Lego Marvel Avengers
Created by WB Games and Traveller’s Tales.
Console: Wii U, but also available on Xbox and PlayStation.
Available at all major retailers.
Lego is taking on the Marvel Universe comic characters once more in Lego Marvel Avengers. Your favorite characters- Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk, Captain America, Hawkeye, and more- become playable as you move through the levels. Each level tells the story of the playable character’s movie. This game covers The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Hovering Avengers symbols strewn through each level serve as hints. The hints tell you how to proceed with solving a side item, obstacle, or puzzle. During the first play through you won’t have access to the proper characters to get side items. This is intentional- it’s meant to encourage you to replay the level once you’ve unlocked more characters. Side puzzles are hidden throughout the level, and often contain mini-kits and characters.
The stories move at a brisk pace. Each movie (except the actual Avengers movies) is completed in one lengthy level. These one-level movies include Iron Man 3, the Captain America films, and Thor: The Dark World. The Avengers movies span many levels (around 3 levels per Avengers movie). The movies you complete in one level contain a lot of narration to cover the bulk of the plot quickly. The creators clearly could have put more game play into these films’ levels. However, it appears they opted to condense them to fit more movies into the game overall.
The number of enemies to defeat is near limitless since they just keep spawning. And they spawn quickly. This gets annoying and frustrating if you’re a 100% completion player trying to get accessible side items and meet the stud quota to get that extra gold brick. There are also times when you are limited to solving a puzzle or moving forward only in the way the game wants you to. For example, you must use a very specific character or talent in certain areas, even if you know you could hit the target, break through a wall, or open a crate with another character.
The game did have a glitch or two that froze the game and console. The solution is to reset the game and then start the level over.
There are a number of hub worlds available:
- S.H.I.E.L.D. base and helicarrier
- Washington, D.C.
Collect more gold bricks, red bricks, studs, and characters at these hubs. You can play through side missions and challenges here as well.
Overall the game is enjoyable and fast-paced, yet still provides hours of entertainment. Despite some minor in-game frustrations, Lego Marvel Avengers is definitely worth purchasing.