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‘Lego: The Movie: The Game’: First thoughts

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With such a wide variety of games, encompassing so many different facets of pop culture, from Indiana Jones to Rock Band, the Lego games have become a platforming smash hit over the past decade.

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The newest game in the series, based on the recently released hit movie, “Lego: The Movie” can stand firmly on its own. Take away the charismatic and quirky movie-based story and it’s simply a solid platformer that does everything it’s supposed to do, right.

Unlike many other movie tie-ins, you don’t need to have seen the film to truly enjoy the game, but it doesn’t hurt.

Certainly it does help that the voice actors from the film make an appearance in the game, as well as several clips from the movie. But ultimately it’s the convergence of different gameplay styles that make the game a hit. While most of the game is old-school platforming, with well-timed strikes and jumps taking up the majority of your button pushes, the quick time events, rhythm elements and even beat-em-up gameplay make for a spicy, well-traversed title that will constantly keep your mind at work and play.

Your eyes will get a work out as well. The color palette used in “Lego: The Movie: The Game” is so bright and fluffy that it’ll even put the kaleidoscopic “Katamari Damacy” in its place. Add in a bevy of unlockable characters and you’ll have a game that’ll keep everyone in the house happy.

That happiness transcends the genre as well. If you appreciate the Lego series, then you’ll enjoy “Lego: The Movie: The Game” even more. But if you don’t you’ll find it a fun adventure title that, in spite of its plethora of fetch quest gameplay, is well-connected colorful, silly and fun.

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