Play as Indiana Jones through Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade in one of the most fun ways possible, with LEGO! Build, destroy and whip your way through the scenes from the movies and have a good laugh at the funny LEGO antics.
Most of the iconic scenes from the movies are in the game. They have been modified to make the game fun to play and funnier, but they are still easily recognisable.
Hear the music from the movies! The quality is not as good as the movies, but good enough for LEGO Indiana Jones to run around. I am not sure whether all the music is taken from the movies or whether there are some original compositions as well. It does not matter though, as all of it sounds great.
There is a lot of different things you can do. There is the usual LEGO building and destroying as well as collecting studs to unlock stuff. Then there is the fighting, digging, driving, fixing, screaming, blowing up stuff, solving simple puzzles, throwing all sorts of objects and of course using Indy’s famous whip. Everything you would expect from Indy and company.
For the intrepid explorer, there are plenty of hidden areas, artefacts to find and more things to unlock.
It is not Monkey Island, but LEGO Indy makes me laugh every time I play, even when I know what is going to happen.
Feeling stuck? Vent your frustration by breaking everything. More often than not, this will reveal the solution to progress the game. Satisfaction and progression at the same time.
The cutscenes cannot be skipped. Even though they are entertaining, I have had to repeat levels a few times and watching the same cutscene over and over is just a waste of time. Cutscenes only play in story mode, so repeating a level in free roam mode is not an issue.
Sometimes the camera angle makes it difficult to judge how to jump or get over certain obstacles. Or maybe it is just me since I am bad at platformers.
I encountered one progress killing bug in the last level of Temple of Doom. On the bridge fighting Mr Heart-Extractor, some guards are supposed to appear with swords for you to take to chop the ropes. I played for 30 minutes and quit because no swords appeared. A quick search revealed that this is indeed a bug and one way to work around it is to change the game’s screen resolution to 800×600. A big thank you to BrickRaiders for the solution. Note that I would not consider my machine as a “less powerful PC”, but I still encountered this bug.
Between 01 March 2019 and 27 October 2019, an update for Windows 10 or my graphics driver (or both) caused resolution problems for LEGO Indy. I usually play at 1920 x 1080 but have changed resolutions without any issues. Changing to 800 x 600 to address the above-mentioned bug worked painlessly. Now, the game would keep minimising on most resolutions, including 800 x 600. Thankfully, 1920 x 1080 still works. An interesting workaround is to automatically hide the Windows 10 Taskbar.
The resolution can also be set by manually editing the settings file C:UsersAppDataLocalLucasArtsLEGOIndianaJonespcconfig.txt. Just change the “ScreenWidth”, “ScreenHeight”, “WindowWidth” and “WindowHeight” numbers to the resolution you want to use.
A strange side effect of this resolution display problem is that the progress killing bug mentioned above, changed. I have no problems getting swords anymore. Unfortunately, there is a new small problem where the character gets stuck trying to run on to the bridge from the sides. It is minor and not game breaking, but it is still a problem. On the plus side, there is no need to change the resolution to 800 x 600 anymore.
The game is very simple to pick up and play. The difficulty is also quite easy, probably helped by the fact that you cannot die as such. Overall, this makes for an easy platformer that even I can reach the end. After that, there is still quite a challenge for those that seek to find and unlock all the secrets.
The Last Crusade starts off in Venice where Indy searches for the tomb of Sir Richard. There is a level with young Indy, but it must be unlocked first.
A decade ago, I played LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy alongside LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures on the PlayStation 2. Both games were fun, but I enjoyed LEGO Indy just a bit more.
I have completed the story mode for all three movies. Time to find all the secrets.
I never got to try out the drop in/out co-op mode.
I like all the Indiana Jones movies.
I enjoy platformers but I am not good at them.