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POSTED 13/10/17


THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME

TT Games/ WB Games



Go ninja, go Ninjago!

Thank you, Mr Ice, for that intro. Your money’s on the fridge.

The latest proper LEGO movie (so, not a direct-to-video thing), this Ninjago one is basically a daddy issues tale with lots of classic martial arts movie references, some really cool LEGO mechs and Jackie Chan. Well, his voice at least.

The latest LEGO game adheres reasonably strictly to the story of the movie – obligatory note NOT TO PLAY THIS IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE MOVIE YET - and replaces the movie’s cool voice actors with average want-to-sound-alikes. Bummer that.

But the game itself isn’t a bummer, in fact it mixes up the standard LEGO game formula that’s existed since time immemorial (or thereabouts). That’s good! But the loading times? We could knock out evil ol’ Garmadon ourselves while waiting for levels to load. That's bad.
 
WTF is a ‘Garmadon” you may ask? Uh, stop reading, see the movie, then come back. After all, four-armed is forewarned...

The tale exists outside standard LEGO Ninjago canon, but features the same characters with their same elemental powers (we think) – which are mastered as the story progresses. These are used to solve various puzzles, but the emphasis here is more on combat – as you’d hope for a game with ‘ninja’ absorbed into the title. This combat is cool fun, with many free-flowing attacking moves rather than just the standard LEGO game punch.

Yellow bricks remain, but red bricks make way for ancient scrolls, although they basically have similar functions. Ninjanuity tokens also function in a combat-dedicated reddish fashion.

Mix in some four-player battle modes and in all this is another fab-fun LEGO game, based on a fantastic LEGO movie.

So, feel it if you know what I mean, give it up for the heroes in green... and red, and black, and white, and...

take me back to the start...

 



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