A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
You play as Indiana Jones or one of his sidekicks, and as Indy, you are the good guy. Cohorts do betray Indy.
Violence & Scariness
There's combat, but it's between LEGO characters who simply break into LEGO pieces.
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Uses LEGO blocks and is based on the first three Indiana Jones movies.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game adds a humorous spin to the retelling of the first three Indiana Jones movies. While an understanding of the movies helps you to appreciate the humor in the game, the puzzle adventure game is compelling by itself, so kids don't need to have seen the movies to play. This is good because some of source movies are rated PG-13, whereas this "E+10" game is appropriate for kids as young as 9 (and younger if playing the DS version, which is the only version rated "E"). The "E+10" rating is a result of the cartoon violence; but these are all LEGO characters so when you fight and beat up on baddies, they explode into tiny LEGO pieces. Some of the fighting can be quite amusing because Indiana Jones will do things like give a thug a noogie until he explodes.
Is It Any Good?
The game is charming and funny, something even adult gamers can enjoy if they are fans of the movies. But at its heart, this is a family game. The gameplay is never too hard for kids, you have infinite lives, and the fighting, while there, is usually done in a comical manner. For example, you will see Indy grab a thug and give him a nuggie until he explodes into his component LEGO blocks. Another family-friendly aspect is the cooperative drop-in-drop-out two-person play where family or friends can always join in (except in the DS version, which requires two cartridges for multiplayer gameplay).
The Wii version is particularly satisfying because you get to flick the Wii remote with your wrist to mimic Indy's whip actions. If you have younger children, choose the DS version because it has less violence and it's easier to play. It also makes good use of the DS controls by having you blow into the microphone to extinguish torches, and draw on the screen to control Indy's whip.
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