LEGO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
Traveller’s Tales/WB Games
A short time ago, in a lounge room just, just up the hall...
It’s been a while, but the best thing about a new Star Wars
movie was always that there’d be a new LEGO Star Wars game.
Well, for some of us – no Force disturbance meant to religious
Not only do Traveller’s Tales immerse the latest in
the saga into blockiness, they also add extra bits, including a
Return of the Jedi intro. As well as being ace fun, this
introduces us to two new mechanics – cover shooting, and
“multi-builds”. The former’s bleeding obvious, the latter possibly
is too. Instead of assembling bubbly piles of LEGO into one thing,
you sometimes have various options. This introduces another puzzling
element, as sometimes a specific order is required. Other times you
may just miss a bonus.
Speaking of puzzling, somebody finally
got it through their thick helmet that wayward trips into obtuseness
aren’t good for kids – a very big audience here - so most have been
dialled back. Sometimes they’re fork-in-brain basic, but some still
make you think. They’ve never been the main draw, anyway.
want, what they really, really want, is faithfulness to source
material while giving it a hearty LEGOfied humour spin. Sure, dad
jokes abound, but some of the gags here are quite priceless, even
touching. Don’t believe us? Take in Darth Vader checking out his
son’s kiddie drawing of him...
Original dialogue from the
movie seamlessly integrates (hello
LEGO Jurassic World)
with new stuff from the majority of the main cast. We certainly
don’t remember Han Solo mentioning Wookie Cookies at the cinema...
Then there’s the best videogame starfighting that we’ve played
in a long time. PHWOOOOOOOM!
It’s likely sacrilege for some, but for those who don’t take
things too seriously this is a gem, and possibly the best LEGOmogrified
May the series live long and prospe- erm, oops...