There have been quite a number of LEGO videogames released over the years that some titles might fade away ignominiously. When copies can no longer be acquired from stores, then perhaps these games can regain notice by entering digital-subscription platforms. Some of these, like Sony’s PS Now, have helped some past videogames avoid being forgotten.
On the second week of May, Sony has tipped its hand on the new additional game titles to PS Now. As if it weren’t obvious yet, a LEGO game’s included in the list. This is “The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame,” a tie-in to the 2017 spinoff of “The LEGO Movie.”
The “LEGO Ninjago Movie” game is of course developed by the usual suspects of WB Interactive and TT Games. While it employs similar gameplay mechanics as most WB Interactive-Traveller’s Tales videogames, this title has its own additional features. A 4-way “Battle Map” death-match sounds good.
There are a total of 10 new titles added to the PS Now platform, including “The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame.” They comprise eight Sony PlayStation 4 games (again, including our LEGO title) and two PS3. Ninjago fans who fancy the alternate retelling of the film from the series might well like this 2017 videogame adaptation.
It’s always exciting when a new mobile game of a theme you fancy starts building up for its release. Last March, LEGO announced its partnership with developer NimbleBit for “LEGO Tower,” launching this summer. It even has a LEGO Ideas contest tied to it, making possible DLC after its release.
But first, there’s the mobile game itself. “LEGO Tower” may not have come out yet on the major mobile platforms for iOS and Android. However, both the App Store and Google Play respectively are now allowing pre-registration. Mobile gaming veterans would know what that means: various bonuses are given to pre-registrants when they start playing.
For “LEGO Tower,” that pre-registration bonus looks to be a special minifigure accessory. LEGO collectors might recognize this helmet from Collectible Minifigures Series 15, the Flying Warrior. It doesn’t seem much, but every new piece of equipment in a soon-to-launch game is a welcome addition.
“LEGO Tower” is a tower building game developed by NimbleBit. It’s essentially their hit app “TinyTower” but with a distinctive LEGO skin and thematic elements. Players can construct LEGO skyscrapers with each floor design taking after some product line theme or other. The towers are also populated with minifigures that can be customized with accessories.
We can expect the mobile game to launch as early as this summer. Meanwhile, the “Design a Virtual Floor” LEGO Ideas tie-in contest is currently on its judging phase. No less than 590 entries were submitted, with the winner having his creation become an official floor design for “LEGO Towers.”
IGN’s Humble Bundle has been doing gamers a great favor by making available old game titles in very affordable bundles. The more you pay the more Steam games in a bundle you get, with proceeds going to different charities monthly. Last year they surprised players of obscure LEGO games by briefly making 2014’s “LEGO The Hobbit” a free Steam download.
Now they’re at it again for LEGO titles from WB Interactive and Traveller’s Tales. Humble Bundle’s latest LEGO bundle has eight games in it. Normally, altogether they’re priced at $169. But this bundle offers them all for just $12 total.
How low can they get? And that question’s asked in a positive context. Well, just paying $1 minimum for the bundle gets a Steam gamer “LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4” and “LEGO Batman: The Videogame.”
Pay more however, say, more than $8.43 average, and the bundle will include “LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7,” “LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes” and “The LEGO Movie – Videogame.” Finally, the full $12 will unlock the last three: “LEGO City Undercover,” “LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham” and “LEGO Worlds,” though the last one may not be available in all territories.
This latest LEGO-themed Humble Bundle can be redeemed on Steam still for 12 more days as of this writing. Charitable proceeds from this transaction go this month to Entertainment Software Association Foundation. You can however, choose your own charity here.
Warner Bros. Pictures and DC hit a jackpot in cinemas with “Shazam!” earlier this month. In a textbook action of synergy, they also had WB Interactive and Traveller’s Tales release DLC themed after that film for the still-going strong “LEGO DC Super-Villains.” The fact that they had Shazam actor Zachary Levi shilling was a plus.
But that “Shazam!” DLC for “LDCSV” also came in two parts. Pack 1 was released same day as the movie premiere, though only for season pass holders. This time, both portions of the DLC are available. And if you’re not a season pass holder then you can buy both DLC packs in a bundle price.
Why don’t we let the official blurb do exposition?
The SHAZAM! Movie Level Packs 1 and 2 offer players the chance to master the powers of favourite characters based on the Shazam! film including Billy Batson and Freddy Freeman who can transform into their Super Hero Shazam form and unlock four characters embodying the sins of man unleashed by Dr. Sivana including Gluttony, Wrath, Pride, and Envy. The second pack adds villainous, Dr. Sivana, and the entire Shazam family to help you defeat him including Pedro, Eugene, Darla, and Mary, alongside the powerful, Wizard Shazam. Both packs expand the main game’s already large roster of over 150 iconic DC characters.
Owners of “LEGO DC Super-Villains” can have the “Shazam!” DLC bundle for $5.99, or in due course if they already have the game’s $14.99 season pass. Those who watched the film will be pleased to know that the second Shazam! pack for “LDCSV” includes the movie antagonist Dr. Sivana and the rest of Shazam’s super-family. The game is available on the Sony PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.
By now, the heady daze that was the 2019 Star Wars Celebration has ended with lots of fun memories. Previews to upcoming shows, video games and the long-awaited “Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker” were presented and thoroughly enjoyed. But amazingly those weren’t all to be expected on the future of the galaxy far away. While we didn’t get an actual preview, a new LEGO Star Wars video game was somewhat announced during Star Wars Celebration. It was sort of mentioned in passing by sound designer Matthew Wood, Supervising Sound Editor for Skywalker Sound. As if it wasn’t obvious, the title will again be developed by WB Interactive and Traveller’s Tales.
Just to be clear, we’re still waiting for an official announcement from these game giants that will hopefully shed light on the content of this next LEGO Star Wars game. However, video game insider Eurogamer claims that this next video game instalment will be hailed as the ultimate LEGO Star Wars video game which will encompass all nine films and three trilogies comprising the Skywalker family saga.
The hugely successful Lego Star Wars series has so far adapted the space opera’s prequel trilogy, original trilogy, Clone Wars TV show and devoted an entire game to Episode 7: The Force Awakens.
Excitingly, I’ve heard this next game is more than just an adaptation of the saga’s remaining two episodes, The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. While these episodes will be included, the project is designed to tell the story of the entire saga and I’ve heard it described as the “ultimate” Lego Star Wars game. Expect to see it announced later this year.
It will also include elements from the “Star Wars” Extended Universe. These are the official side-materials of the new Disney-Lucasfilm canon, displacing the original Expanded Universe/Legends continuity.
One notable feature previous LEGO Star Wars games would be the use of procedural generation for the in-game environment. Traveller’s Tales has already used that graphical mechanic in their 2017 sandbox title LEGO Worlds.
Aside from references to a space exploration mechanic between worlds and the uber-load of characters from the films, there’s no further info on this ultimate LEGO Star Wars video game, which would be the sixth in the WBI-TT series excluding re-masters. Perhaps the 2019 San Diego Comic Con in July will shed more light on it.
Whenever we at The Brick Show find an interesting product idea on LEGO Ideas, we try to shine the spotlight. This new submission we’re featuring to our readers would fit right in (sort of) with LEGO trying to secure IP franchises based on videogames. But rather than a PC title, this one’s for a console.
LEGO Ideas member and Redditor Hanwasyellowfirst, has conceptualized a set based on the arguable “killer app” game for the Nintendo Switch on its debut year: “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.” It depicts a common location of that game’s world, plus a collection of very quirky minifigures too.
Due to the expansive environment in “Breath of the Wild” there are several Stables scattered around that would hire out horses for travelers like Link. This is the structure interpreted in LEGO by Hanwasyellowfirst. It’s nominally a one-story building topped with a wooden horse-head sculpture.
Areas in the “BOTW” Stable building include the stable proper (with three LEGO horse figures), a smithy fire-pit, benches, storage crates, and a varied display of weapons and crafting ingredients. It’s populated with minifigures of Link, the Stable master, Pikango, Beedle, Kaas, another traveller (with backpack) and a mystery character.
LEGO hasn’t released any set or product licensed from Nintendo. Past LEGO Ideas submissions depicting the “BOTW” title haven’t taken off either. This “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” Stable has impressed about 4,528 LEGO Ideas supporters so far. It still has 565 days left to reach 10,000 and make review. Nintendo Switch owners who have played “BOTW” should certainly support this.
“LEGO DC Super-Villains” from WB Interactive and Traveller’s Tales came out in October last year. But since then it’s been graciously supported by the developers with regular DLC releases. The new downloadable stuff, which includes new costumes/characters and levels, come in many themes. A common theme with DLC releases times them with major Warner-DC films.
Following a tie-in DLC for “Aquaman” last year in “LDCSV,” the latest batch of additional content is now about the newly-premiered DCEU film “Shazam!” What’s even better is that the promotion for this DLC is being done by actor Zachary Levi, who plays Shazam himself in the namesake superhero film.
Specifically, the “Shazam!” pack for “LEGO DC Super-Villains” adds one stage based on the movie. It also adds Billy Batson and his foster-brother Freddy Freeman as characters. Billy can transform into his superhero alter ego Shazam, with Superman-like powers plus lightning attacks. In a film spoiler, the lame Freddy also gets the ability to transform via the power of Shazam.
With Billy/Shazam and Freddy in the spotlight, the stage is set to battle the sinister Dr. Sivana, host of the Seven Deadly Sins. Four of these sins can also manifest as separate monsters for the player’s characters to take down.
The “LDCSV” DLC pack for “Shazam!” comes in two parts. The first is available now to the game’s Season Pass holders (and owners of the Deluxe Edition). The second part arrives later on April 23.
Among the many imaginative constructs that have been designed by LEGO as official products are star-faring spaceships. The most easily recalled example may be the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192), but there are others. Indeed LEGO pieces are prime material for assembling model spaceships. Just ask Brick Formation.
As a company, Brick Formation treads a fine line by taking official LEGO elements and using them to make construction kits of vehicles from licensed properties. The kits are official merchandise to the franchise they depict, but they’re not official to LEGO which doesn’t “sponsor, authorize or endorse” these products by Brick Formation. Confused yet?
Currently Brick Formation has revealed their LEGO-built construction sets based on the innovative PC game series “Homeworld,” developed by Relic Entertainment since 1999 but now IP-owned by Gearbox Software.
For the moment, Brick Formation only has three “Homeworld” ship sets ready for orders. Each are worth at least $250, so they’re incredibly pricy stuff. But it only makes sense considering there will only be 100 of each set being produced. Instant collector’s items, these sets:
Aside from Gearbox’s “Homeworld,” Brick Formation is also looking for more licensing partners to make their LEGO-built sets for. In a way, their “official-for-this-franchise” but “not-official-for-LEGO” approach is novel, though it does sort of give some IP franchises that tend to be passed over by LEGO to get their own toy merchandise made out of LEGO’s iconic building bricks.
Note: Much obliged to Doug Rass for the correction offered.
When we announced the new LEGO-themed mobile app “LEGO Tower” this Monday, we also said a related contest is coming. Said competition is to be hosted on LEGO Ideas, and involves creating custom content that developer NimbleBit can add later. The announcement was to be made “later;” that meant now.
LEGO Ideas finally opened their official contest page in relation to “LEGO Tower” on Tuesday, March 26. Effective immediately, all interested contestants need only to use their digital LEGO construction tool of choice to design a themed floor that could be implemented in the NimbleBit app before its launch date.
“LEGO Tower,” based on NimbleBit’s “TinyTower,” has players acting as developers of their own multi-story skyscraper complex, with each floor occupied by minifigure residences or businesses, all paying rent to enable further construction of more floors and extra building facilities.
Six contest winners will be chosen to each win a $200 Shop@Home spree, a LEGO Creator Expert Corner Garage (10264) and LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313). Their custom “LEGO Tower” floor will be an option in the game app, and they’ll also get a “special unlockable feature” when they play the game themselves.
For more details and in-depth contest rules, visit the official “LEGO Tower” Contest Page on LEGO Ideas. The final submission of entries is on May 2. Judging takes place from that date up to May 10, and the winners will be announced on May 22.
The gaming corner of LEGO looks to be getting bigger all the time. Whether it’s the major consoles like the titles from WB Interactive and Traveller’s Tales, or mobile apps from various developers, the brand’s got electronic entertainment down pat. And they’re only getting started, according to this new announcement.
On Monday this week, Apple announced their upcoming videogame subscription service Apple Arcade, set to launch this fall. The platform will allow cross-saving of in-game status on all Apple platforms: macOS, tvOS and iOS. Among the brands and developers involved is, obviously, LEGO; and they’ve got two games lined up.
First on LEGO’s Apple Arcade exclusive releases is Red Games’ “LEGO Brawls.” From first glance it looks like a spin on the “Super Smash Bros” comical-fighting game genre, in a LEGO skin. That’s been a thing with LEGO videogames lately. As seen in the video, the LEGO motif is integrated seamlessly into the familiar Smash “get hit off-screen” gameplay experience.
Players of “LEGO Brawls” look to be able to customize their minifigure avatars with a fun variety of costumes and weapons. Brick-building mechanics seem to be included in the trailer, as characters traverse multi-layered platform environments beating each other up.
Other than that, there’s been no info on what the second reported Apple Arcade exclusive, “LEGO Arthouse,” is like. We can however expect these two as launch titles for Apple Arcade platform in fall 2019.