GOG’s LEGO library grows even bigger with the additions of LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, LEGO Indiana Jones: The Adventure Continues, and LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game.
When I covered the GOG releases of LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga and LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, I already noticed that many titles were missing in the DRM-free library, so it’s great to finally have three classics make their return here, especially since these were before the whole voice acting thing kicked in.
LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures makes you relive the classic adventure movies starring Harrison Ford in the role of the archeologist with a whip and enough wit to still be an icon today as when the trilogy hit the big screen in the 80ies. It’s actually amazing that I didn’t review it yet, but maybe we’ll have a special week for both games and movies. Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade are all present and correct here with key scenes being made fun of in the typical LEGO bricks style, i.e. staying true to the original atmosphere, but adding the inimitable comic situation and slapstick humor.
Gameplay is, as expected, a mix of puzzle solving with switching between characters, battling enemies and swinging around with the whip. Of course building vehicles and driving around with them is also part of the LEGO experience, so this should be familiar territory for anyone who’s played such a game. Still, if one is a fan of the movies, no matter matter of what age, this should be an instant buy, especially as multiplayer is an even greater blast. I remember completing the game a long time ago on my Xbox 360, and even if I only played it on my own, it was my favorite LEGO game right after the LEGO Star Wars titles.
LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues isn’t just about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (thankfully, as this was quite terrible on so many levels), as it also includes key scenes of the original trilogy as well, although the playable sections are different, so it’s not really a simple rehash of old ideas.
While the core gameplay remains the same, it’s now possible to create one’s own levels and play them with friends, something that should trigger anyone’s creativity who’s ever build with the bricks as a child or adult. Unfortunately I haven’t tried this second game, as it has become quite rare in retail form, but with GOG now offering the opportunity to play it DRM-free, it might be given a new leash on life. Maybe the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull sections are even more enjoyable than what they’re based on, as it was the case with the LEGO Star Wars prequel games.
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Videogame is another brick-ization of a very lucrative movie series, and while I didn’t really get the first movie and it all became a bit convoluted with the later installments, the adventures with a supernatural touch are perfect for a videogame with lots of action and humor. The four movies The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End, and On Stranger Tides are all included here, with only the two more recent ones missing.
Exploring, puzzling, and fighting aren’t really new for fans of the LEGO series, but as the quality of the fun cut-scenes as well as the character models with all the nice background graphics make this a nice recap of the movies and also a fun co-op experience, this is another no-brainer to buy, as actually all of the LEGO games constantly deliver on what they’re good at: being accessible for children and adults alike.
Now if you can’t get enough of LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues, and LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Videogame, or they’re still too expensive due to the absence of a launch discount, then you might try the special LEGO sale that lasts until tomorrow, March 5, 11PM UTC. The following games I already covered in the appropriate release news can be bought with up to 75% off:
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