Parents' Guide to

LEGO Universe

By Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Quest-based MMO is cute but hard to figure out how to play.

Game Mac, Windows 2010
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 8+

The next phase after Club Penguin

My 8 year old son and his friends LOVE this game and quickly became obsessed (which thanks to the advice here art CSM we were able to manage). It is pricey, but the fact that there are so many different worlds, and new updates every month, and lots of positive messages about building and using their imagination makes it worth it. Note, this will open up the world of online chatting to your child so be sure to talk with them about it and why you can't "block" or "report" someone just becuase they don't want to play with you. It can be hard to play at first, but we found lots of resources online to help us through and figure it out. Lego Universe site has also know built a Wiki of sorts to help players. And don't be suprised if when your child isn't looking, you play too :-)

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age 9+

My son loves legos and this game

My son was involved in the beta before this game was released so he learned as the game was being developed. That being said, he has learned as he went along but that is the way kids are learning these days, trial by failure. He can chat with other kids but lego won't let them write bad words or mean comments. They can work together with another player to defeat the bad guys. There is violence in the sense that they can attack other minifigures (bad guys) and they break apart but my son does this with his real mini figures in his room. My biggest complaint is the cost. It's about $9 a month if you buy the whole year. This is a lego product and it is selling lego so why so much? Over all, my son loves it, the concept of using 'imagination' to get through the worlds is worthwhile and I feel he is safe playing this game.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids who have played other LEGO games will know what to expect from LEGO Universe. It shares the same smash-things-and-collect-items-that-drop game mechanic, allows for quick building of LEGO structures by simply pushing a button, and offers platform puzzles where your character jumps and double-jumps to navigate through the game's environments. The game also allows for some LEGO building from the ground up using bricks collected via smashing things or earned as quest rewards. Kids will also be able to build race cars to race against others. One of the most creative and interesting aspects of the online world is the ability to add and link behaviors to model which will program it to respond in certain ways to certain stimuli. This elementary programming encourages kids to think logically and work out sequences of actions and reactions.

The game however, is light on tips and directions. This is a large open world that can be confusing to younger children. The camera angles can be awkward and kids are thrown directly into the action. Younger kids could easily get their avatar (mini-figure) smashed again and again just in this first area as the evil forces will attack if you wander too close. It is a difficult first step, but kids who persevere will obtain their first property and be able to build their first LEGO structure.

Online interaction: Kids are limited to a "white list" of words to use in text chat and the game works in such as way that many players attacking one creature will help each other, not hinder each other.

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