LEGO Indiana Jones: Original Adventures Reviews

  • Tasty PastryTasty Pastry357,689
    12 Jan 2010 20 May 2013
    75 2 14
    Lego Indiana Jones Review
    Forward Notes:

    I picked this game up for cheap in the back-to-back case with Kung Fu Panda. This game entrenched me in my sofa with my then girlfriend for days on end as we problem solved and found the collectibles. This was my first Lego game played (I’d later play through Lego Batman, but not to the same extent). Let’s get to the review!

    Single Player:
    Although the gameplay is very much the same in co-operative multiplayer that I’ll get to later in the review, I’ll explain the game’s concept in this section. Lego Indiana Jones is basically a comical way of portraying the movies – removing any of the graphical violence or sexual references that the movies might have implied. Lego Indiana Jones takes a comical route in not only realistically portraying the events as they occur, but also making it child-friendly. This might not be a main concern for quite a few people on this site, but for anyone with up-and-coming children gamers, this might be one of the earlier games you stick them in front of once they reach the age of eight or nine.

    If you’ve seen the movies, this game follows the same plot. However, it came out before the latest blockbuster, so that one will be omitted (though if you’re interested in it they came out with a Lego Indiana Jones sequel). Each movie is portrayed in the game with around seven or so levels each, with natural and logical progression. Granted, it’s not perfect, in that they needed to add some more “action” to the game to give you something to do, but it’s relatively close.

    The gameplay revolves around problem solving and manipulating your environment. Sure, there are bad lego guys that attack you, but a mash of the attack button will take them down relatively easy. The rest of the time you’ll be using the powers that come with each lego character. For example, Indiana Jones can use his whip to pull down levers, while some female characters can scream at such a high pitch as to break glass. Scholars can analyze hieroglyphics to solve a puzzle and open a hidden door while smaller characters can go through tiny tunnels to reach hidden areas.

    Each level revolves around two characters working together, and usually one of those characters is Indiana. You can switch off easily between you and the other character with a push of a button, and when you aren’t controlling a character he will be taken over by the computer, who, for the most part, will competently follow you around. There are some vehicles that you get to use (motorcycles, tractors, etc), but for the most part you’ll be on foot. Throughout the levels you can destroy almost whatever you want, which will help you create pieces to build helpful items out of. Destroying items also gives you studs, a collectible purchasing item, that directly relates to achievements that I’ll get to later.

    Once you have beaten a level in regular gameplay you are welcome to go back and play the level again in a free play format. In this format you can change your character by using the bumpers to allow you to use abilities that you couldn’t previously use when playing through the level. This means that you are capable of reaching new areas and finding previously unobtainable collectibles.

    In the end the game is great at encouraging problem solving while being so light-hearted that it’s very hard to not find enjoyable. Sure, it can get frustrating at times when you can’t figure out where to go or if the computer is being a little unhelpful, but if it wasn’t difficult at all there would be no satisfaction in completing the puzzle. Is the game a hardcore one that requires hours or practice? No. Is the game fun for what it is trying to do? Yes.

    Single Player Score: 9/10


    The game has a local co-op which is very fun when given the right chemistry of people, and taken in small doses. It’s nice in that the computer isn’t controlling the other character, so it’s easier to say “stay there”. However, I tell everyone that picks up this game to make sure that their significant other is a gamer, or else they are asking for a divorce laugh. But seriously, I had quite a bit of fun playing this with my girlfriend, though at times I wanted to burn the game and bury it in a ditch. What’s the issue you may ask? Well the game works like an old coin-operated arcade game (think TMNT 1989 Arcade) where both characters are incapable of moving beyond the constricts of the screen. This means that if one player wants to go this way while the other player wants to go that way, you’re going to have conflict.

    Apparently this is fixed in the latest Lego Indiana Jones installment, where it goes into split screen when going too far apart, and that will solve quite a few issues. If you’re thinking of playing with someone else, I recommend staying away from this one and picking up that one instead. However, get the right chemistry with the right person and you have a very fun game to play together, and problem-solving with two people can get you through some of those more “difficult” parts.

    Multiplayer Score: 7/10


    You’re playing a Lego game, so you can’t expect much from the graphics side of this game. Each character is going to be made out of, you guessed it, legos. However, they do a pretty good job of using facial features and clothing to make each lego character indeed look like the character they are supposed to represent. The environment is almost always destructible, which is pretty fun to watch. There are cutscenes before almost every level start which is always interesting and basically helps intertwine the levels into a movie format that you are more capable of identifying.

    The sound could go either way, but I rather liked it. The characters don’t talk themselves, but there will be some “umphs” and giggles. Throughout the whole game you will hear some kind of theme song playing in the background, with the classic theme being prominent. You will hear the sound of lego gun-fire, the breaking of buildings, and the construction of new ones. I found it very fitting and very relaxing for the game’s atmosphere.

    The game is nice in that it is geared towards a younger audience, and that’s pretty obvious. Although you have health, shown by little hearts on your screen, dying will only make you lose a bit of your collected money while still putting you back right where you died. This makes the game a lot less nerve-racking, which keeps the laid back atmosphere in tack. You are also capable of replaying levels whenever you feel inclined, either through story mode or free play, which makes nothing in the game “missable”. There is also a significant amount of things to do in the game that aren’t directly related to the main storyline. These include designing and naming your own character and messing around in the “hub” of the game – the University where Professor Jones works. You can enter cheat codes if you’re so inclined to help you unlock certain characters as well if you’re interested. There is also a couple of bonus levels that revolve around you collecting all of the “money” in the level through exploratory means.

    Graphics/Sound/DLC/Intangibles score: 9/10


    If you’ve played any of the other lego games, you’re probably pretty acquainted with the achievements. I think they are relatively solid, but some people will consider them a bit of a grind – it’s all based on the outlook you take. You’ll get one for beating each level in story mode, which will satisfy a lot of the more casual gamers. If you find afterwards that you are interested in the game and want to do more, you can go back in free play and collect all the items in the game that are hidden. There are also achievements for exploring the bonus levels and some for doing X action X amount of times. There are also some oddball type achievements, such as kissing female characters with Indy.

    Scandalous. In the end the achievements are very effective – you get your basic ones for beating the game while also getting your more advanced ones for item collection and bonus level completion. It creates replay value while still rewarding you for playing the game normally.

    Achievement Score: 9/10

    Final Score: 34/40 = 8.5/10 = 4.25/5

    Final Thoughts:

    I think that when you put Lego Indiana Jones into your machine you have to be expecting something. That something is a relatively laid-back atmosphere with simplistic controls and cute gameplay, that attempts to follow the movie’s plot. A solid, yet frustrating co-op mode can increase the joy you get from playing the game, while collectable items and bonus levels can increase the replay value.

    I spend a lot of time on my reviews. If you feel that I misrepresented the game in anyway, or didn’t serve the game due justice, and feel the desire to leave negative feedback, I please ask you to leave a comment instead so that I may improve my review. If I don’t improve it within a day, then I do deserve the negative feedback if it is still warranted.

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    XxSpazemxXTasty, I am wondering roughly how many hours it takes to 100% all the achievements on this game, If you could provide me with this information it would be very appreciated.
    Posted by XxSpazemxX on 27 Apr 12 at 05:14
    Tasty PastryIf you use cheats, I'd say 20 hours is a solid rough estimate.
    Posted by Tasty Pastry on 27 Apr 12 at 05:43
    A Volvo DriverGreat review. I will now pick this one up. Thanks.
    Posted by A Volvo Driver on 18 Apr 15 at 05:05
  • DaLaniDaLani148,838
    02 May 2009
    25 2 2
    After the multiplatform success of LEGO Star Wars, Indiana Jones is the next LEGO jump'n'run adaption of a well known movie-license. Like in previous LEGO games, the player's task is to play through the three "old" Indiana Jones episodes. Each episode is split in six different levels.
    Once again, the player has to collect several special items, tons of coins and LEGO bricks unlocking special abilities. Additionally to that, you can unlock several characters from the movies, which are all playable in free play mode. And also the funny and ironic side blows the LEGO adaptions are popular for, will be found in this part of the LEGO game.

    Although the general gameplay didn't change much compared to Star Wars, Traveller's Tales improved camera and controls - a huge plus in solving the many puzzles waiting for you in the game. And also the graphics were slighly improved compared to Star Wars.
    The achievements are all doable and not very challenging, so a passionate gamer won't have big problems achieving the full 1000MGP.
    Another huge plus is the local 2-player-Coop mode. It's twice the fun playing the game with a friend!
  • Katosepe321Katosepe32195,642
    13 Jul 2010
    12 0 3
    Lego Indiana Jones is a nice change from the Star Wars series and does a great job making a puzzler/platformer that is fun for everyone.

    Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure is a kid's game at heart but definitely has entertainment value for everyone else as well. I am a college student and, while I got the game originally so that my girlfriend and I could play something together, I have had a lot of fun with the game.

    As with most platformers, there are plenty of jumping puzzles to be had, tons of collectibles to gather up and lots to unlock. Each level is mostly filled with platformer elements but there are a variety of puzzles to be solved as well. These usually involve building Lego blocks up to create extravagant objects or combining hidden or spread out objects together to create something new. None of these puzzles are hard but that give the player a bit of a break from all the jumping around. There are 18 levels total in the storyline (6 levels for each movie) and 3 secret levels. While that may sound short, the game lasts much longer with a Free Play mode and a great Co-op mode. Just doing the storyline, it is impossible to collect everything. That's why you have to go back in Free Play mode to collect what you missed by using other Indiana Jones characters that weren't there in the story. This way you can bring Indy's dad into Raiders of the Lost Ark or a Thuggee cultist into The Last Crusade. It's a fun system that will give you quite a few more hours with the game. Everything can be completed in co-op as well that is infinitely more fun than single-player. A tight camera can be a definite problem at times but nothing game-breaking. Just bring a light heart into the game and you'll laugh at the times you kill each other more than being frustrated.

    Lego Indiana Jones is a great way to get a 1000 gamerpoints for more experienced gamers and just some good fun for everyone else.
  • XxFatJesusxXXxFatJesusxX133,720
    15 May 2011 05 Feb 2013
    10 1 0
    Lego games don't really get alot of attention, due to the fact that many people think that playing the game instead of playing with actual legos is kinda weird...just another genre getting judged by its cover.

    Lego Indiana Jones follows the same plot from the original movies such as Raiders of the lost Ark, Temple of Doom, and Last Crusade.Which are re-playable from the museum menu in the game. Its not an exact portrayal of the movies allowing the player to use lego to build varies objects to continue through the level and let the well-known lego humour do its thing.

    With three movies worth of characters you can imagine the insane amount of lego players that you have the ability to pick and bring along on varies missions. The game also offers the chance in the museum to build and customize your own type of lego player.

    Gamplay is very straight foward allowing anyone to be able to pass it without a second glance.There are multiple hidden items in each level that require a unique type of second character to unlock and with each enemies death results in jewels in which you can collect and combine your treasure to buy unlockables.

    Graphics and Sound
    Pretty much like anything you would find in a lego game straight from arcade like graphics. Sound is very generic with no voice acting, the only up side to it is the original indiana jones movies' score that brings up most levels and boss fights.

    Dont let the 50 achievement's scare you off its actually very easy to get 1000/1000GS it may take alot of backtracking to collect every last treasure and jem but its worth it to add this game to your 100% list.

    In conclusion, LEGO Indiana Jones: Original Adventures is simply a fun game, It's extremely funny, with good gameplay and great re-play value, And great sale price. Have you seen how much this game is going for?!?! Like $5 here in Canada! I hope you find this game as much fun as I found it to be. My final rating is 4 stars!
  • BrasshandeBrasshande928,886
    08 Jan 2011
    1 1 0
    At the time of writing, i've completed 4 retail games to 1000 Gamerscore, including this one, and this is the only one i'd piss on to put out a fire. Not a massive surprise when the other three are Avatar TBE, King Kong and TMNT, but there we go. It's shameful lumping this in with those gaming disaster areas actually, because this is an excellent little game. The gameplay will be immediately familiar to anyone who has ever played any of the LEGO console games, but as a serious fan of the Indiana Jones franchise, this pressed all the right buttons for me. The usual reasonably simple puzzling and enemy destroying is here all present and correct, if you've played any other LEGO game you'll know what to expect. If you're reading anything on this website, it's got to be taken as read that you're after the easiest achievements possible, and this game does have plenty of those, but unlike some of the shit i've previously mentioned, this game is worth playing on its own merits too, even to the non-committed achievement hound. Fans of easy Gamerscore, the Indiana Jones series or just good simple arcade fun will definitely find something to entertain them here
  • conmaccaconmacca115,110
    12 May 2010 05 Feb 2011
    0 7 1

    Lego indiana Jones is a great game

    it is very funny and fun to play through such as other lego games theres a wide range of characters and missions. if your playing it for th achievements most are easy but some take quite a while but are worth it in the end.

    the multiplayer is very funny playing with a friend ,sadly there is no LIVE mutiplayer.

    indiana jones:origanal adventures is a great game with very good gameplay, its family friendly, the missions are fun and challenging at the same time

    there are some dull moments and the missions are rather long ut other than that, great game.

    Fun and a great game
    Uneasy to play
    Kid friendly
    You cant put it down
    Over the top addictive
    Unlocks achievements easy

    4/5 stars

    happy gaming :)
  • Riispawn NationRiispawn Nation63,070
    01 Mar 2010 01 Mar 2010
    1 10 0
    I noticed how there was another looong review which rated the game 4/5 stars and had 19 positive votes and 0 negative....

    First off how can you give a lego game 4/5 stars? It doesn't even have online multiplayer! I'm not saying that all games that don't have online multiplayer completely suck, but for a mediocre game like Lego Indiana Jones, the lack of online co-op really makes this game one that you probably wouldn't consider buying. I'm not actually a fan of the Lego series myself but someone lent me this game in exchange for my lego Batman/ Pure games.


    There is only one game mode which doesn't have a name and has 3 chapters each with 6 missions. The missions are fairly easy so this game is quite short unless you have the intention and patience of re-doing every mission over again to get the collectibles. There aren't many things you can do, you basically attack everything and everyone. The enemies don't even pose the slightest challenge and even though there is an "Adaptive Difficulty" feature, I didn't see it taking any effect at all during the course of my playthrough. The only way you can die easily in this game is fall... There are different characters which have different abilities but even then, the gameplay gets quite repetitive since you don't actually get to use the different abilities that much in the first place... Unless of course you're trying to get all the collectibles on a second playthrough... There is local co-op but this isn't a game where you and a friend will get excited because something big happened or one of you did something well.

    The graphics of this game aren't very good either, as you probably already know. This game wouldn't look different on HD then on standard definition.

    I also didn't like how the characters just mumble during the cutscenes, and how you couldn't skip the cutscenes in story mode.

    The only positive aspect of the game in my opinion, are the somewhat easy achievements. You get 10 g's for every mission completed.

    Overall points:

    -short gameplay
    -bad graphics
    -mediocre audio
    -no online play
    -can't skip cutscenes in story mode
    -too easy
    -easy achievements?