Lego Indiana Jones 2
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Game Reviewed: Lego Indiana Jones 2
Developer: Traveller’s Tales
Platform: Wii (Also on Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, PC & DS)
ESRB Rating: E10+
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Dust of that fedora, pick up the whip, and join Indiana Jones, Marion, Sallah, Mutt, and the rest of the Indiana Jones crew in his second outing in the Lego universe. Just like the first Lego Indiana Jones, the player must smash, build, explore, and think their way through stages based on scenes from the Indiana Jones movies. This game not only includes new levels from the original three Indy films, but also includes the recent film The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Those wondering if they should bother with this one if they have played the first one, take note this is a completely unique experience.
Like the other Lego games, this is an adventure game with puzzle elements. Many characters have unique characteristics used to solve puzzles. You may need Indy’s whip to swing across a chasm, or a character with a high jump ability to reach a high ledge, or a character with a gun to shoot targets in the distance. In addition to the puzzles, there are treasures to be collected in each stage in the form of single Lego pieces called studs. These are the currency of the game, used to purchase extra characters, vehicles, and other extras. The other great thing about this game is that you can play on your own or with a friend. Players can drop in and drop out at any time without interrupting game play if someone has to quit.
In addition to the regular stages, there is a Build Your Own Adventure mode that allows you to string together stages you have completed to create your own Indiana Jones adventure. This is achieved through both a level and character creator. This is a great way for kids to use their imagination just as if they were playing with a real Lego set.
So what about family friendliness? The Indiana Jones movies had such memorable moments as melting faces, hearts being ripped out, exploding heads, and a man being killed by an airplane propeller with bloody results. How does Lego Indiana Jones 2 handle some of the more brutal areas of the movies?
What Parents Should Know
Smash everything! You can punch, shoot, whip and otherwise demolish most anything you see. That includes rocks, trees, walls, statues and enemies. Smashing results in Lego studs, hearts that restore your life, or Lego bricks being released. Enemies just fall apart when defeated. No blood. One of the boss battles involves hitting an enemy with the flames of a jet engine. Another involved Indy pulling an enemy onto spikes with his whip. There is a nuclear explosion which sends Indy flying in a refrigerator. An elephant is launched with a catapult with silly results. In the stages where you control vehicles there are plenty of vehicle crashes, including cars, planes, motorcycles and more. Again, the violence is all against Legos, so there is no blood or gore, just scattering Lego pieces.
A few of the artifacts Indy discovers are religious or occultic in nature. What they are is not really explored. The Build Your Own Adventure names some of these, including Ark of the Covenant, Anubis statue (Egyptian god), and Havitos Idol. Some of the characters from Temple of Doom can wave their hands in front of Kali Statues to open passages.
In Raiders of the Lost Ark, when the Ark is opened, a disco ball initially comes out, but then the main villain Belloq is turned into a big skeletal energy being by the ark. A giant Kali statue comes to life for a boss fight. Drinking from the wrong Grail causes a character to look pale and older, and then turn into a giant tornado wind creature.
One of the extras you can get is poo money. Animals poop, you punch it and money comes out. There are lots of Lego skeletons and skulls scattered in stages, some impaled on spikes.
I enjoyed this game like I have most of the other Lego themed games. The open ended nature of the hubs in this one allowed for a lot more exploration, but sometimes it seemed they were too open ended, often resulting in wandering around for a long time trying to figure out what to do next. In Crystal Skull Part 3 I spent over an hour trying to find one of the stages. The basic nature of the game is unchanged from the others, though most of the stages seemed a little shorter than previous games. If you are comfortable with your kids playing a game based on the Indiana Jones movies, then this is a fun game that will not only keep them entertained but it will also get them to put their thinking caps on for the puzzles.