Lego Hidden Side Review

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Posted: 8 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Lego Hidden side is an adventure game you play by building physical Lego kits and then interacting with them via an augmented reality app on your Smartphone. After building, when you put the kids on the camera they come to life on the screen, offering narrative with a range of characters and mysteries to solve.

There are a wide range of sets for different prices, as well as individual figures to collect. Each one opens and unlocks new content on the Lego Hidden Side app. This offers not only an initial novelty but new content, challenges and adventures through the year.

You interact with the sets by moving and manipulating colour-coded sections of the models. As you do you rouse angry poltergeists or get the unwanted attention of large monsters hiding inside each set. If you manage to solve these mysteries and defeat enemies, you unlock news challenges.

The kits themselves are well design Lego creations that reminded us of Stranger Things, with a combination of hipster and light horror. The addition of the smartphone play does mean that even the smaller kits that are built quite quickly still have considerable interaction value, beyond the usual imaginative play.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 18/08/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative, Narrative, Physically Active, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: @Lego

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round of this game. Missions take a few minutes but are strung together in rounds. Of course the building aspect of the game takes longer.
 
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Multiplayer mode was added in an update and has one player as the ghost hunter while up to three friends play as ghosts. The ghost players can move their characters around hiding in different locations that the ghost hunter can see on their screen.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

The App is free, but of course the Lego sets cost money:
  • Newbury Haunted High School - £109.99
  • Mystery Castle - £89.99
  • Phantom Fire Truck 3000 - £59.99
  • Paranormal Intercept Bus 3000 - £54.99
  • Haunted Fairground - £44.99
  • The Lighthouse of Darkness - £44.99
  • Newbury Abandoned Prison - £34.99
  • El Fuego's Stunt Plane - £24.99
  • Newbury Subway - £24.99
  • Supernatural Race Car - £24.99
  • Wrecked Shrimp Boat - £24.99
  • J.B.'s Submarine - £17.99
  • Jack's Beach Buggy - £17.99
  • Welcome to the Hidden Side - £17.99

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated PEGI 3+.


This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. 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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