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LEGO Creationary

By Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

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

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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.

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