With my Mother-in-law staying with us last night, the thought occured to me that upon leaving the study to go talk to her, I should inform her that I had been ‘playing with lego’.
I didn’t, but I have to wonder what her reaction would have been.
Ultimately it would have resulted in a drawn out explanation of gaming, demos and how on earth a ‘lego game’ would work.
It really wasn’t worth the effort.
The other day I grabbed the demo because I needed to answer the ‘how on earth would a ‘lego game’ work’ question for myself.
I thought it was pretty cool. But this is a post about my thoughts, so I guess I should give you them.
- It’s definitely a game oriented towards kids, and all other critisicms really have to be taken in context with this observation.
- The production values are somewhat shabby. For instance the video at the beginning of the demo is not of very high quality, and the in-game graphics are pretty shabby. But considering the NZ price of $34.95, I shouldn’t expect too much.
- The gameplay which was vaguely interesting at first got pretty tiresome after about an hour or so. However, maybe if I had the full version the story line would carry it a bit further.
- Lego is cool
- This isn’t just an action/rpg in a lego world. They actually involve lego stuff. For instance, you can discover pieces of lego around the world. The characters (other than the droids (if robots could assemble lego, what would you need the kids for?)) can all assemble these peices into stuff. Sitting there watching them build vehicles and other things from the lego is pretty cool, and perhaps captures something of the joy of seeing pieces of lego turn into something in your own hands.
- There are probably hundreds of nice touches that I missed in the demo, but ones I did notice; C3PO gradually getting munted as the game went on, he lost an arm, then a leg, and ended up hopping around after me. Playing as Obi Wan Kenobi was great fun, jumping around, sliding down slopes and smashing stuff with your light sabre. Smashing storm troopers with your light sabre.
So, I went into this game with absolutely no intention of buying it. I’m still not going to buy it, but you can bet I would if I had kids.
Kids aren’t that much hassle are they?