Don't play this before seeing the movie!

Published 18/02/2014|05:34

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This game only really serves to spread thin what was originally a concise and often hilarious movie.

UNLIKE many recent film-to-game adaptations that deviated from the source material to shake things up, The LEGO Movie Videogame unwisely decides to reenact the film's plot from start to finish. Essentially, it's one lengthy, interactive spoiler, so don't play it before seeing the movie.

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Main character Emmet's transformation from dopey, upbeat everyman to the fabled carrier of the Piece of Resistance seems like an ideal premise for a game campaign, what with its colorful and distinctive settings (like the adorable, neon-tinged Cloud Cuckoo Land), great cast (including Batman himself), and constant array of gags and jokes.

However, it only really serves to highlight the strengths of other LEGO titles, while shedding more light on the shortcomings of a LEGO game that follows its movie counterpart step-for-step rather than recreating a non-LEGO scene in amusing ways.

Film clips interspersed between missions provide some solid entertainment - admittedly dubious praise for an interactive experience. Although a fair bit of the heart and humour of the film is lost, meaning it doesn't quite have the same punch as the original material.

TT Games' smash, bash, and solve LEGO game formula is very much intact in The LEGO Movie Videogame, though like all reliable game formats it's no longer terribly fresh or exhilarating. Luckily, the stellar character roster casts a wide net, with the original characters from the movie flanked by exciting unlockable allies like Gandalf, Wonder Woman, and Superman.

However, while it's more interesting to play as Batman or Green Lantern than a generic minifigure, the characters' abilities are most commonly used simply for clearing mundane chains of laborious roadblocks to forward progress.

TT Games' smash, bash, and solve LEGO game formula is very much intact in The LEGO Movie Videogame, though like all reliable game formats it's no longer terribly fresh or exhilarating. Luckily, the stellar character roster casts a wide net, with the original characters from the movie flanked by exciting unlockable allies like Gandalf, Wonder Woman, and Superman. However, while it's more interesting to play as Batman or Green Lantern than a generic minifigure, the characters' abilities are most commonly used simply for clearing mundane chains of laborious roadblocks to forward progress.

This game only really serves to spread thin what was originally a concise and often hilarious movie, doing it a bit of an injustice while creating an average title along the way.

Gorey Guardian

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