While I enjoyed the first two Lego Star Wars games, I never played any of the other Lego games. Unlike Lego Rock Band or Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, Lego Indiana Jones sounded pretty sweet. My local library started renting out copies, and I was more than eager to pick this one up just to see if it fared any better than Legos with lightsabers.
Granted it does a great job with the cut-scenes. They’re cute, funny, and have a lot of charm. They were a bit more modest with the cut-scenes in the Star Wars games, but they don’t hold back the wackiness with Lego Indy.
The game also features full adventures on the first 3 classic movies. Your favorite moments from the film are re-created in Lego form. That is fine and great, except there is a lot of filler to the game. While Indy’s classic moments are highlighted with glory, there’s a whole lot of stuff that he did not do. I don’t remember him bribing monkeys with bananas nor to do I remember random fetch quests.
My biggest problem with the title, is that the Lego gameplay is getting stale. Lego Indy isn’t as cool to play as despite what you would imagine. I wished I had my lightsaber back, because my blocky whip doesn’t stand much of a chance against a squad of armed soldiers. Also the puzzles are terrible. You just go from room to room trying to figure out which block you missed.
I got all the way through the Raiders of Lost Ark chapter, and felt very bored and frustrated. I progressed a little in the Temple of Doom before finally calling it quits. Not because it was terribly difficult, but because I was just tired of the endless puzzles and just plain sick of whipping my way straight into a gun barrel. Like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, the first couple of games were great, but unless you shake things up drastically you’re basically playing the same old thing, and that’s just what Lego Indiana Jones is. A worse version of the Lego Star Wars games.
Score: 6 out of 10