THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE VIDEO GAME
Ninja, go! Get it?
Ninjago is not the franchise you’d expect to see the Lego game brand innovate with. But we like being surprised, and boy is it a shock to see a dynamic combat system appear, allowing for air juggles and combos, albeit at a rudimentary level. Don’t panic, though, this is still a very child-friendly experience, and allows button mashing to an extent, but when enemies block you’ll have to change up your attacking tactics. Keeping your combo going yields a high brick reward: it’s basically about keeping your multiplier up.
There’s another, subtler change, to the series here. Instead of each level having a brick requirement that forces you to spend longer than you’d like smashing everything that you can, there’s a persistent overall bar that you fill up, which gives you gold bricks each time you do so. 1
Of course it’s generally fun, and the co-op is as enjoyable as ever. You’ll smash bricks, pilot mechs, and regularly take in the glorious world. There are minor technical issues, such as the upgrade tree forcing its way onscreen whenever you get a new point to spend, and some very rare slowdown.
You can go in knowing nothing about Ninjago, but you’ll come out intrigued enough to start caring. The story is light and breezy, 2 following the Lego Movie and Lego Batman Movie style, and there are moments that will make you laugh out loud. It’s silly, sure, but it’s got that Lego charm.
It’s a little short, which is perhaps a hangover from being a movie tie-in, but this is well worth playing, and changes the Lego formula for the better. For the first time in ages, we’re excited about Lego games again. Adam Cook
FOOTNOTES1 It’s a gorgeous game, and the hub worlds are enjoyable to frolic in, collecting gold bricks. 2 The set pieces range from Space-Harrier-style flying sections to mech assaults.