LEGO Universe

Game review by
Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media
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Quest-based MMO is cute but hard to figure out how to play.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Kids are exhorted from the start to use their imagination to save the world.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The heroes of the world are brave, creative, and work as a team to save the world, and kids are encouraged to do the same.

Ease of Play

Camera angles are sometimes awkward and although there are hot-tips in the game, parents may have to turn to the LEGO Universe website for help with the main features of the game. Younger kids will benefit from the guidance of an older sibling or parent to navigate through this game.

Violence

Like other LEGO video games, this online game is heavy in violence as players need to smash enemies and objects in the world to progress. Players will use weapons such as swords, hammers, and laser guns. But all of the people and things are made of LEGOs and simply break apart.

Sex
Language

LEGO provides a "white list" of words which may be used by players to chat. Words not in the dictionary will not be displayed.

Consumerism

LEGO is a brand name of building bricks and purchasing information is available on the website, but no advertising is seen in the game.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is an MMORPG -- Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game -- that requires purchase of boxed software as well as a monthly subscription to play. The game is both CARU (Children's Advertising Review Unit) and COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) compliant, and although kids will be playing online with other kids, chat is limited to a "white list" of allowed words. There is some violence as kids use weapons to attack and defend themselves, but this is a LEGO world, so the worst that happens is that LEGO characters and things break apart. The game suffers from a lack of tips and directions, but for kids who have the patience to keep trying, it can be rewarding.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8 year old Written byDaphne Church October 12, 2011

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... Continue reading
Adult Written byalpinemed July 28, 2011

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 b... Continue reading
Kid, 7 years old June 24, 2012

Closed Sorry

Its Closed Now :(
Kid, 10 years old November 14, 2011

good game!

great game! but there is some bad stuff. like it kicks you out sometimes. and some times they say shut your trap! i know it sounds bad but it is a good game. al... Continue reading

What's it about?

Four adventurers search for the Imagination Nexus, the source of Pure Imagination, but the greed of one causes a dark Maelstrom of chaotic energy to be released. In LEGO UNIVERSE, you are called upon to defeat the dark forces of the Maelstrom and save the Universe. Players entering this massively multiplayer online world of LEGO Universe will explore through the world, battling and smashing evil creatures, collecting bricks, and building LEGO creations in their own player properties.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about setting computer time limits. How much time is too much time online? Can staring at a computer screen for long periods of time actually hurt your eyes?

  • Families can also talk about cartoon violence. What does getting smashed mean? The LEGO objects and characters get broken into bricks -- does that mean this game isn't violent?

Game details

For kids who love playing games with others

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