The Last Crusade - Level 5: Desert Ambush
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True Adventurer: 100,000 studs
Story Mode Characters: Indiana Jones, Sallah
Characters Unlocked: Sallah (Fez), Elsa (Desert), Kazim (Desert)
Free Play Skills Required: Academic, Excavation, Explosion, Small Size, Thuggee
Artifact: Ancient Amphora
Parcel/Extra: Treasure x10 (5,000,000 studs)

Area 1: Desert Canyon

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Indy and Sallah begin the level under attack by enemy soldiers. More soldiers appear as you move to the right, so stay alert.

Punch the truck nearest the starting point to destroy it. Hit all the tires and then wait for the front end to collapse, leaving a pile of LEGO bits. Use these to build a box and place it on one of the green plates on the right.

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Punch the tires on this truck and use the bits
to build a box.
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Place the box on one of the green plates.

Now you'll need to find two more boxes. Begin by smashing the boards over the tunnel on the back wall. Then follow the tunnel to a small cave with a blue pool.

Inside the cave, pick up the LEGO lion's face lying on the floor on the left and place it on the lion statue where it belongs. The entire head then rolls aside, revealing artifact piece #1.

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Break the boards and enter the tunnel.

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Pick up the LEGO lion's face.

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Place it on the statue's head where it belongs.
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The head pops off so you can get
artifact piece (1/10).

Use Sallah to dig up the sparkling patch of earth on the right. Place the 2 cogs he unearths on the green motor to start the lift moving. Ride it up to the small ledge above. If you have unlocked and activated the "Treasure Magnet" Extra from the previous level, you can jump up to attract the 2 purple studs above. Otherwise, wait to get them next time in Free Play.

Carefully cross the ledge to the left, jump over the gap and then climb the small ladder to reach the exit tunnel.

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Dig up these cogs and use them to repair the lift.

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Ride to the ledge above and jump off.

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Hop across the gap on the left.
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Climb to the higher ledge and follow the tunnel outside.

FREE PLAY: On the lower level of the small cave, use a character with explosives to blow up the silver chests. Switch to a character with the excavation ability and dig up a golden key from the ground where the chests were. Dig up the cogs and repair the lift, as in Story Mode. Ride the lift to the upper level, cross the ledges to the left and climb the ladder.

Now, instead of leaving through the tunnel, continue along the ledge to the left. Use the key in the mechanism there to extend a hook from the ceiling, which Indy can then use to whip swing across to the right. Jump into the alcove and smash the pile of clay jars to get artifact piece #2.

Drop down onto the ledge below and make your way across to the exit tunnel near the ladder.

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Use explosives to destroy the silver chests.

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Dig up a key where the chests were.

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Climb to the upper left ledge and use the key to lower a hook from the ceiling.

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Whip swing across to the right.

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Smash the jars in the alcove to get
artifact piece (2/10).


After following the exit tunnel from the upper level of the small cave, you'll find the second box sitting on the ledge outside. Pick it up and place it on the lift on the right, which carries the box down and dumps it on the ground. Ride or jump down yourself. Then carry the box to one of the green plates.

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Use the lift to lower the box to the ground.
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Drop the box on one of the green plates.

Head for the right end of the canyon, where you'll find some of your new friends from the Brotherhood fighting a trio of enemy soldiers. The guys in suits and fezzes are on your side now. So don't hurt them. Once you've taken care of the soldiers here, no more enemies will appear in this area.

Now get on the horse by standing close to it and pressing Free Tag, just as you would to get into a vehicle. Ride around to the front of the tall column with the third box on top. Press Jump to make the horse buck your character into the air. Use direction controls to steer in the air to land on the narrow ledge with the box. Grab it, hop down, carry it back to the left and place it on the remaining green plate.

Use the parts from the 3 boxes to build a bulldozer.

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Fight the soldiers at the right end of the canyon.

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Use the horse to reach the third box.

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Carry the box to the last green plate.
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Use the bits from the 3 boxes to build a bulldozer.

Before leaving this area, go after a few more goodies: Use Sallah to dig up the sparkling area in the middle of the road on the right. This unearths a tall, silver pole (1/3), one of several you must destroy to get the next treasure chest.

Along the back wall, next to the tunnel opening that leads to the cave with the blue pool, there are 2 small canisters. Smash them and use the leftover bits to build another silver pole (2/3).

Now hop on the bulldozer and use it to knock down the poles you just found, as well as another silver pole (3/3) on the left near the starting point. When you destroy the third pole, artifact piece #3 appears.

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Dig a silver pole out of the road here.

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Smash the canisters near the tunnel entrance.

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Use the bits to make another silver pole.

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Drive the bulldozer into the first pole. . .

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. . . then the second. . .
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. . . and finally the third, near the trucks.
Artifact piece (3/10) appears here.

Return to the right end of the canyon and have Indy mount the horse once more. Ride all the way back to the left and maneuver the horse beneath the stacked ledges. Press Jump to make the horse buck your character up onto the second ledge. (If it doesn't work the first time, the horse will run back to the right and you'll have to go after it.) Once you manage to reach the second ledge, use the handrail to climb up to artifact piece #4.

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Use the horse to reach the high ledges on the left.
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Climb up to artifact piece (4/10).

SECRET CHARACTER: Before climbing down, move along the highest ledge to the left. Stand on the whip platform and use Indy's whip to pull the ring above. A huge tube extends from above and out pops R2-D2, one of five hidden Star Wars characters that will enable you to unlock Han Solo as a playable character. For more info, see the Characters page.

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At the left end of ledge with artifact #4,
use the whip to pull the overhead ring.


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A tube extends from above.

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Out pops R2-D2.

FREE PLAY: In the middle of the canyon, on the back wall, there's a ledge with a hieroglyph puzzle. Smash the 2 canisters sitting on the ground below the ledge and use the leftover bits to build a ladder. Climb onto the ledge and use a character with the academic ability to solve the puzzle and reveal a hidden passageway.

Inside, toggle to a character with explosives and blow up the metal girders blocking the way.

Continue forward to a cave with 2 statues: a plastic Kali statue and a lion made of LEGO bricks. Use a Thuggee character to activate the first statue and make studs and tiles rain from the ceiling. Use the tiles to repair the checkerboard floor. Then push the lion statute toward the wall. Finally, switch to a character with a shovel and dig up the sparkling floor in front of the lion statue to obtain artifact piece #5. Return through the tunnel to the main area.

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Smash the canisters below the glyph puzzle.

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Build a ladder to reach the puzzle and
solve it to reveal a tunnel.


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Blow up the girders blocking the tunnel.

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Activate the Kali statue to get tiles from above.

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Use the tiles to repair the checkerboard floor.

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Push the statue toward the wall.

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Dig up artifact piece (5/10).

When you have everything in the canyon, hop on the bulldozer once more and crash through the barrier blocking the exit.

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Drive the bulldozer through the barrier to exit.

Area 2: Wide Canyon with Tank [jump to top]

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The level's Boss: Colonel Vogel is waiting for you here. He's armed with a bazooka and driving a tank, which makes him practically invulnerable. You'll have to defeat him indirectly.

Begin by standing in front of the silver trailer loaded with fuel tanks just inside on the right to draw Vogel's fire. When he launches a rocket, leap out of the way so the trailer is destroyed and not your character. Use the leftover bits to build a land mine. Watch out for incoming rockets as you do this. You may need to move aside to avoid being hit. Then continue building between attacks. When the mine is built, get out of the way. Vogel will then drive over the mine, damaging the tank he's driving.

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Stand near the silver trailer to draw Vogel's fire.

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After the rocket destroys the trailer. . .

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. . . use the leftover bits to build a land mine.
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When Vogel gets close to the mine, it explodes.

Repeat the process with the second silver trailer, also on the right side of the canyon: Stand near it so that when Vogel launches a rocket, it destroys the trailer. Build a second mine from the leftover bits and wait for the colonel to drive over it.

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Trick Vogel into destroying the trailer.

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Build a mine with the leftover bits.

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Vogel then drives over it, losing another heart.

There's one more mine to build in order to defeat Vogel, but first you'll need the colonel's help to get the next two artifact pieces.

NOTE: If you have trouble dodging Vogel's rockets, just concentrate on building the mines and defeating him this time. Then later, when you redo this level in Free Play, get rid of Vogel and use a character with explosives to get the artifact pieces.

Move toward the back wall of the canyon so Vogel fires at the 2 red-and-silver tanks there. Use the bits left behind to build a sprinkler, which then causes a lovely flower garden to sprout. After a few moments, the sprinkler explodes and artifact piece #6 appears.

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Stand near the silver tanks at the end of the
canyon so Vogel destroys them.


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Use the remaining bits to build a sprinkler.

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Artifact piece (6/10) soon appears.

Use the loose bits on the left to build a ladder so you can climb onto the ledge. Draw Vogel's fire toward the silver chest and tank here. When both have been destroyed, use the leftover bits to build an oil drill, which begins to pump oil out of the ground. Before too long, artifact piece #7 rises to the top of the fountain of oil. Jump up to grab it.

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Use the bits on the left to build a ladder.

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Climb up and trick Vogel into blowing up
the chest and tank.


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Use the bits to build an oil drill.
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Artifact piece (7/10) rises from the gusher.

Now hop from the ledge with the oil well across the rickety plank bridges to the ledge at the back left—the one with the box and checkerboard floor.

To finish things with Vogel, push the box along the checkerboard and off the ledge. Hop down and use the remaining bits to build a third mine. Then get out of the way as Vogel drives into it. When he's lost his third heart, the colonel drives away, crashing through the barrier in the background.

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Hop over the collapsing planks to the ledge with
the checkerboard floor.


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Push the box off the edge.

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Use the bits to build a third land mine.
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After it explodes, Vogel drives away opening
the exit.


PARCEL: In Free Play, before pushing the box off the ledge to build the third land mine, use a character with a shovel to dig up the mailbox, which is buried just below the small plank bridges on the left. Climb up to the ledge with the checkerboard floor, as described above. Use a female character to jump from the box to the handrail on the canyon wall. Climb along the rails to the right and jump over to the parcel. Grab it, hop down and carry it to the mailbox you just dug up.

This parcel unlocks the "Treasure x10" Extra, which costs 5,000,000 studs to unlock. For more information, see Parcels & Extras.

After mailing the parcel, chase Vogel away by building the third land mine, as described in the Story Mode section above.

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Dig up the mailbox on the left below the planks.

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Use a lady to reach the parcel on the ledge
above the one with the checkerboard.


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Jump down and pop the parcel in the mailbox.

Before leaving this area, go after the last treasure chest. Climb the hill on the right to the mine cart sitting at the top of the tracks. Have Sallah dig up a box from the sparkling area near the cart. Place the box on the green plate and use the bits to build an orange handle for the cart. Push the cart downhill until it starts rolling on its own. At the bottom of the hill, it crashes through the boulders blocking the mouth of the cave revealing artifact piece #8. Get it and then follow the canyon to the next area.

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Dig up the box near the tracks and drop it
on the green plate.


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Use the bits to build a handle for the mine cart.

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Push the cart down the hill.
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Get artifact piece (8/10) from the cave.

Area 3: Short Canyon with High Ledges [jump to top]

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Vogel is still alive and well, and his bazooka hasn't run out of ammo. I recommend getting him out of the way so you can explore in peace. But first, you'll need him to do a favor for you. Position one of your characters in front of the silver chest near the entrance and wait for Vogel to fire. Leap out of the way before the rocket hits, destroying the chest and leaving behind a golden key. You'll need this in a little while.

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Trick Vogel into blowing up this silver chest. . .
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. . . so you can get the key inside.

Jump onto one of the horses and guide it beneath the ledge with the scissor lift. Ignore the lift for now and jump over to the next ledge on the right. Continue to the right, jumping over the rickety plank bridges if possible so they don't collapse beneath you. When you reach the curved ledge at the far right, just wait. Vogel will drive his tank through the pile of boulders blocking the exit and leave. Now you can take your time collecting studs and treasure chests.

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Use one of the horses to reach the ledge with
the scissor lift.


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Jump across the ledges to the far right.

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Vogel will then crash his tank through the rocks
and leave.


FREE PLAY: Smash the 4 small canisters near the entrance to reveal a crawlspace. Use a small-sized character to squeeze through and get artifact piece #9 on the ledge above.

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Break the canisters and go through the
crawlspace to reach artifact piece (9/10).


After collecting all the studs at ground level, jump from horseback to the ledge with the scissor lift once more. Insert the golden key you obtained earlier into the mechanism and turn it to raise the lift. Then follow the steep path on the left up and around to the lift platform. Pick up another purple stud along the way and then jump across the lift platform to the next ledge, where you'll find artifact piece #10.

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Use the key to raise the scissor lift.

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Follow the path on the left up to the lift
(and a purple stud).


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Jump across the lift to artifact piece (10/10).

Now hop down and make your way to the exit—either by jumping across the ledges like you did before or by following the road to the right.


Area 4: Moving Tank [jump to top]

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After the cut scene, Indy and Sallah wind up on top of Vogel's tank, motoring along a desert road. Soon a truckload of enemies approaches. Hit the soldiers with Sallah's shovel as they try to jump over to the tank. Or, try and pull them off the truck with Indy's whip. More trucks join the fight, one at a time at first, then in groups.

After you've dealt with the first round of enemies, Colonel Vogel emerges from the hatch on the tank's roof. He'll try and shoot your characters with his pistol. So if you have the "Disarm Enemies" Extra unlocked and haven't already activated it, you might want to do so now. Hit him as much and as quickly as you can before he retreats back into the tank.

Wait for another group of soldiers in trucks to approach. Deal with them. Then fight Vogel when he pops out. Keep repeating this until you manage to defeat the colonel.


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Smack the enemy soldiers when they try to
jump onto the tank. . .


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. . . or use Indy's whip to grab them.

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After you've dealt with the soldiers,
Vogel crawls out of the hatch.
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Punch him until he retreats. Then repeat
the process.
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