A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Positive themes of family, teamwork, and friendship, as well as using creativity to come up with solutions to problems.
Positive Role Models
Main characters are a heroic team, fighting against villains looking to take over city of Ninjago. They work together to overcome obstacles, try to keep a positive outlook no matter what problems they're facing.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
More action-oriented than other Lego games, with a greater focus on combat. Players fight against enemies with various melee attacks, ninja skills. Defeated enemies break apart, disappear, leaving behind Lego studs to collect in their wake.
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Products & Purchases
Based on The Lego Ninjago Movie film, which is in turn based on the Lego Ninjago toy line and cartoon series. It's fun and entertaining, but also essentially a big commercial for all of the Lego Ninjago media and merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game is an action/adventure game. It's based on the movie, which is based on Lego's popular toy line and cartoon series. Players take controls of the various heroes from the series, fighting to defend Ninjago city against Garmadon and his army. Combat is a bigger focus in this game than in previous Lego games, with players stringing together combos and using their ninja skills to defeat enemies. It's a fairly easy game to pick up and play for newcomers to the Lego games or younger players.
Is It Any Good?
This action/adventure game manages to capture the action of the movie perfectly, but its lack of depth won't keep players interested for long. Lego is no stranger to tapping into kids' imagination and bringing them into all kinds of worlds: science fiction, fantasy, comic books, pop culture. There's no genre untouched by the colorful plastic building blocks. The Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game, based on the recent big-screen adventures of Lego's masters of Spinjitsu, drops players into a world of martial arts and mystic powers, with a sense of humor that's sharper than a ninja's katana.
While The Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game follows the general formula of the rest of the Lego games, there are a few tweaks and additions meant to make it stand out. For starters, this game is a lot more combat-focused than others. Players zip back and forth between enemies, building up combos in fluid motions, and taking out enemies in fight scenes that would do a martial arts movie proud. The Battle Maps are a fun way to duke it out with friends and family, and the Challenge Dojo helps players perfect their ninja reflexes. Still, even with the new modes, the game feels small in comparison to other Lego games. The cast of characters, though diverse, feels light, and the story mode can be completed start-to-finish in a day. It's not that the game is bad, it's just that it doesn't feel like there's enough of it.
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