Lego Super Mario Review

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Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 12 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Lego Super Mario is a running and jumping game you play in the real world with an electronic Mario toy. A series of Lego sets provide special bricks that the Mario toy can detect. The timer starts as you move the toy through the level and trigger different collectables or traverse special sections with power bricks and stomp on enemies.

It sounds like the sort of thing you can do without the expensive Lego Super Mario packs, but actually the technology adds considerable fun and imaginative engagement. The Lego Mario figure "reads" which bricks he is on and reacts via his animated eyes, mouth and speaker, while keeping track of your score, the time left and how many lives you have. Power-up bricks enable you to include special abilities in your design. Builder Mario, Cat Mario, Fire Mario and Propeller Mario to name a few.

What starts out as a novel way to engage with two popular brands, soon turns into a detailed way to start designing video games. You not only need to create a narrative and plan for your levels, but must ensure the player has enough time to finish them, and whether they need additional time blocks or power-ups.

Image 223Once you have built your levels you can challenge the family to play through them and record your best times on the Lego Super Mario app on iOS and Android.

There is also a huge Lego Nintendo Entertainment System (71374) set that creates a life size NES system that you can (kind of) play by turning a handle to scroll the platform level round and round while you jump Mario on a stick. You can place the interactive Mario figure on top of the TV set and he reacts to your progress.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/08/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS.

Genres: Physically Active and Platform.

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete. Getting it all built is extended by the almost endless time of designing and playing your own levels.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Some of these purchases (known as 'loot boxes') are for a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent.

LEGO Super Mario setsYou need the LEGO Super Mario Adventures (71360) to get started, there are character packs sold in blind bags with a random chance of getting a particular character: Paragoomba, Fuzzy, Spiny, Buzzy Beetle, Bullet Bill, Bob-omb, Eep Cheep, Blooper, Urchin or Peepa. Then there are a range of expansion sets:
  • LEGO Super Mario Guarded Fortress Expansion Set (71362)
  • LEGO Super Mario Desert Pokey Expansion Set (71363)
  • LEGO Super Mario Whomp’s Lava Trouble Expansion Set (71364)
  • LEGO Super Mario Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set (71365)
  • LEGO Super Mario Boomer Bill Barrage Expansion Set (71366)
  • LEGO Super Mario Mario’s House & Yoshi Expansion Set (71367)
  • LEGO Super Mario Toad’s Treasure Hunt Expansion Set (71368)
  • LEGO Super Mario Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set (71369)
  • LEGO Super Mario Thwomp Drop Expansion Set (71376)
  • LEGO Super Mario King Boo and the Haunted Yard Expansion Set (71377)
There are also special power-up packs:
  • LEGO Super Mario Fire Mario Power-Up Pack (71370)
  • LEGO Super Mario Propeller Mario Power-Up Pack (71371)
  • LEGO Super Mario Cat Mario Power-Up Pack (71372)
  • LEGO Super Mario Builder Mario Power-Up Pack (71373)

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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