The LEGO Movie Videogame

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Fun, imaginative adventure promotes independent thinking.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

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.

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 & Representations

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
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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8 year old Written byronansuperman January 3, 2017
Parent Written byerinw2 October 25, 2014
Kid, 10 years old June 27, 2014

My brother loves it!

The lego movie video game is a fun and easy game to play if you have any sort of xbox.Ithink kids 6 and up would enjoy this fun game. My brother enjoys it a lot... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byAntiCommonsensemedia March 1, 2014

It lacks quality.

This game is a rushed mess with no educational value. If you buy this game for your relative or sibling don't expect them to be playing it for a long time.... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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