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PALGN: LEGO Indiana Jones: The Video Game Preview

PALGN writes: "Indiana Jones would seem like the perfect property off which to make video games. And there certainly have been a fair few of them made over the years, ranging from adventure to learning titles. However, ever since the fun but utterly wasted Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb from five years ago, Indy seems to have gone into hiding from the gaming world. That is, until now. Inevitably, with the cinematic release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull just around the corner, some Indy games are on the way.

If you cast your mind back to 2005, two Star Wars games were released in conjunction with the final cinematic release. One was a movie tie-in and one was based off the popular children's toy, LEGO. On the back of this Indiana Jones release, it seems to be following the Star Wars trend, and we have one game tentatively titled Indiana Jones and another title named LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures. However, the former has been in development for a long time and is yet to find a solid release. The latter is due for release two weeks after the movie, and Activision recently gave us a chance to check out the latest from a LEGO and gaming joint venture.

As the title would imply, LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures covers the original trilogy of movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade. The final game is said to be divided up into eighteen levels and the movies will cover six episodes each. However, in what was still a relatively early build, we only played through the first two levels. This included the famous opening scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark, where Indy tries to stealthily replace an artifact with a stone, followed by the boulder chase."

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