Dec 13, 2016
LEGO’s imprint is everywhere, and with its increased attention to mobility, we get to enjoy output like LEGO Speed Champions.
The controls are as ready as they come, really: one virtual button for leftward movements nestled in the left of the playing area, and a matching one on the other side.
It feels like a tabletop game, and the controls are a big part of the reason this game might appeal to folks. The fluid car movements braced against the challenge of the racing area make for a relatively engaging experience.
The race environments are Indy-ish, quite windy, and the arcade quotient is high, with gold studs, speed boosts, hazards and more. The oil patches, for instance, work quite well, and working to avoid is an engaging aspect of the game. The raceways are lined with the aforementioned collectible studs (which serve as game cash). Visually, the game reflects the LEGO creative mindset, and the color and sounds are just about right for this type of game.
At the beginning of any one race, the player gets to select from a host of cars, ranging from Mustangs to more exotic porsches. Some vehicles are more retro than others, but each has it’s attributes, so it makes sense to try them all. The different vehicles also increase the gameplay available.
Working the controls, as noted earlier, is key. It’s all about steering and correcting, and figuring out how to drift when necessary to get around the monster curves. When racing against the 4 or 5 AI vehicles, it feels like a virtual episode of bumper cars.
The action is about as straightforward as it comes: each race has three varying challenges (like winning or drifting thresholds). The ultimate goal? Win, collect gold pieces along the way and by completing goals, and move up the ladder and unlock new content. All self-contained.
There is also an online leaderboard feature, which is accessible with a LEGO ID.
My kingdom for multiplayer functionality. Weirdly enough, the game comes up as a Chromecast-compatible game, but we couldn’t get it up and running.
It’s a fun game; a one trick pony, yes, but it does the trick very well. For a free game, it ain’t bad at all.