THE FUN OF PLAY
MASTER BUILDER Since the dawn of toys, children used their imagination to not only bring their favorite figurines to life, but to also take them on journeys across worlds in fantastical adventures that they could only dream of. It is such a simple concept, but most toys-to-life games have missed this mark.
Practically every game focuses on letting kids and adults take their favorite characters on a romp in a videogame world, but these games prevent mash-ups, which is something
does best. An amalgamation of experience, brand recognition, and access to a wide swath of licenses, LEGO Dimensions manages to be a fresh take on the genre. It takes the best elements of LEGO toys, brings them into the game, and baked them up with years of know-how. Characters are abundant in
Flexing their licensing muscles, LEGO brought not only its own original characters and worlds into the game, but also characters and worlds from other games, TV series, and movies. These include Ninjago, The LEGO Movie, Chima, DC Universe, The Simpsons, Scooby-Doo, Doctor Who, The Lord of the Rings, Back to the Future, Jurassic World, Portal, and many more.
Eclectic in nature, LEGO Dimensions brings all these worlds together under one theme: LEGO. Players build and collect figures and they appear as-is in the game’s LEGO brick world. However, some vehicle and toy models are far less complex in real life than it is in the game world, which is a tad disappointing. FOUNDATIONAL ELEMENTS The story begins with Lord Vortech, who is voiced by Gary Oldman, on the planet Foundation Prime, which is located at the center of the LEGO Multiverse. His goal is to find the Foundational Elements, which are the cornerstones of time and space itself, merge all the universes into one, and rule them all under his control.
To do this, he opens portals into many different worlds, recruiting local villains to aid in his search for the Elements, while imprisoning heroes who are pulled into his scheme. It is up to to you and your ragtag bunch of character from 14 different franchises to travel to many worlds – which you already know and love – to figure out what Lord Vortech is up to, and ultimately stop his nefarious plans.
Imagine Batman in The Wizard of Oz, Wyldstyle in Ninjago, and Gandalf in The Simpsons. Well, with
you don’t have to imagine no more.
Unlike other games with collectible toys, we did not feel like we were bound by the limitations of our starting characters. Sure, there are things that we could not do or access, but in some cases, the game gives you an opportunity to ‘rent’ a figure. By using the in-game