“Lego Universe is a fun option for kids but the best thing isn’t the gameplay, which needs quite a high-spec to do it justice – it’s the building mode, which is enormously fun”
Buy online: Amazon
Initial Thoughts: Lego isn’t the first word that comes to mind when thinking of massively multi-player online games – World of Warcraft might be a more typical option. But this online Lego Universe game has stacks of kid appeal, cute characters, and a nice range of missions and in-game challenges. Visually the game is a treat – everything in this virtual world is made of tiny Lego bricks, from characters to buildings, trees and bad guys.
We liked: The absolute best thing about Lego Universe, from our perspective, isn’t the gameplay, which needs a high spec to do it justice – it was the build mode. When you break or kill things in the game, they shatter, and you can pick up the blocks and collect them. Then, later, you get to build stuff with your blocks. Cool, right? You can also give your models characteristics, such as rewarding players with strength or points. You can even create your own buildings and universes, and play challenges within them.
We weren’t keen: Lego Universe will naturally appeal to kids more than other online games, particularly kids like my nephew and my 5 year old, who are big fans of Lego Star Wars on DS and Wii. However, the gameplay here is relatively tricky involving mouse and keyboard, and the instructions are all in text with no audio prompts. As such, I’d recommend this only for children aged 8+, and even then they’ll need to be confident with a computer.
Overall: This is great fun and the monthly subscription of £7 is on a par with other games. The adults who played this game said independently, they’d prefer World of Warcraft, but as a game to play with kids, Lego Universe was fun, challenging and had lots of fun elements to keep things interesting.
[Sally, Who’s the Mummy?]