LEGO Indiana Jones - The Original Adventures

LEGO Indiana Jones - The Original Adventures Review for DS

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LEGO Indiana Jones presents a tongue-in-cheek take on the first three cinematic adventures of pop culture's most iconic archaeologist.

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Lego Indy is great fun on DS
Lego Indy is great fun on DS

Lego Indy is great fun on DS

When I was a kid growing up, LEGO as a toy was pretty basic. You had various differently coloured, mainly squarish-shaped blocks, a few curvy ones, and - if you were lucky - you might also have had a few rather androgynous mini-figures, the differences between male and female usually coming down to little more than hairstyle. Then, as manufacturing processes got better, LEGO got a bit more adventurous - I can still remember the excitement one Christmas when I received a LEGO castle complete with knights... they even had little LEGO swords, shields, horses and everything!

Of course, kids these days would probably look back on my medieval castle (and related excitement) with scorn, seeing as now LEGO seems to come in just about any form you could desire - LEGO aliens, LEGO explorers, LEGO animals of all shapes and sizes, LEGO strippers (I may have imagined that one) and - of course - LEGO ranges based on a number of top movies and TV shows. Yes, you can get LEGO versions of superheroes, of Star Wars characters, and now even old (and I mean OLD) Harrison Ford is getting in on the act with plastic representations of everyone's favourite fedora-topped, whip-wielding archaeologist.

It's important to make one thing clear from the outset about this title: it's very, very similar to the games that preceded it. I say this because I know that while many, many gamers embraced the simple-yet-addictive gameplay and tongue-in-cheek humour of those first LEGO games, there were those who simply didn't like them. 'Boring', 'Tedious', 'For kids', and 'Why would I want to spend hours smashing up LEGO blocks to collect stuff?' were just a few of the comments I remember being bandied about when LEGO Star Wars first came on the scene. And for those people... well, if you really, really didn't like the LEGO Star Wars titles, then it's a simple fact that you won't like this one either. So you might as well stop reading now and go off and play The Sims or something.

For those of you though, who saw LEGO Star Wars as a light-hearted, very playable, at times downright hilarious parody of one of the best movie series' of all time, and one, surprisingly, which seemed to be equally as enjoyable for kids as it was for adults, then LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures is certainly worth a look. As mentioned already, the format is almost identical to the previous games. You are offered a choice of the three original Indy movies (no Crystal Skull here people) each of which is divided into different levels that are set in and around the various key scenes in each movie. So expect to be running from the massive boulder in Raiders Of The Lost Ark and hopping into a mine cart for Temple of Doom. As you explore the levels, you have to perform tasks, solve simple puzzles and - to put it bluntly - smash the crap out of the scenery in order to reveal and collect LEGO 'studs'. These studs serve to boost your score, unlock bonus items and also act as currency, allowing you to buy things in the shop you find back in the lobby level - the lobby this time being Barnett College, a building more suitable for an eminent archaeologist than say, Mos Eisley Cantina.

The DS game is technically quite impressive

The DS game is technically quite impressive

As before, there are also various other secrets to be found, such as golden 'artefacts' (10 per level), special red LEGO bricks (one per level) and Map pieces (3 per level) each of which gives you access to certain bonuses once back at Indy's college. So basically, anyone who's played LEGO Star Wars will know exactly what to expect - all the same kind of gameplay as before, only this time instead of the outer-space Star Wars theme everything has a sandy, cob-web dusted Indiana Jones look to it. One of the biggest differences is probably the lack of the Force powers and - strangely enough - no lightsabers, however Indy has his trademark whip, and the supporting characters have a range of talents including using umbrellas to travel on zip-lines with, shovels to dig for hidden treasure, bottles to lob at enemies and even little pet monkeys which can be used to access areas of the level that the human characters can't get to.

The levels all incorporate various puzzles and secrets which can only be cracked with the help of certain specific characters - like trapdoors which only the small characters can use, or mystic totems which can only be activated by 'believers' - and because of this in order to fully complete the game and find everything you need to play through every level at least twice, once in 'Story' mode, where you are restricted to just the two or three characters who are the heroes of that part of the story, and then again in 'Freeplay' mode, where you are given a selection of the characters you have unlocked so far, and can swap between them at will by tapping the Touch Screen in order to tackle any puzzles that you couldn't do in Story mode.

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Posted 12:53 on 19 February 2009
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Posted 18:50 on 18 February 2009
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To answer Chrish and dug-e-dude, the 10th artefact in Sir Richard's tomb is right out in the water - you have to go between 2 big boats and it is at the end of the channel you go through. It took me ages too!!
Posted 18:41 on 28 January 2009
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Has anyone found the 108th gold brick yet? I have completed the game to 100% but can't find it anywhere.
Posted 18:40 on 28 January 2009
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To answer Bree (and Suz) - in the Cairo street scene, you PULL the box not push it. Just press A and walk backwards. Once you move the box, jump on it, then jump on top of the palm tree and over the wall. There is a red pad the other side for Marion to change into the monkey, then you can go back and climb up the vine.
Posted 18:39 on 28 January 2009
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can some1 please answer suz question?!?!?
Posted 21:23 on 03 January 2009
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i have ds where is the math classroom
Posted 23:39 on 19 November 2008
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do the map pieces give you anything when you collect them?
Posted 12:22 on 06 November 2008
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:-( thick mum tryin to work out how to help lil boy play this game and cant even work out how to save the game after play....please help!!!! Have a very frustrated 6 year old lol
Posted 12:19 on 17 September 2008
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look on for cheats on ds
Posted 01:01 on 13 August 2008
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wheres the flipin shop?
Posted 17:59 on 01 August 2008
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hey chrish - i cant find #10 on Sir Richard's tomb either
but jim spy - there's an artifact on the locomotive engine (go left instead of right)
Posted 04:43 on 29 July 2008
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To start your game with three million studs already acquired, head to the game’s title screen and insert the following lengthy cheat: Up, Up, B, Down, Down, X, Left, Left, Y, L, R, L, R, B, Y, X, Start, Select.
To unlock all of the characters in the game automatically, head to the game’s title screen and insert the following lengthy cheat: X, Up, B, Down, Y, Left, Start, Right, R, R, L, R, R, Down, Down, Up, Y, Y, Y, Start, Select.

Posted 07:13 on 25 July 2008
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hey magsterini, you get the gold bricks by finishing levels (with adventurers play - just means you have to get a certain number of studs) in story mode, free play mode, finding ALL of the artifacts, AND completing minigames. so far that accounts for 107 of the bricks... i dont know how to get the 108th one
Posted 05:53 on 21 July 2008
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can someone please help me with the sir richards tomb level? I have found 9 artifacts but am missing the 10th one. i have found two in the motorboat chase (killing 6 boats + that other one surrounded by golden n blue studs) n i suspect there is a 3rd one somewhere in the waters because i have searched everywhere in the catacombs and the library. please help this is the only artifact i havent found!!!
Posted 05:45 on 21 July 2008

Game Stats

LEGO Indiana Jones - The Original Adventures
Out of 10
LEGO Indiana Jones - The Original Adventures
  • Lots of hidden extras offer great replay value
  • Loads of unlockable Touch Screen mini-games
  • Play through the memorable scenes of all 3 movies
  • Essentially exactly the same gameplay as in LEGO Star Wars
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Release Date: 05/06/2008
Platforms: DS , Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC , Wii , PS2 , PSP
Developer: Traveller's Tales
Publisher: LucasArts
Genre: Action
No. Players: 1-2
Rating: PEGI 7+
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