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The Lego Movie Videogame Review

Everything is Awesommmmme, everything is cool when you’re part of a team...everything is Awesomeeeeeeeeeeeee! No I haven’t gone mad, the latter is just the effect that 'The Lego Movie' has on you when you go and see it and as films go I enjoyed it so much I’ve seen it twice now! (You can read about it here).

In terms of the Video game adaptation this is closely tied to the above with the main aim being to stop the evil Lord/President Business from destroying the world with his destructive weapon called the Kragle; in fact the game is so closely tied to the film that it even has cut-scenes taken directly from it in order to bolster the storyline.

Mind you the scenes have been edited slightly so they don’t give away all of the films surprises and for the most part the voice acting samples have been injected into the gameplay to good effect so you feel part of the movie experience. However it’s still a good idea to have seen the film before playing the game as you will certainly get more enjoyment from it.

Gameplay

For the most part though underneath the façade is a standard Lego game. Thus the Gameplay mechanics are the same and it should be instantly accessible by veterans/fans of the other titles!

Once again I recommend playing 'The Lego Movie videogame' in co-op as this offers the most fun; otherwise you will have to spend time switching between characters.

I wouldn't say the game was as complex or as comprehensive as their last title - Lego Marvel - as it's shorter and the number of collectibles likewise; but it’s still really good fun!

As with most Lego Games you start off with the key charters and then build up. In this case Emmet and Wyldstyle. Later you get to play as Vitruvius, Batman, Metal Beard, Benny and Unikitty! As mentioned earlier some of the voice acting has been sampled from the film but Im certain some characters have been subsituted with other actors; though it doesen't distract from the fun.

However a lot of the characters such as Superman, Green lantern and Good Cop/Bad cop are only really accessible towards the end of the game and by then the main campaign is over.

Unique Skills

Each character has their own unique skills which you will need to tap into in order to complete the levels, but you’ll always know who’s required because there are visual clues on-screen.

This is something that veterans of other Lego Games will be comfortable with and it’s also a less-taxing system for newcomers.

For the most part though you will be smashing up Lego bricks to collect studs, with the aim to get ‘The Special’ one accolade at the end - which provides you with a gold brick and a snippet of ‘Everything is Awesome!' Music.

The above Lego smashing is one of the main driving forces of Lego Games and this title is no exception as it remains fun throughout the duration.

To keep thing interesting though the developers have thrown in breaks from the standard Lego bashing affair, such as dance sequences (which are played alongside the main theme music) where you have to press the corresponding button at the right time. You also have a Pacman style sequences where you have to hack terminals with 'Benny'  (the Spacman).

Additionally you normally have to collect 3 pieces of Lego instructions to progress through most levels, which I suppose in some ways contradicts the main plot of the film i.e. Emmet is encouraged to build without instructions, yet in the game he is encouraged not to. This is only a mild point and I don’t thing Kids will give much thought about it.

Anyway when you have collected your three sets of instructions you then have to build the item and this takes the form of having to select pieces of Lego in a pre-set time otherwise you lose studs. So it sort of acts as a mini game.

You also have action scenes dotted through levels which sees you racing through the landscapes shooting at pursuing enemies.

So mixed in with the colourful graphics (especially when you get to Unikitty's domain) and cute humour, this does provide a lot of entertainment in a short space of time!

Take a break

Between levels you get to move through themed hubs, such as the Wild West theme from the film. This allows you to smash up more bricks to get studs, which can then be used to buy additional characters, and it also provides the opportunity to do some sub-missions; with the reward being red bricks.

The latter are key to unlocking all the achievements within the game because you usually get Stud multipliers which can be combined to rack up some awesome scores. You will need these because one of the achievements is to get 1 billion studs!

The breaks from the main-story are certainly fun, but having to switch between levels is once again a little long winded on the PS3 version that I was playing due to the loading times. Mind you the game was certainly less buggy than the last Lego title I played so I really haven’t noticed any major crashes or anything to spoil the fun.

Free-Play

To be honest I started playing the game in co-op on a Sunday for a few hours, then a few more hours on the Monday, Tuesday and following Sunday and I had completed the game in this time, so there is certainly not a massive campaign to sink your teeth into.

However like the other Lego games you will find that most levels contain areas that can’t be opened with your current batch of characters. Thankfully once you've completed a level this unlocks the Free-play mode so you can go back into it with any of the characters that you have bought and discovery the hidden items (more on these in a moment); which could include more Red or Yellow bricks (which you need 70 in total).

You also get to collect pants and switch between these in the game hub's. The disco pants are hilarious as these kick in the theme music when you start smashing bricks.

After completing the game you also get a Bonus level and by collecting the golden Lego instructions that are hidden in the levels you can then access Emmet's brain space to build them!

I personally want to get 100% again on this title and this should be more achievable as there are not as many items to collect; compared to Lego Marvel.

Summary

The video game adaptation of the film may not quite be up to the same standards of some of the other Lego franchise games - such as the aforementioned Lego Marvel - but as movie tie-ins go it’s one of the best I've played! Fans of the film will also lap up the graphics, characters and Lego bashing fun!

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