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.