Lego Game Creator

Website review by
Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media
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Fun, simple intro to game design with just enough options.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 5 reviews

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Educational value

Kids can learn cause-and-effect design concepts through trial and error with the level-creation elements and through their their interaction with heroes and their superpowers. Persistence is definitely required through multiple rounds of editing and adjusting. Kids naturally will want to make their games hard, which makes it all the more fun. Faster gameplay with all the heroes and more available goals would keep kids interested longer. Lego Game Creator balances classic Lego magic with just enough design tools so even younger kids can craft their own games with minimal frustration.

Positive messages

Putting the creative tools into kids' hands always sends a good message, but the simplistic "defeat enemies" goal and good-guy/bad-guy stuff sets kids up for black-and-white understandings of the world. Having the token Wyldstyle female character is progress, but a token is still a token. 

Violence & scariness

Defeating enemies is one of really only two possible goals, and weapons are half-semi-benign and half-mega-destructive. No blood or guts; losing consists of Lego parts flying everywhere.

Sexy stuff
Language

Forums are mostly filled with very short and unanswered one-sentence awesomeness reports or play-my-game requests.

Consumerism

The site is essentially a promotional device for the Cartoon Network TV station. Lego advertising banners with a few scattered third-party ads at the top integrate into the overall look, which makes it even more likely kids will click on them.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lego Game Creator, an online Lego-themed game creator, comes pretty close to being completely awesome. Kids can choose The Lego Movie characters, including Emmet and Wyldstyle, to create their own platform-style games using a flexible step-by-step process. The forum is filled with pretty tame requests to "play my game" or general "this site is so cool" comments, and moderators review submissions before they're posted. Kids who love Lego and designing within Minecraft or Little Big Planet should enjoy this free option. 

User Reviews

Adult Written byugiiugiu December 4, 2015
Adult Written byTasha L. March 1, 2017

1045244

I recently found in an issue
Kid, 9 years old May 16, 2016

lego game

i think is for kids 7 and up
Kid, 6 years old May 23, 2016

lego

this game could make our creativity and thinking skills get better

What's it about?

To play or to build -- that is the question. Kids can play previously designed games using basic keyboard controls to battle enemies or create their own with a very simple game creator. The game creator leads kids through six steps plus a final test-and-edit step. Kids select from eight Lego heroes and choose their special abilities and powers plus three goals: battle enemies, collect crystals, or do both and, of course, finish by getting to the door. Emmet throws bricks, and Wyldstyle has a martial-arts and super-cycle attack; Solomon Blaze always carries his grappling hook, and Laval wields a mean sword. Once kids can complete their own games successfully, they're given a chance to register and share them, earning their first badge and points. Friend requests and matches are based on controlled profile choices.

Is it any good?

LEGO GAME CREATOR asks kids to follow the instructions to create their own games but still makes them feel like "the special" by giving them just the right amount of control over game elements and quirky but fun profile gimmicks such as the ability to select three-part preset screen names and changing their profile DNA. Design elements are the other highlight, with walls that appear intermittently and floors that disappear when you step on them, objects that make you invincible, and hazards that send out projectiles every so often. The tone is tongue in cheek, just like in the movie.

For the most part, kids won't feel micromanaged, but there are some downsides. Gameplay can be really slow with all characters except Wyldstyle and Zane, and the goal for play flashes a tad too quickly (some kids might need guidance). The game filter at the bottom does not seem to work. Little kids might have a hard time getting back to the game-creator site if they go to their profile or to other games hosted on the general Cartoon Network site. Finally, aside from the obvious violence of battling helmeted enemies firing automatic weapons, a huge gun called a power shot, and a spy drone attack, it's a positive experience. No one actually dies, but the Lego parts do go flying.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can create real-world obstacle courses using sports equipment or natural elements such as trees, shrubs, and paths.

  • Enjoy and celebrate the special "powers" that each of the members of your family possesses: courage, persistence, strength, or leadership.

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