game to load or run. I am using the Xbox 360 controller for Windows, so maybe that helps. I haven't tried any other controller for this game, so I can't comment on any controller issues. I bought the 360 controller mainly because I know a lot of the Windows games are built around the use of this particular controller. I would guess that LucasArts will eventually come out with the needed patch to use other controllers for this game. I would definetly recommend the 360 controller anyway, it is just the best controller I have ever used for PC games. I am using a computer that I built myself. I have a Pentium 4 3.0 GHz processor, 2 Gigs of RAM, and a PNY GeForce 8500GT 512MB video card. My sound card is a Soundblaster Audigy. The game has paused a couple of times very briefly, but other than that, no problems. I am planning on eventually adding 2 more Gigs of RAM to my system. The graphics and gameplay are awesome! I would imagine that they are at least comparable to the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of this game. I am mainly a PC gamer anyway, I don't even own a 360 or PS3 as of yet. I can't justify spending the kind of money for these consoles when I am just a casual gamer anyway. Anyway, back to the game. This game is one that I would recommend for any Indiana Jones fans, or fans of the Lego series. There is definetly some replay value to this game. I downloaded a strategy guide for the game, so that helps with some of the more challenging parts of the game. The game seems to follow the movies pretty closely, and there is a lot of humor with the various characters in the game as well. I can't wait until September for the Lego Batman game! I give this game a thumbs up! Just make sure your computer is up to snuff and that you have a good processor and video card before purchasing this game. I had all of those things in mind when I built my computer, so no problems with the game on this end. Like I said, the Xbox 360 controller for Windows is almost a must-have if you are going to be playing Windows games on the PC. Fair or not, but this is simply the controller that a lot of the game programmers are using when they design games, as there are a ton of different controllers out there. Bottom line, go get this game!...more info
- Hours and hours and hours and hours and.... fun!
Our eight year old won't quit playing this game. We are using it as a reward for good days at school.
Our old-ish computer runs it okay most of the time. Be sure you have more computer power than the box requires. We have the basics but it taxes the computer at times.
He also has Lego Star Wars II. We hope to add to this Lego Star Wars I as a gift later.
Buying this computer game was MUCH, MUCH cheaper than buying a game system. Just wish there was a Linux version!!! ...more info
- Loads of fun
Traveller's Tales returns with another Lego-based game, this time focusing on the Indiana Jones franchise after conquering the world of Star Wars. Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures is exactly what the title implies: the original Indy trilogy in Lego form. It should be noted right now that if you've played any of the Lego Star Wars games, you'll feel right at home here. The gameplay itself is relatively simple, family friendly fun that nearly anyone can pick up and play. Co-op mode is where the real fun of Lego Indiana Jones is to be had though, and like Lego Star Wars before it, the game just has a sense of undeniable charm to it that you can't help but get some enjoyment in the very least out of it. It may not take you too long to breeze through the game though, but if you do, it is worth going back and playing again just to catch all the game's in-jokes and visual gags, along with a horde of hidden items and goodies as well. If there's any real flaws to the game, it's that the AI isn't all that good in terms of enemies and AI-controlled pals, but as a whole, Lego Indiana Jones is massively enjoyable. All in all, Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures continues the tradition of wonderfully fun and family friendly games, and is definitely worth picking up for Indy fans or anyone looking for some good clean fun. ...more info
- Standard USB gamepads won't work
The standard USB gamepads most people already own for use on their PC will not work with Lego Indiana Jones. For some reason (bad programming), a basic USB gamepad like the Logitech Precision gamepad, which has 10 buttons and an up/down/left/right stick is not sufficient for this game. This doesn't mean that you can use the gamepad, but just miss a few functions; it means you CANNOT actually play the game at all with this gamepad, it won't let you start. Read the official LucasArts forums for more details. Here are a couple good responses from Lucasarts: remember that this is a basic game, not a flight simulator or WoW.
"That controller does meet the minimum number of inputs required for LEGO Indiana Jones."
"The game supports dual-analog gamepads,
Required number of controller inputs:
2 analog sticks (4 axes) and 11 buttons
1 analog stick (2 axes) and 15 buttons
19 buttons."...more info
- Rush it Out, Patch it Later!
Unfortunately, this game just wasn't ready to be released. Since the new movie is out, Lucas Arts had to capitlize on the momentum, and they released a partially functional game.
Out of the box, run the installer. Everything looks good until it refuses to run because I have an "emulator" running. Copy protection paranoia. I go to the support site, and there is information about a combination of Dell and Roxio which trips this block. I download the patch (even though I have an HP and Roxio) and the error message goes away. Fortunately, I know what I am doing, but I feel for the average parent who just wants to get a game for the kids.
OK, patch installed, nothing but a black screen for over fifteen minutes. The only way to get the game to start with the patch is to run the task manager and switch to the Lego Indiana Jones app. Again, I pity the uninformed.
Once the game finally runs, there is no sound, only music. The game plays, but the graphics are jerky and I have to turn the settings down (I have many games and a pretty advanced system, and this is the ONLY game I have EVER had to turn down anything on!).
At first, it insists that player one be the keyboard, while only player two may use the game pad. Nothing would let me change that. Today, I discover that whatever you touch when the game starts determines which control will be player 1. Seriously! Completely idiotic. Nevertheless, make sure if you can run this game that you DO NOT TOUCH THE KEYBOARD WHEN THE GAME STARTS! DO NOT EVEN TRY TO TURN DOWN THE VOLUME, AS YOU WILL BE STUCK USING THE KEYBOARD!
The gameplay, graphics, and music are nearly equal to the Star Wars ones, but the lack of sound effects is irritating.
If you really must buy this game, wait until we are done beta testing it and the patches are all available.
The experience with this game has made me re-think my pre-order for Lego Batman. My son really wants that one, but he is frustrated with this experience too!
UPDATE: After a long time of messing around to try to get sounds working on this game, I finally decided to give "Run as Administrator" a shot, and lo and behold, there be sound here! Now the game is much better, but I renew my objection to both the "emulator" problem (I'm not running an emulator of any kind) and the fact that NO ONE at Lucas Arts had any idea how to fix this game! Seriously, no one, and they wrote it! Fortunately, I just happened to decide to try to run it as administrator, and the problem went away. Shoddy programming and documentation, but it turns out to be a pretty good game....more info
I loved the Lego Star Wars series, and this game delivers just as well. very fun to play, especially for my 10 year old brother. Great gift, and even better for yourself! I would reccomend the Star Wars Series before playing this game though...more info
- Average game
i played it on a laptop computer and there were lots of glitches, times where i would have to make changes in the resolotion just to get past a certain point.
It was fun to play but without being able to use arrow keys it was also hard at times....more info
- Raid On!
What a fun game! We bought this as a game for the whole family- it has adventurous appeal to the adults, and the cooperative gameplay feature has allowed our kids to enjoy some time with dad.
We enjoy the wit and funny twists on the Indiana Jones movies. It's a blast to be able to play all the different characters and discover their unique abilities.
Our major disappointment has been how intensive the game is on the video card and memory. We have laptops running at around 1.5Ghz and 500Mb of RAM. The cutscenes were painfully slow to load and there was no option to skip scenes you've already watched. We also discovered we had to turn OFF all the video options to even get the game to play, then found that many of the levels completely grey-out due to the intense graphics, or the program locks up all together. We had to borrow another PC to successfully play the whole game.
Summary: if your PC only meets the minimum req's, think about upgrading before getting this game. Get the game eventually, though, because the hours of laughs and fun adventures are well worth it!...more info
- A lot of fun
This game is a ton o' fun and made us want to buy the Lego Star Wars games....more info
- Thinking about buying? Read this FIRST (controller can't "map" to game)
What a piece of junk. I have a Logitech Precision controller that played PERFECTLY with Lego Star Wars 2. All i had to do is click on it once, and it worked by default. No problem, no maintenance. But not on Indy. Turns out you can't use your controller unless you "map" it onto ALL the possible controls MANUALLY. Come to find out, I run out of buttons on my controller to assign to functions in the game. And so it won't let me "accept" my settings because i have 2 empty slots. I read on some forums that you can assign those useless slots to the keyboard. I tried, you can't. So i can't play the game with a controller. I have to use keyboard. That's stupid. LucasArts, you guys suck. Thankfully I was smart enough to not purchase the game and feel ripped off, i used the demo. LucasArts, you did not and WILL not take my money. I strongly recommend that anyone thinking about buying, play the demo and see if you can use your controller. ...more info
- turn down settings
Its a great continuation of the Lego game series. Like others I had problems getting the game to run properly. After I turned down the settings it runs fine. This game has way more graphics going on than the Star Wars games remember the Star Wars series is a few years old. Makes sense that the newer game would demand more of your computer. Check to make sure your computer is up to snuff and don't assume if you were able to get Lego Star Wars to work fine that Indiana Jones would be the same. Its a fun game, I can't wait for Lego Batman. ...more info
- Can't save
One of the biggest problems with Lego Star Wars was the inability to save
at random points. So, if your kid is allowed a certain time to play, you
either have to make him lose all his progress, or allow him to play way
beyond his allotment. In Lego Star Wars, if you minimized, it would,
eventually, crash your computer.
So they've fixed this problem. Now, you can't minimize. The game takes over
your computer, and you either keep playing, or lose all progress. Great job....more info
- Tons of Fun but Not Perfect
I've enjoyed many evenings playing this game with my seven-year-old. The game itself is a lot of fun. It fairly closely follows the plot lines of the first three Indiana Jones movies. However, it does have some significant drawbacks:
1. This game does NOT work with my brand new Logitech RumblePad 2 controller that I bought specifically for Lego Star Wars II PC Game. From reading other reviews I understand that the only controller that really works for Lego Indiana Jones is the XBox 360 controller. I've ordered one of those but resent shelling out another $40 when I just bought a Logitech controller that was highly recommended for all PC games. What's the deal LucasArts???? For now we're stuck using the keyboard to play this game.
2. When we first started playing the game it was EXTREMELY SLOW. From reading other comments we learned that you have to go into the games options and turn down all the special effects like shading, etc. Once these were all turned down or off the game works great.
Overall this game is a lot of fun but I'm VERY disappointed about the lack of compatibility with Logitech controllers and I think they need to put some kind of warning about how to fix game slowness. My computer is only 6 months old. You would think the game should work well out of the box. I recommend the game but if you're going to purchase it be forewarned about the issues mentioned above....more info
- BUYER BEWARE! Game only supports 19-input controllers!!!
Dads, if you already own LEGO Star Wars I or II, and you are considering getting LEGO Indiana Jones for your kids, you need to know that the minimum requirements have changed, and you may need to decide whether this game is worth $80-$110 (explanation forthcoming)...
The game states on the outside of the box that it "Supports Xbox 360 Controller for Windows". (Little did I know that that meant that it ONLY supports controllers with similar capabilities.)
LEGO Star Wars always worked fine with my two Logitech Attack3 joysticks. But with LEGO Indiana Jones, they have added a number of relatively trivial controls to views that increase the required number of controller inputs to 19.
At configuration time, the game correctly detects my Logitech joysticks and prompts me with flashing line-items to manually configure the 19 control mappings. However, once I have exhausted my options (up-down-left-right-z high-z low-11 buttons), that only maps to 17 of the 19.
Those last two inputs will continue flashing and prevent you from saving your controller configuration, forcing you to exit and use the simpler keyboard interface instead. (If you don't mind paying $30 for a keyboard-controlled video game, more power to you.)
Unfortunately, I am not an expert on joysticks, but just doing basic math, it does not appear that even the high-end Logitech controllers have the 3-dimensions + 13 buttons required to map all 19 controls:
So I can only conclude that in order to recover my $30 investment in this game, I am going to have to buy two XBOX 360 controllers (~$25 used, $40 new from Amazon):
So my $30 purchase for one game is looking more like $80-$110. Is this unmarked "prerequisite" a ploy designed to boost sales of XBOX 360 controllers? Decide for yourself...
If you are a consumer who lacks the prerequsite controllers, and are not willing to spend $30 to play with a keyboard interface, I advise you to monitor the LucasArts forums to see if a patch is developed to allow the additional controls to go either unmapped or mapped to the keyboard before purchasing this product:
The last thing that I would add is that these kinds of tactics appear to be par for the course for LucasArts, who as of this writing has an "unsatisfactory" rating with the Better Business Bureau: