Lego Worlds Review
Lego Worlds has proven to be quite popular through its early access program on Steam, and now it has hit consoles at a rather affordable price, given that its competitor Minecraft has been around to the public since 2009 and has built up quite the following. Considering the only real similarities between the two are that they’re sandbox games, there’s really no need to compare, so this review will refrain from the comparisons. It’s like comparing a car to a plane: they’re both methods of transportation, but both couldn’t be further away from one another.
Lego Worlds instantly sucks you in from the moment it loads with its recognisable menus and keeping the infamous mechanics the same as the rest of the Lego titles, only this time it’s a bit more complex. But what eases you into this complexity is the structure of the tutorial system. Each of the first few worlds that you visit focuses specifically on a particular tool, with quests that are there initially to guide and teach you how to use these tools.
The story is quite simple. You are an astronaut in space (or galactic girl if you’re female) who has experienced sudden rocket malfunction and is falling down onto the planet below. From there, the astronaut ‘pauses’ his fall, where you can then customise your character. There are only the aforementioned choices to begin with however, there are tons of characters and character outfits to discover throughout the infinite randomly-generated worlds. Once finished, you resume falling down to the world and thus your adventure begins.
There are several tools and utilities at your disposal that unlock as you progress further. The first tool you gain access to is the ‘discovery’ tool which allows you to roam the worlds, picking up every piece of object scattered about and adding it to your discovery menu. From there, you can purchase your discoveries using studs for a one-time fee. You can discover creatures, people, vehicles and brick builds too that make up of primarily large buildings and structures that are already pre-built.
There were some annoyances that happened through the constant use of the discovery tool which made the discovery prompts on screen disappear and was forced to differentiate if an object had been discovered or purchased by faint coloured outlines. Nothing major but was frustrating when being trigger-happy, discovering everything available but accidentally purchasing the discoveries. Also when using this tool, the ‘hop’ button wasn’t registering but was easily fixed by changing tools and returning to the discovery tool.
The Build tool is where your creativity can blow wide open and bring back nostalgia, giving you complete freedom over the type of brick, the dimensions of the brick, the colour of the brick and even fittings and fixtures like doors and windows. Only a select few Lego pieces are available to begin with, giving you the chance to explore more worlds to discover new pieces. One of the ways you can earn these pieces are from pesky little trouble makers who appear from the ground with a piece in their hands.
But they do like to run, so it’s up to you to decide if you’re just going to keep on running to tackle him down or come up with something creative to catch him – perhaps place a dragon down, ride it and burn him to smithereens Once he is dealt with, the brick piece get’s added to your brick collection and can then be used. There is also the Free Build tool which is aimed more at advanced players and allows you to quickly change tools and options without going through the radial menu.
Of course, there are other tools at your disposal that allow you to manipulate the terrain around you such as by raising or lowering the land that sometimes proved to be a bit fiddly but thankfully prompts are always on the screen if you haven’t turned them off in the options. Changing the texture of the terrain can also change its characteristics. That big white house you’ve just built would look smoking hot if you made a wall of lava – just don’t touch it! You can ‘copy and paste’ anything you see in the worlds just by creating a box around the object or creation, but what’s handy is that you can also save your creations, give it a name and store it in your discovery menu – where you can then take your created works of art to other worlds or online.
Inviting your friend is the only option as there is no matchmaking (yet!) in Lego Worlds. You can choose to create a whole new world (given that you have enough gold bricks to do so) or jump into a randomly-generated world or previous world you’ve played. You have the ability to turn off saving the world changes if you so wish, but either way your progress and any discoveries you make will be saved. You and your partner can team up and do absolutely anything you would be able to in single player, from completing quests to building anything your minds can conjure up. Fancy a race? Build yourself a racetrack and spawn a couple of cars and off you go! Fancy a jam? Grab yourself an instrument each and starting rocking out! This is the online co-op Lego fans have been crying out for.
Completing quests and exploring worlds to find treasure chests can reward you with more discoveries, XP and studs. Finding items in chests will be added to your inventory, where you can either use it as a weapon or hand over to quest-givers requesting them. Collecting gold bricks should be familiar to fans of the series as each world requires you to hunt down a required amount of gold bricks before you can hop back on your rocket and leave for another world. Not only do gold bricks unlock new worlds, but they unlock new items for your inventory such as a camera to take pictures of anything in the worlds or a grappling hook, allowing you to zip-line your way across the world for faster movement.
It wouldn’t be a true Lego game without destructible objects that spurt out studs and the simple but addictive combat – which this title is full of. You could defeat enemies in countless ways but wouldn’t you much rather add it to your discoveries? That’s fine. Just knock him out with your guitar, then whip out your discovery tool and now you can fight hordes of them! Magic.
There’s nothing funnier than pulling out that red fish from your inventory and slapping the shabby cat with it shouting “Do you want this fish?!”. Or maybe that’s just one kid’s twisted imagination but that’s what makes this title so special – not only does it re-capture your hearts from your younger days, but anything can happen and anything is possible if you put your mind to it. This is a title you can return to day after day just to add a couple of extra pieces to your creation or maybe you fancy exploring a new world for half an hour – until you suddenly realise three hours have flown by, you only have 1 gold brick to get and all you want to do is lower the land as far down as possible to reach that treasure lurking in the depths. It’s no problem though as you can climb your way out. In fact the amount of traversal options at your disposal is incredible from rowing boats to flying helicopters to skydiving your way into the world below. It’s amazing at how much depth they’ve managed to squeeze into this title with a potential limitless amount of DLC to be released, this may just be a game that will forever be in your hearts.
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