Lego Bricktales is a puzzle adventure game that takes place in quite a few Lego diorama biomes, developed by Clockstone software. If you’re a fan of Lego universe games you’ll definitely be interested by the sheer mention of Lego, however, this one is a far cry from the Lego games you’re used to, it’s much more relaxing and casual in its approach. Being able to build sets with actual Lego pieces in a game sounds very novel as a concept but how it fares in action we’ll discuss in this Lego Bricktales review.
A Lego fan’s paradise
Video games are subjective, it depends on who plays it, and how the person perceives the concept or IP. In the case of Lego Bricktales, it took time for me to start enjoying the game. I’ve been a sucker for the Lego bucket all my childhood. Lego Bricktales lets you do just what you did as a child and as the level progresses you solve an increasingly wide variety of puzzles.
Being given all of those Lego pieces to play with but in a videogame might be enough for long-time Lego fans.
Joyful and witty characters
Lego games have always been great in the aspect of the characters especially the main characters are oozing with personality and charm, while the side ones are skin deep in their approach but that’s to be expected as they occupy too little screen time.
Writing also shines as the game maintains the level of humor and parody that has been set by its predecessor Lego games. Dialogues as you expect will appear on a box without a voice but it’s good enough to attract your attention to the small and simple dialogue box.
The dilemma of a creative but restrictive gameplay
As we mentioned earlier in this Lego Bricktalesreview, the novel concept of building with lego pieces in a video game fairs well and feels really new at first, but as you play through the whole experience you’ll start to grasp the restrictiveness that comes with implementing such a free-flowing activity in a video game.
By nature, a video game has to restrict you through some constraints to maintain a level of challenge, in Lego Bricktales you are restricted to only a select amount and variety of Lego pieces as the game cuts to a vacuum as you encounter each challenge.
This won’t be that prevalent at first but as challenges get interesting if think of making something that the developers didn’t then it won’t be possible as the required pieces won’t be available to you, this hurts the creativity but however was probably necessary to maintain the challenge.
Well-thought-out puzzles come to the rescue
The ship appeared to be sinking with the semi-restrictive nature of the gameplay, that’s when the puzzles came to play. It wouldn’t be a complete Lego Bricktales review without praising the puzzles and their design, the innovative and intuitive puzzles make for an amazing enjoyment when they are solved, it’s a level of gameplay satisfaction that comes from a well-balanced and we’ll thought-out set design of a puzzle.
While praises for the puzzles will keep coming from the players but the camera angles sometimes come in the way sd the final boss who doesn’t want to make the game a worthy one.
The fusion of sleek, sparkling, and melodious diorama
The diorama biomes each are handcrafted and well-designed that can be felt while stepping every time on the surface. The color of each diorama handles and maintains the environment handed to them pretty well, alongside the beautiful music. The music on each biome defines it well and doesn’t shy away from changing drastically
Relaxing and frustrating aspects clash hard
Lego Bricktales can be really relaxing with its casual approach minimal but colorful world design and melodious tunes, but just as you feel warmth with the controller in hand the game presents its most frustrating aspect, the camera. One thing a can’t put enough emphasis through this Lego Bricktales review is that the camera angle while building your creative set can be the biggest mess of this game.
The game does understand this and tries to provide a solution in the form of steady vertical and horizontal movement, which also turns out to have some jank to it, especially when using an Xbox controller.
The word that comes to mind when concluding this Lego Bricktales review is average which isn’t something I usually associate with Lego however Lego Bricktales had immense potential but some minor issues stopped its enjoyment for me at least
If you’re a Lego fan and you can put up with the issues mentioned in this Lego Bricktales review then it’s recommended for you, however, if these issues seem to be a problem to you I’d suggest the pc version only.
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