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LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures demo review

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Manufacturer: LucasArts Entertainment

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

I'm just back from leaping, rolling, tumbling, building, battling, and bullwhipping my way through the first level of Traveller's Tales' just-released LEGO Indiana Jones demo.

I'm just back from leaping, rolling, tumbling, building, battling, and bullwhipping my way through the first level of Traveller's Tales' just-released LEGO Indiana Jones demo.

The demo lets you play through the opening scene from the first movie, the sequence where Indy goes spelunking in a booby-trapped cave for a gold idol, goofs, then has to outrun a tunnel-sized boulder in what's arguably the most iconic scene of the series.

For better or worse (I say for better) LEGO Indy looks like it'll owe pretty much everything to LEGO Star Wars, and aside from the milieus, jokes, and a few of the special abilities, you'd swear you were playing the latter with whips and swords instead of lightsabers and grappling hooks.

The first level gives you time to get reacquainted with the basics by roaming around outside the cave at leisure, swinging on vines, beating on plants and idols for LEGO bits, digging up chests, probing for sequestered collectibles, and of course building random stuff like bridges and boats.

The humour's just as goofy, and while it's obviously skewed toward younger players, it's smart enough to elicit a chuckle or two from even this elder cynic, in particular a segment near the end where Belloq motions for the idol and Indy pulls something completely unexpected out of his bag.

Of course the demo exhibits a few of the problems that plagued the Star Wars games as well, namely places where the edges of areas aren't clearly delineated, making it easy to slip off into (literal) piecemeal oblivion.

The fixed camera angles that sometimes sit punishingly low (skull-platform-dart sequence anyone?) don't help, although in the end they're probably the smarter compromise over a freely controllable camera, since the idea's to move fast and not preen over positioning.

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Windows XP/Vista
DirectX 9.0c compatible computer
Intel P3 1.0 GHz or AMD Athlon XP
256MB RAM/512MB RAM required for Windows Vista
128MB Graphics card with Shader Model 2.0 Capability
DirectX 9.0c compatible Audio Device
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

At least one, leaning toward two thumbs up. Especially if you're looking for a breezy 30 minutes to kill, or want to try a few of the free mode characters (Henry Jones pulls out a briefcase, "Thuggie" throws swords, Jock whips out a wrench, Willie screams, etc.) LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures is a lot of fun as a demo, and looks like it will be even better as a full game.


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