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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lego Tower is a free-to-play building management and simulation game available for iOS and Android-based mobile devices. Players are in charge of building a thriving Lego community inside of an ever-growing tower, complete with shops, apartments, and the like. The game utilizes very basic gameplay and is easy for most to pick up and play without issue. While the game can be played without spending any money, there are microtransactions that allow players to unlock new customization options, to speed up development, and to buy or earn extra coins and "bux" to speed development. Some of the customization features are based on actual Lego retail products, which the game offers outside links to for more information and for purchase options.
What's it about?
The sky's the limit in LEGO TOWER, a fun and unique city building simulator. You're in charge of creating your own Lego community, adding floors to an ever-growing skyscraper of commerce and camaraderie. You'll build up your tower with shops and services, provide living space for residents, and keep the money coming rolling in to build even more shops and bring in even more residents. You'll also customize your tower and the people in it with a variety of unlockable styles and pieces from every corner of the Lego universe. In a game where success is measured on a vertical scale, just how high can you take your tower?
Is it any good?
This quirky tower building simulator, based on an older game, is back -- this time teaming up with a brand known for its creative building, although its repetitive play hampers the fun. For fans of the original Tiny Tower game from 2011, Lego Tower feels like a natural evolution, with its vast amount of customization options and, of course, that signature Lego brick appeal. There's constant incentive to revisit your tower each day, not just to check in on the residents and to add to your tower of commerce, but to unlock more bits, pieces, and even special mini-figure characters to add to your community. That's not to say, though, that the game doesn't have a few small cracks in its foundation.
The biggest problem with Lego Tower lies in its repetition. The gameplay is a nearly infinite cycle of making sure shops are stocked, keeping apartments filled with random mini-figures, and adding more levels to your tower. There are occasional quick mini-games that require you to find a specific item or character somewhere in your tower. This can be a simple task when you're dealing with just a few floors, but after a while, it can get frustrating to scan 50 or more crowded floors for one thing. In fact, that's a general problem throughout the game. The more successful you are and the higher your tower is, the more frustrating and time consuming it can become to maintain it. What started out as a fun distraction for a few minutes a day eventually turns into a full-blown chore. Played in shorter doses, though, Lego Tower is still an entertaining time sink, and a game that's quite literally primed to build more onto.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about commercialism in gaming. How do companies use licensing to advertise to a target audience? Does playing a licensed game encourage you to pick up the product that it's based on, or does the product lead you to play the game?
What are some of the benefits to free-to-play games versus game demos or full priced apps? How are these games used to market certain brands, and what are some of the ways that they encourage players to spend real-world money?
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