You are only limited by your imagination
Lego Worlds is a beautiful game about, well, building worlds and solving puzzles in them. The question you need to ask yourself is, “Do I like solving puzzles and do I like building like Minecraft”. If the answer to both the questions is yes, then you will enjoy the game.
There is no story. At the beginning of the game you get to do some basic customisation on your Lego character and are immediately tossed into the Lego Worlds. There are many worlds to explore and you progress from one world to the other by collecting gold bricks, which is the central purpose of the game. As you collect the bricks you unlock the ability to travel to different worlds. These worlds are diverse from zombie infested ones to ones filled with prehistoric man. As you progress you acquire a number of tools and abilities including the ability to copy and reproduce (paste) anything that you see in the world, the ability to place prefabricated structures or just build something brick by brick on old school Minecraft-cum-Lego style.
Lego Worlds does a good job of introducing these abilities to you and since the game is targeted at younger gamers, it’s easy to learn the ropes. With the acquisition of each ability you are presented with a challenge that helps you understand the working of the same. For example, When you get the copy-paste machine you are required to build a throne for a pirate which involves you exploring the world, finding the throne and then copy-pasting it in the right place. Similarly, when you get the ability to flatten and remove structures altogether you are presented with rescue missions in which you help change the landscape to rescue the poor Lego soul find his way out. It’s a simple mechanic to grasp but one that will take time to master.
Apart from collecting gold bricks you also have the ability to use your skills at building the world around you and this is where the game is a lot like Minecraft and that isn’t a bad thing. From castles to an X-Wing you are only limited by your imagination as to what you can do in the game. The copy-pasting and building is not only limited to inanimate objects you encounter, but can be implemented to the livestock as well, which is kind of cool.
The game isn’t without its flaws though. There are times when we encountered wonky camera angles which lead us to deleting the wrong wall. There is a simple ‘wheel’ that lets you navigate your abilities, but once you get into building your own structures, you have pages of menus to go through and this can be cumbersome.
The game follows an easy to learn but tough to master philosophy (or maybe we’re just really bad builders), but as you progress and are introduced to more complex aspect of building worlds and using your abilities the game can get challenging.
Despite being a game about building, there is some combat here. The controls for combat are pure button mashing as there is no way you can lock onto a particular enemy.
|Minecraft-style building stuff, puzzle-solving and exploring, along with button-mashing combat thrown in sporadically… Plus, of course, it’s a Lego game. How can anyone ever go wrong with all of those ingredients? A must have for Lego fans…|
What is commendable is the diversity and the scale of some of the worlds in the game. It’s beautiful, well structured and for the explorer in you, filled with hidden places to discover.
Moving over to the graphics of Lego Worlds, they are what you’d expect: blocky; and that’s not a bad thing because they’re supposed to be Lego blocks. You’d be surprised how nice a fully functional town looks built out of Lego bricks. The colours of the game are very appealing, from the red and orange of lava to the green of grass, Lego Worlds is a vibrant looking game.
Moving to sound, there isn’t any dialogue here and the swish and swoops of the world are very reminiscent of Mario 64 in a nice way. Your attention won’t be drawn by the audio in the game.
|Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Nintendo Switch
Price: PC: Rs. 2,750
Reviewed on: PlayStation 4 Pro
Developers: Traveller’s Tales, TT Games
Publishers: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Verdict – Lego Worlds
Some puzzles and quests are fun
You are only limited by your imagination for the things you can do
|Wonky camera angles at times
Some constructions tools take time to learn
Some complicated building mechanics
Menu system can get cumbersome
Lego Worlds isn’t for everyone. Unlike Lego Avengers which is a lot of fun for fans of action adventure games, Lego Worlds is for the explorer and builder in you. The story of the game can be beaten in about 10 hours and only the explorers and builders will hang around long after that. Lego worlds will appeal to you if you love building with real Lego blocks and want to expand your building imagination in the virtual world. For those looking for some action and adventure in the Lego world, there is Lego Batman, Lego Avengers and more to chose from.
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Sameer "Psycho Mantis" Mitha
I live for gaming and technology is my muse. When I am not busy playing with gadgets or video games I delve into the world of fantasy novels.