Lego Dimensions Midway Arcade Level Pack

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Expansion is a retro trip in game history through Lego lens.

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Positive Messages

Teamwork, cooperation key focal points on most levels, but this pack has more of a solo focus. Despite this, strong elements of creative thinking, heroism.

Positive Role Models & Representations

New playable character, "Gamer Kid," shown to be a heroic, but generic, character. He uses his skills as a gamer, as well as strategic, creative thinking to save day from evil forces.

Ease of Play

Basic gameplay simple to play, easy to learn, but its more than 20 other included classic games have own distinct control schemes.

Violence

Although main story mode follows basic game's all-ages, tongue-in-cheek approach to violence, retro titles range from nonviolent (Marble Madness, Championship Sprint) to fairly nonstop violent (Spy Hunter, Gauntlet).

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Based on hugely popular Lego line of toys, which has its own tie-in merchandise. Adds in other classic releases with various levels of notoriety, popularity.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Lego Dimensions Midway Arcade Level Pack is an expansion pack for the Lego Dimensions action-adventure video game. The pack unlocks an additional story and world for the main game, as well as a collection of classic Midway arcade games. This particular expansion focuses less on teamwork than other packs but still features the game's overall themes of creativity and heroism. Also, it's important to note that the more than 20 arcade games included in this release cover a wide range of themes and violence. While none of this content would push the game anywhere near a Mature rating, there are still titles that focus more on shooting others and blowing things up. This pack, which is based on the popular brand of Lego toys, also promotes a larger number of games from the included arcade titles.

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What's it about?

Since its release, Lego Dimensions has taken players down the yellow brick road in Oz, through the mean streets of Gotham City, on the path to Mordor, and even back through time in both a DeLorean and a police box. Now, with the MIDWAY ARCADE LEVEL PACK, the game is taking players to the quarter-munching birthplace of the video game revolution: the arcade. When one of Lord Vortech's portals opens near a local arcade, some of the retro Midway game characters make their way to the Lego world, turned evil in the process. It's up to the Lego heroes, joined by "Gamer Kid," to literally beat these characters at their own games, competing in classic titles such as Gauntlet, Spy Hunter, Joust, and more.

Is it any good?

This expansion pack captures the nostalgic feeling of walking into an arcade with a week's allowance in quarters and spending it all, one coin at a time, on the classics that laid the foundation for today's video game blockbusters. With the Lego Dimensions Midway Arcade Level Pack, kids can experience that feeling themselves, and parents can relive those days long past. As with other level packs available for Lego Dimensions, this pack unlocks new story content to play, with the player trying to seek out and defeat evil versions of old-school game characters. And while it's fun to run around in Lego-ized versions of the dungeons from Gauntlet or to hit the streets in a Lego version of the Spy Hunter Interceptor, the truth is that this pack is surprisingly light on story content. The level pack only offers a couple of hours of new gameplay at most. That's not to say what's there isn't fun but simply that it's over before you know it.

Thankfully, what Midway Arcade lacks in original content, it more than makes up for in replay value. Over the course of the story, players will unlock a handful of arcade cabinets, each with fully playable versions of the classic Midway arcade titles they represent. That only scratches the surface, though. After unlocking the content, players will find pieces to other cabinets throughout the Lego Dimensions worlds, eventually unlocking more than 20 games, including Toobin', Rampage, Robotron 2084, and Paperboy. All of these games use the original programming, too, making them perfect ports of the original arcade versions. It's this retro revisit that will keep gamers, both young and old, coming back to this Lego level pack. And with all the quarters you'll save, it's definitely one addition to your Lego Dimensions collection that's well worth the price.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the evolution of gaming. How have video games changed over the years, and how do the classic titles of yesterday still influence the games of today?

  • Talk about budgeting and value. With so many accessories and packs available for Lego Dimensions, which features should factor in to purchasing which packs? Should the focus be only on the characters that kids enjoy or on packs that add more overall content?

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