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The LEGO Movie Video Game (iOS) review: Fun action game, but only if you've seen the movie

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The Good The Lego Movie Video Game stays true to the movie as you take part in the action. Switching characters to use different skills is fun and well-implemented. There is a lot of variety in the gameplay.

The Bad The control systems aren't precise. If you haven't seen the movie, the game is hard to follow.

The Bottom Line The Lego Movie is a fun way to get into the action if you're a fan, but don't spend your money if you haven't seen the movie.

$4.99

7.6 Overall
  • Setup 8
  • Features 9
  • Interface 6
  • Performance 7

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The Lego Movie Video Game ($4.99, £3.99, AU$6.49) for iOS lets you take part in the adventure to save the world with a huge cast of characters from the movie. You play initially as Emmet, Chris Pratt's character from the movie, but you'll be able to switch over to other characters when their unique skills are needed as you explore all the areas of the game.

The latest in a long line of Lego video games for mobile, The Lego Movie Video Game has that unique Lego atmosphere that challenges you to complete tons of missions, but keeps the gameplay light and fun.

One thing to note is that if you haven't seen the movie, the game is still fun, but as you move through the movie's several different worlds, it won't make much sense.

Choose your controls first

I'd advise starting right off with control configuration because I could almost not play the game with the default control scheme. The game defaults to a swipe system that feels just a little too abstract, but fortunately you can go to the settings and switch it over to a gamepad-like interface. Whichever you use, the game is always a little hard to control. Just know that if you don't like the controls, you can switch.

Starting your adventure

The Lego Movie game follows the movie's storyline and lets you take part in the major scenes from Flatbush Gulch in the old west to Cloud Cuckoo Land. There are 45 levels in all and the game shows cutscenes from the movie so you know where you are in the action. As you play, you'll explore levels to complete missions, each with challenges that require you to switch characters to use their unique skills.

As in other Lego games, most of the scenery is destructable and gives you Lego "studs" that can be used to buy other characters from the movie. There are also areas that require you to "build" objects such as ladders and bridges to help you move forward in the level. The trick here is that some objects can only be built by specific characters so you'll need to switch to one that has that capability before pressing the button that builds the object.

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