LEGO has entered the Toys to Life video game category with LEGO Dimensions from LEGO and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
Dimensions is a line of LEGO minifigures, mini vehicles, and gadgets that players build in the real world, then unlock and play with in the video game. The Starter Pack, which is required to play the game, includes the video game, three minifigures of Batman, Wild Style, and Gandalf, a mini Batmobile, the LEGO Toy Pad, and the Gateway.
The Toy Pad is how the toys enter the game, and has three areas that light up and can change color. The Gateway is a 267-piece set that players build before playing the game. We suggest building the figures first, then starting the game. It will introduce players to the story and prompt them to build the gateway, which took us 40 minutes to complete.
The story involves traveling to different worlds to recover Keystones. When a Keystone is retrieved in the game, the player is instructed to attach the corresponding real-world LEGO Keystone piece to the Gateway. The game-play is similar to typical LEGO games that require selecting specific characters to solve in-game puzzles. In Dimensions, players build the characters and place them on the Toy Pad. Vehicles also play specific roles and will be required to get through levels.
Up to seven minifigures, vehicles, or gadgets can occupy the Toy Pad and be in the game at the same time. The real-world toys won't be sitting still on the Pad while the game is played, which is what really differentiates Dimensions from other games in the Toys to Life category. The game is filled with puzzles that require players to move the real-world toys around the Toy Pad in order to match and solve the onscreen puzzle. For example, in the Ninjago level, players have to turn each character into a different color, and then place the character minifigures on the Toy Pad areas that are lit-up in the same color as the on-screen characters.
Figuring out the puzzles and how to solve them using a combination of real world and on-screen movements is clever and often challenging.
The mixture of the different worlds is hysterical. In the beginning of the game, the three Starter Pack characters end up in Oz, and Batman is convinced that the Oz Scarecrow is his familiar enemy.
LEGO Dimensions is rated E10+ for the cartoon violence and crude humor, which is no different than a typical LEGO video game. The difficulty is suitable for most gamers, ages 7 and up. We think adults will enjoy this game as much as kids, and since it includes a second player drop in/drop out feature, it's a great game to play with the kids in your life.
The Starter Pack includes everything that is needed to build and play the full game.
Additional Expansion Packs are also available and will allow players to unlock new content and characters in the game. The packs feature more minifigures, vehicles, and gadgets. Each pack unlocks its corresponding Adventure World. Worlds are based on different entertainment properties including Jurassic World, The Wizard of Oz, Portal, Ninjago, Lord of the Rings, Ghostbusters, The Simpsons, and more.
Dimensions is available for PlayStation 4 and 3, Xbox One and 360, plus the Wii U.
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