LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures

Professor of archaeology, expert on the occult, obtainer of rare antiquities

The decision to immortalise the wise-cracking hero in LEGO form is clear: the Indiana Jones films are almost as iconic as Star Wars, and their cheeky humour runs parallel with the tongue-in-cheek approach of the recent LEGO games. With the building blocks already in place from the Star Wars games, it hasn%26rsquo;t been too difficult for Traveller%26rsquo;s Tales to whip the engine into shape and recreate the original three films in a style fit for Dr. Henry Walton Jones, Jr.

Above: All images are from the Wii version

There are plenty of traps to avoid, and mastery of Indy%26rsquo;s bullwhip is crucial. A quick crack of the weapon allows Indiana to disarm enemies and flick switches. Although tracking down in-game screenshots is harder than finding the Grail itself, we%26rsquo;ve got it on good authority that anyone familiar with LEGO Star Wars should instantly recognise the HUD. Collecting LEGO gems for fortune and glory plays as big a part as always, and there will be plenty of breakable objects and secret items tucked away for you to find on your own or with a friend in co-op.

Things will also be more puzzle-orientated than before, and you%26rsquo;ll need to combine LEGO Technic pieces to progress. Once the golden idol from the beginning of Lost Ark has been snagged it%26rsquo;s time to escape the collapsing temple. The boulder chase is featured in its entirety so you%26rsquo;ll be running into the screen and hurdling objects. The level%26rsquo;s conclusion features a battle through the jungle to the waiting seaplane, snake and all.

Then it%26rsquo;s off to Nepal to locate Marion Ravenwood and her medallion. A battle with the Nazis is in store, and things really heat up when the buildings start burning down. Indy%26rsquo;s ability to %26lsquo;weaponise%26rsquo; the objects around him really stands out. He can pick up items to attack people with, so the bar is perfect for a fight because it%26rsquo;s packed with stools and bottles. The Nepalese mountains and ancient structures bulk out this portion of the game (in the film it was simply one bar scene), so don%26rsquo;t think you%26rsquo;ll escape any temple action for long.

Cairo%26rsquo;s markets are up next, followed by the dig scene - with plenty of snakes to avoid - then its a car chase, a level in the submarine dock (along with the Bantu Wind and U-Boat) and finally an explosive finish at the secret island where you%26rsquo;ll witness Major Arnold Toht%26rsquo;s infamous melty-face scene in all its LEGO glory.

If you thought that LEGO Star Wars was visually impressive, you%26rsquo;re in for a treat. The locations in the films are far more exotic and colourful than Star Wars and Batman, and Traveller%26rsquo;s Tales have really stepped up their game. Environments have a pseudo-realistic edge, so the LEGO elements of an ancient shrine look really striking next to, say, a beautiful jungle backdrop.

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