The LEGO Movie Videogame
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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.
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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?
- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Subjects: Hobbies: building, collecting
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles
Creativity: imagination, making new creations
Communication: friendship building
- 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
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