Lego Dimensions Ghostbusters Story Pack

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Bustin' ghosts (and blocks) makes kids feel good.

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Positive Messages

Main theme is friendship, with characters working together, making use of individual skills to overcome supernatural threats they face as a team.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ghostbusters team represents strong positive role models, especially for young women. Team made up of physicists, engineers, regular subway worker, all of whom add unique skills to team as equals. Group works together, supports each other to overcome any obstacle that comes their way.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn, but lots of building, rebuilding with physical Lego pieces, with small parts that could easily get lost.

Violence

Plenty of destruction, action, but violence is cartoonish, over the top. Ghostbusters characters use proton packs to shoot lasers at ghosts, everything else, but destruction takes form of Lego bricks falling apart.

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Consumerism

Based on 2016 Ghostbusters movie reboot which (similar to original) has spin-off merchandise including toys, books, clothes, more. Also part of Lego Dimensions game, allowing other characters, packs to be used in this set, and vice versa.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Lego Dimensions Ghostbusters Story Pack is an optional expansion pack for the Lego Dimensions video game. There's lots of destruction and violence in the game, because the Ghostbusters use proton packs to shoot ghosts and everything else, but this is shown in cartoonish ways and results only in Lego bricks spraying around a level. Parents should also be aware that while this is an easy game to pick up and play, the constant building and rebuilding of physical Lego bricks could cause some players to lose pieces for the game. There's also a heavy amount of interactivity with other Lego Dimensions characters and packs, which could cause players to feel the need to buy other figurines or levels.

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What's it about?

In LEGO DIMENSIONS GHOSTBUSTERS, everyone's favorite female spirit hunters join the fray to help deal with any supernatural ectoplasmic threats. Based on the 2016 reboot of the Ghostbusters movie, the Story Pack follows Abby Yates as she and her fellow 'busters try to save New York from a looming threat from beyond the grave. She won't have to face the apocalypse alone, though. As a part of the Lego Dimensions series, Abby can get a little extra help from any of the other characters in the toy line, be it Batman, Wyldstyle, Gandalf, or maybe even a cross-time team-up with Peter Venkman from the original Ghostbusters. Abby can also join with other characters to help in their adventures, proving that no matter what world you're in, 'busting always feels good.

Is it any good?

This giant expansion is so packed with fun, you'll be busting ghosts for hours and having a blast doing it. As if multidimensional villains and the fate of multiple worlds wasn't enough to deal with, now Lego Dimensions is being invaded by supernatural spirits and ethereal entities. So, who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters Story Pack is the first expansion of Lego Dimensions to take advantage of the game's "Year 2" updates. It follows the plot of the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot and, based on the massive amount of content, is more akin to a standalone Lego game than a simple expansion. It contains multiple levels tied together into a greater overall plot. Best of all, when you finish the story, you've still got plenty to do, including playing around in the open Adventure World, taking on up to three of your friends in the new Battle Arenas and, finally, taking Abby and the Ecto-1 into other Lego Dimensions worlds to lend her support. It's also great to see another female character added to the mix, particularly with a nod to her science background in the form of the "Intelligence Access" skill.

Players can take on main missions to move through the story or explore the open Adventure World version of New York to chase down side quests and hunt treasures at your own pace. In fact, if you weren't given the option to return to the primary Vorton hub of Lego Dimensions, it would be easy to mistake Ghostbusters Story Pack for a standalone Lego game instead of an expansion, especially after you build the replacement set piece for the Dimensions portal. While the new portal set is a lot of fun and packed with detail, it feels a bit out of place. The pack comes with paper instructions to build it before you start the game but then prompts you with on-screen directions to build it again after completing the first mission. Speaking of the physical toys, much like the Peter Venkman character from the original Ghostbusters Level Pack, Abby can switch between different Ghostbusters via the character-select option while in the game, although there's no physical figure for the other characters. It's a small gripe, but kids may still be disappointed that they can't necessarily play with their favorite Ghostbuster once the game is turned off. Of course, this being Lego Dimensions, there's nothing stopping those same kids from picking any of their other favorite characters, such as Scooby Doo or Harry Potter, to join in the adventure as honorary Ghostbusters. Whether they play it straight or create an epic crossover event, Ghostbusters Story Pack is bursting at the seams with fun and a great addition to the Dimensions lineup.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about girls and STEM curriculum. Why are STEM studies important, and what are some ways to build interest in the subjects for girls?

  • Talk about creativity and ingenuity. How can building and interacting with the physical toys used in the game help inspire kids to continue to build and create outside the game?

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