If youve seen the new Indiana Jones film you might just want to take after your hero and bearing in mind that its not very safe to start using a whip indoors then you might want to consider this game. It might just be right up your street. As with the previous (and up and coming) Lego games, the characters and elements of the game are made up of those wonderful, colourful little blocks we all used to play with.
It doesnt matter whether youre an adult or a child the simple control scheme means that just about anyone should be able to pick it up and have a go. Simple however in this case still means fun, as it can be hugely rewarding when you get a puzzle or action sequence right. Naturally youll get plenty of both of the previous elements as well as building things out of Lego (hammer that button!), fighting with the ubiquitous whip and of course hunting for artefacts in the game.
Theres a certain charm to shrinking the characters down to pint-size proportions and then marvelling at the little details on their square(ish) heads such as the stubble on Indy. Theyll very quickly raise a smile and its unlikely to leave you as you play through the game. Of course, Indiana isnt the only one in fact youll find 60 Lego people in here just waiting to be discovered.
Similar to previous games in the Lego series, the game works on the premise that youve got at least some awareness of the film to get the most out of it. That isnt to say that you wont have a good time if youve not seen any of the Indiana Jones films, but youll get a lot more out of it if you have. For a quick example, theres a scene where he gets chased by a (now Lego) boulder down a decline. Its humorous and quirky, but this could be lost on someone who hasnt seen it before and wont truly appreciate the in-joke.
Gameplay wise, there isnt a huge amount of time needed to complete the game but youll have a lot of fun doing so in the various interactive environments. Theres less fighting in there than the Lego Star Wars games but just as much fun to be had. If youre a hardcore gamer, maybe itll appear to the geek in you. If youre more casual in nature then Im sure youll have a lot of fun with this.
Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures is available now and is suitable for ages 3+.