LEGO® Indiana Jones™: The Original Adventures
Build, Battle and Brawl your way out of trouble! Play through all three classic Indiana Jones™ movies and relive your favorite Indy adventures in the tongue-in-cheek worlds of LEGO®. Explore and Discover - Battle enemies, solve puzzles, and seek out the world's greatest treasures.
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Mixed (98 reviews) - 69% of the 98 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 3, 2008

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Build, Battle and Brawl your way out of trouble!
Play through all three classic Indiana Jones™ movies and relive your favorite Indy adventures in the tongue-in-cheek worlds of LEGO®.
  • Explore and Discover - Battle enemies, solve puzzles, and seek out the world's greatest treasures.
  • More Than 60 Playable Characters - Take control of Indy, his friends, and even his enemies. Team up with a friend and together search for fortune and glory.
  • Whip Into Action! - Attack and disarm enemies, swing over perilous pits, and interact with LEGO® objects and puzzles!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP or Vista
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 3 1GHz or AMD Athlon XP
    • Memory: 256 MB (XP), 512 MB (Vista)
    • Graphics: 128 MB Graphics card with Shader Model 2.0 Capability
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB
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Mixed (98 reviews)
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Fievel Lee
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Pros:
Divertido
Entretenido para todas las edades
Muy buena adaptacion de niveles e historia de las peliculas al juego
Algunos puzzles son muy sencillos y otros algo frustrantes, pero el juegos se las arregla para mantenerte avanzando
Si mueres apareces de nuevo justo donde te quedaste
Musica divertida, aunque no siempre

Cons:
Muy mala camara, desesperante en muchos momentos
Algunas secciones de plataformas se vuelven frustrantes gracias a la posicion camara
Los controles desesperan en algunos momentos, sobre todo al brincar entre plataformas o al disparar.....de nuevo gracias a la horrible camara
El manejo de los vehiculos se siente muy raro, dan ganas de mover la palanca a lo loco y ver si llegas de pura suerte

Yo no tuve ningun bug que me arruinara el juego, lo juegue de principio a fin sin problemas.
Solo habia jugado los juegos de Lego Harry Potter y no por completo en Xbox, pero aun asi me parecio muy divertido incluso sintiendo que es solo para niños tan solo con el nombre o al verlo, la verdad es que entretienen mucho.

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melonbeton
( 13.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Last episode from "The Last Crusade" - cannot rotate the two bridge parts together. Bug. Ruined the whole experience. Lame devs, ridiculous publisher.
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James
( 25.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Well, I read in the reviews that it's so buggy and the controls are so awful that it's unplayable. That's just wrong. I played it with a controller and it worked just fine after I set up the controls in the menu. Sure there are some bugs here and there, same as any other old game. The only "real problem" is the jumping bug, but as it's plainly explained in other posts just turn v-sync on. Which I do anyway because I don't like screen tearing. So, buy it, set up the controller properly and enloy it. I did :)
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Jackflash
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
If you experience jumping problems where your ability to jump is broken, turn vsync on.

Classic Lego game with local Co op and plenty of levels and collectibles to keep you busy. Missions span all three original movies and some difficult puzzles at times. As with all Lego games, it is impossible to die, you always respawn instantly. So I would not recommend if you're seeking a difficult challenge in that aspect. If you seek all unlocks and collectibles, that will be a challenge and require multiple run throughs.

Recommend for an Indy fan or Lego games fan.
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hawkman97
( 25.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
Its been years since I first played this game and its still a great game.
I love this game.
Once you get used to the control scheme its still a great game
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Daniel Rahl
( 17.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
Big thank you to the individual who left the review stating to turn on V-sync if you can't jump. It really should be on a banner emblazoned on the first screen of the game.
Now on to the real review.
This game has some elements that really improve it, and others that really set it back.
Pros: A freeplay mode that doesn't break away to cutscenes every stage, doesn't at all in fact. Good job.
Staying true to the original story and only spoofing as extra content.
Added easter eggs from the Star Wars game. Now I want to visit the Mos Eisley cantina in Egypt.
John Williams is the man. Great soundtrack.
This is my childhood.

Cons: Should have a little banner when you pull up the menu that says "Unable to jump on certain platforms? Try turning
on V-sync."
There were a few points where I had to force co-op to complete parcel deliveries. This being either because
scenery platforms are buggy to jump on, or the computer would throw the barrel off when you needed to jump on
it. This problem is compounded by the problem that keyboard can't drop out, you have to quit out to the main
menu to boot it.
You don't have access to all characters in freeplay, and the computer will not always ensure that you have all the
characters that you need.

I didn't encounter any real game breaking bugs, but there are enough issues present to present a bit of a turn off.

Those are all the points that I can think of off the top of my head after 100%ing it. One point to note is that while this game has the same price tag as Lego Star Wars: TCS, it has less than half the content and is less polished, which is confusing as this game came out AFTER the Star Wars game. You have to watch an in game advert hyping this game to 100% Star Wars. For comparison, I did 51 hours to 100% Star Wars, 17 hours to 100% this.
I can only really conclude that this game is Traveller's Tales unloved child.
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D r a k e
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
My childhood
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TheCyberDruid
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
Buggy, horrible controls, horrible camera and too much unfair fighting. The game glitches all the time. Indy can't even build anything without using his whip after *each single block he builds*. The motorcycle escape level is certainly finishable, but the broken vehicle controls and the level design do their best to frustrate you. There are parts that are actually fun to play, but they are too few and the rest is just a glitchy frustrating mess.

If you like Indy (like me), grab it when it goes on sale for a fiver, but don't expect much. Everybody else should not waste any money on this.
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Ferret^.^
( 12.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
It's so buggy that it's immpossible to finish by yourself without forcing co-op; but if you only hve one controller you'll get stuck using the keyboard. There are parts where you'll get platforms you can't jump from. Problems like this are unacceptble regardlessof the audience.
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Kirsten Lim
( 12.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
"ERMAHGURD DIS GAEM IS ♥♥♥♥ING BUGED ASS♥♥♥♥! KYS ♥♥♥♥ING TT! ALLAHU AKBAR!"
This game works fine, what the fuc-
"KILL YOUR ♥♥♥♥ING SELF CANCER ♥♥♥♥♥♥!"
But it works like it sho-
"AIDS!"


Had to get that off of my chest. This game hits me right in the nostalgia, so I obviously like it- Why the ♥♥♥♥ is this great game MIXED?!
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That's Platinum
( 18.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
Buggy, keyboard controls are bad, and controller support is dead due to the broken control setup menu, but despite all the flaws, it is a good game and I suggest getting it for a few hours of fun. and for me, its nolstalgic
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nukaboy1
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 2
i dont understand all the bad reviews. some say that its not violent enuf, others say that they dont like indiana jones.... its a lego indiana jones video game. the heck did you expect? I think its a great lego game, that dose the movies proud. i have not had any bugs but it is a lego game. i have played 90% of em and they are ALL buged as hell. even on home concils. i guess im just imune to the 99% complete glitch after playing so many lego games. but like i said, it run fine for me, no bugs, great levels, great music, great fun. its no 2008 GOTY, but i dose its job.

(i will update the review once i finish then game)
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dirk.nelba
( 56.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 1
I really love the Indiana Jones Films and Lego Video Games!! It is really fun. I liked the story and the free play mode. It has hours of content and you will be entertained. 8.5/10
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TCperry1
( 16.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 23
I highly recommend this, it's much better than its' successor, if you would even call it that.
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Spackeck
( 18.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 16
Adapting a franchise into a cartoony action platformer in which a lot of things are inexplicably made of Lego is a strange idea to say the least, but it worked for the Star Wars franchise, mostly because the beloved sci-fi series is full of iconic characters and scenes recognisable at a glance, thus somewhat justifying the 150+ playable characters—you’ll recognise most of them if you’ve seen the films. Furthermore, each level of Lego Star Wars was based on memorable scenes from the films, thus creating a consistent feeling of familiarity throughout.

Unfortunately, developer Traveller’s Tales seem to have misinterpreted what made the Lego Star Wars games good. Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures is a rather boring adaptation of the first three Indiana Jones films. You’d think adapting such a property would be a no-brainer, what with all the puzzles and action that are already present. Instead we’re walked along a reluctant slog through Raiders of the Lost Ark and its two notably worse sequels, containing unending puzzles consisting of ‘put object in location to progress’, cutscenes full to the brim of exactly one joke and constant combat in which enemies have varyingly powerful guns and you have your fists.

At least Lego Indiana Jones is somewhat aesthetically pleasant. While there are no iconic spaceships rendered with Lego this time around, the characters still look good, and there seemed to be even more character-specific animations, which were a visual highlight of Lego Star Wars for me. Stylistically, the environments are painstakingly dull, with each of the three movies containing maybe one level set outside of a desert or jungle. In spite of the environmental design, it’s still nice to look at, and John Williams’ soundtracks for the original films are as good as they were in the ‘80s. That said, Lego Indiana Jones lacks the unique sound effects of Star Wars, perhaps an inherent shortcoming of the source material. Nevertheless, the game’s soundscape does leave a bit to be desired, even if it is just for lack of a few little effects.

In terms of gameplay, Lego Indiana Jones forgoes the extremely simplistic yet somewhat relaxing puzzle design of Star Wars, instead introducing scavenger hunts in which the player must pick up an object (always annotated by a little marker) and carry it to a certain machine or piece of floor (also annotated by a little marker). Once this is complete, all that’s really left to be done is turning a little wheel or pulling a lever, or doing something functionally identical that also requires a specific character, and good luck figuring out which character you need, because every playable character in this game is a variant of Indiana Jones, a Nazi, a somewhat generic man or one of about two women. The gameplay is just a huge step backward from Star Wars, with painfully frustrating combat, including a memorable instance in which infinitely respawning Nazis with rocket launchers killed me repeatedly until I got so irritated I had to go and watch Inglourious Basterds to shake off the residual antipathy.

In summary, Indiana Jones just lacks the iconic imagery to pull off a game like this. Sure, we all know a few famous scenes, primarily from the original film, but after that it’s just another few hours of the same desert levels divided by cutscenes featuring the all-time favourite joke of ‘a character is hit by an object’. Maybe I am just criticising slapstick comedy on the whole due to my overall dislike towards the game, but I really quite liked Raiders, and I truly feel that the series deserves better than what is essentially the equivalent of a particularly violent episode of Sesame Street.
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pita
( 18.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 9
10/10 tottaly worth it.
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Didihammer
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7
Insanely bad controls and view of the characters.
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Dcws
( 25.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 5
IF YOU CANNOT JUMP TURN ON V-SYNC PLEASE STOP LEAVING NEGATIVE REVIEWS!!!
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Boris Best Friend
( 20.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 1
So I was reading reviews and people (in 2015) were claiming there were game breaking bugs and they couldn't finish individual levels. I have played every level twice and am at about 90% completion so I don't quite see what was unfinishable about the first level.

I feel this game is part of the Golden Era in the LEGO games alongside Star Wars Complete Saga and Batman 1. After Star Wars I where they've refined everything and figured out what works, but before they started expanding with overworlds that are part of the story or the horror of voice acting. The charm comes from them telling the story you already know through slapstick mime. I know Batman was an original story but I won't go into that because this is about Indy not Batman.

Gameplay wise: It's incredibly simple.
If you can push things into a position, push them into place then proceed.
If you need a certain type of character to proceed, tag them then proceed.
If you don't have that character on you, then you either need to steal a hat or it's something intended for Free Play mode.
If you need a certain item to proceed, obtain it and then proceed.
If you cannot find the item you need, you are either trying to go into an area intended for Free Play mode, or you haven't smashed enough things that the item may be hiding behind/inside.

I know it's simple, but it's fun. Except the Bridge Battle on Temple of Doom. That is the only problem I have with this game.

I will admit there were two bugs I encountered - but both were easily overcome. One was the intended solution for posting one of the parcels doesn't seem possible. But there's another solution that really wasn't hard to think up myself, and given it's a puzzle game I don't mind them forcing people to actually think about their solution, deliberately or not.
The other is on one level, it mistakes having thrown a sword at a green piece where you're meant to attach something for the actual something, and so it won't let you attach it but it also won't respond as though you have attached it. So just be careful when throwing swords in Last Crusade.
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Mugros
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 1
You'd expect more from a LEGO game. The theme of the game makes it easy to overlook the flaws. Everyone loves Indiana Jones, right?
One problem is that the gae breaks several times. You can't achieve objectives, because the game won't trigger key events. Luckily this can be fixed by replaying the level.
Even more frustrating is the difficult jumping. It is often hard to see where you will land, especially if the room to land is small. Traversing small beams etc. for extra loot is just frustrating. Character control feels often bad.
The last campaign is pretty badly done. Several areas with never-ending waves of enemies. Stupid driving sections on bikes with the bad controls. Add to this mines that are often unavoidable and a chasm where you fall in.

Overall: Consider getting it if you like Indiana Jones and LEGO games. For the rest, there are better LEGO games out there.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Well, I read in the reviews that it's so buggy and the controls are so awful that it's unplayable. That's just wrong. I played it with a controller and it worked just fine after I set up the controls in the menu. Sure there are some bugs here and there, same as any other old game. The only "real problem" is the jumping bug, but as it's plainly explained in other posts just turn v-sync on. Which I do anyway because I don't like screen tearing. So, buy it, set up the controller properly and enloy it. I did :)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Pros:
Divertido
Entretenido para todas las edades
Muy buena adaptacion de niveles e historia de las peliculas al juego
Algunos puzzles son muy sencillos y otros algo frustrantes, pero el juegos se las arregla para mantenerte avanzando
Si mueres apareces de nuevo justo donde te quedaste
Musica divertida, aunque no siempre

Cons:
Muy mala camara, desesperante en muchos momentos
Algunas secciones de plataformas se vuelven frustrantes gracias a la posicion camara
Los controles desesperan en algunos momentos, sobre todo al brincar entre plataformas o al disparar.....de nuevo gracias a la horrible camara
El manejo de los vehiculos se siente muy raro, dan ganas de mover la palanca a lo loco y ver si llegas de pura suerte

Yo no tuve ningun bug que me arruinara el juego, lo juegue de principio a fin sin problemas.
Solo habia jugado los juegos de Lego Harry Potter y no por completo en Xbox, pero aun asi me parecio muy divertido incluso sintiendo que es solo para niños tan solo con el nombre o al verlo, la verdad es que entretienen mucho.

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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
If you experience jumping problems where your ability to jump is broken, turn vsync on.

Classic Lego game with local Co op and plenty of levels and collectibles to keep you busy. Missions span all three original movies and some difficult puzzles at times. As with all Lego games, it is impossible to die, you always respawn instantly. So I would not recommend if you're seeking a difficult challenge in that aspect. If you seek all unlocks and collectibles, that will be a challenge and require multiple run throughs.

Recommend for an Indy fan or Lego games fan.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Its been years since I first played this game and its still a great game.
I love this game.
Once you get used to the control scheme its still a great game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
Big thank you to the individual who left the review stating to turn on V-sync if you can't jump. It really should be on a banner emblazoned on the first screen of the game.
Now on to the real review.
This game has some elements that really improve it, and others that really set it back.
Pros: A freeplay mode that doesn't break away to cutscenes every stage, doesn't at all in fact. Good job.
Staying true to the original story and only spoofing as extra content.
Added easter eggs from the Star Wars game. Now I want to visit the Mos Eisley cantina in Egypt.
John Williams is the man. Great soundtrack.
This is my childhood.

Cons: Should have a little banner when you pull up the menu that says "Unable to jump on certain platforms? Try turning
on V-sync."
There were a few points where I had to force co-op to complete parcel deliveries. This being either because
scenery platforms are buggy to jump on, or the computer would throw the barrel off when you needed to jump on
it. This problem is compounded by the problem that keyboard can't drop out, you have to quit out to the main
menu to boot it.
You don't have access to all characters in freeplay, and the computer will not always ensure that you have all the
characters that you need.

I didn't encounter any real game breaking bugs, but there are enough issues present to present a bit of a turn off.

Those are all the points that I can think of off the top of my head after 100%ing it. One point to note is that while this game has the same price tag as Lego Star Wars: TCS, it has less than half the content and is less polished, which is confusing as this game came out AFTER the Star Wars game. You have to watch an in game advert hyping this game to 100% Star Wars. For comparison, I did 51 hours to 100% Star Wars, 17 hours to 100% this.
I can only really conclude that this game is Traveller's Tales unloved child.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Buggy, keyboard controls are bad, and controller support is dead due to the broken control setup menu, but despite all the flaws, it is a good game and I suggest getting it for a few hours of fun. and for me, its nolstalgic
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
i dont understand all the bad reviews. some say that its not violent enuf, others say that they dont like indiana jones.... its a lego indiana jones video game. the heck did you expect? I think its a great lego game, that dose the movies proud. i have not had any bugs but it is a lego game. i have played 90% of em and they are ALL buged as hell. even on home concils. i guess im just imune to the 99% complete glitch after playing so many lego games. but like i said, it run fine for me, no bugs, great levels, great music, great fun. its no 2008 GOTY, but i dose its job.

(i will update the review once i finish then game)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
"ERMAHGURD DIS GAEM IS ♥♥♥♥ING BUGED ASS♥♥♥♥! KYS ♥♥♥♥ING TT! ALLAHU AKBAR!"
This game works fine, what the fuc-
"KILL YOUR ♥♥♥♥ING SELF CANCER ♥♥♥♥♥♥!"
But it works like it sho-
"AIDS!"


Had to get that off of my chest. This game hits me right in the nostalgia, so I obviously like it- Why the ♥♥♥♥ is this great game MIXED?!
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51 of 67 people (76%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
IF YOU CANNOT JUMP TURN ON V-SYNC PLEASE STOP LEAVING NEGATIVE REVIEWS!!!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
So I was reading reviews and people (in 2015) were claiming there were game breaking bugs and they couldn't finish individual levels. I have played every level twice and am at about 90% completion so I don't quite see what was unfinishable about the first level.

I feel this game is part of the Golden Era in the LEGO games alongside Star Wars Complete Saga and Batman 1. After Star Wars I where they've refined everything and figured out what works, but before they started expanding with overworlds that are part of the story or the horror of voice acting. The charm comes from them telling the story you already know through slapstick mime. I know Batman was an original story but I won't go into that because this is about Indy not Batman.

Gameplay wise: It's incredibly simple.
If you can push things into a position, push them into place then proceed.
If you need a certain type of character to proceed, tag them then proceed.
If you don't have that character on you, then you either need to steal a hat or it's something intended for Free Play mode.
If you need a certain item to proceed, obtain it and then proceed.
If you cannot find the item you need, you are either trying to go into an area intended for Free Play mode, or you haven't smashed enough things that the item may be hiding behind/inside.

I know it's simple, but it's fun. Except the Bridge Battle on Temple of Doom. That is the only problem I have with this game.

I will admit there were two bugs I encountered - but both were easily overcome. One was the intended solution for posting one of the parcels doesn't seem possible. But there's another solution that really wasn't hard to think up myself, and given it's a puzzle game I don't mind them forcing people to actually think about their solution, deliberately or not.
The other is on one level, it mistakes having thrown a sword at a green piece where you're meant to attach something for the actual something, and so it won't let you attach it but it also won't respond as though you have attached it. So just be careful when throwing swords in Last Crusade.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2015
I have played it on the Nintendo Wii several years ago and my experience on PC with this game has consolidated my opinion on it. It's a superb game, no question. Humorous and fun to play, you will notice a lot of easter eggs if you are an Indiana Jones fan. This game is perfect for anybody who likes Indiana Jones. If you want to buy it, then go ahead. You won't regret it if it's on sale. It's not worth the full 20€ though.

But if you are not sure whether to buy it or not, then I advice you to get Lego Star Wars - The Complete Saga instead. It has more content and a greater motivation to play it again multiple times after finishing it. That doesn't mean that Lego Indiana Jones is a bad game (it's quite the opposite), but Lego Star Wars is in my opinion a little bit better.
And if you really want it, you can play Indy in Lego Star Wars too.

To put it into perspective, I would rate Lego Star Wars with 9.5/10 and Lego Indiana Jones with 9.0/10. As I said, I totally reccomend this game for anybody, but I would reccomend Star Wars more.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
56.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
I really love the Indiana Jones Films and Lego Video Games!! It is really fun. I liked the story and the free play mode. It has hours of content and you will be entertained. 8.5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
I highly recommend this, it's much better than its' successor, if you would even call it that.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015
Not the best game ever made, but you can have loads of fun with it - If you like Indiana Jones and LEGO this will be a blast. Even though it could use some patches to correct a bug or two, the gameplay is still pretty good. I recommend it!
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122 of 124 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2014
This is my favorite "early" Lego game. Now, with LOTR, POTC, and Batman 2, these games have complex "hub worlds" and hundreds of collectables of different sorts. This game, Star Wars, and Batman (1) were the original Lego games with a bunch of characters, 10 minikit pieces per level, and not much else. They seem basic compared to games like Lego LOTR, but this game, Indiana Jonse 1, was the best of the original lego games. It has the best level design, a broad selection of the characters you'd want, a great soundtrack, and a general sense of completeness. It has everything you'd want in a Lego Indy game (if you are not a big Crystal Skull fan--which I am not). Some things about this game that are different from other early Lego games: You can pick up weapons (a fallen foe's scimitar, a native's spear, a Nazi's rifle). It adds variety to mashing the fight button. The game makes good use of Indy's whip. It also reminds you of how great all three individual soundtracks were, and the difference between them. Highly recommended for the casual player or devoted collector-type. :)
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58 of 65 people (89%) found this review helpful
38 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2013
Any game that lets you beat Short Round to death with a shovel over and over with no penalty instantly is okay by me. (no but seriously this game is pretty okay if you're looking for a casual little time waster)
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
34.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2015
Well, usually I hold off on writing a review until after I've finished a game, but I have a lot to say about this one and I remember most of it anyway.

When I was about 8 or 9, I played hours of this with my younger brother. Never mind that we only had one keyboard to share, the disc froze up more often than not, and we were both pretty bad at it, we loved every moment anyway. I just bought it again today, and surprise! it's still good. Clearly a labor of love, if a little unpolished.

What isn't good game design is goofy and/or funny. What isn't goofy and/or funny is good game design. What isn't either of those is probably a little broken. Anything else is either John Williams' score or a plug for Lego Star Wars, and those both speak for themselves. Overall, this comes highly recommended. Everyone should have it.

P.S. Also, it has really good animations. My personal judge of graphics is it's not so much the models and textures themselves, but more the animations, sound quality, etc. That has to be believable. The caricatures of humans and animals in Looney Tunes, for example, look far more lifelike than the anatomically correct carved wooden blocks representing humans in Deus Ex.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2015
If you like LEGO and Indiana Jones then you'll probably still think this game is okay at best. Sure, it's fun for the most part, but a few hours in and you'll be having moments of deja vu thinking you've played a level like this beforehand.

There's an unfortunate element of repetition with this game and although the original soundtrack and characters help alleviate this you'll either be desperate to just complete it or just happy to put it to one side for another time.

As with all LEGO games there are the many characters to unlock and freeplay modes for those who want 100% completion, so for some there's a lot of playtime to be had.

All that said though, it's hard not to click the recommend button. Being a thirty-something this game has my favourite toy and one of my favourite movie heroes in, so that's definitely worth a thumbs up on the whole.

+ It's Indiana Jones
+ Original soundtrack
+ Lots of unlockables for 100% seekers
+ No mention of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

- Repetitive
- Awkward controls when precision movement is required
- Missions are easy and can be somewhat dull
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Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2015
Lego Indiana Jones: Original Adventures is sort of a sequel to Lego Star Wars, this time taking three original Indiana Jones movies and turning them once again into casual 3D Platformer in world where everything is made from Lego. It came out in 2008. It also had another Indiana Jones game in 2009, which takes all 4 movies as a basis. But from what I heard, it changed levels layouts and such, so Original Adventures is still worth getting.

EDIT: Finally played Lego Indiana Jones 2. It's completely different. Like taking same basic idea of the first three movies plot, then changing it up and building up a "in a nutshell" levels from scratch. So yes, Original Adventures is still worth it.

From technical side, it has a very nasty bug: you can't jump off the stuff that you built. It gets fixed easily, just turn on VSync. Yea, strange. But works. Lack of knowledge how to fix it is the reason why this game has mixed reviews right now, by the way.
I also have trouble in Fullscreen mode in my Windows 8.1 where I have to alt-tab once for game to start to actually load after launching it. Otherwise you will be staring at the black screen forever.
I also would recommend getting controller in this case. Didn't try it with keyboard, but there are some bridges and such where you want to have something more precise than keyboard.

So, when it comes to Traveller's Tales LEGO games, I only played Lego Star Wars and Lego Indiana Jones. And I can tell you that: While Indiana doesn't change core gameplay much, still being casual platformign where you can't run out of lives and more focused on collecting studs, it has much better pacing and game design to it. In second half of Lego Star Wars I wanted it to end already, while with Lego Indiana Jones I enjoyed the whole ride. It helps that Indiana Jones is shorter, so it doesn't outstay it's welcome. That, and sure it could be because I don't like Star Wars settings much. But hey, Indiana Jones feels more fitting to this game. At least because you don't travel with 3-5 characters who's AI ignores enemies. Or slow "just to open door" ones.

It takes storyline from movies, but does them in completely silent way, Just characters gruntng and making moves during cutscenes. There isn't even text that explains things like in Star Wars. And well, it still was enjoyable for what it is despite me never seeing a movie. I checked movie plots after playing these and also noticed that some scenes were changed a bit. So yea, movies fans will like comedy there. Well, if they like slapstick.

Platforming was improved, addings ledges and ropes for your adventuring. It takes a bit more spotlight at times. There are even parts in the game where you got ledges on circullar pillars that turn around and you have to time your jump. Quite enjoyable and simple.

Puzzles are still nice too. You still have to use individual characters for some things, like Short Round can crawl into tiny entrances, heroine of second movie can scream so high that grass breaks and Indiana Jones is qutie a hero, using whip effectively to grab something or swing over pit. It's fairly stdandard pushing and pulling, along with taking some items and bringing them to other helps. Having to find tools for some actions also help to break monotomy. Heck, there even were at least two spots where I had no idea what to do next and had to actually think. It's still quite casual otherwise.

Fighting got improved too. Well, since game isn't about fighting, you can't truly die, it's just a better distraction now. Enemies don't appear as often for one. Indiana can do a nice kill animation (well, as much as you can say that for kids lego games) if he attacks in same time as enemy does.Whip can be used there too. To vary things up, most of main characters can only melee, punching and slapping. Instead, they can take and grab additional weapons, whether it's throwable sword, a chair or a huge rifle. It once again helps to break up monotomy, even though game is a bit less fair thsi way. But hey, seeing how fighting isn't punishing and isn't focus, it's just nice not just mashing same attack buttong while watching character avoid everything as well.
There are still cases when waves of infinite enemies will annoy you while you are thinking what to do next in puzzle, sadly. Enemies with explosives are frustrating to fight against too.

And yea, you still collect much studs. Breaking stuff and doing things, explorign levels for treasures to collect statue out of 10 of them on each level. Plus, one red post per level that unlocks extra bonuses, mostly cheating ones. They are still fun to find. It's just that Free Play where you can freely select needed character during gameplay is the way to go when you want to collect everything. And it's a shame, since you may feel that collecting anything during Story Mode is somewhat pointless by comparsion. There are some treasures that require thinking to get in Story Mode but easily picked up in Free Play, and some you can get only in Free Play. I would had liked if there were treasures for Story Mode only too.

So, it's nicely done Lego game, which gets pacing down, so even normal players will not get too bored. Well, at least not will feel like it should end already. I would recommend picking this one over Lego Star Wars for sure. Though it's still casual game, so depends.
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