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Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii & PC - Xbox 360 version reviewed.
If you want, I can make this really short. If you a) like Indiana Jones - or at least the original trilogy - and you b) enjoyed the Lego Star Wars games, then you can buy Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures with confidence. Just think of the Lego Star Wars magic applied to the Indiana Jones movies, and while there are some minor differences in the specifics and balance of gameplay, the overall look and feel will be pretty much what you imagine. If you want to see key scenes from the Indiana Jones trilogy humorously re-enacted in the medium of Lego, you've got it. If you want a nice, fun game, full of simple platform jumping and relatively simple puzzle-solving, you've got that too. If you've got an insatiable need to collect every playable character and bonus going, and you want a game that's full of that kind of stuff, this is it. It's only if you want something new and entirely original - and only then - that you are you likely to come away disappointed.
The parallels with Lego Star Wars aren't hard to spot. Instead of the Star Wars heroes (Luke, Han, Leia, Anakin, Obi Wan, etc) we get Indy, Marion, Short Round, Sallah, Henry Jones Snr, Marcus Brody and others. Replacing Darth's Vader, Maul and Sidious on the baddies front, we have Belloq, Mola Ram and Major Toht. Dexter's Diner and the Mos Eisley Cantina have been replaced by the noble halls of Barnett College, and from there you can hop into any one of the three movies, with six chapters based on sections of each. Like Lego Star Wars, Lego Indiana Jones is fun when played alone, but is obviously designed for two players, the second dropping in at will with a press of the start button on the second controller. Visually, the games are two peas from the same pod, with the HD consoles gaining from nicer lighting, shinier plastic textures and slightly more detailed backgrounds. In terms of fighting, jumping, climbing and switching between characters, the controls are basically identical. Lego Indiana Jones is more than Lego Star Wars with new levels and a re-skin, but if you're already familiar with the previous games, you'll feel perfectly comfortable with this one.
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