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Here come the Legos!

September 29, 2008 - Matt Phillips
For those of you who, like me, love classic style platforming games and have little time to get into deep elaborate video games; a great series of video games is the Lego series. Yes, these games are simplistic and very kid friendly; however, they are very fun to play and give a surprisingly unique gaming experience.

The first in the series is the Star Wars franchise. It is the perfect vehicle for bringing a Star Wars game to a younger audience. The great thing about this series is the separation between the movies. After completion at any time you can play through your favorite episode. The characters are cute which leads to some very amusing cinema scenes. The story follows the movies close with added humor, much like a child playing with the actual toys. Some of the pitfalls of the game include bugs in the design that tend to leave your character stuck on a ledge where he forever falls until the game must be reset or the ai controlled characters wander too far and die.

The next in the series is Indiana Jones. This series again allows navigation between the epic movies. The bugs in this game seem less pronounced, but the game play and puzzles are pretty much the same. It is surprising that the first really good Indiana Jones game would be a Lego game.

Finally, we have the Batman Lego game. Batman games have always been great games to play, and I have no doubt that this will be good. The style of the game and the humorous nature of the animation will go very well with a Batman game that is kid friendly.

The Lego series is fun for all ages and does not take a great gamer to play. They have the feel of old school platformers with stylized, blocky graphics. The games are obviously used as a vehicle to sell toys, yet they are great games on their own. If you haven't played one yet, rent one. You can find a Lego game for virtually any system.


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