Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. There are a handful of games for the DS that you must own: Mario Kart DS, WarioWare: Touched, nintendogs, New Super Mario Bros., and a few others. LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures is up there with all of these, with its stylish and appealing graphics, great sense of humour, superb playability and amazing lifespan. Plus, there are very few games where you can discover Santa on a level and then, erm, break him into bits. Nice.
  2. Everyone else can complain about the lack of difficulty and 'lite' gameplay mechnics. Meanwhile we'll all be smashing Lego Nazis with a beaming smile emblazoned on our faces.
  3. Beautifully designed and a joy from start to finish - DS gets possibly the best version of Lego Indy of them all.
  4. So, if you're jonesing for some Indiana on the go, you've got a great option with LEGO Indiana Jones.
  5. A brilliantly tongue in cheek take on the first three movies. [Aug 2008, p.100]
  6. This is basically exactly what fans of the last few LEGO games will be expecting: fun, not-too-taxing, enjoyable gameplay with tongue-in-cheek humour, loads of stuff to unlock and plenty of replay value.
  7. 80
    I’m afraid that if the LEGO franchise continues in this direction the novelty will end up wearing thin (I’m looking at you, Batman), but for now it still feels somewhat fresh.
  8. With different gameplay, it's worth getting even if you own the Wii game. [Issue#24, p.77]
  9. 80
    The game takes ample advantage of the DS' touch screen for some of the characters' unique skills, but fortunately it doesn't force you to use them.
  10. The main issue between this version of the game and the console versions is simply personal preference.
  11. Overall, Indiana Jones: The Original Trilogy is cute and good for one or two laughs but is likely to bore older gamers. It's a perfect title, though, for gamers 10 and under.
  12. Granted, it has the same basic, easy-to-pick-up-and-play gameplay, but it also has some neat DS-exclusive features(touch-screen minigames, for example)that make it stand out. [July 2008, p.90]
  13. Unfortunately, it's almost exactly the same accessible, fun and goofy experience, so those that had their fill of Lego games with earlier outings won't find enough new stuff here to get them excited all over again, Indiana Jones fanatics notwithstanding.
  14. 70
    Lego Indiana Jones, while extremely competent, isn't quite as exciting as Lego Star Wars was simply because it feels like we've been here before.
  15. This charming adventure has its pitfalls, but it's still a lot of fun.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 20, 2013
    At first i thought: huh, one of those Lego games on my portable console, sweet. And after actual playing i wasn't very disappointed, but there are many things that could've been better even without counting restrictions of the console. Mainly gameplay and puzzles, this game doesn't have this pick-up and play nature, levels are too big and i got tired of the most of them by the end of each, and puzzles not really interesting, you'll learn formula after 2 levels, or hell, if you ever played any Lego game. Repetitive doesn't really strike, since, it's a Lego game, everybody loves this ones, but here it's a bare minimum of the Lego game and doesn't feel like portable game, just rushed port. But it's fine by me, i had some hours of fun, 6 out of 10, i guess, especially if you're playing with friend. Full Review »
  2. reedf
    Jun 11, 2008
    Absolutely great. The "lite" gameplay is perfect for me and my son as we battle through the game together. He's 9 years old, Japanese, playing the English language version of the game after we watched the English language films back to back earlier this year in preparation for the new film. A very fun, very cute and lovingly recreated LEGO game that is great for me and my kid together, or me alone, or him alone, and I haven't found any other game that hits all three notes. Full Review »