The LEGO Movie Video Game

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Console-quality fun: awesome! In-app buys, not so much.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn problem-solving and practice using strategy in this highly engaging app. They're empowered with choices in how to play -- using the touchscreen or the control -- as well as how to approach each challenge. They even decide which character to use. Clear instructions are given to guide kids who need a little help. The movie's positive themes don't come across as well amid the action and fighting, but kids will have fun solving problems and thinking critically, not even realizing they're developing those skills.

Ease of Play

Play translates really well to the touchscreen; on-screen hints direct kids on what to do. Kids familiar with the console version will pick it up with no problems.

Violence & Scariness

Cartoon-like violence between fighting characters, with occasional weapons. Characters, made of Legos, fall apart.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Movie clips include "butt."

Consumerism

Paid app requires in-app purchases to add most characters. The Lego Movie is heavily cross-marketed, with other video games, toys, clothing, and so on.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The LEGO Movie Video Game is more than a typical app. It's bigger -- requiring well over a full gigabyte of space -- and pricier: It's a paid app that includes in-app purchases. But it's innovative, too, bringing the adventure gameplay and graphics of the console version to mobile devices. Play includes some Lego-style cartoon violence, with fights that break the Lego characters apart. Movie clips include the word "butt."

User Reviews

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Kid, 5 years old October 21, 2016

Great game!

The Lego game is like the lego movie but it is a great game.and it gives you a construction worker named Emmet. Emmet is brave because in the game you go throug... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bySailormooo August 12, 2017

The movie was really basic

Basic something a 9-11 year old would enjoy

What's it about?

THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEO GAME follows the plot and characters of the movie in a mission-based adventure game. Kids play as Emmett, Vitruvious, and Wyldstyle, destroying villains and objects and collecting the broken studs as they work to complete objectives that earn points and unlock other levels. Additional characters can be unlocked using gold bricks and Lego studs, but the gold bricks must be purchased with real money. Options include playing with the touchscreen or using game-style on-screen controls.

Is it any good?

Compared to the price of the console video game, the app version is quite a bargain -- so long as you have a device that has the required 1,160 MB storage space. Even buying a large bundle of gold bricks to unlock all the characters would still cost only a fraction of the console game price. The graphics and sound effects are high-quality, and playing is addictively fun. Clear on-screen instructions walk players through the controls and each characters' special abilities, and hints prompt as needed, so new players can figure it out. There's quite a bit of content, too, for hours of play. Really, the sticker shock compared to other apps is the only downside. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how The LEGO Movie Video Game compares to the movie -- or how the app compares to the console game, for kids who have played both. Which do you prefer? Why?

  • Talk to kids about your guidelines for in-app purchases before they play. Are they allowed? If so, will they need to pay for them themselves?

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