What It Is
LEGO City: Undercover is the first video game that features the LEGO City line of construction playsets and vehicles. It also has all the humor and construction-themed, play-patterns that are found in the popular Warner Bros. LEGO games.
The game brings the world of LEGO City to life by creating a huge, open-world game environment that kids explore as Chase McCain, a cop and master of disguise. McCaine is involved in a case that will have him traveling from one end of LEGO City to the other and exploring all the points in between.
Why It’s Fun
Chase McCain’s story leads players through the game through a series of missions, however, kids can spend as much time exploring the city as they want. In fact, the game is designed to encourage open-ended play and exploration of LEGO City.
Finding hidden items and navigating this giant world is where the GamePad becomes helpful. The GamePad is the player’s map, GPS, communicator and spy gadget. Mission updates are sent to the player in the form of video chats from game characters and new features for the GamePad, like the audio scanner that lets players hear conversations in buildings, are downloaded to the GamePad as the game progresses. All of these downloads are occurring in the game and are not really downloading to the GamePad so you don’t have to worry about kids downloading or buying in-game items.
Who It’s For
Although LEGO City: Undercover is not from Warner Bros., it was developed by the same group that makes the Warner Bros. LEGO games, including LEGO Harry Potter, Batman and Lord Of the Rings. Kids (and adults) who enjoy those games will probably enjoy this one also.
The game is rated E 10+ for the cartoon violence and crude humor. Five year olds may want to play it, and we don’t see anything wrong with that, but we also think an 8-year-old will get more out of it and feel more successful at it.
What To Be Aware Of
LEGO City: Undercover is available exclusively for the Wii U. There is also a game for the Nintendo 3DS called LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins, which is a prequel game and a different story.
Because this is such a huge game, it will probably be one of those games that kids return to repeatedly for weeks and maybe even longer. Even experienced gamers will have a difficult time completing this game and finding everything in less than a couple weeks.