|System: PSP, X360, PS2, PS3, Wii, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Traveller's Tales||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: LucasArts||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: June 3, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Pete Richards
While LucasArts and LEGO have teamed up in the past, this is the first Indiana Jones title introduced to the cutesy puzzle world. Though this is intended for Everyone 10+, anyone who loves the original Indiana Jones trilogy and multi-leveled, platform, problem-solving games will more than likely enjoy this title. Though this game is intended to be simple enough for children, adults may run into their share of difficulties while trying to figure things out in The Original Adventures, and there is just enough mixture of satire and adventure in the storyline to keep any fan of Indiana Jones happy.
As you may have guessed from the title, The Original Adventures takes you straight into the worlds of the original Indiana Jones trilogy, from Raiders to the Last Crusade, in a complete LEGO universe. For those familiar with any of the LEGO Star Wars games, the concept is identical. The story begins by taking you to the Lost Temple in South America, 1936, from the opening sequence of Raiders. Once you successfully beat the giant boulder at the mouth of the temple and fly off into the distance, you can then play on through the major scenes in Raiders including the Well of Souls and others added specifically for the game, or you can return to the game's central hub at Barnett College where you can jump to either the opening missions of Temple of Doom or The Last Crusade.
As you play the game solo, you actually control as many as three different characters onscreen at any given time, as you switch between Indy and one or two others who join you in different levels. There are lots of them from all three films including Marion from Raiders, Short Round from Temple, and Elsa and Jones Sr. from Crusade. Another player can join in at any time to help out in the action, which is probably even more fun than doing it on your own. Hitting Triangle allows you to switch between Indy and any of the other characters who all feature their own strengths and weaknesses. Any female character, for instance, can jump higher than the guys when hitting X. You will need help from the girls to reach certain platforms throughout the game. Indy, of course, carries a whip at all times, which will come in handy when you need to swing across large gaps or pull in objects from far away by hitting Circle. Circle uses any tool in your possession, whether it's a wrench to fix broken engines and vehicles, a key to turn a gear for lowering bridges and opening doors, or a book to help you solve codes to get you to the next part of the level. With the inclusion of so many useful characters other than the man himself, at no time does the game feel cluttered with inept hangers-on. All characters definitely come in handy at some point.
Square is your attack button and you will need to use it often with the amount of oncoming natives, Germans, Thugees, and other bad guys trying to stop you along the way. While it is very easy to shatter opponents made of LEGO, the attack animations are actually pretty detailed as Indy can punch, perform a drop kick, or put enemies in a chokehold and toss them into the air. Whichever move he pulls off is completely random, as you mindlessly tap Square to defeat oncoming attackers, but it's still a pretty cool variety of moves. You can also pick up dropped weapons such as handguns, knives, and swords to use against them and pick up a variety of objects such as tables, chairs, and bottles to throw or crack them over the head with. There are lots of vehicles to try out as well, though there is much less focus on it throughout the game, as you will have to hop onto the backs of horses and into boats, trucks, and bikes to escape enemies or get through levels. With the amount of puzzles and problem solving this game has, there is also enough action to keep you entertained.