LEGO Battles

Ninety levels of LEGO fun is sure to provide non-stop entertainment

What It Is

LEGO Battles should come with a Surgeon General’s warning because this game is highly addictive. In fact, my summer reading list has been suffering ever since it came into my life. The game takes LEGO’s three most popular building themes—Pirates, Space and Castles—and turns them into an RTS (Real Time Strategy) game, where the player has to build structures, armies and vehicles then engage in numerous battles through a series of stories and Acts (levels).

You begin the game in the world of LEGO Castles with the first level serving as a tutorial to walk you through the game’s basics, namely how to build structures that will enable you to build people, weapons and vehicles. With each new level you will rely on the basics of building as you create larger structures and troops to battle the growing number of enemies. If this all sounds a bit war-heavy, don’t worry because it’s all done with cartoonish LEGO characters, buildings and environments.

Why It’s Fun

In case you aren’t familiar with RTS games, these are games that typically involve the player building elaborate bases, town, fortresses, camps, etc, and then massing armies to deploy on a large map and engage in battle. I love the idea of RTS games but to be honest, they are usually way too involved for me to get into. It might just be the S.A.S.S. (Short Attention Span Syndrome) in me, but by the time I've got my base built, I’ve already lost interest in where I’m supposed to deploy my gang to. Which brings me back to what makes LEGO Battles so much fun—it’s a short and sweet RTS with brief missions that require a few simple structures to build, a couple of people to gather and then you are off! For players with more patience, you can spend all the time you want in explore mode after completing a challenge but for the rest of is, this is as close to casual gaming as I have ever seen an RTS title.

Who’s Going To Love It

The game’s characters, buildings and environments look identical to the LEGO toys that they are based on and give people a whole new way to interact and build with LEGOs. As a result, this game is going to be a huge hit with anyone who likes LEGO and plays video games.

The difficulty level is fairly low for most of the levels, which makes this a great game for younger kids to pick up. However, there are some more challenging levels that may stump the most avid gamers but these levels aren’t always necessary to complete in order to move forward in the game.

The game’s humor is suitable for all audiences and parents can rest assured that kids are not going to pick up anything questionable from this game.

What To Be Aware Of

There are 90 levels in this game and each level features a free-roam explore mode, which means you can play this game for days before completing it. In other words, you are getting your money’s worth with this one.

In addition to the single-player Story mode, there is also a multiplayer mode in which you can challenge other people wirelessly over a WiFi connection.

Fun Scale

0 out of 5

It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!

Video Game Information

LEGO Battles
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Rated: Everyone

System: Nintendo DS/DSi
Genre: Action/Adventure RTS
Players: 1 plus Multi-player Option

SRP: $29.99
Available: Now, at most major retail and toy stores as well as electronic gaming specialty shops and many online e-commerce sites.
Launch Date: June 9, 2009
Date of Review: June 18, 2009

*Rating determined by the ESRB


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