The LEGO Movie Videogame

Common Sense Media says

Fun, imaginative adventure promotes independent thinking.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The clever narrative encourages players to think about using their imaginations and think outside the box rather than always adhering to provided structure and ideas. Cartoonish violence plays a role through much of the game, but it's frequently interspersed with sections promoting creativity and puzzle solving.

Positive role models

Emmet is a good, obedient worker who always follows the rules -- until he's given reason not to. With some prodding from side characters, he learns to think for himself and be more creative and conscientious. He does a fair bit of fighting, but it's tempered by his knack for fixing stuff, creating new things, and solving puzzles.

Ease of play

This game plays much like other LEGO games. The controls are pretty simple, and there's not really any way to die or fail a level, though you lose some LEGO studs (which serve as currency) if you run out of health. It is worth noting, too, that objectives and puzzles aren't always completely clear, which could lead to some frustration in impatient players.

Violence

Playing as a variety of plastic LEGO mini figures, players punch and kick their way through crowds of enemies, occasionally employing weapons such as guns and rocket turrets. It's pretty cartoonish, with fallen plastic foes breaking into their constituent pieces and sometimes grunting in pain.  

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Use of the word “bum.”

Consumerism

This game is a spin-off of a major film and features a huge assortment of LEGO toys available for purchase. Kids will be tempted on both fronts.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No privacy or safety concerns.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know The LEGO Movie Videogame is a spin-off of the similarly titled film. It follows the story of an ordinary LEGO mini figure named Emmet, who is pulled into a battle against an evil businessman. The lightly subversive plot sees Emmet learning to use his imagination and thinking for himself rather than simply doing what he's told all the time. Violence is frequent and sometimes includes guns and turrets, but it's very cartoonish and aimed at plastic mini figures, most of which are robots. Parents should be aware that this game features countless LEGO toys available for purchase, and it likely will leave kids with a desire to buy some of them -- and to see the movie.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • building
  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Communication

  • friendship building

Collaboration

  • teamwork

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The gorgeous LEGO environments will instantly grab the attention of any LEGO fan. And the story -- basically the same as in the film -- is clever and funny enough to engage players of all ages.

Learning Approach

Kids will absorb ideas concerning individuality, creativity, and independent thought via narrative themes. Contextual puzzles, meanwhile, encourage kids to examine the world and work out logical solutions.

Support

Hints and directions are provided, but kids are sometimes left to figure things out on their own. No official external supports exist, but user-made walkthroughs are available online.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • building
  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Communication

  • friendship building

Collaboration

  • teamwork

Kids can learn about puzzle solving, social interaction, and independent thought in this fun and engaging LEGO adventure. Players spend much of their time examining the game environment, searching for ways to overcome obstacles in their path. Kids playing in co-op mode will find plenty of reason to communicate and work together as they figure out how to progress. And along the way they'll take in the story's positive messages promoting imagination and individuality. The LEGO Movie Videogame is filled with positive ideas and smart puzzles bound to give kids' brains a moderate workout.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

In THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME, Emmet is just a regular LEGO mini figure who loves his job. That is, until he meets Wyldstyle, a member of a faction of master builders working to stop the evil lord of the Lego universe from imposing his will on everyone. Mistaken as the "Special" -- an extraordinary mini figure fated to save the world -- he travels to various LEGO realms on a quest to unlock his imagination and live up to his foretold destiny.

Layered over this clever story are the same sorts of activities found in other LEGO games. Kids will bash objects and harvest the Lego studs they release. They’ll solve interesting contextual puzzles that often involve building new, usable objects, and they’ll eventually unlock scores of unique characters that can be used when they're replaying completed levels. New activities include timed events that require players to quickly select specific LEGO elements from a wheel to complete a model, as well as a special bonus room where kids can build special projects from blueprints found scattered around levels.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This LEGO game is perhaps more LEGO-like than any that have come before -- and not just because the story is set within the LEGO universe and features countless mini figures and models that kids can actually buy and build themselves. The ideas contained within the narrative celebrate imagination and condemn rigidity of thought. They will resonate with LEGO fans of all ages. As in the movie, the game is about the joy and freedom of creation (even though the models you end up creating are prescribed by the game).   

Also fostering the authentic LEGO vibe is the fact that everything in the game is made of authentic LEGO elements. Whereas most LEGO games provide environments filled with objects only some of which are clearly made of plastic bricks, every object in The LEGO Movie Videogame is visibly constructed of recognizable LEGO elements. With the right bricks, kids can build everything they see in the game, which makes it feel more like they're exploring a living toy world than ever before. If your kids (or you) dig Danish building blocks, this one's a no-brainer.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about LEGOS. Do you like to follow the instructions in your building sets, or do you prefer to build original things sprung from your imagination? Why? 

  • Families also can discuss the notion of doing what you're told to do. Grown-ups usually want kids to follow their instructions. Are there times when you shouldn't? How can you tell when it might be better to think for yourself?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Warner Bros. Games
Release date:February 7, 2014
Genre:Adventure
Topics:Cars and trucks, Magic and fantasy, Superheroes
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byd1pent11111 February 19, 2015
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8
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LEARNING

Great Game!

This video-game is one of the best created. My favorite part of it is "Honey, where are my... paaaaaaants?"
What other families should know
Great messages
Easy to play/use
Parent Written byerinw2 October 25, 2014
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
What other families should know
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old September 2, 2014
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

The Lego Movie Video Game

The game is easy until you get to the level cloud choo choo land.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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