The LEGO Movie - Videogame
Continuing the trend of gameplay from previous Lego titles by TT Games, the game puts players in control of various characters from the movie, utilizing Lego pieces to make their way through several levels. For the first time in the series, environments, aside of the bonus area, are completely made out of Lego pieces.
The LEGO Movie - Videogame
Blake Peterson from Game Revolution scored the game a 3.5 out of 5. He cited the "great" comedy, "high" replay value, and "fun" mini-games as positives, but criticized the presence of technical issues, disliked the platforming gameplay sections, and felt that the game should have looked better graphically. Peterson thought the first half of the game featured "strong" gameplay, but felt the second half's gameplay was "weak". Peterson also praised the game for capturing the feel of the movie.
Parents need to know The LEGO Movie Videogame is a spin-off of the similarly titled film. It follows the story of an ordinary LEGO mini figure named Emmet, who is pulled into a battle against an evil businessman. The lightly subversive plot sees Emmet learning to use his imagination and thinking for himself rather than simply doing what he's told all the time. Violence is frequent and sometimes includes guns and turrets, but it's very cartoonish and aimed at plastic mini figures, most of which are robots. Parents should be aware that this game features countless LEGO toys available for purchase, and it likely will leave kids with a desire to buy some of them -- and to see the movie.
This LEGO game is perhaps more LEGO-like than any that have come before -- and not just because the story is set within the LEGO universe and features countless mini figures and models that kids can actually buy and build themselves. The ideas contained within the narrative celebrate imagination and condemn rigidity of thought. They will resonate with LEGO fans of all ages. As in the movie, the game is about the joy and freedom of creation (even though the models you end up creating are prescribed by the game).
If you have't yet pieced it together, The LEGO Movie Videogame follows along the plot of the titular film, straying only slightly to extend the length of the game beyond the movie's 100 minute run time. Starring Emmet Brickowski, an average construction worker living in Bricksburg, and his motley crew of new friends known as Master Builders, this game tells the story of a regular guy who is suddenly responsible for saving the universe. It's a tale that's been told countless times, but thankfully this one has the humour and charm of the LEGO franchise to back it up and breathe fresh new life into the otherwise stale plot. If you've seen the film, then you've already witnessed this plot and know exactly what to expect. The fact that this game follows along with the pre-existing plot is great for those who enjoyed the film, but can also be considered detrimental as it becomes entirely predictable and lacks the humorous element of surprise.
As the story follows along with the film, all of the cinematic sequences in the game are taken directly from the movie. While this is an effective way to link the action of each stage together, it's unfortunate to say that this game doesn't do the best job of reflecting the video quality from the film or Wii U game. The cinematics are bearable, and the audio and voice acting that goes along with them works wonders to improve the overall quality, but everything looks like it has been compressed to much, leaving a grainy and somewhat blotchy display.
I still don't see the big deal about The Lego Movie. Sure I saw it and it was very creative but it is nowhere near the best animated movie I've seen. I'm not saying I hated it. I just thought it was alright, not excellent.
Man, LEGO City Undercover was awesome enough to warrant its own movie, but the trailers for this one is equally aweaome, although for different reasons. If I like the movie, I'll probably get the game as well!
Unlike Lego Marvel and any future movie tie-ins this looks like it could be pretty groovy, mainly because I enjoyed the film and I find the use of licenses end up being too similar to each other in execution. So happy to hear you can dump the dynamic split screen (only time I've had a game make me nauseous is a two-player Lego game using this feature) in favour of two separate screens!
The movie blew my mind. Despite the great reviews, I seriously did not expected the movie to be just THAT good. Among my favorite movies ever, hands down. I love lego games, and although the lack of surprise, when it comes to the script, will be a bit of an issue, I'll pick up this game later. Donkey Kong's got priority, but this is second on the list..
Lego City is one of the greatest games I have ever played- the humour, the characters and the hunting for gubbins. Simply utter wonder. This is just like all the other lego games- which is no bad thing when playing with the kids as the enjoyment factor is so high.
I havn't seen the movie yet but I really like the game, for a movie tie in it's actually rather good. It has some cut scenes from the movie too! I've only ever played Star wars, Indiana Jones and Batman for about 10 minutes by the sounds of it those games are better so I'm in for a treat when I go back to them. I've heard that they doing Ghost Busters Lego game but I would really love it if Nintendo allowed the Lego game makers to do either a Mario or Zelda title! it might be tricky to pull off but I could see that run and run!
Better review than I thought it'd get especially since the movie is kind of lame. Still a little interested in picking this up for PS4 or Vita/3DS but with Yoshi's New Island soon on the way I may pass and save up for that instead.
The Lego Movie Videogame is the culmination of a surprising series of unlikely events. Based on a successful movie that quite possibly wouldn't even exist if there weren't first successful games and toy play sets inspired by similarly endearing movies before it, this newest interactive journey through the world of branded plastic blocks is a satisfying companion piece to its theatrical source material.
As for the story, it's the same as the one shown in theaters. Emmet, the protagonist, is a forgettable construction worker who finds his whitewashed view of the world made more colorful by a chance encounter with Wyldstyle, a free-spirited adventurer who is convinced Emmet holds the key to saving the world from an evil menace. The movie had a lot of fun with its clever references to pop culture, and the game does too in the most direct manner possible: by including huge chunks of footage from the film. Except for two pivotal scenes that unfold near the end of the movie but are glossed over or cut here--to no ill effect--and occasional moments of incidental dialogue, nearly everything makes an appearance. The central themes are just slightly less apparent, but you still get a cohesive and lively story from start to finish, complete with the best scenes from the most memorable Lego characters.
Many scenes from the movie lend themselves naturally to a game experience, and that quickly becomes evident here. An introductory stage acquaints you with the basics by walking you through Emmet's rather mundane day at the construction site. Before long, though, he's driving a motorcycle along a crowded freeway, and Wyldstyle is making her way along the tops of moving vehicles. These events are almost wholly participatory, making it all feel even more frantic than in the film. Then in a later sequence, the characters flee along the rooftops and battle robots along the way--another pivotal scene at the cinema. Here, it's just fleshed out a bit more, and there are puzzles to solve. So it goes with much of the game, all without the mix ever feeling unnatural or forced. Visuals during the levels and in the cutscenes complement one another beautifully and are perpetually bright and shiny in all the right places.
In case you missed the movie, the game revolves around Emmet Brickowski, a completely average construction worker who is unwillingly thrown into an adventure to save the entire Lego universe with a team of eccentric Master Builders. The game includes frequent cut scenes from the movie and explores the rest of the story through fifteen chapters that act as a sort of extended version of the film, transforming even short moments into mini-adventures.
Just like the movie, saving the plastic planet is top of the agenda for our reluctant hero Emmet. Fate has intervened and whipped the slender star away from his steady construction worker day job, plopped a mythical block named the Piece of Resistance into his backpack, and dropped him right in the middle of constant peril as a rag-tag faction of Master Builders attempt to save the world from the evil Lord Business.
The LEGO Movie Videogame contains examples of: 11th-Hour Superpower: The last few levels not only have Emmet unlocking his Master Builder powers, but the last two levels overall feature him piloting his Humongous Mecha, and boy does it live up to the awesomeness of the movie, being The Juggernaut when faced against hordes of Micro-Managers that in past levels gave everybody but Metalbeard major trouble. The very last level also adapts Unikitty's Rage-Breaking Point by having her in permanent Mega Kitty mode for the whole duration.
Accidental Misnaming: In the level "Bricksburg Under Attack", Superman refers to Emmet as Eric multiple times.
Action Prologue: The game's tutorial level involves Young Vitruvius, Shakespeare, and Cleopatra defending the Kragle from Lord Business and his army of Robo Feds.
Adaptation Expansion: The game expands on several scenes from the movie, such as Vitruvius defending the Kragle from Lord Business, the team stopping the submarine from leaking, and Emmet returning to Bricksburg from the real world. It also establishes Unikitty's anger issues early on rather than later.
Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: The scene where Bad Cop interrogates Emmet cuts out the part where Bad Cop tells him that President Business plans to use the Kragle in 3 days. Despite this, Emmet is still able to give Wyldstyle this information in the Old West.
Adaptation Name Change: The TAKOS is simply referred to as the Kragleiser due to the scene explaining what the former acronym stands fornote Tentacle Arm Kragle Outside Sprayer being omitted.
Adaptational Badass: For gameplay reasons, Emmet is more combat-capable than his movie counterpart and can fight just as well as the other characters. He also has the ability to fix machinery and use sockets with his wrench, destroy cracked panels with his pneumatic drill, and use Instruction Builds, so he's not a completely useless character.
Batman is nowhere near the bumbling buffoon with tinges of Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass that he is in the movie, being just as capable in gameplay as his counterpart from the LEGO Batman games.
Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern are also more of useful characters here than in the movie. Superman can use laser eyes to melt gold, Wonder Woman is the only character besides Batman who can use grapple points, and Green Lantern can build with transparent green bricks. Oh, and all three of them can fly.
Adapted Out: Several scenes from the movie are cut from the story mode including Emmet finding out that nobody in Bricksburg appreciates him, Bad Cop's parents getting Kragled (though the scene is alluded to by one of the game's achievements), Vitruvius entering Emmet's mind (though the blue field makes up the Bonus Room until the story mode is completed), Batman stealing the Millennium Falcon's hyperdrive, Vitruvius revealing the truth about the prophecy, the reveal of The Man Upstairs, and the Sequel Hook with the DUPLO Aliens invading Bricksburg.
Also gone are several of the licensed characters that make appearances in the film itself, such as Milhouse, Michelangelo and Dumbledore. Averted with Gandalf and the DC Comics characters.
Airborne Mook: Robo SWATs with jetpacks are introduced in the level "Flatbush Rooftops" and are often used in Master Builds.
Flying Micro Managers are introduced in the level "Attack On Cloud Cuckoo Land", and they're defeated either by knocking them out and yanking out their backs or using a strong enough character.
All There in the Script: The Blaze Firefighter's name isn't ever said during dialogue, and even the character screen just lists him as "Blaze Firefighter". However, whenever he talks the subtitles (if you have them enabled) say "Justin Furneaux".
And Your Reward Is Clothes: Alongside many buyable characters that are really just freely-unlocked main story players with new outfits, in all the levels, instead of Citizens in Peril or some other relevant item, you find... pants!
Ascended Extra: Gail was a minor character in the film, testifying that she doesn't know Emmet when asked, and then not appearing again. In the game she's a major character in the first level, and she's among the few people who stand with Emmet when he returns to Bricksburg in the level "Back From Reality".
The Blaze Firefighter (aka Justin Furneaux) had a non-speaking role in the film where he fought some Micro Managers. Here, he's a major character in the level "Back From Reality".
Background Music Override: When using normal Unikitty, having her become Mega Kitty switches whatever music is currently playing for a guitar-heavy rock song, to emphasize how aggressive and powerful she is in this state.
Breath Weapon: Mega Kitty, Unikitty's angry form, can already spit fireballs in normal gameplay, but when in her fully playable state during the level "The Final Showdown" and in The Bonus Room after collecting all Golden Construction Pages in the level "Escape From Cloud Cuckoo Land", she can breathe a full-on fire beam from her mouth, which is used to destroy the Final Boss's gold paneling.
Brick Joke: In the level "Cloud Cuckoo Land", one puzzle involves getting two friendly robots together so they can used for platforming. They can be seen later in "Escape From Cloud Cuckoo Land" trying to escape on a flying heart together until it gets destroyed by a missile and they both go down with it.
Censor Suds: Emmet's shower variant produces bubble-like particle effects that follow him wherever he goes.
Clothes Make the Superman: While most of the Pants are purely cosmetic, some of them actually provide extra abilities to the wearer, such as enhanced hacking skills even to non-hackers.
Conspicuously Light Patch: By the very nature of adapting a movie inherently designed to be completely Built with LEGO, this LEGO game is the only complete exception, since everything is made out of LEGO bricks, meaning what can be broken or interacted with isn't always clear.
Cruelty Is the Only Option: One of the achievements is titled "Ah! The Kragle!" and requires you to play as Lord Business and use the Kragle on 10 different people. I.E. in a game where the Kragle is the Weapon of Mass Destruction and the entire mission is to stop it from being used to end the world, you have to use it yourself on innocent people to 100% the game.
Although the scene where Bad Cop's parents get Kragled is Adapted Out, one of the achievements titled "Glues Your Daddy?" asks you to reenact the scene with Lord Business.
Deadpan Snarker: Justin Furneaux, the firefighter who accompanies Emmet in the level "Back From Reality", provides some dry comebacks throughout the level.
Disability Superpower: Vitruvius has the Blind Courage ability, which allows him to access areas other characters are too scared to go to because he's blind and oblivious to the danger.
Elephants Are Scared of Mice: One puzzle in the level "Cloud Cuckoo Land" requires building a mouse car to scare an elephant head to reach an instruction page.Emmet: Wow. I never knew cartoons were educational.
Elite Mooks: Micro Managers take more effort for weaker characters to defeat, but they're no problem for stronger characters like MetalBeard and Superman.
Robo Skeletons can fire lasers from their eyes and, since they're made of silver LEGO, can only be destroyed with explosives.
Final Boss: The final level "The Final Showdown" has Emmet's Construct-o-Mech and Mega Kitty fight Lord Business's Giant Micro Manager to make the final push towards the Kragleiser.
Game-Breaking Bug: Breaking a particular bench in Bricksburg before unlocking Batman was found to prevent completing the sidequest for a Red Brick multiplier. The bench becomes indestructible upon returning to Bricksburg, so if that part of the sidequest isn't done... ouch, particularly since the player is expected to smash stuff in the LEGO games.
Gameplay and Story Integration: In contrast to all other LEGO games where almost every character can build stuff, with only the Joke Characters being exceptions, this game has it where only Master Builders can use hopping random LEGO bricks, while anybody else will initially try to build something before getting confused over the lack of instructions, just like how things are in the movie. An extension of this is how following Emmet's 11th-Hour Superpower moment, all versions of him permanently become able to both free-build and Master build.
Graceful Landing, Clumsy Landing: Emmet and Wyldstyle's contrasting levels of grace when falling is carried over from the movie in the game's sliding/freefalling segments. Wyldstyle has a standard freefalling pose and slides with her feet while Emmet rotates as he falls and clumsily rolls around during the sliding segments.
Grappling-Hook Pistol: Batman has the ability to use his grapple gun on yellow hooks.
Hacking Minigame: Benny has the ability to hack into terminals with his colors, which involves navigating through Pac-Man-esque mazes while evading robot avatars and uploading viruses to red nodes.
Hulking Out: Unikitty can temporarily turn into her angry form on command and extend her rage by chaining attacks together.
The Joys of Torturing Mooks: Two achievements have you play as cowboy Emmet and Sheriff Not-A-Robot and kill a certain number of enemies. Emmet is only in his cowboy variant for a single level with a low enemy count, and Sheriff Not-A-Robot is an unlockable character you have to purchase with studs, meaning that both achievements force you to go out of your way to kill more enemies and unlock them.
Kick the Dog: In the final level "The Final Showdown", Lord Business taunts Unikitty by reminding her that Cloud Cuckoo Land was destroyed and threatening to Kragle her to a litter box.
Locomotive Level: The level "Escape From Flatbush" involves navigating on the trains of the Old West to try and escape from Bad Cop.
MacGyvering: Master Builders can use green circles to select 3 groups of pieces and throw them into a green whirlwind to reassemble them into something else. However, the pieces need to be within range of the circle in order to be selected, often requiring completing some mini-puzzles to make them visible in targeting mode.
Macro Zone: While previous bonus levels were already implied to take place in literal sets scaled normally to real life, the bonus level for this game takes that to the extreme, as thanks to going Russian Reversal with the level design, it takes place entirely within Finn's bedroom while all the LEGO characters and models are normal-sized,