If you have any LEGO fans in your family you have probably heard of the new gaming platform LEGO Dimensions. Our boys have been begging us to get it since it was released.
Inside LEGO Dimensions
With all the new game releases this year gunning for your attention you may be wondering which one is best suited for your family.
I had the same question, so I teamed up with LEGO to bring you this inside look at LEGO Dimensions. All opinions are my own.
The first thing to know is that LEGO Dimensions is the perfect way to blend the game play of your favorite LEGO video games with the fun of building with your LEGO blocks!
Just like the other hot video games of the year, you have a game portal that your physical character game piece sits on. But the unique thing is that you have to build your character, your game pieces and the actual portal out of LEGO bricks!
We are saving the building of the portal for the kids to do on Christmas Day! Building with LEGO pieces is one of their favorite things to do. So this unique aspect gets high marks from our family!
The game play is very similar to that of other LEGO video games. But with a few improvements.
You are playing a storyline so it’s not just random quests or game play. You have very specific objections to accomplish in order to advance.
The beginning is a great tutorial that has you playing the introduction to the story as it teaches you how to play the game. It’s well geared to the younger audience so they aren’t overwhelmed by the complexity of options. It’s very direct and easy to follow. For the more advanced gamer, the beginning may seem a bit slow and boring. But it is the perfect level for kids around the 9-12 age range.
The game has great animation and well designed objectives. The biggest improvement from other LEGO video games I think comes from coop mode.
You used to be connected in the older games to where both characters have to be going to the same location and if you try to go separate ways the screen stops you and sometimes pulls one character to the other character’s location. You would not believe the number of fights this caused as our boys were playing together! One wanted to go one way and the other wanted to do something different.
Well now in LEGO Dimensions you are no longer attached to the other players! If you happen to get too spaced apart then the screen will split allowing each player to continue with his direction! Thank you LEGO for this upgrade! I believe this will solve 90% of fighting between the kids as they play!
Another unique aspect is the game play with the portal. You don’t just set your pieces on the portal and call it done. Nope there are puzzles to solve where you have to move the character from one platform to the next. And when you are attacked the portal platform will flash red. You have to quickly move your character out of the red flashing areas before you can defend or attack the obstacles.
It’s a great balance to pull the kids back to the 3D world while they are engrossed in the fun of the 2d LEGO world.
LEGO Dimensions comes with the game portal, 3 characters (Batman, WildStyle, and Gandolf) and one vehicle-The Batmobile. This is all you need to play the main objectives of the game. But there are expansion packs you can purchase separately that open more sideline fun!
They have team packs that give you a group of extra characters for the in game play. The kids are excited for the LEGO Ninjago Team packs.
They have fun packs where you get a new character to play with an accompanying accessory. The kids really want the Gollum Fun Pack.
And they have level packs that give you new character and accessories plus a new level to play! We are most excited about the Doctor Who level pack in our family.
This allows for even more hours of fun after you complete the game!
The LEGO Dimensions is available for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, WiiU, Playstation 3 and Playstation 4. It can be found at major boxstores like Walmart, Target, and ToysRUs (although they are currently sold out in our local stores.) You can also find it online at Amazon.
For our family this is the perfect video game that will most likely be the highlight of Christmas morning. It perfectly combines the love of building with LEGO with the love of video games.
It may be slower game play for older and more experienced gamers, but it’s perfect for the younger gamer. It’s well paced and offers lots of fun for kids.