Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc.
Developer: Traveller’s Tales
Console: PS3, PS4, WiiU, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Available at all major retailers.
Like Disney Infinity and Amiibo before them, Lego Dimensions has joined the “toys to life” bandwagon. Well-known characters from a variety of movies and television shows are available. Players can buy their favorite characters to place on the portal pad to play in story mode or roam in free play.
The game begins as Lord Vortech reaches the dimension of Foundation Prime. His goal is simple: merge the many dimensions into one- with him as ruler. To do this, he needs “foundation elements” from each dimension. To get these elements, Vortech kidnaps Metalbeard, Frodo, and Robin (who have foundation elements). You play as Batman, Wyldstyle, and Gandalf to rescue their friends and stop Vortech’s plan.
Their quest to find the foundation elements before Vortech sees the team visit many dimensions. Among the many dimensions are:
- Dr. Who
- Wizard of Oz
- The Simpsons
- Scooby Doo
- Ghostbusters (the original movies)
Boss battles featuring familiar franchise villains (i.e. Joker, Lex Luthor, Lord Business) round out each level, culminating in the final showdown against Lord Vortech himself.
The game does a good job explaining the keystones the characters must use, and the puzzles aren’t very difficult to solve, but it is made more complex by the constant barrage of enemies. The worlds and story lines are immersive and true to the franchise it represents.
The mish-mash of worlds and characters appears to be the result of a desperate grab to obtain the rights to as many known entertainment franchises as possible before Marvel or Disney could get them. Though the main story is plausible enough to warrant all of these characters and environments being in the same game, there are additional characters and level packs outside of the main story that exist solely to siphon more money off the player and have nothing to do with the storyline.
That being said, the story was enjoyable and the levels were a respectable length without dragging on too long. The level packs that are sold separately provide more characters and a franchise-specific level long enough that you’ll believe you got your money’s worth. You can play the main game with just the characters it came with- Batman, Wyldstyle, and Gandalf, but as you play, you’ll see the developers intend for you to purchase skill-specific characters and replay the levels to unlock more features.
If you choose to make those purchases, you will end up with a large amount of toy characters and their accessories and vehicles. You may find them littering your floor during game play (as I do) as you look for the right one to swap out or add to the seven spaces on the portal. It is a small complaint, but it is tiresome pausing the game to find the right character repeatedly. And since I don’t like accidentally (or purposefully) stepping on Legos, clean up after gameplay becomes necessary and tedious.
This is a fun game for players of practically any age with only a minimal initial investment required. Just be careful with the add-ons, or you could end up with a fat toy chest and an empty wallet.