On LEGO Indiana Jones

The man in the hat is back, and this time he’s LEGO!

Yes, LucasArts is making a LEGO Indiana Jones video game for release in the summer of 2008, in time for the fourth Indiana Jones film.

From the Press Release:

Developed by the same team at Traveller’s Tales that created the LEGO Star Wars™ series, LEGO Indiana Jones presents a tongue-in-cheek take on the first three cinematic adventures of pop culture’s most iconic archaeologist, including Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

“LucasArts and TT Games are setting the bar for next-generation family entertainment with the LEGO Star Wars franchise, and our incredible relationship continues with LEGO Indiana Jones,” said Jim Ward, president of LucasArts. “In addition to providing the quality bonding time inspired by any good family game, LEGO Indiana Jones delivers something a little different for everyone. Parents will enjoy the humorous take on some of their favorite movies, and their kids get some rousing action/adventure gameplay that may also introduce them to Indy’s original adventures for the first time.”

This game will so rock! Imagine the boulder scene! Imagine the tank chase! Imagine the mine chase! In LEGO!

The press release also mentions that LEGO will be releasing LEGO Indiana Jones sets beginning in Jaunary. Nifty!

I’d still like to see a LEGO Star Wars III, with a focus on the Expanded Universe, perhaps a LEGO-fied adaptation of the Timothy Zahn trilogy. LEGO Mara Jade! 🙂

And there’s a LEGO Batman game in the works, as well.

LEGO will rule the world!

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

4 thoughts on “On LEGO Indiana Jones

  1. I’d still like to see a LEGO Star Wars III, with a focus on the Expanded Universe, perhaps a LEGO-fied adaptation of the Timothy Zahn trilogy. LEGO Mara Jade! 🙂

    You’re not the only one. 🙂

    (And using TTT would avoid the “which lightsabers are Leia and Mara using this week?” problem. :lol:)

  2. I see so many advantages to doing a Thrawn Trilogy LEGO Star Wars game.

    First, it would bring the story to a whole new audience.

    Second, from an art design standpoint it’s wide open, in that the developers wouldn’t have to take pre-existing material and LEGO-ize it. Instead, they could design it however they liked.

    Third, I wonder what misfortunes would befall a LEGO Thrawn. Would his Noghri be comic relief characters in the cutscenes? Would Thrawn himself be the butt of jokes?

    I can’t see LucasArts letting LEGO Star Wars as a brand go. They’ve sold too many copies for it not to continue in some form. 🙂

    LEGO Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire? No, on second thought, better not. (Though I wouldn’t complain if LucasArts released a revamped SotE for the PS2/360 platforms.)

  3. That’s not entirely true about the art design being wide open; unfortunately, the Thrawn trilogy novels are three of the four which have been adapted as comics. So in theory they would have to hew pretty closely to their depictions. (On the other hand, they’re certainly not as sacrosanct as the movies are, so there’s probably quite a bit of latitude for retcons beyond that of the normal LEGOizing. :lol:)

    But what’s so wrong with Shadows of the Empire? Okay, they’d have to leave out the Leia/Xizor scene… and they’d lose the best line of the book (“It’s not that we don’t trust you, but we don’t trust you”), but it could still work. I mean, it worked as a game before! 😛

    Though now that I think about it, there’s one other potential problem with something like the Thrawn trilogy: the games rely on knowledge of the movies. I’m not talking about just the fun little injokes, but the basic plot progression; since the LEGO people don’t talk… I don’t think they could rely on that for TTT, or even SOTE.

    They could probably do a Clone Wars game just fine, though. Use the existing and upcoming TV series as a basis, mine the novels and comics (more likely the latter—somehow, I just don’t see LEGO Shatterpoint being a big seller?) as needed… I think it could work. 🙂

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