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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lego Legacy: Heroes Unboxed is a free-to-play strategy/role-playing game available for download on Android and iOS mobile devices. Players collect virtual versions of Lego mini-figures and building sets, creating teams to fight in various story and event missions. The combat's cartoonish and slapstick in nature, with no graphic depictions of violence. There's a heavy push to spend actual money on resources via the in-game shop, though progress can be made (very slowly in later stages) by repeating tasks. The game features trivia and other information about the different figures and sets, also serving in many ways as an advertisement for the real-world toys.
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What's it about?
All your favorite Lego characters and set shave come together in LEGO LEGACY: HEROES UNBOXED, a free-to-play role-playing strategy game available for download on iOS and Android devices. You'll unlock different Lego mini-figures and build your own unique team of diverse characters to challenge increasingly difficult missions in your effort to rebuild Piptown and its neighboring lands. You'll also collect and build real Lego sets and use them to your advantage, giving team members special boosts and abilities that can turn the tide of battle in your favor. Then, you can check out your growing virtual collection and discover fun facts and trivia about their real-world Lego counterparts. Players can go solo or take the fight online in turn-based multiplayer, complete with global leaderboards, guilds, and more. And finally, you can take part in special limited time events, earning exclusive characters and sets based around cool themes. It's a great big Lego world out there. How you build it is up to you.
Is it any good?
From the quirky minif-igures to the insanely versatile construction bricks, Lego seems to have the perfected the formula for opening up creativity in fun and exciting ways. Lego Legacy: Heroes Unboxed takes that unique Lego flair and brings it to the world of strategic RPGs (role-playing games) with fun results. Players collect and train different mini-figures, putting together teams with a range of abilities and roles that work well against enemy squads. Players can upgrade the characters, their abilities, and their gear with experience and materials picked up in missions. It's a relatively standard formula, but it's done well and builds a strong framework that should feel instantly familiar to anyone that's played the genre.
While Lego Legacy: Heroes Unboxed is a solid strategy game on its own, its real appeal is how the game never takes itself seriously. There's just something fun about watching a guy in hot dog suit build an exploding Lego microwave to kick over to the opposing team. It's that tongue-in-cheek humor more so than anything else that'll keep players coming back. Which is a good thing for sure, because the game can start to get a bit repetitive after a while. There comes a point where progress is slowed to a snail's pace unless, and sometimes even when, you're willing to spend money at the in-game shop. This might be par for the course in many free-to-play games, but it still frustrating when the slapstick fun suddenly stalls out for a bit, leaving players go through the motions of repetitive grinding for progress.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about teamwork. How do characters with different abilities and skills come together to progress in the game? What are some ways that people can use their diversity to overcome obstacles in the real world?
How do free-to-play games pressure players to spend real world money via in-game purchases? How can some games be used as interactive ads to build interest in other related products?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: February 24, 2020
- Category: Role-Playing Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Superheroes, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Robots, Space and Aliens
- Size: 329.20 MB
- Publisher: Gameloft
- Version: 1.0.8
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or higher; Android 4.4 and up
- Last updated: March 16, 2020
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