LEGO Speed Champions Review – a Studtastic Experience

LEGO Speed Champions Review – a Studtastic Experience

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.

LEGO Star Wars: TFA Review

LEGO Star Wars: TFA Review

Aug 18, 2016

Two things I hold dear: Star Wars and LEGOs. The former opened a world of imagination, and the latter gave me the tools to physically build it.

The continual amalgam of virtual LEGO characters and major franchises is almost always welcome, as is the new LEGO Star Wars: TFA, based off the latest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens.

As with most LEGO-themed games, this one relies somewhat on the relevant source material to cobble together an adventure that encompasses more than one movie period. The imagery is quite LEGO-ey, with adjusted looks and interesting constructions. The animations are quite smooth, and the game does an engaging job of creating several different type of playing environments with the same template. It looks fun, relives the movies and pops visually.

Controls-wise, a simple gesture system makes things happen; a big part of the game is exploration and interaction. There are a lot of things to research, and this allows the game to take on a bit of an adventure path. Beyond the crafting aspect, one sees opportunities to battle enemies.


If getting involved with movie characters is one’s thing, this game shouldn’t disappoint; starting with Poe, there are quite a few to invest in. I found the different type of fighting enjoyable. Dogfighting, gun battles and the like. Interestingly, there are new fighting mechanics included that further set this iteration apart from early stablemates.

All content isn’t available for free though; a paid All Season Pass unlocks everything, plus feature additions. The game is Family Library-eligible.

All in all, it should be a visual feast — even for folks who are used to LEGO entries. It doesn’t try to match the movie plot point for plot point, and I think that serves it well. It stands on its own, and that’s all someone can ask for.

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

May 31, 2016

I’ve played plenty of Lego games in my time. From Hobbits to Batmen, I’ve enjoyed the platforming fun they provide and appreciated the humour they manage to cram into their levels and their cut-scenes. I’ve never, however, played one of these games on a touchscreen mobile device.

So it took me no time to decide that I wanted to get my hands on LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga. It’s essentially an action platformer set in the first 6 episodes of the Star Wars. Whilst some Star Wars fans will want to deny all existence of the prequels, fans of Luke Skywalker and Jar Jar Binks alike will have something to look forward to.sw2

The game itself is fairly straightforward. As it’s an action platformer you’re required to make your way through the levels, jumping from ledge to ledge and taking on all manner of enemies. Where it gets interesting is the way the LEGO license is used, as some puzzles within levels can only be completed by putting together LEGO bricks to make bridges and all manner of level-specific objects.

What’s amazing is the sheer amount of content that’s on offer. Each film, of which there are 6, is made up of multiple levels. Each level has multiple cut-scenes, all of which are full of humour and sure to delight kids both young and old. All of your favourite characters are playable (as well as some of the more obscure ones) and they all have different skills which means replaying levels is well worth doing. C3PO, for example, can’t run or jump but he can access control terminals which will unlock areas otherwise impossible to get to.

The only issue I encountered is the controls. This is a platforming game and as such it requires quite some precision to be able to complete some of the harder jumps. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga offers you two options. The first option is your standard on-screen controls, where you drag your thumb around and it acts like a normal controller. As is always the way with this type of control scheme, the lack of physical feedback when pressing buttons makes it less than ideal and will see you falling into Rancor pits.

The other solution is ‘tap controls’. This dumbs down the control scheme so that all you need to do is tap to where you want to go. For the more difficult jumps all you need to do is tap close to the ledge and then swipe upwards and the game does the difficult jump for you. This is too easy. I hate sounding like Goldilocks, but there’s no control scheme that’s ‘just right’ so I found myself with on-screen controls that were too hard or tap controls that were too easy.

It’s a real shame, as this would otherwise be a game I recommend without any hesitation. As it stands this is a game that I recommend but with the caveat that you need to be prepared to battle some wonky controls.

LEGO ® Marvel Super Heroes Review

LEGO ® Marvel Super Heroes Review

Apr 6, 2015

LEGO has been releasing almost identical action games for the last ten years, and it doesn’t seem to stop any time soon. Although it’s forgivable, since these games are identically enjoyable, as well. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes can be perfectly described as “another LEGO game”, but this time, the players can play as each of a huge number of superheroes and villains, trying to stop Dr. Doom and his rag-tag bunch of potential future world dominators, from becoming just that.

The game is divided into separate levels, which are pretty distinct and rich with enemies, objects, and lots and lots of blocks. The player has to complete the main tasks on the levels, as well as a number of bonus quests, if he wants to unlock the best characters to play with. It’s tempting to call this “grinding”, but the process is pretty fun and enjoyable, so it acts more like replay value. The gameplay itself is a pretty standard brawler. The player can perform various simple combos, activate the hero’s superpowers, move, jump, and even fly around, and switch between the two heroes he has in each mission. It takes a while to figure the controls out, but apart from the weird double-finger swipe required to set a hero flying, they’re pretty comfortable. The graphics in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes are also quite great, and while the background lacks certain crispiness, the game looks pretty damn good.

But side-quests and the ridiculous number of unlockable characters, is what ultimately drives this game. Figuring out all of the Marvel Super Heroes 4level secrets and Easter-eggs, as well as attempting to play a certain way, definitely gives the game the level of variety that is required at its price tag. Speaking of which, I would normally say that five bucks for a mobile game is a bit too much, but I actually think that it’s a fair price for the sheer amount of content and playtime that LEGO Marvel Super Heroes grants.

Overall, I don’t want to say that it’s the best action game ever, since it’s still just another chapter of the endless barrage of LEGO action games, but it definitely contains a whole lot of great gameplay and content, so that all fans of Marvel, or LEGO, were thoroughly entertained.



Jan 28, 2015

Lego Bionicle is a sub-franchise of Lego that I just never got into, despite being hugely into Lego. It was just too corny, and never really felt like Lego. There was barely any construction involved, and I couldn’t figure why I was supposed to get into that vague story about some monsters that have an obsession with masks. I was obviously in the minority, since Bionicles are hugely popular even today, evident by this very videogame, Lego Bionicle.

The story in Lego Bionicle is as vague as it is in the whole Bionicle universe. There’s some mask that everyone wants, I guess? The story is told in the wordless one-shots between the levels, that make it even more unintelligible, so I just didn’t bother with it. I understand that the player controls one of a number of warrior-type beings that search for the maskguffin through the different parts of a huge island, populated entirely by aggressive Lego spiders, and that’s perfectly enough.

The gameplay in Lego Bionicle has a really minimalistic approach to it. The levels are basically a bunch of interconnected arenas, where the player needs to kill advancing spiders and not get hurt by their random attacks, because…nothing. When hurt, the player taps the screen for a couple of seconds, and the Bionicle springs back into action. I know that it’s a game for children, but it felt a bit toothless even for that. The action demands the player to tap on the spiders around him, and the hero will jump between them, dealing damage. There are two super-attacks, one dealing a damage around the player, and another stunning the enemies. The gameplay is actually surprisingly exciting, as you have to jump between the spiders really fast, and not to get hit by their attacks – again, despite the fact that they don’t really pose any threat. After the level is over, the player gets a body part for one of the Bionicles that slightly changes its appearance, as a trophy.

There is a single big problem with Lego Bionicle, and it’s a complete lack of variety. The campaign is insultingly simple and short, there are only two kinds of enemies,Lego Bionicle 4 and the same boss at the end. The Bionicles have literally no gameplay differences between themselves. Basically, the only things that change when playing different Bionicles are their look and attack animations, and the backgrounds. It’s pretty dumb, considering how much work was obviously poured into them, and how long it takes to complete the campaign with all six of them – not even talking about collecting each of the numerous body parts. The game looks massive, but doesn’t feel massive at all.

Besides that, Lego Bionicle is an okay fast-paced action for the fans of the Bionicle universe. If you’re not into Bionicles, it’s only interesting for about an hour at most.

Oh, and there are no in-game purchases, making the game completely free, so that’s pretty sweet.

LEGO Star Wars Yoda II Review

LEGO Star Wars Yoda II Review

Oct 13, 2014

The new Star Wars movie release grows closer, so it’s about time new Star Wars games start popping up. Lego Star Wars was the very first and successful title in the modern wave of Lego games, so it’s not surprising to see Lego making another one. Unfortunately, Lego Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles isn’t that exciting, but it’s a nice collection of mini-games to pass the time in, while waiting for the more interesting stuff.

Lego Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles lets the player complete various missions, on all sides of the conflict, and throughout different points of Star Wars history. The two sides of the conflict have basically the same missions, and only differ in the characters and their surroundings. Which isn’t that bad, actually. Although gameplay gets repetitive after a while, the various landscapes definitely work for a while longer.

There are four kinds of missions: run-and-gun, where the player plays as a trooper or a jedi, moving forward on a path and shooting or striking the various infantry on his way, while evading the enemy fire; air strike (Hoth defence FTW!), where the player pilots an airship and his mission is to destroy small support airships, and huge battle tanks; space Yoda II 3battles, done surprisingly well for such a small-scale title, similar to air strikes, but in space, and solely against other aircrafts; and weird falling sequence, which has pretty uncomfortable controls, where the player falls into some sort of pit, while evading the obstacles and enemy fire. Although the games are endless by their design, the player only needs to keep up fighting until he collects enough blue pieces, after which the mission will be “complete”, furthering his progress and unlocking a more challenging version of the same level. Some games are not yet released as of this writing, so there might be more stuff later.

In general, Lego Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles is a great way to kill some time. It’s varied, has that iconic Star Wars feeling about it, filled with characters and places from all over the Star Wars universe, and it’s entirely free! High-quality stuff. Even though the games get a bit repetitive after a while, it’s definitely a treat for all fans of Star Wars, or Lego.

LEGO Hero Factory: Invasion From Below Review

LEGO Hero Factory: Invasion From Below Review

Mar 27, 2014

Lego has established a pretty good name in the medium of video games. Thanks to Traveller’s Tales and their ability to make charming platformers based off Danish bricks, there’s a certain level of expectation that now comes with a game that has the Lego name plastered all over it.

Lego Hero Factory: Invasion From Below doesn’t live up to quite that standard, but it’s fun and polished enough as it is.

There’s a fairly basic premise on which the game’s based around, which is to be expected given its likely aimed at those aged 5+. The story is as follows;

Robotic bugs sprout from the ground. You play as a bunch of Lego robot heroes. You shoot said bugs and then climb into bigger robots so that you can fight bigger bugs. Simple.

Gameplay takes the form of a wave-based platform shooter. The levels contain platforms and pitfalls to avoid, though lack any interactivity. Crates are dotted about and you need to open these crates to get what’s inside. What’s inside, you ask?

Well, the answer is powerups. You’ll find extra lives , speed boosts and ammo upgrades to make your waves that much easier to live through. The challenge of each wave comes in the form of little robot bugs. These bugs simply crawl and jump towards you, happy to ignore your laser shots to the face.

Once you’ve broken enough crates and have been lucky enough to three magical cogs, you’re now allowed to move onto the second phase of the game. The second phase seeing you in a big robot mech thing. The gameplay doesn’t change at all and it just looks like this is another toy you can buy. Cynical of me, I know, but no doubt the truth.

Lego4You still have to shoot robot bugs but your aim isn’t to collect magic cogs. When in your mech-suit, you need to concentrate on taking out the boss. Don’t get excited, the bosses are just as straightforward as the other enemies you face.

Cutscenes showing the heroes (available in all good toy stores) are shown between levels and contain something close to a story, but end up feeling like an advert. Then again, a 7 year old may love them.

Once you’ve completed your level you get the chance to upgrade yourself. These upgrades are rewarded for completing challenges in-game. Challenges such as ‘shoot 30 bugs in a wave’. So whilst you may want to get through the levels quickly, it pays to stick around and shoot a few robo-spiders.

Upgrades are run of the mill. Jump higher, shoot faster, more armour, etc, etc. They’ll all be needed as the game quickly ramps up the strength of the enemies you face in the story mode.

This difficulty ramp becomes a slight issue as when you die in story mode you have to spend a ‘credit’. You get a ‘credit’ every 10 mins and can only (by default) store 2 credits at a time.

So, you can either pay to not have to wait for the story mode to become playable or you can while away your minutes of waiting by playing in battle mode.

Battle mode is exactly the same as story mode though you only play against monsters you’ve come across in the main game. You still earn upgrade points though, so it’s worth doing, even if you’re not making any ‘real’ progress through the game.

So whilst the game doesn’t contain anything ground breaking and is hugely simple, it’s all done with a good level of polish that will no doubt please its intended audience.

LEGO® Hero Factory: Invasion From Below, Coming Early January

LEGO® Hero Factory: Invasion From Below, Coming Early January

Dec 30, 2013

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The new Lego mobile game is coming to Android, early next year. It’s an action platformer game about a futuristic robot, fighting the monsters from the underground, who are invading the surface world. The game is licensed by Lego, so it has all chances of being really fun. The developer’s website with lots of other Lego titles is here: Amuzo Website.

Friday Android Free Game Recap August 24

Friday Android Free Game Recap August 24

Aug 24, 2012

Legos are super fun to build things with but suck to step on with bare feet. For this week’s Friday Android Free Game Recap, we will take a look at a few applications having to do with Legos. For the Lego builders out there, an app in the list is a guide to ideas of things to build. The other Android applications in the list are games. Let us know what you have to say about the Lego revolution in the comment section below.

LEGO App4+

Part of the fun when building something with LEGOs is playing with it afterward. LEGO App4+ is a game for kids 4 and older to do just that. First a vehicle will need to be built then it’s driven through the level by holding a single button. For people who aren’t a little kid and like a challenge, try and tip the vehicle over. I tried several times and couldn’t get it to topple.

Download LEGO App4+

LEGO Duplo Zoo

This cute little game is sure to entertain the youngest tech savvy members of the family. While there isn’t a lot to LEGO Duplo Zoo, there is a fun interactive adventure for the kids to follow.

Download LEGO Duplo Zoo

Unblock LEGO

The Unblock games are pretty challenging. The idea is to move around the block to get the red block through the exit. I thought I was pretty good until I steadily lost to a 7 year old girl. Not cool. Anyway, several other games like it are out there, this one just has a LEGO theme to it.

Download Unblock LEGO

LEGO Creationary

LEGO Creationary is pretty sweet. As something is being built out of LEGOs one of the 4 choices in the corners of the screen can be pressed to guess. The faster the correct answer is guessed, the more points are given.

Download LEGO Creationary

LEGO building examples

Even the most crafty LEGO builder can run out of ideas on what to construct. LEGO building examples will show how to build some cool buildings. Follow the steps and make a masterpiece. Other similar apps are out there giving ideas for things to build other than buildings.

Download LEGO building examples

Free Android Games Rundown: All Toy Edition

Free Android Games Rundown: All Toy Edition

Jul 23, 2012

Kids love toys, so do some adults. Collections of dolls or action figures or trains or whatever can be a great hobby. So is playing video games which is probably the reason for this visit. Below is a collection of games based on toys. Go ahead and download them, get a bowl of cereal or chocolate milk and feel like a big kid.

Toy Shot

In a time when toy-like characters ruled the land, their princess was captured. Fight the Undead Warriors and stop the spread of evil across the peaceful kingdom using all kinds of cannon type weapons. These cannons shoot all sorts of projectiles at the attacking rebels. When the time is right, unleash the dragon and take them all out in one swoop.

Download Toy Shot

Toy Defense

As a kid we are taught to share. To be honest, I don’t think most people learned this when they were little. To honor selfishness, Toy Defense is a tower defense style game where toys are the the ones keeping what’s theirs from attacking monsters and other villains. Stop the attacking waves of monsters and keep what belongs to you.

Download Toy Defense


Toy Crafter

Building stuff is always fun. Back in the day there was Lincoln Logs and Erector sets. Now-a-days everything is digital. Toy Crafter is a simple game to build a toy and test it out. Want to make a car or something that flies? Go for it and see if the radical design will actually work.

Download Toy Crafter


An Elegant Toy

A lot of boys go through a stage in their life where they love weapons, ninjas and all things fighting. As they grow up, they start to like movies like Star Wars. An Elegant Toy is a collection of different sounds made by weapons in the Star Wars flix. Light sabers, Cutting through blast doors and even some dark overlord theme songs.

Download An Elegant Toy


Unblock Lego

Taking a game and making it look like the pieces and characters look like they are made from Legos is all the rage over the last few years. One of the first games I downloaded was a Unblock style game. Having 3000 free levels of untangling Legos is a big challenge. Are you up for it?

Download Unblock Lego