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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?
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