Review

The LEGO Movie Videogame

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LEGO has always been a part of my life, and at my age that sure is saying something. I’m happy to say that it is more a part of my kids life though and this is divided into the physical blocks and the building thereof, and videogames.

When I bought my first Xbox, LEGO Indiana Jones came as part of the bundle and this game introduced my kids to three things: Gaming, LEGO and, of course Indiana Jones. During the course of our gaming careers, LEGO has introduced my boys to Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, Batman, Harry Potter, The Hobbit and Lord of Rings, so this franchise will always have a special place in our hearts.

What You Need to Know

The LEGO Movie Videogame breaks the mould of what we are used to in our LEGO games and follows The LEGO Movie, which is the first time that LEGO has broken from the norm and built a world entirely of LEGO. We start off with our very unassuming hero, Emmet, who unwittingly embarks upon a mission to defeat the plans of Lord Business (and obviously there is a girl involved, too).

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What’s New?

The LEGO Movie has now divided the playable characters into ‘Regular’ builders and ‘Master’ builders. Our friend Emmet starts off as a Regular builder – someone who can only build from instructions – and along the way he meets Master builders in all shapes and sizes.

What’s the Same?

As always in a LEGO Game, you’ll have a veritable Smörgåsbord of characters to choose from and part of the fun is choosing your favourites and laying waste to the world around you (I like Demolition Guy). The quest for studs also continues to be pervasive throughout the game so it is quite important to break down your surroundings to find them.

You’ll Enjoy The LEGO Movie Videogame If You Liked…

… Any of the previous LEGO games in the series.

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What I Liked

- 5.) Thanks to the scope of the game there is never a dull moment.

- 4.) The drop-in / drop-out style of multiplayer is great. My one kid is far more into gaming than the other, so as with all LEGO games, the older one can join and leave whenever he wants.

- 3.) Lord Business – enough said.

- 2.) The game is all about fun. LEGO games don’t take themselves too seriously and they are just a laugh.

- 1.) The humour of the movie and the game is fantastic. LEGO men must be thought of in the context of their size in relation to humans, therefore the KRAGL (and other relics) are hilarious when figured out.

Favourite Moment

Right at the beginning of the game Emmet and Gail have to get the workers out of the coffee room. They do this by fixing the speaker and blasting ‘Everything is Awesome’ through the sound system. This is then followed by a dance routine.

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What I Didn’t Like

- 2.) Some of the areas are a bit clumsy to navigate and on the rare occasion this did make me a tad frustrated.

- 1.) The game is very easy for adults. In saying that, however, I know adults are not the target market and watching my kids (aged seven and six) romp through the game, I think the developers have done a great job.

Least Favourite Moment

I’ve always been a bit confused as to why the girl characters can jump higher than the male characters in LEGO games. Switching from male to female to achieve certain objectives is a bit superfluous, but I suppose it does add to the puzzle solving aspect of the game.


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What’s Extra?

As with most LEGO games, the co-operative drop-in / drop-out ability makes this a great game for multiple players. I think TT Games has really done a good job here and I can see my kids and I having hours more fun with The LEGO Movie Videogame.

The Bottom Line

Everything is awesome. Launch into the latest LEGO game, grab hold with both hands and never let go.


This The LEGO Movie Videogame review was conducted on Xbox 360


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