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The Lego Movie Videogame review

AT A GLANCE
  • Action-packed chapters that highlight the film’s charm
  • A witty cast of characters
  • Plenty of unlockables to collect and discover
  • Glitches can ruin your fun
  • Chapters are short
  • Less content than previous Lego games

Think about this for a second: The Lego Movie Videogame is based on a film, itself based on games inspired by toys. It doesn’t get any more meta than that, folks. But don't write this off as another forgettable movie tie-in game--The Lego Movie Videogame is actually pretty awesome. And though it looks and plays much like the other Lego games that came before it, there’s plenty to like about these plastic toys.

Sticking to a familiar tried-and-true formula, Lego Movie lets you play as various Lego protagonists from the film as they make their way through 15 colorful chapters, solving puzzles and smashing enemies into pieces--quite literally--along the way. You often need to swap between different characters and use their unique abilities and weapons to progress. It's a quick and painless process that adds plenty of variety to combat and exploration.

It also doesn’t hurt that each chapter feels different from the last, offering you something new to do along the way. From racing down a highway to shooting down enemy helicopters to swimming through eel-infested tunnels, Lego Movie stays fresh and keeps you entertained. Fun mini-games also brighten up your campaign, such as a hacking game that plays a lot like Pac-Man and a rhythm game that is sure to get the film’s theme song stuck in your head.

If you haven't already seen The Lego Movie, its video game tie-in will spoil much of its plot through cutscenes and dialogue. Even though it doesn't include every bit of the story, it does a good job of filling you in when necessary so you never feel very confused about what's going on. Exploring the film's narrative in video game form is pretty enjoyable, and Lego Movie succeeds in transforming the more frenetic moments into exciting gameplay scenarios. Emmet’s escape from Bricksburg, and even the final minutes of the movie, are particularly memorable interactive moments during which you have full control. Scenes that may have taken just a few seconds on-screen are stretched out into lengthy objectives in each level, offering some additional and imaginative detail to scenes you may have overlooked. It’s all done incredibly well and keeps you invested in what’s going to happen next.

Clocking in at around six hours, Lego Movie isn't terribly long, but it's hard to complain when those six hours are packed with exploration, witty lines, and plenty of memorable moments. Most of the laughs will come from snippets of the film, but the game builds on that humor with its own clever script. Want Batman to build something for you out of a stack of colorful bricks? Too bad, he only works in black…and very, very, dark grey.

Even after the credits roll, there’s plenty of reasons to go back and romp around. This wouldn’t be a proper Lego game without tons of un(b)lockables, and you’ll only have access to a few of them during your first playthrough. Once you get access to Superman’s laser beams, for example, go back and melt all those golden blocks and explore areas you couldn’t before. There’s even a bonus room that lets you build classic Lego structures and vehicles using instruction manuals you can collect. It’s the sort of fan-service that'll strike a nostalgic chord for those who grew up playing with Legos as kids. Still, the amount of content here is considerably less than that in Lego City Undercover or even Lego Marvel Super Heroes, and Lego Movie's HUB worlds are comparatively small.

Contrary to to the catchy theme song, not everything is awesome, especially when glitches ruin the fun. I got stuck a couple of times by jumping into areas I couldn’t get out of; only restarting the game could free me from my plastic prison. Another time, a conversation failed to load, forcing me to start the chapter over from scratch. It’s a shame considering these moments completely disrupt Lego Movie's great action.

The Lego Movie Videogame is one of the better movie tie-in games out there, and it may even get you to see the film if you haven’t already. Its action-packed stages will keep you on your toes, and all those cheeky quips from its characters are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. It may not bring anything new to the table, but The Lego Movie Videogame takes some of the best elements from the series and delivers it all in a charming package anyone will want to play with.

More Info

Release date: Feb 07 2014 - Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, 3DS, PS Vita, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 (US)
Available Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, 3DS, PS Vita, PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Published by: Warner Brothers
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief

Funny, colorful, and full of personality, The Lego Movie Videogame not only successfully builds from its source material but is also a great example of why Lego games are so much fun to play.

This game was reviewed on PS4.

10 comments

  • GOD - February 13, 2014 5:51 p.m.

    I have to say that the movie was really good, and I can definitely see how it would lend itself into being a good game as well. Highly recommend everyone see the movie.
  • GameManiac - February 20, 2014 10:28 a.m.

    I've already seen the movie, and I absolutely loved it. I even picked up its soundtrack a couple of days afterward. Best part about that movie is that work on a SEQUEL is already underway.
  • Waldo - February 13, 2014 6:03 a.m.

    The screenshot shows 2-Player, but I want to make sure that goes for the Wii U version as well. Does anybody know if that's the case? Also, I have never tried Marvel but Undercover is amazing and huge; I am still playing through it, collecting everything.
  • Giancarlo Saldana - February 13, 2014 8:20 a.m.

    Yup! The Wii U version also comes with a co-op option.
  • Jackonomics2.0 - February 12, 2014 6:47 p.m.

    This only becons the questions The Lego Movie Game vs Marvel vs Undercover
  • StrayGator - February 13, 2014 6:12 a.m.

    Marvel is better than LMV, didn't play undercover. My favorites so far have been LOTR and Harry Potter 5-7. Good source material for the game to play against (not "along with" as in marvel/movie), Excellent music, familiar setting gave more sense of place (Marvel is all over the place, Movie is sensory overload).
  • universaltofu - February 12, 2014 5:50 p.m.

    I loved the movie, and this is the first lego game I'm playing that isn't a demo, nothing against the other lego games, they are all charming, but the love of the film compelled me, everything is awesome!
  • Darkhawk - February 12, 2014 5:36 p.m.

    It's too bad they couldn't negotiate some Marvel-DC crossover fun. Even if the comics haven't done it in a while, it would have been nice for a (temporary) hatchet burying to throw LEGO Spidey and LEGO Bats (or whomever) together!
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - February 12, 2014 4:44 p.m.

    Sorry for being off-topic, but will GamesRadar be reviewing the Last Of Us single player DLC?
  • GR_RyanTaljonick - February 12, 2014 4:59 p.m.

    Yep! Will be posting it tomorrow evening.

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