Review

The Lego Movie: Videogame

Reviewed on Xbox One.

Overusing an old formula just doesn't work when paired with such an empty story.

William Petrou-Nunn

William Petrou-Nunn

Contributor

on March 18, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Year after year, a new Lego game is released on to the market based on hugely popular stories; Lego Star Wars, Lego Marvel and Lego DC to name just a few. These games are usually great fun with a lot of childish jokes and laugh out loud moments, even if they repeat the same ‘go here, break this and rebuild that’ formula. The Lego Movie: Videogame follows this tried and tested formula, but without an original story-line the game seems to fall short of the pedigree we have come to expect from TT games.

Based on the absolutely hilarious and heart-warming ‘The Lego Movie’, you enter the game as Emmett; an ordinary construction worker who struggles to fit in to society whose life changes when he stumbles across the Piece of Resistance. The rest of the game feels like a carbon copy of the film with all the best parts left out.

There is hardly any deviation from the plot and after a while you get tired of experiencing a sub-par version of one of the best films this year. The videogame is one big spoiler for the film and when I got round to watching the film I felt that I had seen it all before but had much less fun playing than watching.

The Film Was Better

The Lego Star Wars games followed the script of the films, but deviated often enough to make it funny and interesting to play; this just doesn’t happen with The Lego Movie Videogame. Whilst there are moments of laughter and fun, these have just been lifted straight from the film and don’t feel as enjoyable as they should. The movie was great because it had heart and it had an emotional plot, but this does not translate over to the game and we are left with an overall dull experience that is not unique enough to warrant the repetitiveness of the Lego games formula.

Each mission gives you a roster of characters each with unique powers to use to pass the level. For example, Emmett has his drill and wrench, female characters like Wyldstyle can jump higher and climb on glowing bricks and Uni-Kitty can destroy and rebuild rainbow objects. This starts off being enjoyable to switch around characters quickly to beat puzzles and complete the mission, but soon becomes laborious as the act of changing character is clunky and, more often than not, I ended up controlling the wrong character and getting frustrated.

Having to solve lots of puzzles to get to the next area in a mission is normally quite fun but gets very repetitive and is made far too easy. Main characters will just tell you exactly what to do or the camera will point to where you need to drill or jump. This is great for my six year old cousins, but for anyone who isn’t a child the game becomes far too easy and far too repetitive to actually be exciting.

There is the fun addition of the construction builds where you have to move the left stick around to find the matching Lego block so that Emmett can build a useful piece of machinery. The faster you do it, the more studs you get to purchase new characters. Unfortunately, the fun of this mini-game is instantly counteracted by the drudgery of computer hacking. With no real challenge you have to move your character around a grid and hack the computer whilst avoiding safeguards. This mini-game is ridiculously boring and has no place in the game.

If you do want to replay missions forĀ  all the collectibles, which can be a real challenge, TT have included a huge roster of different characters to use, from Green Lantern and Superman to Gandalf and Abe Lincoln. To be able to choose who you play as is a real bonus if you have any favourite characters that have appeared in the Lego universe.

Co-op play also improves the game by a significant amount. It is much more fun to smash bricks with friends than alone, the sense of competition and teamwork really works well in game and represents what the movie is about. However, even when you are playing as Superman with your best friend, there is still no challenge and the repetitiveness still appears far too frequently.

The Lego Movie Videogame is a fun game in short bursts, but relies too much on the storyline of its film to actually be a truly fun and unique game. There is little deviation from the film plot, making the game feel stale and lazy very quickly. If you are a huge fan of the Lego games or you have young children this game will suit you well, but it doesn’t live up to the prestige of the actual Lego Movie.

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