LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Fantastic sequel, but for older LEGO fans due to violence.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 20 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Fighting is not always the answer. Throughout the game, players are called upon to stop and think, rather than just rushing into the fray with fists flying.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Although it's all very tongue-in-cheek, a lot of the humor in the game comes out of laughing at the misfortune of others. There are tons of comical slapstick moments, and the heroes are always around to point and chuckle when someone falls down, gets accidentally catapulted into the air, or breaks apart.

Ease of Play

Just a few simple maneuvers need to be learned, yet when applied to all the different playable characters, they offer a great variety in gameplay.

Violence

Guns, bazookas, dynamite, swords, spears, and fists are used during the fighting in the game. All the characters are, however, made of LEGO blocks, so they are "destroyed" or "broken" rather than "killed." One of the boss battles involves a giant, flaming, skeletal statue come to life, which could be frightening for younger kids.

Sex

Some of the LEGO characters do "sexy" dance moves that are intended to be humorous. There are also some LEGO smooches, even though their lips are only painted on.

Language
Consumerism

The LEGO brand -- and the LEGO Indiana Jones toy line, in particular -- are obviously promoted by the game.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

LEGO patrons drink from clear bottles in a tavern, but there's nothing to indicate that the beverage is alcoholic.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this fun and imaginative adventure game contains a ton of fighting and tidbits of lowbrow humor, it's all presented in a playful, unrealistic manner. Elements that might seem problematic in a different game are here mitigated by the fact that the characters are all cute LEGO figures. No one is really hurt; no one really dies. Parents should also be aware that this sequel is far brainier and slower paced than its predecessor (or most of the LEGO titles, for that matter), with a much greater emphasis on puzzle-solving. Some versions offer online play with chat, so parents should check their systems parental controls if they want to prohibit such activity.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2 and 3-year-old Written byMiguel M. June 14, 2017

i love lego indiana jones 2 (Well Sort of)

i like this game because i played it and played ¨The Original Adventures¨
but when i try to load my save data it just says my save data is damaged and cannot... Continue reading
Parent of a 2 and 4-year-old Written bycyberczar June 12, 2013

Great cooperative play for parents and kids

I have tried various video games with my 4-year old son, who absolutely loves to play games on the iphone/ipad, and wanted to try something more "substanti... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old May 5, 2020
Teen, 14 years old Written byMundane June 16, 2018

Don’t Pass Over Because I’m 14

I have been playing different LEGO games throughout my life, and they have really helped me with a lot of things. They teach younger kids about problem solving.... Continue reading

What's it about?

LEGO INDIANA JONES 2: THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES is the follow-up to 2007's LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures game that featured the first three Indy movies, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, and The Last Crusade. This sequel also features gameworlds based around those same three films, but there are no repeated scenes or gameplay. It also gives a full-length game version of the last Indy film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which involves the famed archeologist racing against the Russian army to find an ancient extraterrestrial artifact in South America. In addition, there is a Level Builder that allows players to create -- and then play in -- their own LEGO landscapes, complete with traps, elevators, animals, and other gameplay elements.

Is it any good?

Anyone who has played other LEGO games -- especially the first LEGO Indy game -- may think they know exactly what to expect from LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues. And while all the now-classic elements of the LEGO video games are intact, this latest entry adds enough winningly new features to revitalize a series that never seemed like it was flagging in the first place. Instead of one centralized hub world from which players can enter different chapters of the story, we now have six hubs, each of which is fully playable with secret areas to uncover, enemies to fight, hidden items to uncover, and vehicles to race. A new split-screen for cooperative play allows two players to finally travel in different directions. And the Builder Mode, in which you can create your own playable levels from scratch offers hours of enjoyment on its own.

LEGO Indiana Jones 2 is more than a great new addition to the LEGO game series, it's a great new direction. (And as a side note, Crystal Skull is much more enjoyable as a LEGO game than it was as a movie.)

Online interaction: The game features online cooperative play. Live voice chat on some systems will be unmonitored. Parents should check their system's family settings to make sure children are safeguarded.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about make-believe violence vs. real violence. Is unrealistic, cartoony violence better than more realistic violence? Or is it violence all the same? Do you think violent media has an impact on you?

  • Parents can also talk to their kids about the custom made game levels they can create. Is the level they built set up to be difficult, dangerous, funny, full of riches? Why did they make the choices they did?

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