Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Title: LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues. Platform: Xbox 360. Price: pounds 39.99 WHEN you pick up a LEGO title, you know what you're going to get. And in this case, that's a good thing. The blocky characters have managed to carve themselves a tidy little niche, nestling somewhere between platforming adventures, movie tie-ins and kids' titles, yet still delivering a unique brand of tongue-in-cheek humour that ensures the appeal isn't strictly limited to the youngsters. And Indy's second LEGO-inspired adventure is no different. As a standalone singleplayer game, it's got the same thrills, spills and puzzle-solving you'd expect. But the addition of a level creation mode, where you can build your own environments brick by brick, really adds another dimension to the experience. Of course, turning the movie turkey that was the Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull into something worthwhile is a challenge in itself, but here the LEGO franchise has belatedly saved Indy's bacon.

Title: Garden Party. Platform: PC. Price: pounds 4.99.

Available online or in GAME stores only The thought of allowing your children to network online with little or no supervision is likely to strike fear into any parent's heart. However, Garden Party represents one of a few online titles now popping up that offer a safe haven for kids to interact with pals on the web, as well as explore an exciting interactive gaming world. For a small fee per month, you can live in a virtual world where you can meet, chat, make friends and play games. The obligatory customisation features allow you to dress up your own character, decorate your treehouse and host parties with your gardener friends. The growing world has a dozen or so games to play, from colouring in and fishing to good old scissors/paper/stone. Winning these games will earn you orbs that you can use to buy magical seeds for your garden. …

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