LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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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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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