Here's a word of warning, if you are planning to see The LEGO Movie, don't play the game first. I say this because the game is full of spoilers, since it pretty much follows the plot all the way through. In fact it uses quite a lot of scenes from the movie too, meaning that key moments play out in front of your eyes. Not ideal if you've already paid for a cinema ticket.
Anyway, with that warning aside, it's time to talk about the game. So is everything awesome? Well, almost. It's probably fair to say that if you are coming into this LEGO game looking for a different experience from previous titles then you may as well not bother. Sure there are some differences, but by and large this is the same experience that you'll have been through many times before. That's certainly not a bad thing, after all who could possibly tire of these awesome, fun and amusing adventures? Well, not me anyway.
In terms of story, The LEGO Movie Videogame follows the tale of Emmet, an ordinary guy who likes to follow the instructions. Unluckily for him, he ends up being caught in the middle of a prophecy, which sees him become the chosen one and end up in possession of the Piece of Resistance. This means he is the one tasked will stopping the evil Mr Business from using The Crackle to stick everything in place. He must save the world of LEGO. It's an interesting story full of fun moments, awesome environments and plenty of set pieces. It'll make you smile, and at one point even sing along.
As mentioned, The LEGO Movie Videogame is hardly different from other games in the series. You'll still try to collect LEGO pieces to ace the level. You'll still build, smash enemies and look for hidden secrets and you'll have a great time doing it, especially if playing with more than one person.
What's great about The LEGO Movie is the wide and diverse range of characters. There's a whole list of licensed characters from Gandalf to Batman, to Wonder Woman, Emmet and Green Lantern. Many people forget that this is a children's game, but to see their faces light up as their favourite characters come along is priceless. In fact, I think it's an important point that this game is aimed at children. Sure it's a shame to see a movies plot being stretched out over several hours, but from my children's reaction, this matters little. I watched over the space of a few days as they sat and completed the game, glued to the screen with smiles on their faces the whole time. I could see the flaws myself, as some levels seemed to drag on a little, however not once did they get bored of the experience, something I can't say for a lot of games out there.
Although there's not a lot new in terms of ideas, what is here certainly kept my children entertained, such as Emmet's drill which is used to demolish buildings and break walls, or the building sequences, which had them looking for LEGO instruction pages, before having to using the analog stick to select the correct piece for the design.
I've seen reviews say LEGO The Movie Videogame is boring due to the fact that it tries to stretch out the plot, but like I say, try telling that to my children, who having completed the game, are still playing it. Sure it borrows heavily from the movie and follows its plot throughout. However the diverse range of scenes to play through and the huge list of characters will have any child hooked to the screen. It may not be the best LEGO game ever made, but The LEGO Movie video game still has the magic formula which makes these games an essential purchase for any child.
No matter what system you are playing on, your child won't fail to be amused, and you never know, you may get enjoyment out of the game yourself. In fact, you definitely will.
Words by Joe Anderson
_@wotta | PSN: wotta / XBLA: wotta
(Version Tested: PS4)
+ A wide range of characters included
+ Fun co-op
+ Child friendly
+ Diverse range of environments to play in
- Can drag on a little in places (not that your children will notice)