Lego (Series) Review

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Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

The combination of Lego, a popular film franchise and a video game is a rich recipe for gaming fun. The series of Lego games has developed since the first release on Nintendo DS. Not only do these games offer a chance to explore, destroy and fight in a world made of Lego but they also serve fans of films like Star Wars, Harry Potter, or Lord of the Rings with a chance to revisit the story and characters of their favourite movies.

The games are simple to pick up and play, although along with the button-mashing fights do require some problem solving to advance. You need to use the right character to perform the right task to unlock new areas. Played together in two-player mode makes this an ideal challenge for families.

There are many Lego games to choose from as you can see in the list. The console versions offer better visuals and more fleshed out open worlds to explore, but the handheld DS, 3DS and PlayStation Vita versions are still impressive in the scope of gameplay and the 100's of characters they include from the franchise. The smartphone and tablet versions of the games are the lesser cousins here and offer less involved gameplay in most instances while still being fun.

The main Lego franchise can be browsed in this video and are listed as follows:
  • Lego Star Wars: The Video Game (2005) on Mac, PC, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Game Boy Advance.
  • Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (2006) on Mac, PC, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable.
  • Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (2007) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Android, iOS.
  • Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (2008) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable.
  • Lego Batman: The Videogame (2008) Mac, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable.
  • Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues (2009) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable.
  • Lego Harry Potter: Years 1–4 (2010) on Mac, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, Android, iOS.
  • Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (2011) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable.
  • Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (2011) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable.
  • Lego Harry Potter: Years 5–7 (2011) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Android, iOS.
  • Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (2012) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360 Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Vita, Android, iOS.
  • Lego The Lord of the Rings (2012) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Vita, Android, iOS.
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes (2013) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Vita, Android, iOS.
  • The Lego Movie Videogame (2014) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, Android, iOS.
  • Lego The Hobbit (2014) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita.
  • Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (2014) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, Android, iOS.
  • Lego Jurassic World (2015) on Mac, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita Android, iOS.
  • Lego Marvel's Avengers (2016) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita.
  • Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2016) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, Android, iOS.
  • Lego Harry Potter Collection (2017-2019) HD rerelease on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One.
  • The Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game (2017) on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 (2017) on Mac, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
  • Lego The Incredibles (2018) on Mac, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
  • Lego DC Super-Villains (2018) on Mac, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
  • The Lego Movie 2 Videogame (2019) on Mac, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
  • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (2020) on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
Along with this line up of Lego games to choose from are some other styles of Lego-video-game combination. Lego Rock Band on PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS offered a rhtyhm action challenge where you use a plastic instrument to play along with classic rock songs.

Lego City: Undercover on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Wii U offers an open world to explore. While most Lego games have an open-world element in at least some areas, this one keeps play open throughout so that children can enjoy exploring at their own pace. On PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch you can do this with two players.

Lego Worlds on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch, takes virtual building back to the classic bricks with familiar figures, buildings and challenges from other Lego video games in an open world where your imagination can go wild in a bottomless bucket of bricks.

Lego Dimensions on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 or Nintendo Wii U, uses smart Lego toys like Skylanders to unlock and upgrade in-game content. Although it’s not being updated any longer, its interactive cooperative brick format offers a novel way to play. Along with more DC Comics and other film franchises, this broadened the Lego games to include smaller TV shows and movies which are unlocked in the game by purchasing the related Lego Dimensions set.

Forza Horizon 4 also offered Lego content in its Lego Speed Champions purchasable add-on that turns the cars and landscape into Lego. Families and younger drivers enjoy exploring the Lego valley and collecting bricks for items in their Lego house and garage.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 01/02/2005, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, GameCube, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World.

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 10 hours and 15 hours to complete.
 
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Time to complete varies depending on the game and ability of players. Collecting every character and item in these games requires playing levels multiple times with newly unlocked characters and ability. This can take towards 50 hours if you are that way inclined.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.

The more recent LEGO games offer paid purchases to unlock content, characters and bricks. For example, character packs for LEGO Marvel's Avengers offered special characters with unique abilities. This is often offered in a Season Pass bundle. For example, LEGO Marvel's Avengers Season Pass.

Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy on DS offers the following Download Play, but this is the only game that does.

This game is free with Xbox Game Pass. This game is free with PlayStation Now. This game is free with Origin Access. Multiplayer on DS or 3DS is available with one copy of the game, via Download Play feature.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Most LEGO games are rated PEGI 7+ and EVERYONE 10+. For example, the LEGO Movie 2 Videogame was rated PEGI 7 because it features non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context and violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures. The game features lots of hectic battles, where players need to hit other LEGO characters who fall apart into LEGO pieces. There are some boss battles as well.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Over the years, accessibility has improved. Although earlier games had limited options, The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame (2019) offers the following that newer games will likely match:
  • Difficulty: No difficulty settings, but the fame offers hints and you can access tutorials from the pause menu.
  • Reading: There is some reading, although this is also voiced. There are subtitles for all text, that can be resized. In-game dialogue provided in speech bubbles identifying the speaker. You can get the text to automatically advance without pressing a button.
  • Controls: You can adjust the stick controls on consoles, but not remap buttons. You can remap controls on PC. You can disable controller vibration. You can view the game controls during play.
  • Image calibration: There is a colour blind friendly mode and you can adjust the game brightness. Visual indicators of audio events. The lighting may occasionally be dark, but glowing outlines and optional hints help mitigate any muddiness.
  • Audio calibration: Adjust volume for music, sound effects and voices. Audio prompts provided for visual cues. Vibration feedback and sound effects are used to indicate the presence of collectibles.
System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. The Wii has a few helpful settings, like disable rumble, but you have to use gesture controls for most games and the system menu. The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.


 




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