LEGO Creationary

Common Sense Media says

Guess what block structure is being built; has bad controls.





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Ease of play

You roll the die to pick a category, and then try to guess what Lego structure is being built before time runs out by tapping on one of four choices. The game lasts for 15 puzzles, or until you make an incorrect choice or choose too slowly. However, the touch screen isn't quite responsive enough -- sometimes we had to tap several times to select a choice. And the structure is built so fast and the time to select is very short, making this a hard game to win.

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The LEGO brand is featured pretty prominently on every screen, and the game also encourages you to "share with a friend," which sends a pre-written email about LEGO games or posts the message to Facebook.

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Privacy & safety

Pretty private, but from the menu screen you can "Share on Facebook" or "Share with a Friend" to send a message about LEGO Creationary.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that LEGO Creationary is a simple family game based on the board game of the same name. This is a game about watching a Lego structure being built, and trying to quickly guess what it is before it is completed. The only concerns are the use of email and Facebook to share the app with friends.

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LEGO CREATIONARY is an iPhone version of the board game, which is like Pictionary with LEGO bricks. In the app version, you don't build but you guess the model as it's being built. The die roll determines the category being built, and then there are four buttons for guessing the answer. You accumulate as many points as possible in 15 puzzles, but the game ends if you guess incorrectly or too slowly.

There are a couple of problems, though: first, the buttons in the app don't always work properly and can take multiple taps. Also, as the model is being built the bricks are often in different colors than in the final model, which is confusing. When you guess incorrectly, the model is shown very briefly but the correct answer isn't indicated -- so often you still don't know what the correct answer was. The time limit for guessing is quite short, which may be frustrating for younger children and fans of Legos. Finally, although there is a score awarded for each game, there's no record for high scores anywhere.

LEGO Creationary is a good idea but poorly implemented, and doesn't capture the fun of playing a game with actual LEGOs.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:November 9, 2010
Category:Family Games
Publisher:The LEGO Group
Minimum software requirements:Requires iOS 3.1 or later.

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Kid, 10 years old November 14, 2011

can't get on!

do not get this app! every time you get in it kicks you out. once or twice it works. but mostly it kicks you out. this is a post written by a ten year old.


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