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Indiana Jones tales are a joy

PUBLISHED: 17:56 17 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:01 11 August 2010

A still from the game

A still from the game

Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures - X360 INDIANA Jones has finally been given the Lego treatment just in time for the latest movie, though the game looks set to receive much higher acclaim. Thankfully, the sense of fun that was so important in the S

Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures - X360

INDIANA Jones has finally been given the Lego treatment just in time for the latest movie, though the game looks set to receive much higher acclaim.

Thankfully, the sense of fun that was so important in the Star Wars releases has been maintained for Indy and his supporting cast.

The game still looks as cute as you would expect, but will still delight adults as much as the youngsters, especially as it recreates the plots of the three early Indiana Jones films so well.

As far as the gameplay goes, there have been few massive changes since Star Wars. The control system remains the same, though instead of light-sabers and the force, you are instead equipped with Indy's trusty whip.

The aim of the game still remains the collection of Lego studs, though there have been added inclusions like hidden chests, which give you bonus artefacts if you collect them all.

You can control up to two characters at a time, each of which have their own strengths and weaknesses. Some may carry a shovel to help dig up the chests, while others like Henry Jones Snr can read hieroglyphics.

However, many characters can be frozen on the spot when their biggest fear is on the screen.

Even Indy himself is rendered statuesque in the presence of snakes, while his father is terrified of rate while spiders are also one of the game's phobias.

Combat is very different to Star Wars, with more hand-to-hand fighting rather than use of weapons, but this game is heavily focussed on puzzle-solving, with the final missions at the end of The Last Crusade becoming very challenging.

The two-player mode is good fun, and allows a partner to drop in and out of the game at any stage, while the plot is unaffected.

However, one of the biggest drawbacks of the game is the lack of online play. Releasing games with no online offering is really not on as far as next-gen consoles go, especially when the subject matter is as popular as the Indiana Jones saga.

But that does not detract from the fact that developers Travellers Tales have created another big hit from one of the silver screens greatest franchises, and will undoubtedly leave gamers wondering who will next benefit from the Lego treatment.

One thing is for sure, if they keep the excitement and fun that is at the centre of Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures and its Star Wars predecessors, the games will continue to fly off the shelves.

VERDICT: 8 out of 10


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