Lego Indiana Jones takes us through the good archaeologist’s original adventures before he became eligible for discounts at Denny’s. (See Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, or better yet…don’t.) Like the Star Wars saga before it, Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Temple of Doom, and the Last Crusade are given the Lego makeover. And like Lego Star Wars, there’s also a fun, puzzle-based adventure underneath, too.
All the action scenes in the movies get the Lego treatment, obviously. The character’s endearing phobias are components to the puzzle solving as well, from Junior’s fear of snakes to Henry Senior’s fear of rats. All the puzzles are cleverly designed, but I would’ve loved the ability to rotate the camera. The fixed camera can be very frustrating when trying to discern angles and distance where jumping and platforming is involved. You combine this with dark underground areas where landings aren’t that distinguishable from the background and say hello to annoying deaths.
Of course you will be harassed by enemies primarily consisting of Nazis, the Thuggee, and Nazis again. Indy can easily plow through combatants with his powerful Lego fists. Indy’s trademark whip, on the other hand, is more effective as a tool for swinging across chasms and grabbing objects than a weapon.
All three movies in Lego Indiana Jones can be plowed through in a weekend, but it takes the truly diligent to get 100% completion. The amount of unlockables and artifacts to find throughout the game give it a lot of replayability. Aside from a few camera and graphical issues, it is a solid action adventure with Lego trappings and a worthy homage to the Indiana Jones franchise.
Pros: Nice mix of action and puzzle solving, humor
Cons: Camera, some areas too dark
Final Verdict: Praise It