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Lego Brawls

Game review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Entertaining fighting game in lighthearted Lego world.

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

Positive Messages

The game is a fighting game, so the goal is to vanquish players on other teams, but you do work alongside others to accomplish your goals.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters don't really have backstories or develop into anything because there's no plot.

Ease of Play

The controls take some getting used to, but they're not overly complex. 

Violence & Scariness

It's nonstop fighting, but all of the violence is cartoonish at worst, as characters use Lego weapons to defeat enemies.

Language
Consumerism

Based on Lego toys, which have spawned games, books, movies, tv shows, and more.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lego Brawls is a fighting game for Apple Arcade that lets players battle each other using self-designed Lego characters. As with any fighting game, the goal is to incapacitate other players, but since this is a Lego title, the violence is minimal and the weapons are cartoonish (such as a carrot gun or a fish, used to slap your opponents). The game allows players to either host (or join) a local game among friends or battle strangers, but there's no verbal interaction between them. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

LEGO BRAWLS is a fighting game that puts you into a random map with varying objectives. You might need to control a territory by the end of the round or be in command of a giant robot, for example. You'll work as part of a team trying to reach that objective, either playing with a group of friends on a private server or with strangers. (Players can't chat with each other in the game.) Game areas include Ninjago, Pirate and Castle settings. Along the way, you'll smash crates to pick up power-ups, which you can use against your enemies. The more you play, the more weapons you have to choose from in game rounds.

Is it any good?

The charm of the Lego game universe is undeniable, so it's understandable that Lego fans would be thrilled to play a game in that world with lots of fighting action. Lego Brawls is goofy, fast-paced, family friendly fun that's a nice balance of action and humor. There's also a nice progression, in that you build up your character's abilities and weapons as you play more frequently. This leads to 'super weapons' that make you a more effective fighter (like a carrot gun) but are meant to evoke laughts. (It's one of the few games to weaponize a guitar, for instance.) And before you even join your first fight, there's a very rich character creation tool that lets you individualize your brawler. 

The controls are a bit hard to grasp at first, though. Swiping a screen and fighting can be a challenging combination, which may make you want to use a game controller instead. At least there's a solo level, allowing you to practice those skills, which will give you a better chance in an actual game. It's a notable concern, but it's one that diminishes as you log extra time breaking apart rival Legos. Lego Brawls is one of those fun title that kids and parents can gather around a tablet or phone and have a great time fighting and laughing over.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about strategy. Is it better to play smart or just jump into battles? What works best when some plans quickly go out of the window in the heat of combat?

  • What's the best way to resolve conflicts? Is it easier to pick up a fish or a carrot gun, like in Lego Brawls, or is it better to talk about problems?

Game details

  • Platforms: Apple Arcade
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: LEGO
  • Release date: October 24, 2019
  • Genre: Fighting
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: November 13, 2019

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