The lure of both treasure and adventure has captivated the human heart since the earliest times. The urge for excitement, strange new horizons, rich booty, and discover has burned brightly in the minds of human beings since time immemorial. The Vikings were motivated to prowl the cold northern waters in their longships, venturing as far afield as Byzantium and the shores of North America, by this timeless restlessness.
Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro were lured to the New World both by the powerful lure of gold and silver, and by the sheer strangeness and newness of the empires they found there, with their feathered warriors of the Eagle and Jaguar knights, their towering temples dedicated to blood-drenched gods, their rattling, rhythmic music, huge canal systems, or terraced mountaintop fortresses set amid the clouds. Stanley, Livingston, Sir Richard Burton, and the other African and Middle Eastern explorers likewise responded to this immemorial desire.
Films that appeal to this urge, letting us vicariously experience the excitement and wonder of adventure and discovery, are among the most popular, and if they truly appeal to these human desires, then they are likely to be very famous indeed. One group of films that gains our notice in this way is the Indiana Jones series – featuring a whip-cracking, gun-wielding archaeologist who peers from beneath the brim of fedora while making pithy statements and seeking for ancient, perilous idols.
The signature whip of Indiana Jones is one of the major features of the Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, a video game by Lucas Arts rated for ages 10+, although it is very popular with all ages of kids and can be easily played and understood by younger children as well. The whip can be used not only as a weapon, but as a tool – disarming villains, wrapping around objects to allow the player’s Lego character to swing across chasms, pull on levers to trip booby traps or activate devices, and many other uses.
The game includes plenty of humorous situations based on the films, and is a lot of fun both for kids and for young at heart adults who are fans of the movie series. More than sixty characters from the films can be unlocked for play, and feature unique abilities to set them apart from each other. You can even mix and match parts of different characters to make you own in the Free Play mode. The main focus, however, is Indiana Jones and his famous whip – and all the strange adventures and exotic locations associated with it.
You can interact with your kids while they are playing this with the special cooperative game play feature – and create your own family memories involving the whip-wielding archaeologist in his Lego incarnation.