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Review: The LEGO Movie Videogame – Everything is awesome!

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Fans of The Lego Movie rejoice

A brand new game based on the popular 2014 film has launched on the App Store, allowing Lego affectionados to re-experience the events of the successful Lego movie on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

In it, you play as Emmet – the “master builder” protagonist from the movie (voiced by Chris Pratt) – before accessing a wider range of characters which possess unique, more individual skills. To begin with, however, you’ll first be introduced to the game’s default control configuration, and unfortunately this leaves a lot to be desired. You see, gamers are advised to “swipe to run” and “tap to attack” enemies as they appear on-screen. You’ll also need to construct Lego bricks to build structures such as bridges and gates, and these require special gestures to be inputted using the iPhone’s touchscreen.

Defeating enemies is as easy as tapping on them.

Defeating enemies is as easy as tapping on them.

This gesture-based system is all a little messy for our taste, and players may find it tough to control their character properly using the default setup. It’s not all bad news, though, because The game lets users switch to a D-pad system inside the app’s settings: this is definitely the control configuration we’d recommend.

From here, gamers will be able to play through the events of The Lego Movie on their handset. There’s a total of 45 levels available in the game, and each one is full to the brim with moveable, destructible Lego bricks and pieces. Cut scenes from the film also appear as part of each mission, and this’ll help fans of the movie check on where they are in the app’s storyline (though admittedly, you’ll find the game’s plot difficult to follow unless you’re familiar with the events of The Lego Movie).

Each character has a special ability. Can anyone guess what "master builder" Emmet's is?

Each character has a special ability. Can anyone guess what “master builder” Emmet’s is?

Each mission includes challenges which must be achieved in order for gamers to pass the level; to unlock new characters and objects, however, you’ll need to collect Lego gems as you go and trade them off as currency in the application. Besides Emmet, lots of other characters from The Lego Movie are available to unlock, and this adds a nice dimension. Besides the characters available, the app’s gameplay itself also changes at times; during transitions between locations, for example, in-app mini-games appear and must be completed in order for players to progress.

Objects can be constructed using the app's gesture-based control system.

Objects can be constructed using the app’s gesture-based control system.

Graphically, The LEGO Movie Videogame looks and feels much like some of Warner Bros’ other Lego-inspired applications. It’s not the best looking game on the App Store, but then again the new app isn’t the worst, either. Environments are rich and full to the brim with elements players can interact with.

Once you've completed a level, you'll be given vital stats on your performance.

Once you’ve completed a level, you’ll be given vital stats on your performance.

Overall, Lego fans should appreciate The LEGO Movie Videogame – it’s a fun, enjoyable app that you’ll easily be able to kill a few hours playing. Though if you didn’t see The Lego Movie back when it was in theaters, the chances are you’ll find the game’s storyline more than a little tough to follow.

We wouldn’t call it awesome, but The LEGO Movie Videogame is nevertheless an app Lego fans will enjoy.

Price: $4.99 / £3.99
Version: 1.0
Size: 1.16 GB
Developer: Warner Bros
Platform: iOS Universal

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