'Lego Indiana Jones' Whips Up Family Gaming Fun

While the actual movies are rated "PG" or "PG-13" and may be something kids have not seen, they don't need to understand the movies to play the game. At the same time, parents and kids who have grown up watching the movies will enjoy the humorous bent given to these classic movies.

Indy's trademark smirk shines through on his Lego-look-alike as he tries to catch Marion, but drops her instead. Likewise, it's funny to watch Lego Indy react when he reaches for his hat and pulls out a snake instead.

If you have younger children, opt for the DS version. Its "E" rating reflects less combative environment, and it's easier to play. It makes good use of the DS controls, having you blow into the microphone to inflate boats or use the stylus to dig and flick Indy's whip. But because its screen is so small, at times it's hard to figure out what you're seeing.

The console versions are rated "E+10" because they contain more combat. Playing the game on a larger screen makes it more engaging. The Wii version is particularly satisfying because it makes good use of the motion-sensitive controls. When you flip your wrist, you will feel and hear Indy's whip crack through the Wii remote.

RATING: 4.5 (out of 5) Best for ages 10-up (DS version is appropriate for ages 8-up) From Lucas Arts, www.legoindygame.com, $30-50, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, Windows, Nintendo DS.

Jinny Gudmundsen is the kid-tech columnist for the Gannett News Service and USA Today.com, and is also the editor of Computing with Kids Ezine (www.ComputingWithKids.com ).

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