|System: DS, X360, PS3, PC, Wii, PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Traveller's Tales||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: LucasArts||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov.17, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
In spite of these issues, the variety of gameplay elements in LEGO Indiana Jones 2 is a real boon. Each level has a distinct look and feel, and there aren't any lulls in the gameplay. It's the type of game you'll easily want to rip through, though it's equally enjoyable in short stints. The hub area isn't as interesting or user-friendly as past LEGO games, though, and there isn't as much incentive to invest in the game's unlockables. That being said, collecting LEGO studs is as addictive as ever. For some reason, it's simply impossible to leave a single stud behind or any LEGO object left standing.
Like the console versions of the game, there's co-op multiplayer via local Wi-Fi, and you can, of course, go back into chapters using any of the characters you've purchased from the hub shack to try and hunt down all of the game's hidden items and extras. In that sense, there's enough meat here to justify the game's full retail price tag, but if you weren't into the whole LEGO thing before, you likely won't be swayed by what Indy 2 has to offer.
Visually, this is certainly one of the best looking and most polished 3D games on DS. The framerate is smooth, and the level of detail is truly impressive; you won't see a single blocky texture in the game unless, well, it's a LEGO block. A few neat graphical tricks are implemented to convey a sense of moody lighting and shadow, and there's tons of visual variety to enjoy. The still-image cutscenes are an attractive addition, tying the presentation together nicely. There are, however, a few unsightly visual artifacts that appear onscreen from time to time. But as a whole, Indy 2 on DS is a very attractive production.
Though you've likely heard variations of the Indiana Jones themes many times before, they're worked into the gameplay here in an effective manner. The music winds down during more methodical moments of puzzle solving and ramps back up when there's danger on your heels. The sound effects are a particularly novel addition to the gameplay, making the collection of studs and destruction of environmental objects a truly satisfying pastime.
LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues is a fun little entry into the series. The mechanics are more polished than the first game, and LEGO-game fans will likely find the core gameplay to be as satisfying as ever. Of course, it's equally likely the formula is wearing thin for some, and this newest entry won't convert those who never cared for the series in the first place. Many of the same issues from past games return to cause ample frustration, and it's not a terribly long adventure for the price. At this point, the LEGO games are like fast food - good fast food - but they're appeal is limited. Indy 2 won't keep you satisfied for long, but it's fun while it lasts.
CCC Freelance Writer