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Get ready to get lost ...
on 2 December 2009
I'm a big fan of the lego-themed action adventures by Traveller's Tales. I love the
first 2.5 games taking place in the Star Wars universe and also like the first Indy game.
I have minor issues with the Batman game but it is still a nice addition to the series.
But I do not like the new game for lots of reasons and I'm happy I bought the cheap PC version even
at a special price here.
What are the good things to say about this game:
* The financial system works better than in Batman as you actually have to buy something and you
do not stumble over the first score multiplier with the pockets full of money to easily but it.
* lots of small bonus levels.
* The main menu is done nicely (boxes very similar to real lego construction set boxes) and gives
you a fast way to switch between movies and single levels (you already played - which is part of the problem!).
* Vehicles now have a reverse gear
But there is so much stuff that doesn't work (anymore):
* There are six landscapes you have to search for the entries to story levels or bonus levels it is
very easy to get lost when looking for the next story level or a special bonus level.
* In every landscape you have to destroy 3 kinds of objects, 10 pieces of each to unlock buyable extras.
That makes 18 different objects and you have to remember yourself which objects to look for in which
landscape. Without pen&paper bookkeeping you will not remember which is the one object you are still
missing in this or that landscape.
* To play bonus levels you need to unlock characters first and then you need enough money to buy them.
Where to find these characters or how to unlock them is not always clear, so you get stuck and lost.
* Even if you unlocked the required characters they are not automatically selected when starting a bonus
level but you have to search them first and use them as the two active characters before entering the level.
(Only successfully finished levels can directly be selected from the main menu.)
* The free mode is gone. You can only replay levels with the same characters to collect more money, achieve
better times or collect enough studs ("True Adventurer"). Unlockable areas do not exist anymore - I think
that is what the bonus levels are for now.
* Despite the new reverse gear vehicle control is still uncommon and nasty.
* Story levels are short and bonus levels are even shorter.
* When you have no clue how to unlock the next bonus character or you already have forgotten where
the entries to the unfinished bonus levels are, your motivation to complete this game goes down rapidly.
* characters can get stuck (Indy inside the crane's control room. In the water between a waterfall and a boat).
I think I finished all until Indy 1 with 100% and I only deinstalled Batman shortly before reaching 100%.
There is a high risk that I will put away Indy 2 now although I'm still somewhere below 40%.
The main reason is that I don't want to invest extra hours into fruitless searches for missing objects,
missing characters, or the right bonus level entry.
If you are looking for a good action-adventure and superb co-op gaming, go for one of the previous games.